Catherine Collins (2010)


Catherine's practice encompasses all aspects of financial wrongdoing.

Financial Crime

Her serious fraud experience includes being instructed as second junior for Tom Hayes in the SFO prosecution for offences related to “rigging” LIBOR.  Catherine was also part of the team representing Asil Nadir prior to her career at the Bar. Experience in these matters has enabled Catherine to develop an ability to analyse and manage material in substantial and complex fraud cases. Catherine has provided written advice to the British High Commission in respect of a potential appeal to the Privy Council arising from a Jamaican corruption case. Catherine also has acted for the Specialist Fraud division of the CPS in various matters, including the successful prosecution of an NHS accountant (R v Cosson – Blackfriars Crown Court) for fraud to the value of £2.2 million. 

General Crime

Her general criminal work includes prosecuting and defending in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Courts. Catherine’s criminal practice encompasses the full range of offences, ranging from violent crime to crimes of dishonesty and drug offences. 

Catherine regularly defends in road traffic matters and is instructed by individuals and insurers in matters from speeding and drink driving to motor accidents involving fatalities.

In addition to conventional crime, Catherine has represented the interests of individuals affected by criminal proceedings, including those affected by witness summonses.

Investigations

Catherine has been led in various high profile cases on behalf on the Metropolitan Police, advising in relation to warrants, production orders and judicial review matters connected thereto. 

 

Asset Recovery

Catherine has experience in dealing with CJA, DTA and POCA confiscation matters, including ancillary issues such as restraint, contempt and cash forfeiture.

Catherine has undertaken a variety of work for the prosecution, defence and third parties at all stages of proceedings, from contested confiscation through to enforcement and receivership.  She regularly advises on, and assists in, the preparation of written statements for the purposes of asset recovery proceedings and is familiar with applications under s.22 and s.23 POCA.

Civil

Catherine’s civil practice encompasses fraud, receivership and she has some experience of civil asset recovery.  She has undertaken work for the Official Solicitor in Civil recovery proceedings and has appeared in the First Tier Tribunal in tax matters.  She is keen to expand her experience in this area.

Other

Catherine has also worked on the preparatory stages of the Hillsborough inquest and has appeared at an inquest further to a fatal traffic accident. She has also assisted with advising the police in relation to firearms licensing and Health & Safety issues.

Prior to pupillage Catherine spent two years working at a leading law firm specialising in complex fraud, serious crime, civil recovery and tax litigation/compliance. She represented defendants prosecuted by the SFO, the CPS, HMRC, BIS, the Environment Agency, local authorities and other agencies.

Catherine is registered with the Bar Council Public Access Directory and is qualified to accept instructions on a direct access basis.

Professional Memberships

CPS Level 2; Metropolitan Police DLS Panel; YFLA; POCLA; Inner Temple.