Catherine Smith

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

Contact 07760 276226

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. In 2017 she was appointed as an Ad Hoc Advocate Depute.

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 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 Co-Founder and 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)


  • Faculty International Committee (2019–present)
  • Junior Bar's Representative Inner House Users Group (2018–present)
  • Ad Hoc Advocate Depute (2017–present)
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel (2014–present)
  • Standing Junior to the Advocate General (2012–present)
  • Curator of the Advocates Library (2013–2018)
  • Member of the Faculty Human Rights and Rule of Law Committee
  • Deputy Chair and Founding Member, JUSTICE Scotland
  • Chair and Co-Founder, John Smith Centre for Public Service at the University of Glasgow
  • 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; Simplifying the Immigration Rules; A review of the Sheriff Court Fees Order 2018 to make self-litigation more accessible to disabled people
  • 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 regularly presents seminars on a wide range of topics that have included immigration law updates; contributory negligence and crown disclosure of evidence.