Catherine joined Chambers as a tenant in September 2016 following the successful completion of her pupillage. Her pupil supervisors were Oliver Willmott, James Tucker, and Robin Shellard. Since being on her feet she has appeared for both the prosecution and defence in a range of matters in the Crown, Youth, and Magistrates’ Court.
“[The client] and his careers wished me to thank you for your excellent representation. They stated that you could not have done anything else on his behalf and he had fully understood everything that had happened during the day due to your assistance.”
M v M Cardiff Family Court: Represented the respondent father in an application to remove the children from the jurisdiction, involving a fact finding hearing to ascertain whether there was a history of ‘honour-based’ violence, including allegations of sexual violence.
Re J Gloucester Family Court: Instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent the respondent mother in a public law childcare case where the mother has significant learning difficulties. Ongoing.
R-C v F Bristol Family Court: Represented the respondent in an application for a non-molestation order and occupation order. No findings of fact were made and the application was dismissed.
A v A Cardiff Family Court: Represented the respondent mother in an application for a child arrangements order where the applicant father was seeking a 50/50 shared care arrangement, which was unsuccessful.
Catherine’s background is in the Voluntary and Community Sector where she has extensive experience. She has a Diploma in Youth Work and was employed as an advocate for young offenders across three juvenile facilities in the South West and South Wales. Amongst other things, this involved representing young people in prison adjudications and guiding and supporting them through the prison complaints procedure.
Immediately prior to commencing pupillage Catherine worked as an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor for a local charity, advising high risk victims of domestic abuse on the criminal and civil legal options available to them. She acted as a McKenzie Friend in private family matters for clients who were unable to obtain legal aid, securing non-molestation orders, occupation orders and prohibited steps orders.
Catherine is keen to develop a criminal and family practice. She undertook a specialist module in family law as part of her degree and was awarded the prize for top student in her year. She later received the prize for the highest mark in criminal litigation exam on the part-time BPTC.
LLB (Hons) First Class
Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award
Winner of the ICLR Annual Mooting Competition, 2013
Highly Commended Prize, Bar Council Law Reform Essay Competition, 2013.
Catherine enjoys taking photographs of her cats with the camera she got for Christmas. She fancies herself as the next Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
She also spends a considerable amount of time picking up her son’s Lego and walking her Australian Kelpie Sheepdog.