Catriona’s practice encompasses a broad range of human rights issues. She has experience of cases involving investigative failings, allegations of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment, breach of privacy, infringement of the right to freedom of assembly and discrimination. She has acted on behalf of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and has dealt with cases involving victims of modern slavery.
Before calling to the bar, Catriona worked as an assistant in the Human Rights Department of Leigh Day. The cases in which she was involved included the independent inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, an application to the ECtHR challenging the decision of a local authority to take a baby into care and a licensing appeal challenging a local authority’s failure to comply with its race equality duties.
Gatland and others v Independent Police Complaints Commission (High Court, ongoing) – claims for breach of Articles 6 and 8 and Article 1 of the First Protocol of the European Convention arising from three independent investigations into allegations of police misconduct (led by Jason Beer QC).