Catriona Cairns

Hourly Rate: £225


Who Am I?

I own and operate a commercial and legal consultancy providing smart thinking solutions for both businesses and private individuals. Applying comprehensive commercial and legal knowledge from working in large corporate legal environments as an in-house counsel to Start-Ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs.

My experience includes being the In House Counsel for Thales, a top-tier, French multinational company, with annual sales of 14.2 billion Euros worldwide, 65 000 employees and with U.K. sales of 1.5 billion Euros, that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, space, defence, transportation and security industries.

I was responsible for the Dispute Resolution function for Thales U.K. and management of a team of 5 which meant providing strategic and pro-active advice to stakeholders (business, corporate and International), as well as the management and conduct of high-value and complex disputes, in-house or through external litigation counsel. I also looked after employment law on behalf of Thales U.K and managed an additional team of both lawyers, HR professionals, and support staff.

Catriona can help with

Commercial Structuring and Agreements.

Commercial agreements are not just important, they are absolutely crucial in providing a clear framework to govern a particular commercial transaction or relationship - whether that is with your customers and suppliers, co-partners, co-shareholders or your funders.

I can assist you in the negotiation, structuring, and execution of a wide range of commercial agreements including :

Shareholders Agreements.
Articles Of Association.
Limited Liability Partnerships.
Partnership agreements and dissolutions.
Supply contracts.
Trading documentation.
Franchise agreements.
Services and outsourcing agreements.
Confidentiality agreements.
Bespoke commercial agreements.
Joint venture agreements.

HR and Employment Advisory.

Employment law can be a minefield and whether you own and manage your business or are an HR professional you need to ensure that you are aware of your legal obligations.

With the right advice, you can avoid or significantly reduce the risk of a costly Employment Tribunal claim. I can assist you with all aspects in this area including:

Employment Contracts.
Service Agreements.
Employee Benefits and Incentive Packages.
Redundancy and Reorganisations.
TUPE (transfer of undertakings).
Discrimination Law, Dismissal Procedures.
HR Policies.
Settlement (compromise) Agreements and Employment Tribunal Claims.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

If disputes are not settled by negotiation, they will be concluded either by court litigation or an alternative form of dispute resolution. The most common other methods are arbitration and mediation.

I offer specialist legal advice in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and can advise you on general commercial litigation and dispute resolution.