Freshfields reaches £100K settlement with Cawthorn

Freshfields is believed to have paid its former trainee Kate Cawthorn in the region of £100,000 in settlement of her claim of personal injury, loss of career as a lawyer and psychological distress, following a business trip to Ghana.

Cawthorn issued a High Court writ against the firm last January claiming £633,000 alleging she contracted shigella dysentery after eating a barracuda while working in Ghana.

She claimed that she had neither been given sufficient advice on eating foods in the country nor sufficient notice to get the required inoculations.

She developed irritable bowel syndrome which prevented her from working at the firm. She also issued a claim of sexual discrimination which she has agreed to withdraw.

Both sides have signed a confidentiality clause and would only say they had reached an “amicable” settlement. Freshfields settled two days before a tribunal hearing was due to take place in June. Cawthorn instructed employment lawyer Gill Howard of Howard & Howard. Freshfields instructed Herbert Smith.