Areas of Expertise
Cathrine’s depth of experience and wide-ranging legal knowledge, enables her to act for her clients in a comprehensive way. She is ranked in the Legal 500 as a leading junior in Public & Administrative law, Immigration and Commercial Law. She also accepts instructions in Education, Employment & Chancery matters and is on the Lexis Nexis panel of experts for wales.
Cathrine is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public where appropriate under the Bar Standards Board Public Access Scheme.
A near-native German speaker, with experience of the German legal system, Cathrine has added expertise in dealing with claims or clients with a German connection.
Cardiff Law School, Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding)
University College London, LLB Law with German Law (2.1)
Appointments & Awards
"Cerebral and forthright" The Legal 500 2017
Cathrine has been ranked by the Legal 500 as one of the leading juniors on circuit for Public and Administrative law. Her practice covers a broad spectrum of issues including, asylum and immigration, planning, licensing, social security, housing, inquests, disclosure, data protection and freedom of information, Mental Capacity, depravation of liberty and Police Property Act matters.
Examples of recent work includes:
Articles and seminars include:
Cathrine has developed a specialist practice in company, commercial and insolvency, having been ranked as a leading junior in the Legal 500 for her extensive work in this field. Recent cases include:
Appeals against self-assessment adjustments and penalties by HMRC including prospects of appealing out of time.
Recovery of sums paid to finance a project to buy and import rough diamonds from Sierra Leon, Liberia and the Dominican Republic of Congo.
Advising on the effect of execution of a share transfer agreement on existing personal indemnities.
Obtaining compensation for tenant on a long lease for damage caused by fire where it was alleged that the policy holder purporting to manage the property had no insurable interest.
Claim for account on dissolution of a partnership.
Cathrine’s experience also includes dealing with matters relating to: sale/supply of goods and services, hire purchase, misrepresentation, commercial leases and trusts.
Prior to joining Civitas, Cathrine worked as an advocate undertaking around 45 hearings a week in debt enforcement matters. She has significant experience in bankruptcy, insolvency, consumer protection and possession proceedings.
Training and publications include:
Cathrine represents local authorities, teachers, parents and students in a range of matters including admission, exclusion, examinations as well as allegations of misconduct and SEN provision. This includes appeals to the SENTW, SEND and OIA, proceedings before the Education Workforce Council and civil proceedings such as breach of contract claims in relation to universities and independent schools.
Advises and appears in matters including claims involving unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, TUPE and limitation. Cathrine has provided recent lectures on Compromise Agreements and is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association.
Cathrine has a particular specialism in immigration and asylum law. Her experience in this area has been noted by the Legal 500 who rank her as one of the leading juniors in her field.
Her busy practice includes the full spectrum of immigration and asylum issues, including: judicial review challenges to deportation, certification of claims, loss of sponsor status, challenges to immigration detention, human trafficking claims, citizenship applications, EEA free movement & Ankara Agreement applications, removal and deportation, work and education visas, human rights claims, appendix FM appeals and family reunion.
Cathrine deals with asylum appeals from all over the globe, however is currently dealing with a lot of cases from Yemen, Pakistan, Vitenam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Cathrine also acts in civil claims against public authorities in the immigration context.
Cathrine is an author of Butterworth’s Personal Injury Litigation Service Division I and used to deliver the Personal Injury elective on the LPC at Cardiff Law School.
She has a wide range of experience acting for both Claimants and Defendants in all areas of PI litigation, but has a particular interest in claims with a foreign element. She appears regularly in claims concerning accidents occurring abroad and having written the relevant chapter on jurisdiction and applicable law in Butterworth’s Personal Injury Litigation Service.
Cathrine acts in industrial disease matters, most notably the NIHL case of Smith v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change  EWCA Civ 1585, where she successfully represented the claimant in an appeal concerning pre-action disclosure.
Cathrine is a member of PIBA and contributes to various publications. Her contributions include:
- Part A: General Principles of Compensation
- Part B4: Claims with a Foreign Element
- Part I: Special Aspects of Future Loss
- Part O: Finalising the Award or Settlement
Cathrine has extensive experience in possession proceedings, boundary and party wall disputes, landlord and tenant, and easements.
Prior to joining Civitas, Cathrine worked as an advocate undertaking around 45 hearings a week in debt enforcement matters focusing primarily on mortgage and private lease possession proceedings.
Recent cases include:
Cathrine regularly advises on issues arising in respect of express and implied trusts. Recent cases include:
Cathrine also deals with contentious probate matters including claims under the Inheritance, Provision of Family Dependants’ Act 1975. She has further provided seminars to the Confederation of law Societies, University of Glamorgan, in respect of Equitable Doctrines: Performance, Satisfaction and Double Portions.