Catherine undertakes a broad range of criminal work in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court and Youth Court. She has experience prosecuting and defending in cases of violence, criminal damage, weapons, drugs, public order, financial crime and sexual offences, and dealing with related civil orders such as forfeiture, confiscation and domestic violence prevention.
Catherine is a new member of chambers’ specialist 36 Extradition team and has represented requested persons in numerous hearings at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. She also volunteers for Bail for Immigration Detainees, acting on a pro bono basis for those subject to immigration detention.
Catherine accepted an invitation to join The 36 Group in 2018 following successful completion of her pupillage under the supervision of Georgina Gibbs and Nathan Palmer. She is swiftly becoming known for her thorough preparation, good judgement and reassuring presence with clients and witnesses.
Before commencing pupillage, Catherine worked as a paralegal and police station representative at top-tier criminal defence firm Edward Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson. She assisted the Managing Partner with his caseload, which included substantial work on the Hillsborough Inquests. At the police station, she dealt with serious and complex matters and was often chosen to represent young and vulnerable clients.
Catherine also worked as a paralegal at youth justice charity Just for Kids Law, where she represented children in school exclusion hearings and worked on the charity’s “No Child in Cells” campaign, relating to local authorities’ duties to accommodate children held in police custody. She worked on judicial reviews and criminal appeals, including R v Grant-Murray and Another  EWCA Crim 1228 (effective participation) and R v P and Others  pending before the Supreme Court (disclosure of childhood criminal records).
Appointments & Memberships
· Criminal Bar Association
· Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum
· Immigration Law Practitioners Association
· Human Rights Lawyers Association
· Young Legal Aid Lawyers
· Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers (Executive Committee)
R v JM, Northampton Crown Court 
Catherine defended a young man charged with Possession with Intent to Supply Class A and B drugs. The trial involved legal argument in relation to the defendant’s bad character and the doctrine of “constructive possession"
R v RM, Leicester Magistrates’ Court 
Catherine represented a teacher facing an allegation of Sexual Assault against a child. On the basis of her submissions in relation to prosecution disclosure failings, the Crown offered no evidence against her client.
R v NB, Leicester Crown Court 
Catherine successfully prosecuted a trial for Possession of a Bladed Article in a Public Place, where the defence of “reasonable excuse” was raised.
R v SL, Northampton Crown Court 
Catherine secured a Suspended Sentence Order for her client following his guilty plea to Causing Grievous Bodily Harm, where the victim had suffered a broken nose and fractured eye socket.
R v ZP, City of London Magistrates’ Court 
Catherine secured a Suspended Sentence Order for her client in relation to his second knife offence, despite the mandatory minimum six-month sentence applying.
R v LK, Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court 
Catherine persuaded the court that her client would face exceptional hardship if she were disqualified from driving under the “totting” provisions, with the result that the client was able to keep her license.
· Bar Professional Training Course, City University – Outstanding
· Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Law – Distinction
· BA (Hons) Politics and Philosophy, University of Sheffield – First
Awards and Scholarships
· 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