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Catherine Mason

Year of call:
2000
Education:
1987
University of Leeds, BSc (Hons) in Mathematics
1999
Leeds Metropolitan University, PGDip in Law (2:1)
2000
BPP Law School BVC (‘very competent’)
Career:
2002
Pupil at Sovereign Chambers
2003
Tenant at Sovereign Chambers
2015
Sovereign Chambers becomes Park Square Barristers
Previously worked in management for blue-chip companies
Ran own business
Appointments:
Pupil supervisor
Memberships:
North Eastern Circuit Member Family Law Bar Association

Catherine undertakes all aspects of both public and private Children Act proceedings in all courts, representing applicants or respondents. She is a strong advocate: her submissions are often referred to as forceful and persuasive. She prepares thoroughly for trial and is effective in cross-examination.

She gives realistic advice from the outset and has strong negotiation skills, enabling her to help lay clients and instructing solicitors work towards settlement rather than litigation. However, she is not afraid to challenge seemingly insurmountable evidence and she performs well in court.

Catherine enjoys a challenge and has undertaken a number of unusual and high-profile cases. She prefers to follow cases through to their conclusion but is also willing to undertake shorter hearings. She prefers to work together with instructing solicitors and often advises at short notice on drafting and procedure.

Placement applications

Catherine has a good track record of succeeding in defending care and placement applications against the recommendations of the local authority and children’s guardian.

Medical evidence

Her very good working medical knowledge enables Catherine to undertake detailed analysis of expert evidence. She has undertaken numerous cases which involve serious non-accidental injuries to children, often appearing against Queen’s Counsel. She also has a particular aptitude for analysis of facts and the testing of evidence.

Approach

Catherine has a flexible approach and is often instructed in cases where lay clients require sympathetic handling or firm advice.

Catherine Mason is a strong advocate; she is forceful and persuasive, and is effective in cross-examination

Notable cases

  • Re P (Care Proceedings: Disclosure) (2008) [2009] 2 FLR 1039 : [2009] Fam Law 797
  • Re MGR (A Child) sub nom Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council v (1) JD (2) JR (3) RD (4) MGR (By Her Guardian) (2009) [2010] 1 FLR 673 : [2009] Fam Law 1130 : (2009) 106(36) LSG 18 : (2009) 153(34) SJLB 28
  • Re B, C & D (Children) (By Their Guardian) sub nom Wakefield City Metropolitan District Council V The Media & Ors (2010) [2010] 1 FLR 1708 : [2010] 3 FCR 296 : [2010] Fam Law 594
  • A (A Child) v Leeds City Council (2011) [2012] 2 FLR 621 : [2012] Fam Law 123
  • In the Matter of G-B (Children) (2013) [2013] EWCA Civ 164: CA (Civ Div) (Rix LJ, Lloyd LJ, McFarlane LJ) 7/02/2013

Public Access

Catherine Mason may accept Public Access work, where she can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Catherine’s clerks

Claudine Cooper on 0113 202 8604

Paul Foster on 0113 213 5209