Coroners or Inquests Criminal Law Family Law Public Inquiries
Cathryn was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in September 2012. During pupillage, she was involved in a series of high-profile legacy inquests, historical sexual abuse criminal cases, and numerous judicial reviews.
More recently, Cathryn has worked on both the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry and the Renewable Heat Incentive Inquiry. In September 2017, Cathryn was appointed to the Government Legal Services Civil Panel. She is currently accepting instructions in all areas of legal practice.
Prior to call to the Bar, Cathryn enjoyed a successful career as a television producer and researcher spanning 15 years. Working in London, Glasgow and Belfast, Cathryn worked on many critically acclaimed documentaries and series including BAFTA and Royal Television Society award-winning programmes. Cathryn was also a freelance journalist, writing for the Herald newspaper, Scotland’s best-selling quality daily and was a regular contributor to BBC Radio Scotland’s arts review shows.
2012; Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies (Bar) with Distinction, Institute of Professional Legal Studies
2011; Masters in Legal Science with Distinction, Queen’s University Belfast
1989; Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Film & Media Studies, University of Stirling
Eoin Higgins Memorial Prize, Top Barrister Trainee
Megaw Gift Fund Prize for Advocacy, Highest Attainment in Advocacy Courses
Williamson Trust Fund Prize, Highest Attainment in the Exit Examination
PricewaterhouseCoopers Prize, Highest Attainment in the Revenue Examination
Personal injury cases representing plaintiffs in County Court and High Court proceedings including accident at work cases;
Representation of executors and beneficiaries in cases involving the construction of wills;
Representation of defendants in repossession proceedings in the Chancery Court;
Successfully challenging judicial decisions using judicial review pre-action protocol procedures;
Criminal defence including Magistrates’ Court, Youth Court, Crown Court and High Court;
Representation of clients charged with a wide range of offences including manslaughter, affray, fraud, forgery, using a false instrument, burglary, theft, handling stolen goods, assaults on police, criminal damage, harassment, assault, breach of non-molestation orders and road traffic offences;
Representation of clients in Crown Court confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime (NI) Order 1996;
Representation of clients in bail applications before the High Court;
Family law including representing clients in the Family Proceedings Court, Domestic Proceedings Court, Family Care Centre and High Court Ancillary Relief;
Representation of respondent parents in public law family cases including cases involving allegations of non-accidental injury;
Successfully challenging Trust applications for final care orders on behalf of respondent parents.