Catherine's notable cases

Catherine’s notable cases include:

Sasha Forster, deceased

Catherine acts for the family of Sasha Forster who took her own life, aged 20, while detained under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act at Farnham Road Hospital, run by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Three critical reports were prepared by the Coroner at the conclusion of Sasha’s inquest with a view to preventing future deaths.

HBX v The Home Office 

Catherine acted in the case of HXB, a gay asylum seeker who was detained in the now defunct Detained Fast Track. He was subjected to homophobic abuse
from detainees in detention including being spat at. He brought a civil claim against the Home Office and received a substantive settlement.

Branko Zdravkovic, deceased

Catherine acted in the inquest arising from the death of Branko Zdravkovic in immigration detention. Mr Zdravkovic, who was Slovenian, took his own life aged 43 at the Verne Immigration Removal Centre. The evidence revealed a systemic breach of the statutory duty to report a detainee’s risk of suicide to the Home Office under Rule 35 of the Detention Centre Rules 2001. The Coroner issued a report to prevent future deaths requiring that action be taken to ensure compliance. Further details are available here.



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Catherine Shannon, photo Sarah Booker

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