Catherine’s civil practice arises out of issues which relate to families and finances. Her work in this area is primarily linked to financial remedies proceedings following divorce, but she also advises on co-habitation and separation. She undertakes all areas of work in respect of TOLATA applications, and has advised on wills and trusts.
Catherine’s negotiation skills enable her to work towards agreement, and she offers realistic advice from the outset to help lay clients and instructing solicitors work towards settlement rather than litigation. However, she is very comfortable challenging seemingly insurmountable evidence when necessary, preparing thoroughly for trial and performing well in court.
Catherine is a strong advocate, often referred to as forceful and persuasive. She is effective in cross-examination.
Catherine prefers to handle cases from the beginning, since she believes that this enables lay clients to get best value and to benefit most from an agreed strategy. However, she can also quickly prepare for and appear in hearings at short notice.
Catherine Mason may accept Public Access work, where she can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.