Celine has successfully completed her first six of pupillage under the supervision of Charlotte Worsley QC, Head of the Family Team, and Kate Batty, Deputy Head of the Criminal Team. Celine is now accepting instructions and is keen to develop a strong practice in both Criminal and Family Law.
During her first six, Celine engaged with a wide range of criminal matters in the Magistrates’ Court, Crown Court and Court of Appeal. Cases have included child sexual exploitation and grooming, murder, serious sexual offences and gang violence. By observing cases with complex factual issues, Celine has developed a diligent eye for detail in her preparation. Celine also observed a recent reported case of gross negligence manslaughter as a noting junior.
In the Magistrates’ Court, Celine has seen a variety of preliminary hearings, trials and sentences in preparation for her second six. Prior to Pupillage, Celine often appeared in the Magistrates’ Court in her role as a paralegal at a family law solicitors firm. Through this experience, Celine demonstrated her aptitude for representing vulnerable clients and a comprehensive understanding of her cases. Combining these experiences with her first six of pupillage, Celine is confident in representing a wide range of clients, either for the defence or prosecution.
Celine has also spent a proportion of time at the other side of the bench, marshalling members of the judiciary, enabling her to have a judicial insight to the cases at hand.
By being supervised in both Criminal and Children Law throughout her first six, Celine has developed an appreciation for the crossover of both areas and transference of skills across jurisdictions. Prior to coming to the Bar, Celine worked extensively with vulnerable witnesses and victims of sexual violence in partnership with Rape Crisis and in a pro-bono capacity. She has honed skills required to put clients at ease and anticipates deploying these important skills into practice.
During her Barrister Training, Celine obtained 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. Also demonstrating strong written advocacy, in 2021, Celine was shortlisted by the Sentencing Academy for her research into the voice of the child in criminal proceedings and readily anticipates accepting Youth Court instructions.