Catherine Dean

Partner, Head of HR
Human Resources

My Professional Background

My career in HR started in 1997, when I joined a Software Company in the City of London at the height of the ‘dot com’ era. The company went through a period of rapid growth and change and within four years we went from having 30 employees, going through five acquisitions floating on the stock market, to having a headcount of 2,000 with offices worldwide.

I was extremely fortunate to have joined the company at start-up stage, which enabled me to gain fantastic exposure to the world of business and in particular Human Resources. It was here that I was supported and encouraged to study for my CIPD qualification, which I did via distance learning whilst working full-time.

I joined Attwater & Liell (as we were known back then) as HR Manager in 2001, after having my first child and deciding that I no longer wanted the daily commute into the City. I look after the firm’s greatest assets; its people, across our five offices in London, Hertford, Ware, Harlow and Loughton, with responsibility for the HR function of the business.

I am a true people person which is why a career in HR suits me so well. The team we have here at Attwaters Jameson Hill have become my second family; everyone is so friendly and supportive.


Achievements / Accreditations

CIPD qualified HR professional (since 1999) with a wide range of HR Generalist experience including:

  • Employee Relations
  • Policies & Procedures
  • Redundancies
  • TUPE
  • Recruitment
  • Performance Management
  • Disciplinaries & Grievances
  • Payroll & Benefits
  • Recruitment
  • Learning & Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Employee Wellbeing

I am also a qualified Mental Health First Aider.

About me

I live in a small village in South Cambridgeshire with my two children. I enjoy long country walks, dining out, Netflix, watching football (I’m a Gunner !) and spending quality time with friends and family.



Awards and Accolades

  • acn clinical negligence
  • acn conveyancing quality
  • acn family law
  • The Legal 500 – The Clients Guide to Law Firms
  • Best places to wok in UK
  • ERC Endorsement
  • Lexcel
  • AVMA
  • SCIL