Catherine is a solicitor specialising in civil actions against public authorities and inquests arising from deaths in detention.
She acts in cases brought against the police, Home Office and prison service for discrimination, assault, false imprisonment, negligence, malicious prosecution, data breaches and breaches of the Human Rights Act. Catherine is developing a particular specialism in representing clients affected by violence against women and girls where there has been a failure to investigate or to protect by state bodies; she represents families who have suffered bereavement as a result of gender-based homicide.
Catherine acts for the bereaved families of people who have died while detained under the Mental Health Act to seek to ensure that lessons are learned through the inquest and other investigative processes. Her casework includes civil claims arising from unlawful immigration detention, prisoner mistreatment and the unlawful policing of protest activity.
Catherine sits on the Steering Group of the INQUEST Lawyers Group. She is a member of the Police Action Lawyers Group, INQUEST Lawyers Group and Liberty. She is on the Legal Reference Panel for the Centre for Women’s Justice. Catherine joined Bhatt Murphy in 2016.
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