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, weapons, drugs, public order, driving, financial crime and sexual offences. She has also dealt with related civil orders such as forfeiture, confiscation and domestic violence prevention.
Catherine conducts regulatory, consumer and trading standards work. She has particular experience of Nursing and Midwifery Council appeal hearings, consumer protection regulations, and tobacco and trademarks prosecutions.
Catherine is a member of chambers’ specialist extradition team and has represented requested persons at all stages of proceedings at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. She also has experience of immigration, regularly representing those subject to immigration detention in applying for their bail.
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 on local authorities’ duties to accommodate children held in police custody. She worked on judicial reviews and criminal appeals, including R (on the application of P, G and W) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another  UKSC 3, in which the “filtering rule” governing the disclosure of criminal records was held to be a disproportionate interference with Article 8 rights.
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 JK, Leicester Crown Court 
Catherine set down a Grooming and Fraud case for an application to dismiss, which led to all Grooming allegations being discontinued. Catherine made a successful application to dismiss on the sole remaining Fraud count.
R v SM, Guildford Crown Court 
Catherine represented a man charged with ABH and Common Assault following an altercation with his neighbours. Following Catherine’s cross-examination of the complainants, her client was acquitted of both counts which relied on their evidence.
R v EM, Snaresbrook Crown Court 
Catherine defended a woman charged with Possession of a Bladed Article, putting forward a defence of “good reason”.
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.
R v ML, Northampton Crown Court 
Catherine successfully prosecuted a professional lorry driver for Dangerous Driving.
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 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.
· 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