Kathleen Atherton

Partner & Solicitor


Work Life

Kathleen has extensive experience of advising on claims against solicitors, accountants, surveyors, IFAs and medical professionals. She has managed claims for compensation against the NHS including high value birthing claims and has advised on issues such as confidentiality and disclosure of medical records, mental health, and consent to treatment. She also has experience of defending claims against pharmaceutical companies. She regularly advises on coverage, policy wording, disciplinary/regulatory and recovery issues. She is a strong advocate of mediation. She combines technical experience with commercial awareness to bring cases to a speedy and cost effective conclusion. She is persistent and determined where this suits, but is equally able to develop dialogue through open and pragmatic discussion particularly in the healthcare setting. She has had good results in respect of claims by litigants in person in particular.

Professional Qualifications and Memberships

  • Nottingham Trent University, LLM in Advanced Litigation (2002)
  • Nottingham Trent University, Diploma of Law in Advanced Litigation (2001), Distinction
  • Clare College, Cambridge, MA Cantab (1994)
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in England & Wales (1993)
  • Nottingham Trent Polytechnic, Law Society Finals (1991)
  • Clare College, Cambridge, BA (Hons) Law (1990)


  • Reynolds Colman Bradley LLP: April 2016 to date (Member Partner from April 2018);
  • Fishburns LLP/DWF LLP: September 2011 to April 2016;
  • Beale & Co: February 2011 to September 2011;
  • Beachcroft & Co/DAC Beachcroft: April 2005 to February 2011;
  • Browne Jacobson: April 1995 to November 2001;
  • Pinsent Curtis: September 1994 to April 1995; and
  • Lawrence Graham: September 1991 to September 1994.


  • Family
  • Community work
  • Fitness (former squash player, rower and runner but following too many injuries now into spinning and high intensity classes)
  • Crime novels and TV dramas
  • Rugby (especially Scotland Rugby and Bristol Rugby)


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