General Crime Department and Prison Law
The Senior partner and head of the crime department. Catherine has now reached 25 years of practice in her specialist field.
Catherine qualified in 1992 and was part of the team that set up Clarke Kiernan in 1997 . Specialising in her chosen field early on she has a wealth of experience in all aspects of the job. She has been authorised to take trainees for many years and she has enjoyed helping bring along the next generation of lawyers in this field.
She has acted for many professionals over the years, Doctors, teachers, lawyers, nursing staff, care home staff , but also for many very vulnerable clients with special needs with a gift of being able to talk to people at the appropriate level and support them.
CLSA , APIL, BVFLA, and Local law society .
Law (LLB (Hons). Chester School of Law Solicitors final exams
Fraud, business crime of all types, regulatory cases, any crime or regulatory cases that might be considered complex, contentious probate and professional negligence.
A specialist fraud supervisor dealing with many areas of litigation including white-collar crime, business crime, bribery, confiscation, restraint or freezing cases, in fact if the problem is at all crime-related he can assist. He took a particular interest over the years of attacking unfairness in the procedures in criminal proceedings which led to his cases of ex parte Lee (the reintroduction of the common law rules for disclosure of helpful material by prosecutors), Edwards & Lewis v UK (secrecy in public interest immunity applications by prosecutors and the impact on a fair trial), ex parte Bentham (Habeas Corpus in s51 sendings to the Crown Court where procedures were wrongly dealt with), and O v Crown Court at Harrow (dealing with the withholding of bail for some defendants). He has many more in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords and is not afraid of sending cases for further consideration by the European Court of Human Rights. He has dealt with many fraud cases brought by a wide range of investigatory and prosecuting authorities. For many years he has been the only Kent based solicitor chosen by the Police Federation to look after its members if being investigated for criminal matters in the county.
Qualified in 1976, a partner in 1982 and formed own firm in 1997 to concentrate even more on litigation.
Supervisor on Specialist Fraud Panel and member of VHCC Panel; Chair of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Courts Board throughout its life; CLSA committee member; Law Society; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers’ Association.
Mathematics and Statistics BSc(hons) from Reading University.