Catherine Callaghan has been practising at the English Bar since 2000.  Her fields of expertise are public and regulatory law, professional discipline, civil liberties & human rights, education and employment law. She regularly acts for the UK Government and regulatory bodies, as well as individual claimants, in the Administrative Court, Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court. Catherine was appointed to the Attorney General’s A Panel of counsel in 2013. She is also qualified as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand.

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Public & Regulatory

Catherine is recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers UK as a leading junior in public and regulatory law. She has a busy public law and regulatory practice, encompassing judicial review, first instance and appellate professional disciplinary and regulatory hearings, and public inquiries. Catherine has extensive experience representing clients in the Administrative Court, Special Immigration Appeals Commission, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. She regularly acts for Government departments such as the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Department for Work and Pensions, Department for Education, and HM Revenue and Customs defending judicial review challenges. She regularly acts for regulatory bodies such as the General Medical Council, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and the Advertising Standards Authority. Catherine is Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel).

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Catherine’s civil liberties and human rights practice incorporates immigration, nationality and asylum law, national security and terrorism, and prison law. She regularly acts for the UK Government and regulatory bodies in defending decisions affecting civil liberties and human rights.  Catherine also acts for police bodies, including the Metropolitan Police Service, the Metropolitan Police Authority, and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

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Education

Catherine has a strong interest in education law, particularly in the context of public law and professional disciplinary regulation. She has regularly acted for head teachers in professional disciplinary proceedings before the General Teaching Council, and is regularly instructed by the Department for Education and Department for Business Innovation and Skills on a wide range of high profile education cases.

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Professional Discipline

Catherine has a particular interest in professional disciplinary regulation in the fields of healthcare, accountancy, law, and education. 

She regularly acts for the General Medical Council in judicial review proceedings and statutory appeals to the High Court from disciplinary decisions of Fitness to Practise Panels. She advises the GMC on policy development and guidance, and represented the GMC (with Robert Englehart QC) in the Public Inquiry into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.  

In the field of accountancy, she regularly acts for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in internal disciplinary hearings, appeals and judicial review proceedings.  She also acts for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Institute of Actuaries. She also acts for the Solicitors Regulation Authority in relation to misconduct cases.

Catherine represents individual professionals including psychotherapists, accountants and head teachers in disciplinary proceedings before their professional bodies and in judicial review proceedings. 

Catherine also has experience of appearing in other types of disciplinary hearings, such as sports disciplinary hearings and Oxford Union disciplinary hearings.

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Employment

Catherine appears in the Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and High Court in cases involving whistle blowing, race, sex and disability discrimination, unfair and wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, redundancy, and employee competition. She acts for both Claimants (particularly senior managers and directors) and Respondents.

Catherine co-wrote the chapter on Practice and Procedure in the textbook “Employee Competition: Covenants, Confidentiality and Garden Leave”, edited by Paul Goulding QC and first published by Oxford University Press in 2007 (2nd edition published in 2011). 

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Achievements

Education

BA, LLB (Hons) (Victoria University of Wellington); LLM (Cambridge)

Publications

  • “Practice and Procedure” (co-writer) in Employee Competition: Covenants, Confidentiality and Garden Leave (Oxford University Press, 2011, 2nd edition, ed. Paul Goulding QC)
  • Chapters 5 and 6 (“Commencing a Claim” and “Acknowledgment of Service”) in Administrative Court: Practice and Procedure (Sweet & Maxwell, 2006, ed. Beverley Lang QC)
  • Co-writer of “Conflicts of Law” in European Employment Law and the UK (Sweet & Maxwell, 2003)
  • “What is a ‘Target Duty’?” [2000] Judicial Review 184.
  • “They think it’s all over: The impact of the Tobacco Advertising Directive on sports sponsorship in the United Kingdom” [2000] Sport and the Law Journal 91.
  • “‘Constitutionalisation’ of Treaties by the Courts – The Treaty of Waitangi and the Treaty of Rome Compared” [1999] New Zealand Universities Law Review 334.
  • “Manifest disadvantage in undue influence: An analysis of its role and necessity” [1995] Victoria University of Wellington Law Review 289.

Appointments

Junior Counsel to the Crown (A Panel)

Memberships

  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
  • Justice
  • Employment Lawyers’ Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association

Catherine sits on the Executive Committee of the Anglo Australasian Lawyers Society.

Selected earlier reported cases

Public & Regulatory

  • R (Banerjee) v General Medical Council [2015] EWHC 2263 (Admin)
  • R (Chaudhuri) v General Medical Council [2015] EWHC 6621 (Admin)
  • R (Jackson) v General Medical Council [2013] EWHC 2595 (Admin)
  • R (Coys of Kensington) v Advertising Standards Authority [2012] EWHC 902 (Admin) 
  • R (Coke-Wallis) v Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales [2011] 2 AC 146
  • R (Child Poverty Action Group) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2011] EWHC 2616 (Admin)
  • The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (2010-2012)
  • R (UNISON) v Secretary of State for Health [2010] EWHC 2655 (Admin)
  • R (Breckland DC) v Electoral Commission [2009] EWCA Civ 239
  • R (London & South Eastern Railway Ltd) v British Transport Police Authority [2009] EWHC 460
  • R (Lin) v Secretary of State for Transport [2006] EWHC 2575 (Admin)
  • R (Razgar & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2003] EWCA Civ 840

Professional Discipline

  • R (Dr LI) v GMC [2013] EWHC 522 (Admin)
  • R (Coke-Wallis) v Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales [2011] 2 AC 146
  • R (X) v General Medical Council [2011] EWHC 3271 (Admin)
  • Martin v General Medical Council [2011] EWHC 3204 (Admin)
  • Shamsian v General Medical Council [2011] EWHC 2885 (Admin)
  • Saverymuttu v General Medical Council [2011] EWHC 1139 (Admin) 
  • Bhatt v General Medical Council [2011] EWHC 783 (Admin)
  • Moneim v General Medical Council [2011] EWHC 327 (Admin)
  • Pugsley v General Medical Council [2010] EWHC 2247 (Admin)
  • Colman and Hickey v General Medical Council [2010] EWHC 1608 (QB)
  • General Teaching Council v Maltbaek (2009/10)
  • Cohen v General Medical Council [2008] EWHC 581 (Admin)

Employment

  • Pimlico Plumbers Ltd v Service Corps Ltd & Anr (2009-2010)
  • Pickett v Citibank International (2009)
  • Hillier v Barclays Capital (2008)

Previous professional experience

Catherine first qualified as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand and worked in the commercial litigation department of the New Zealand law firm Rudd Watts & Stone (now Minter Ellison Rudd Watts).  After gaining the highest first in the LLM at the University of Cambridge, she worked as a solicitor in the London office of Clifford Chance from 1997 to 1999 practising in public international law.

Catherine’s experience as a solicitor in two jurisdictions has given her an invaluable understanding and appreciation of working as part of an integrated team with solicitors and clients.

In 2007, Catherine taught public law and comparative human rights law at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. She also spent two months working as Crown Counsel for the Crown Law Office in Wellington, where she advised the New Zealand Government on a variety of public law matters.

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