Catriona Hodge

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YEAR OF CALL: 2012

Catriona became a tenant in September 2013 having successfully completed her pupillage at 5 Essex Court. She accepts instructions in all of Chambers’ main practice areas.

Police Law

Catriona has experience advising on a broad range of civil matters under the Data Protection Act, the Human Rights Act, and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. She is regularly instructed to handle civil claims on behalf of the police and has successfully acted for a police force in a 5-day civil jury trial. She has experience in dealing with claims for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and assault, as well as claims under Articles 3 and 8 of the ECHR. She has also settled summary grounds of resistance in judicial review proceedings and has, acting as a junior, prepared details grounds and skeleton arguments.

Catriona has appeared in the High Court in a successful application for a Forced Marriage Protection Order. She also has experience dealing with disclosure in family court proceedings, as well as applications for public interest immunity in ongoing care proceedings. She regularly acts for police forces in applications for strike out, and summary judgment, in addition to applications for civil orders such as IPNAs, SHPOs, FBOs and applications for forfeiture under POCA.

Recent Cases:

Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis v Jamie Thorpe [2015] EWHC 3339 (Admin) – Instructed to act for the Commissioner of Police in a successful appeal brought by way of case stated against a decision of the Ealing Magistrates’ Court to impose limitations on a football banning order made under s. 14B of the Football Spectators Act 1989.

R (on the application of Craig Paolo) v City of London Magistrates’ Court & Commissioner of Police for the City of London [2014] EWHC 2011 (Admin) – Instructed to act as a junior for the City of London Police in an application for an order quashing a search warrant on grounds of material non-disclosure.

Inquests

Catriona has appeared on behalf of police forces in a number of inquests in which she has made detailed written and oral submissions regarding the application of the Article 2 procedural duty, issues of anonymity and public interest immunity. She has also represented a healthcare professional and family members of the deceased at pre-inquest reviews and substantive hearings.

Recent cases:

Re Shawn Browne [2015] – Instructed to represent West Midlands Police at the Article 2 inquest held into the death of Shawn Browne who died in the context of a police pursuit. The jury returned a conclusion of road traffic collision without any criticism being made of either the officer or the police force’s handling of the pursuit.

Re Joshua Brown [2015] – Instructed to represent Surrey Police at the adjourned inquest into the death of Joshua Brown who died as a result a collision with a police vehicle. The Article 2 inquest which was held with a jury concluded with no criticism being made of the police force.

Re Terence Wotton [2014] – Instructed to appear on behalf of Kent Police at the pre-inquest hearing held to determine scope and the application of the Article 2 procedural duty. Represented Kent Police at the Article 2 inquest held over 8-day at the end of which no criticism was made by HM Coroner of the conduct of Kent Police.

Re Catherine Barrett [2013] – Appeared at the pre-inquest hearing to resist an application that the inquest into the death of Catherine Barrett be heard as an Article 2 Middleton inquest. Having successfully resisted this application, she was instructed to represent Kent Police at the 4-day substantive hearing which was held with a jury.

Employment

Catriona has gained experience in claims of discrimination and unfair dismissal. She has drafted pleadings on behalf of police forces and represented claimants in the employment tribunal. She is experienced in drafting witness statements and advising on matters of disclosure. She has acted in a variety of cases involving claims of race discrimination, sex discrimination and disability discrimination as well as misconduct and whistleblowing.

Recent cases:

Matthew Forbes v Thor Group Ltd [2015] – Instructed by the Claimant in a claim for unfair dismissal following a business restructuring which resulted in redundancy.

Debra Styles v London United Busways Limited [2014] – Instructed by the Claimant in an 7-day Employment Tribunal case concerning claims for disability discrimination, failure to make reasonable adjustments and sex discrimination.

Adrian Jones v Maitland Court Limited [2013] – Instructed by the Claimant in a claim for unfair dismissal under the Public Interest Disclosure Act. Following a 2-day trial in the Central London Employment Tribunal, the Claimant received in excess of £20,000 in compensation.

Public Law

Catriona regularly works on immigration cases, including unlawful detention claims, as part of the Treasury Solicitor’s Baby Barrister Scheme. In her capacity as a Baby Barrister, she has drafted summary grounds and witness statements.

Licensing

Catriona has experience in a wide variety of licensing cases. She regularly appears on behalf of Transport for London in licensing appeals to the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court. She also has experience in handling firearms licensing appeals on behalf of police forces as well as appeals under the Licensing Act 2003.

Personal injury

Catriona has advised on issues of liability and quantum in a large number of personal injury claims. She has dealt with cases involving Occupiers Liability, Defective Premises, Highway Maintenance and Health and Safety at Work. She also has experience in drafting particulars of claim and regularly appears in Infant Settlement Approval hearings.

Lectures

Catriona is willing to provide lectures in all of Chambers’ main practice areas

Education and Awards

MA, European Law, College of Europe, Bruges (2011-2012)

BPTC, City University, Outstanding (2010-2011)

GDL, City University, Commendation (2009-2010)

BA, Modern History and Modern Languages, Trinity College, Oxford, Upper Second Class (2005-2009)

 

The European Education Award, Lincoln’s Inn, (2011)

The Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2010)

The Ford-Chadwich Exhibition, Trinity College, Oxford (2008)