Cate Barnes

Senior Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Residential Property, Mortgages and Remortgages, Sales, Purchases

Location: Dorchester

Cate joined the Residential Property Team in 2005 and specialises in all types of residential property transactions, including sales, purchases, re-mortgages, and transfers of equity.

She has built a strong reputation with other property professionals in the area who often refer work to her. Cate is known for her diligent approach to work ensuring transactions are completed calmly, efficiently and on time.

She also works closely with our Commercial Property Team, specialising in the sale of residential plots for a wide range of property developers across the Southwest.

Cate gained her degree in Psychology at the University of Wales, Bangor. Having decided to make the change to law, she qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive.


““Cate Barnes at the Dorchester branch was amazing. We had been recommended her specifically and I can see why and will also now recommend her. Cate was very communicative and explained queries or aspects of the process to me. She was thorough and worked effectively to push for the planned exchange and completion, keeping us in the loop and chasing far more than the solicitor who was representing our sale. We really felt like Cate did everything she possibly could to ensure our completion happened in the nick of time to get us our keys for our purchase. We cannot thank Cate enough for her help! “”

Kate Loveless

“I have had dealings with a number of solicitors over the years but Battens stands out for me as the one who inspired the most confidence and in whose hands I have felt safe. I really felt Peter Livingstone, Lynn Voizey and Cate Barnes had my best interests at heart and went above and beyond to support me. They were very efficient in keeping me updated with progress and obtaining very positive outcomes for me and my family. Any queries were dealt with swiftly in a professional and friendly manner. I will be very happy to call Battens again should I need of a solicitor in the future.”

Julia Shea


“We found our solicitor Cate to be absolutely the best we have ever used”

Jane Simpson