Catherine has advised on Court of Protection matters and her experience dealing with child-care matters, both public and private, means she is well-attuned to the sensitivities required when conducting litigation in respect of vulnerable individuals. She enjoys a challenge and has undertaken a number of unusual and high-profile cases.
Her negotiation skills enable Catherine to work towards agreement rather than litigation whenever possible, but she also prepares thoroughly and performs well in court. She offers pragmatic advice from the start, to help lay clients and instructing solicitors work towards settlement, but is not afraid to challenge seemingly insurmountable evidence when necessary.
Catherine Mason enjoys a challenge and has undertaken a number of unusual and high-profile cases
Catherine is a strong advocate. Her submissions are frequently referred to as forceful and persuasive, and she is effective in cross-examination.
She has a good track record of success when defending care and placement applications which go against the recommendations of the local authority and children’s guardian.
Catherine has a very good working knowledge of medical matters, and can undertake detailed analysis of expert evidence. She has handled numerous cases involving serious non-accidental injuries to children, and has often appeared against Queen’s Counsel. She has particular skills in the analysis of facts and testing of evidence.
She prefers to follow cases through to conclusion, but will undertake shorter hearings. She prefers to work with instructing solicitors, and often advises at short notice on drafting and procedure.
Catherine Mason may accept Public Access work, where she can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.