Areas of Expertise
With a sound knowledge of procedure and ADR, Cathrine always has an eye on achieving the best practical result as well as the correct legal one.
Cathrine has a particular interest in chancery, commercial and regulatory law, having received a Lawyer Monthly Women in Law 2014 award in recognition of her work in the Commercial Law sector. She also has a busy Public Law and Personal Injury Practice. 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.
Cathrine appears for and advises individuals and public bodies in matters including, inquests, planning, and environmental health.
In 2014 Cathrine received a Lawyer Monthly Women in Law award for work in the commercial sector. She has a busy practice acting in a variety of matters including insurance, finance, sale/supply of goods and services, hire purchase, misrepresentation. She also regularly advises in property disputes.
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. She is an effective advocate who fights hard for her clients.
Cathrine has a wide range of experience acting for both Claimants and Defendants in all areas of the field including the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal and inquests, with a particular interest in accidents occurring abroad as well as road traffic, sports and recreation claims.
Smith v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change  EWCA Civ 1585
Cathrine regularly accepts instructions pertaining to Wills, Trusts and Probate matters.
Cathrine appears for and advises individuals and public bodies in matters including:
Cathrine is happy to provide additional support and training to established clients. Articles and seminars include:
In 2014 Cathrine received a Lawyer Monthly Women in Law award for work in the commercial sector.
She has a particular interest in claims with a foreign element, having studied German law and written the relevant chapter on jurisdiction and conflict of laws in Butterworth’s Personal Injury Litigation Service Division I.
Cathrine’s experience also includes dealing with matters relating to: sale/supply of goods and services, hire purchase, misrepresentation, boundary disputes, easements, landlord and tenant, constructive trusts, proprietary estoppel wills and probate.
Fluent and precise in drafting, Cathrine taught this skill to bar students at Cardiff University on a course that focuses heavily on contractual disputes. Well versed in mediation and other forms of ADR, Cathrine adopts a common-sense approach to litigation to meet the commercial needs of the lay client.
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.
Cathrine is happy to provide additional support and training to established clients. Training and publications include:
Her busy practice includes challenges to immigration detention, human trafficking claims, citizenship application, EEA free movement & Ankara Agreement applications, removal and deportation, work and education visas, human rights claims, appendix FM appeals and family reunion.
She frequently appears in the first and second tier tribunal appeals and judicial review applications, and provides drafting and advisory services on a range of matters. Cathrine also acts in civil claims against public authorities in the immigration context.
In addition to her busy PI practice, Cathrine is an author of Butterworth’s Personal Injury Litigation Service Division I and has delivered 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 the field including the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal and inquests, with extensive experience in RTA claims including credit hire.
She has a particular interest in claims with a foreign element, appearing 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 regularly advises on issues arising in respect of express and implied trusts.
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.