Catherine is a calm and tenacious advocate, performing beyond her year of call.Legal 500 2024
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Catherine is a highly regarded junior with a practice prosecuting and defending serious and complex cases, with a particular focus on serious violence and organised crime. She is listed as an “Up and Coming” junior in crime (Chambers & Partners, 2024) and a “Rising Star: Tier 1” (Legal 500, 2024).
Her recent caseload incudes Murder (led junior), Perverting the Course of Justice (led junior), Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs (led junior and junior alone), Fraud (led junior and junior alone), Armed Robbery, Witness Intimidation, Attempted Kidnapping and Criminal Damage with Intent to Endanger Life.
A tenacious advocate, she meticulously prepares each case and is formidable in court. Her submissions are described by an instructing solicitor as “the product of detailed and comprehensive consideration of the evidence and the tactical approach to be taken to meeting it”. Catherine is hardworking and responsive, offering a high level of client care. Her down to earth manner enables her to build an easy rapport with clients and she is described as adept at handling clients “with professionalism and compassion”.
Catherine has experience of the Court of Appeal and in international matters. She is a Grade 2 extradition prosecutor and Grade 3 crime prosecutor. She also has experience of consumer and trading standards prosecutions involving regulatory offences and local authority powers, in particular in consumer protection, tobacco and trademarks prosecutions. Catherine is interested in cutting edge issues of criminal evidence and recently hosted with Tom Parker, and presented in, a series of talks on the issues of verification and authenticity when dealing with open source and digital evidence and the risks posed by “deepfakes”.
CPS Panel appointments
General Crime Level 3
Extradition Level 2
Key cases & testimonials
R v AM & Ors, Croydon Crown Court  – Catherine defended a young man charged with a Conspiracy to Rob involving 7 other defendants. The case involved detailed examination of cell site material and legal argument as to its admissibility.
Op Shark, Northampton Crown Court  – Catherine prosecuted a large-scale Conspiracy to Supply Class A and B drugs involving numerous defendants across three trials. In the first and third trials, she was led by Nicola Moore. In the second trial, Catherine prosecuted as a junior alone. Each trial involved the presentation of complex and detailed evidence.
R v KB, Northampton Crown Court  – Catherine defended a man charged with Fraud by False Representation and Fraud by Abuse of Position, having obtained and spent his late wife’s £200,000 life insurance policy, which she had intended to benefit her son. The case involved the analysis of financial and trust documentation and the detailed cross-examination of the defendant’s step-daughter.
R v JW, Isleworth Crown Court  – Catherine prosecuted a woman charged with making a Bomb Threat at Heathrow Airport by suggesting that there was a bomb in the coffin with her father’s body, which was due for repatriation that day. The case involved legal argument about the admissibility of psychological evidence relating to IQ.
R v EW, St Albans Crown Court  – Catherine prosecuted a man charged with Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent and other offences, after his repeated assaults on his partner were alleged to have caused her two miscarriages. The trial involved the careful examination of a vulnerable complainant and considered submissions regarding the weight to be attached to “screenshot” evidence provided by both parties.
R v SK, Central Criminal Court  – Catherine was led by William Harbage KC defending a woman charged with Perverting the Course of Justice arising out of a Manslaughter alleged to have been committed by her two sons. The case involved detailed examination of cell site, mobile phone, CCTV and ANPR evidence.
R v LB, Derby Crown Court  – Catherine was led by Simon Ash KC prosecuting a “hit-and-run” Murder trial involving complex witness and evidential issues.
R v AK, Stafford CC  – Catherine defended a young man of good character charged with Dangerous Driving, arising from an allegation that he was racing on a major road, which was caught on “dash cam” footage.
R v HA, Harrow Crown Court  – Catherine prosecuted an alleged Armed Robbery of a vehicle from a car dealership in London.
R v MW, Reading Crown Court  – Catherine defended a young man charged with Attempted Kidnapping. He accepted committing the act but raised the defence of Insanity. Expert evidence was called to support his defence that he suffers from Schizophrenia and was experiencing paranoid delusions at the time of the incident.
R v ES, Southwark Crown Court  – Catherine defended a man charged with Attempting to Escape Lawful Custody after he ran from a police cell. Expert evidence was called to support his defence that he had experienced hallucinations in the form of voices threatening to kill him.
R v MC, Cambridge Crown Court  – Catherine was led by Wayne Cleaver defending a man charged with nine counts of Fraud by False Representation and one of Acquiring Criminal Property, arising from a “ghost broker” insurance fraud scheme. The evidence in the case included a high volume of banking documents.
R v DB, Aylesbury Crown Court  – Catherine defended a man charged with Witness Intimidation, Controlling and Coercive Behaviour and Aggravated Vehicle Taking in a domestic context. This case involved robust cross-examination of the complainant.
R v SG, Northampton Crown Court  – Catherine defended a man at trial who was charged with Criminal Damage with Intent to Endanger Life and Threats to Kill, having allegedly threatened to kill his wife and then driven his vehicle through his step-daughter’s living room when she and her children were inside. This case involved careful cross-examination of the defendant’s step-daughter and legal argument regarding the admissibility of the client’s previous conviction for Murder.
COURT OF APPEAL
R v Lord  EWCA Crim 753 – Catherine successfully appealed a sentence of 30 months’ imprisonment for a young man who committed a string of Thefts when aged 19-20. In a judgment delivered by Lord Justice Haddon-Cave, the Court of Appeal acknowledged Catherine’s “able submissions” and the Appellant’s personal mitigation, which was “very well explained by Ms Rose”, and were persuaded that the sentence should be reduced to 21 months, primarily to reflect the Appellant’s age, immaturity and personal mitigation.
R v Gayle  EWCA Crim 1159 – Catherine successfully appealed a sentence of 26 months’ imprisonment for a man convicted of Possession of an Offensive Weapon, Shoplifting and Common Assault. The court acknowledged Catherine’s “focussed and well prepared submissions” and were persuaded that the sentences should run concurrently, reducing the overall term to 20 months.
R v AC, Court of Appeal  – Catherine successfully appealed the terms of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order on the basis that they were variously unnecessary, disproportionate and/or insufficiently clear to be enforceable.
EXTRADITION, CONSUMER & TRADING STANDARDS
PC v Poland, High Court of Justice (Administrative Court)  – Catherine represented Poland in successfully resisting an appeal against extradition on Article 8 grounds.
Romania v IP, Westminster Magistrates’ Court  – Catherine successfully argued that the EAW should be discharged as the assurance provided by the Romanian authorities in respect of prison conditions was inadequate to satisfy the court that the Requested Person would not be subject to inhuman and degrading treatment if extradited (section 21/Article 3 ECHR). The IJA did not appeal.
Hungary v OR, Westminster Magistrates’ Court  – In this Hungarian case involving extra-territorial offending, Catherine successfully argued that the EAW should be discharged as the offences in the warrant were not extradition offences for the purposes of Section 10 of the Act. The IJA did not appeal.
Leicestershire County Council v AAR and KIS Ltd, Loughborough Magistrates’ Court  – Catherine successfully prosecuted a company and its director for 26 trademarks and tobacco offences. This involved the careful presentation of a large volume of documentary evidence in relation to several complex offences to a bench of lay magistrates.
Catherine is a calm and tenacious advocate, performing beyond her year of call. She is particularly good at handling vulnerable clients and witnesses.Legal 500 2024
Catherine’s very calm and gets things done Chambers & Partners 2024
She handles clients with professionalism and compassion … It is always clear to me that her submissions are the product of detailed and comprehensive consideration of the evidence and the tactical approach to be taken to meeting it … The manner in which she conducts each stage of her cases is, in my experience, wholly as one would expect of a highly respected and professional member of the Bar.Solicitor
Bar Professional Training Course, City University – Outstanding
Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Law – Distinction
BA (Hons) Politics and Philosophy, University of Sheffield – First
Shortlisted for the Women in Law Awards 2020 Rising Star – Barrister/Advocate of the year
Buchanan Prize for BPTC results, Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Everard Ver Hayden Prize for BPTC results, City University
Lord Denning BPTC Scholarship, Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
Postgraduate BPTC Scholarship, City University
GDL Mooting Competition Winner, University of Law
Lord Haldane GDL Scholarship, Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
GDL “Gold Award” Scholarship, University of Law
Marquand Prize for dissertation mark, University of Sheffield Department of Politics