She advises on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious regulatory matters for our Education sector clients, including matters relating to school admissions, behaviour and exclusions, safeguarding, serious incidents, parental complaints.
Catherine assists in defending clients against discrimination claims brought by pupils and parents in the First-Tier Tribunal (SEN and Disability), and in the private prosecution of cases in the criminal courts. She also advises on equality issues, including those relating to SEN and disability, race, religion and belief, and transgender and non-binary pupils.
Prior to working at VWV, Catherine worked in research and advocacy in the Charity sector and as a Public & Regulatory Paralegal on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
Catherine has an undergraduate degree with First-Class Honours in History and French from the University of Glasgow, which included a study year abroad in Montpellier. She also has a Masters with distinction in Human Rights from UCL, and completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course, achieving distinctions in both, at the University of Law in London, Moorgate.
Catherine leads the firm's Green Team, which involves leading on initiatives to improve communication and engagement among staff and key stakeholders on environmental issues and working with management to undertake and maintain the firm's ISO14001 certification, carbon footprint assessment and carbon reduction plan.
In the past, Catherine has travelled extensively in South-East Asia and the Middle East and has volunteered for charities in Cambodia, Burkina Faso and Palestine. At home, she enjoys exploring London's many parks and practices yoga.