Catherine Foster QC

Catherine Foster is our exclusively recommended Disease Litigation expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Catherine directly using the contact details listed above.

Catherine specialises in various niche areas of personal injury, abuse and disease litigation, focusing on a range of occupational diseases; occupational stress; child sexual exploitation; sexual abuse; catastrophic injury; professional negligence and Inquest work.

Catherine Foster appears in Court on a regular basis and has a reputation as a strong advocate with an extremely busy practice acting for both Claimants and Defendants.

Firm Overview:

We are over 100 leading commercial and common law barristers, arbitrators and mediators based mainly in London, working throughout England and Wales and internationally.

Mary O’Rourke QC

Mary O’Rourke QC is our exclusively recommended Clinical Negligence Law expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mary directly using the contact details listed above.

She is ranked for clinical negligence and professional discipline by Chambers & Partners and for professional discipline by the Legal 500. She also won Professional Discipline Junior of the Year in the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2008. Mary was recently named Barrister of the Year at the Manchester Legal Awards 2018.

She took silk in 2009 having been called to the bar in 1981. She was called to the bar in Northern Ireland in 2003 and is recognised as a Senior Counsel there.

Mary is widely recognised as one of the leading silks in professional discipline. She undertook first case at the GMC in 1986 and has consistently been representing doctors before the GMC since then in every type of hearing and before every type of Panel or Committee.

Mary is also active in cases involving the medical treatment of sporting injuries in an employment or disciplinary context, especially those involving complex statutory or regulatory issues or human rights issues.

Mary has vast experience of public law (particularly judicial review) work relating to the NHS and healthcare profession regulators, including judicial reviews of a number of decisions by coroners, and of the GMC in the Baby P paediatrician case (Al Zayat).

Mary has extensive experience of every type of clinical negligence claim, predominantly (but not exclusively) representing professional healthcare defendants. This includes both NHS Trusts and individual medical practitioners.

She also has a busy employment law practice centred on advisory and advocacy within the medical and related professions, and also within the education sector. This includes representing NHS Trusts, doctors, dentists and others in tribunal or in the High Court in breach of contract, discrimination and many other types of case.

Marie Demetriou QC

Marie Demetriou is our exclusively recommended Public Law expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Marie using the contact details listed above.

Marie is widely recognised as a leading advocate in the fields of competition law, EU law, public law and human rights. This year Marie won both the Chambers & Partners Competition Silk of the Year and the Legal 500 EU and Competition Silk of the Year awards and was also one of 12 barristers to be named as one of the Lawyer’s Hot 100 2020. Marie is also Star Rated for competition law in the Chambers & Partners directory. Since 2015, Marie has been Standing Counsel to the Competition and Markets Authority, representing the CMA in its major litigation in the courts. Between 2016-2018, Marie was Chair of the Bar European Group.

Firm Overview:

Brick Court Chambers is one of the leading sets of barristers’ chambers in the UK, having a strong reputation for Commercial, EU/Competition and Public Law. In addition to providing specialist expertise in each of those areas of law, we are uniquely placed to handle cases involving more than one field. We have 92 members, including 44 QCs, who practise full-time. We also have links in many common law jurisdictions through distinguished door tenants and academics.

Members of chambers are independent and self-employed with a wide diversity of skills and practices. The Brick Court ethos is always to provide a service of the very highest quality. We pride ourselves not only on excellence in advocacy and advisory work but on being accessible, user friendly and team players.

David Sproul

David Sproul is our exclusively recommended Private Client Services expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact David directly using the contact details above.

David is the Global Deputy Chief Executive of Deloitte. He serves on the Global Executive and leads the Global Client and Business Executive, which oversees, sets strategy, and serves as the decision making body for overall Deloitte Client and Business matters. In addition to providing the leadership, management, and vision for the firm’s Client and Business organisations, David also oversees Deloitte’s Alliances, Ecosystems and Assets, Bold Plays, and Corporate Development strategy.

His career with Deloitte and predecessor firms has spanned over 30 years. In addition to serving as Chief Executive of Deloitte UK and Deloitte North West Europe for eight years, he has led some of the firm’s key business areas, including Tax, Consulting and Advisory Services.

David continues to spend a significant proportion of his time leading client relationships and engaging with a broad cross-section of alliance partners and other stakeholders.

Gideon Moore

Gideon Moore is our exclusively recommended LevFin Services expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Gideon directly using the contact details above.

Gideon is Linklaters’ Firmwide Managing Partner, a role he has held since January 2016. Gideon’s term was recently extended to 2022. In this role, he chairs the global law firm’s Executive Committee and is a member of its Partnership Board. Previously global head of the firm’s banking practice and co-head of its leveraged finance practice, he is one of the market’s foremost experts in leveraged and acquisition finance.

As Firmwide Managing Partner, Gideon has led the development and implementation of a strategy focused on delivery of best in class legal support and consistently excellent client service. Key to this objective is attracting, developing and retaining exceptional talent, fostering a culture of teamwork, innovation and entrepreneurialism and creating an environment where all people across the firm feel they belong and have a fair and equal opportunity to reach their full potential.

Firm Overview:

Linklaters offers unparalleled multi-jurisdictional transactional, regulatory and advisory practices. The firm’s development in London has always been in direct response to the commercial needs of its clients – global corporations, financial institutions and governments. As the City of London has become increasingly important to these clients, the firm has expanded its full-service English-law capabilities to cater for their needs. Additionally Linklaters has over 40 U.S. lawyers, including 9 partners, based in London, and the firm continues to respond to the growing international needs of its clients by enhancing the cross-border aspects of its practices and integrating multi-practice teams from other Linklaters offices around the world.

Linklaters combines a number of core practices, all of which are global leaders. In corporate/M&A, banking & finance and capital markets, project finance, commercial real estate, investment management, litigation and arbitration, TMT, IP and Tax, Linklaters’ lawyers have built a formidable track record of successful transactional, contentious and regulatory advice across the spectrum of industry sectors. Many of the most significant and complex transactions with a UK element in recent years have featured advice from integrated teams of Linklaters experts.

Sharon Thorne

Sharon Thorne is our exclusively recommended Advisory Services expert in England on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Sharon directly using the contact details listed above.

Sharon is the chair of the Deloitte Global Board of Directors. Prior to leading the board, Sharon was the deputy CEO and managing partner Global & Strategy of Deloitte North West Europe (NWE), and a member of the Deloitte Global Board of Directors. She has long been a champion of Deloitte’s ambition to achieve higher representation of women in leadership globally.

As a member of the NWE Executive, Sharon’s main responsibility was to lead the worldwide dimension of Deloitte NWE’s strategy, which recognises the importance of international trade and investment to Deloitte NWE, its clients, and stakeholders. Between 2015 and 2019, Sharon was the executive sponsor for the creation of Deloitte NWE, designed to expand the capacity of Deloitte firms within the region to serve clients and attract talented people.

Prior to her role as Managing Partner Global & Strategy, Sharon was a Deloitte UK audit partner for 20 years, and has more than 30 years of experience auditing and advising clients across a broad range of sectors. This includes extensive experience serving as lead audit partner for FTSE-listed clients, coordinating services around the globe, and an outstanding record of delivering service with quality and distinction.

In addition to delivering audit services, Sharon has significant advisory experience, including two secondments to Deloitte UK’s financial advisory business and helping her clients with various mergers & acquisitions activities. Earlier in her career, Sharon spent a year in industry as the finance director of a subsidiary of a listed company.

In addition to a number of executive roles, including Deloitte UK managing partner Talent and Deloitte UK managing partner Regional Markets, Sharon has spent more than three decades on boards, including as chair. This includes nine years on the Deloitte Global Board of Directors and six years on the Deloitte UK Board of Directors.

Sharon’s other board experience includes six years on the Confederation of British Industry Board of Directors and four years as a Trustee for Prostate Cancer UK. She is a current member of the A4S Advisory Council, the Social Progress Imperative Board of Directors, and the Stewardship Board of the World Economic Forum Platform for Shaping the Future of the New Economy and Society.

Sharon Thorne graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Economics, and Politics; and she is a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. She lives in the UK with her husband John and their two dogs, has three grown-up stepdaughters, and enjoys watching Manchester United and playing golf.