Catherine’s principal areas of work are reparation and public law. She specialises in personal injury, clinical negligence and judicial review cases.
Catherine has a busy practice in reparation work, acting for pursuers and defenders. She also acts in product liability cases; and has prior experience of criminal trials and appeals.
Catherine also undertakes a wide variety of advisory work for organisations including the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission; MDDUS (Medical and Dental Defence Union Scotland); Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority; the Ministry of Defence and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
She is currently Counsel to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, and has been Standing Junior Counsel to the Advocate General since 2012, and on the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel since 2015. In 2017 she was appointed as an Ad Hoc Advocate Depute.
She is one of two advocate members of the Scottish Civil Justice Council.
Catherine appears regularly in the Court of Session, including the Inner House, and has appeared in the Supreme Court.
Catherine is a founding member and the Deputy Chair of JUSTICE Scotland, the Scottish arm of the London based NGO working on human rights and the rule of law. She is Co-Founder and Chair of the John Smith Centre for Public Service based at the University of Glasgow.