Catherine’s practice encompasses crime, extradition, consumer and trading standards work. She has experience beyond her call prosecuting and defending in the Crown Court and has conducted jury trials involving offences of violence, weapons, drugs and driving. She has a particular interest in public order and protest, recently defending cases involving violent disorder and affray.
Catherine has appeared in the Court of Appeal, where she successfully appealed a sentence of 30 months’ imprisonment. In a judgment delivered by Lord Justice Haddon-Cave, the Court of Appeal acknowledged Catherine’s “very well and ably made” submissions and were persuaded that the sentence should be reduced to 21 months
In extradition, Catherine regularly prosecutes and defends in administrative and final hearings. She has experience of Part 1 and Part 2 cases, dealing with issues including the validity of warrants, extradition offences, passage of time, conviction in absence, mental health and human rights.
Catherine has a particular interest in youth justice. Before coming to the Bar, she worked as a paralegal at Just for Kids Law. She has experience in representing children in the Youth Court and Crown Court, and recently wrote an article for 36 Crime’s quarterly newsletter on using the Definitive Guideline on Sentencing Children and Young People when sentencing young adults.
Catherine has acted in numerous consumer and trading standards prosecutions involving secondary legislation and local authority powers. She has particular experience of consumer protection regulations, and tobacco and trademarks prosecutions.
Catherine has a broader interest in human rights and cases of public importance. She worked for almost a year as junior counsel on the Grenfell Inquiry, assisting in the preparation of the Chairman's Phase 1 Report. Before commencing pupillage, she worked as a paralegal on the Hillsborough Inquests and on campaigns, judicial reviews and criminal appeals at the legal charity Just for Kids Law.
Alongside her practice, Catherine is undertaking an LLM at the University of London, with a focus on Comparative Criminal Justice and International Criminal Law.
Appointments & Memberships
- Criminal Bar Association
- Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum
- Human Rights Lawyers Association
- Young Legal Aid Lawyers
R v DL, Court of Appeal Criminal Division 
Catherine successfully appealed a sentence of 30 months’ imprisonment for a young man who had 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 “very well and ably made” submissions 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 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.
· LLM, University of London (on going)
· 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
“Repugnant to Ordinary Notions of Fairness”? The Crime of Leaving Your House, The Emergency Powers Blog, April 2020, https://36group.co.uk/content/files/200424-cr---burden-of-proof.pdf
“Papa Don’t Breach: Parental Liability Under the Coronavirus Regulations”, The Emergency Powers Blog, April 2020, https://36group.co.uk/news/2020/4/papa-don-t-breach-parental-liability-under-the-coronavirus-regulations
“Sentencing Young Adults”, 36 Crime Criminal Updates, May 2019.