Catherine Wolfenden#4959

Catherine Wolfenden

Partner, Osborne Clarke
Catherine is head of Osborne Clarke's Regulatory Group and is a Partner in our Commercial and Regulatory Disputes team. Her practice is focused on advising clients on EU and UK business regulation, regulatory investigations, crisis management, enforcement and prosecutions. She advises on dealing with economic regulators as well as the full range of other UK and EU regulatory bodies. She is a recognised expert in public and utilities regulated procurement and advises on all aspects of the procurement process. Her clients include suppliers, public bodies and utilities. Catherine has also been involved in some of the leading UK High Court procurement challenges and advises on challenging EU institution procurements in Luxembourg. .Catherine qualified as a lawyer in 2001 at Freshfields, qualified as a solicitor advocate in 2004 and has been a Partner at Osborne Clarke since 2011.
Contributed to


A guide to sustainable public procurement
A guide to sustainable public procurement
Practice notes

This Practice Note is a guide to the implementation of sustainable procurement under Directive 2014/24/EU and the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. It identifies the main ways in which this can be achieved, such as the application of labels to technical specifications and sustainability assessments during selection and award. It also considers the use of performance requirements as a way to include environmental and social considerations.

Abnormally low tenders
Abnormally low tenders
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers the concerns raised when an abnormally low tender is submitted to a contracting authority, and their subsequent duty to investigate it. It highlights key cases in this area, that help to identify if an abnormally low tender has been submitted. In further detail it discuses the contracting authorities duty to the low bidder and also the other tenderers that could be effected by the low bid.

Other work

Sustainable procurement—checklist
Sustainable procurement—checklist

This Checklist considers the necessary components for sustainable public procurement, outlining key considerations in relation to elements of the technical specification, selection and award criteria and performance requirements.

Practice areas


  • BSc Biological Sciences- First
  • MSc, Biology
  • CPE, LPC


  • Health and Safety Lawyers Association
  • Procurement Lawyers Association
  • Law Society


  • Contributing Author


  • York University, Toronto 1995-1996
  • The College of Law, London 1997-1999
  • Oxford University 1992-1995

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