Catherine Smith

Year of Call
2007
Devil Masters
Andrew Young QC
Gary Allan QC
Sheriff Chris Shead
@casadvocate1 on Twitter

Contact

catherinesmith@amadvocates.co.uk 07760 276226 Check Faculty diary

Practice Profile

Catherine’s principal areas of work are reparation and public law. She specialises in personal injury, judicial review and clinical negligence cases. Other areas in which she has acquired experience whilst an advocate include commercial contracts and criminal trials and appeals. In her personal injury work, Catherine acts regularly for pursuers and defenders.

She has been Standing Junior Counsel to the Advocate General since 2012 and on the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel since 2015.

Catherine appears regularly in the Court of Session and the High Court, and appeared before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (now the Supreme Court) in the cases addressing the issue of Crown disclosure of evidence in 2008.

Catherine has a strong commitment to promoting the rule of law and human rights in the UK and developing democracies and has participated in international conferences and worked with foreign legislatures on these issues. Catherine is a founding member and the Deputy Chair of JUSTICE Scotland, the Scottish arm of the London based NGO, and Acting Chair of the John Smith Centre for Public Service based at the University of Glasgow.

Education & Professional Career to Date

Solicitor, DM MacKinnon, Oban
Trainee Solicitor, Thompsons, Glasgow
Paralegal, Minter Ellison, Sydney
Deputy Director of LINKS, an NGO promoting conflict resolution and state building in the former Soviet Union

MA (Hons) History and LLB (Glasgow, 1996); Diploma in Legal Practice (Strathclyde)

Appointments

  • Ad Hoc Advocate Depute (2017–present)
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel
  • Standing Junior to the Advocate General
  • Curator of the Advocates Library
  • Member of the Human Rights and Rule of Law Committee
  • Deputy Chair and Founding Member, JUSTICE Scotland
  • Acting Chair, John Smith Centre for Public Service
  • Director of Advocacy, Beyond Borders
  • Trustee, John Smith Memorial Trust
  • Member of Faculty of Advocates Committees reporting on: Proposals for a Bill of Rights; Victim’s Rights (Scotland) Regulations; Human Trafficking (Scotland) Bill; Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill.
  • Former Faculty of Advocates Council Elected Representative, for junior counsel less than 7 years called
  • Former Member of the Faculty of Advocates Fees and Legal Aid Committee
  • Former Management Committee Member of Arnot Manderson Stable

Selected Cases

Publications & Seminars

Catherine has presented talks on various subjects including Crown disclosure of evidence and contributory negligence in road traffic cases