Catriona Garcia-Alis


Senior Associate


Catriona is a senior associate in the firm’s Dispute Resolution team based in Edinburgh. Her practice focusses on product liability claims, professional negligence claims and cyber breach incidents. Catriona also advises universities regarding disciplinary procedures and investigations and supports a range of clients in relation to general commercial and contractual disputes.

Catriona has almost 20 years’ experience advising in relation to professional negligence claims, mostly acting for insurers and their insured customers (including solicitors, advocates, architects, construction engineers, financial intermediaries etc). Seeking the best outcome for her clients in each case, Catriona has proof (trial) and appeal experience, as well as being familiar with extra-judicial mediation.

In the sphere of product liability, Catriona has advised a number of medical device manufacturers facing multiple Scottish claims regarding a single, allegedly defective product. Through her product liability experience, Catriona has also supported clients facing similar class actions in multiple jurisdictions, ensuring a consistent approach on an international scale.

Catriona has also been a member of the CMS’ Cyber Breach Response Team for several years, providing immediate legal support to clients who suspect a cyber breach incident, with an interest in bringing and defending claims for losses arising from cyber incidents.

Catriona’s varied experience also provides her with a unique insight into the rise of European class actions, particularly in Scotland, where the new rules have added a further layer of risk to corporate clients, particularly those already exposed to product liability or data breach claims.

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