5 Essex Court

Catriona Hodge

Call 2012


Catriona has acted in a number of sensitive and lengthy inquests involving allegations of failings on the part of state agents. She has experience of cases concerning homicide, police pursuits and deaths (including suicides) following police custody and other contact with the police such as 999 calls. Several of her cases have involved a complex history of mental illness including detention in mental health institutions and contact with community mental health teams.

Catriona has represented police forces, family members and a healthcare professional. She has been instructed to handle applications for witness anonymity, public interest immunity and judicial review claims challenging the verdict of inquests. She regularly advises on case preparation, witness handling and disclosure.

Significant cases include:

Inquest into the death of Michael Dowling [2016] – jury inquest into the death of a man who committed suicide during the execution of an arrest warrant.

Inquest into the death of Shawn Browne [2015] – acting on behalf of West Midlands Police in an Article 2 inquest, before a jury, into the death of a suspect during a police pursuit.

Inquest into the death of Joshua Brown [2015] – instructed by Surrey Police to act in an Article 2 inquest, held with a jury, into the death of a pedestrian during a police response to a 999 call.

Inquest into the death of Terence Wotton [2014] – Article 2 inquest into the tragic death of a man murdered by his son who suffered from a serious mental illness.