Clerking team

Gail Whelan

Assistant Senior & Family Clerk

David Harrald

Family Clerk

Elisa Clement

Family Clerk

Catherine read Law at the University of Leeds and was called to the Bar by Gray’s Inn in 2004.

Her area of practice is Family Law and encompasses all aspects of the law relating to children in both public and private proceedings.

Catherine is accredited to receive instructions directly from members of the public through the Public Access Scheme.

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Children (Public and Private law)

Catherine undertakes work for local authorities, parents and children (whether directly or by their Guardians). She has significant experience of public law cases involving a wide range of issues including complex medical evidence relating to non-accidental injury and cases involving serious sexual abuse. Catherine regularly deals with cases involving issues of significant neglect, domestic violence, substance misuse, mental health and allegations of physical and emotional harm.

In private law proceedings Catherine’s practice has included residence/ child arrangement applications involving sexual abuse or domestic violence, intractable contact disputes involving emotional abuse, injunction applications and international relocation.¬† Catherine also has experience in cases involving the enforcement of child arrangement orders.


  • Family Law Bar Association


  • Junior of the Northern Circuit – 2006
  • Attorney General’s Unified List of Prosecuting Advocates 2009
  • Accredited for Direct Public Access Instructions


  • Vulnerable Witness Advocacy Training