Catherine is instructed in varying areas of criminal law at each of the Crown, Youth and Magistrates’ Courts. She has received instructions for trial on indictment including allegations of robbery, burglary, possession of offensive weapons, serious assault, sexual assault, theft and fraud. Her trial experience includes cases involving the use of cell site evidence, expert witnesses, “cut-throat” defences and substantial bad character evidence.
Catherine has considerable experience of cases centering on fitness to plead and those involving young and vulnerable defendants and witnesses. She was led by Michelle Colborne QC in a trial at Bradford Crown Court involving allegations of historical sexual abuse. The complexities of the case required the use of an intermediary for both the defendant and one of the complainants.
She has advised on both appeals against conviction and sentence. In 2012 Catherine appeared in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division in front of Lord Justice Judge and successfully appealed the imposition of an excessive sentence (Regina v David Christopher Mason  EWCA Crim 967).
Before undertaking pupillage, Catherine volunteered as a panel member at Wandsworth Youth Offending Team implementing and reviewing youth referral orders and has considerable experience of dealing with young defendants. This experience assists enormously in her youth court practice and she is regularly instructed in serious matters in the youth court such as robbery, sexual assault, serious assaults and possession with intent to supply drugs.
Catherine regularly receives instructions in motoring cases at the Magistrates’ Courts including the advancement of arguments of “special reasons” and “exceptional hardship”.
Furthermore, Catherine has been instructed in regulatory crime such as Local Authority Health and Safety prosecutions, and quasi-criminal actions including applications for both “post conviction” and “stand alone” anti-social behaviour orders, confiscation and enforcement proceedings, cash forfeiture and restraint and premises closure orders. Catherine has defended in a number of matters prosecuted by the Department for Work and Pensions.