Worthingtons Solicitors

Catherine Cooney

Corporate, Commercial & Charity

Chambers 2018

Catherine is an experienced lawyer specialising in corporate, commercial and charity law. She worked in a city centre law firm from 2008 and joined Worthingtons as a Partner in 2018. She represents companies, charities, social enterprises, housing associations, local authorities and schools. Catherine advises charity trustees, company directors and committee members and supports their senior management teams. She advises business owners in all matters including shareholder arrangements and investor agreements, setting up a company, restructuring, contracts and buying and selling businesses.

Catherine has been recognised as a Up and Coming Lawyer by Chambers UK for her expertise in Charities.


Catherine contributes regularly to the Worthingtons’ client newsletter and writes articles for publication on the firm’s website, as well as in the Belfast Telegraph newspaper.

Catherine has an excellent reputation for her comprehensive expertise in charity law with a high level of technical knowledge.

Career Highlights

  • Successful charity registration appeal on behalf of Northern Ireland Co-Ownership Housing Association
  • Rebranding of Audiences Northern Ireland to Thrive Audience Development and NIAMH group to Inspire Wellbeing
  • Merger of Filor and Flax Housing Association into North Belfast Housing Association
  • Drafting and negotiating a complex shareholder/investor agreement to set up a new brewery
  • Cross jurisdictional legal support to lawyers acting on behalf of English and ROI based charities delivering services in Northern Ireland
  • First charity registration of a board of education in Northern Ireland

Catherine Cooney's latest article

Recent legal case highlights loyalty expected with charitable companies

The Supreme Court delivered a recent landmark judgment for charity law in Lehtimaki v Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (UK) and others confirming that members of all charitable companies owe fiduciary duties...

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