Catherine Hawkes RWK Goodman

Catherine Hawkes

Senior Associate

Financial Services Sector | Employment

About Catherine

Catherine is a Senior Associate in our Employment & HR team based in our City of London office.

Catherine is an experienced employment lawyer, advising both organisations and senior executives on complex employment issues. Catherine frequently advises on discrimination matters as well as employee competition issues, including confidential information and post termination restraints.

Catherine qualified in September 2015 and joined RWK Goodman in March 2017. She read law at the University of Reading and spent a year in the Netherlands at the University of Maastricht where she read European and International law. Catherine trained and qualified at Gordon Dadds and also spent a year in the City in an in-house role specialising in corporate and employment law.

Catherine’s experience includes:

  • Catherine advises C-suite executives and senior employees on all employment matters including negotiating complex departures, advising on high value discrimination and whistleblowing complaints and on disputes concerning the enforceability of restrictive covenants. Catherine also has extensive expertise in advising women who have been subjected to discrimination related to the menopause.
  • Catherine represents employers in a range of sectors, including financial services, professional services, recruitment, and healthcare. She advises on the full range of employment issues, including negotiating employee entrances and exits, workplace investigations (including sexual harassment), discrimination and advising on the drafting of and enforcement of restrictive covenants.
  • Catherine has extensive litigation experience when advising both senior executive and employers, dealing with complex and high-value discrimination and whistleblowing claims in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal. Catherine also has experience in High Court litigation, including on employee competition matters, including on restrictive covenants, confidential information and team moves.
  • Catherine regularly delivers employment and equality-related training and coaching for many clients.


  • Employment Lawyers Association

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