Celine has commenced her mixed pupillage under the supervision of Charlotte Worsley and Kate Batty, with an emphasis on criminal and family law.
Celine completed her Law degree at Durham University. Whilst studying, Celine was appointed Pro Bono Project Director for Families in Care, a charity based in the North-East of England. Within this role, Celine managed a team who supported parents throughout care proceedings. Celine attended hearings with parents, advised them on potential prospects of success upon appeal and guided them through family court processes.
Whilst elected as Vice President of Undergraduate students for her college, Celine initiated a First-Generation Students’ Forum, widening accessibility and participation into Higher Education. During her degree, Celine also mentored and tutored Syrian refugees. Within these experiences Celine communicated with and advocated for a broad-ranging clientele and it was these experiences, alongside her pro bono efforts, which led Celine to be gifted an Unsung Hero Award by her University College.
Celine completed her Dissertation on Re W and the child’s participation in the family courts, receiving a First-Class mark for her research, later published in the Durham Law Review. She received a scholarship based on proposing this research as a Master of Jurisprudence.
During her Barrister Training Course, Celine worked as a paralegal in a family law solicitors’ firm in Bradford, undertaking work concerning public law care proceedings. Within this role, Celine represented clients at Case Management Hearings and in the Magistrates’ Court, attended conferences with clients and drafted a variety of statements of case. From this experience, Celine honed her practical advocacy skills whilst developing an ability to prioritise client care in highly sensitive cases including those of non-accidental injury, neglect, sexual abuse and so-called honour-based violence.
Celine is interested in developing a criminal practice which spans a wide range of offences. During her Barrister Training, Celine obtained Very Competent and Outstanding marks in her criminal advocacy, which she will utilise across her practice. Celine has deployed these advocacy skills whilst competing in a variety of advocacy and mooting competitions throughout her higher education.
Celine has also undertaken specialist training in partnership with Rape Crisis before then going on to support survivors of sexual violence who were either experiencing or considering prosecution. Recently, Celine has been aiding elderly individuals to draft Lasting Powers of Attorney, honing her ability to prioritise the needs of senior and potentially vulnerable clients.