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Catherine Deveson


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Catherine is a solicitor (currently non-practising) in the international and group claims department. She has represented both UK and overseas claimants against corporations and the UK government. 

Catherine joined Leigh Day as a trainee solicitor in 2009 and worked in the firm’s human rights and international and group claims departments before qualifying in September 2011. She has primarily worked on behalf of Iraqi clients alleging false imprisonment, mistreatment and torture. This has included the substantive trial of four test claims at the High Court in London (Al-Waheed v MOD; Alseran v MOD; MRE & KSU v MOD) and an appeal to the Supreme Court (Al-Waheed v MOD). Catherine has also worked on behalf of international claimants in environmental and human rights actions against corporations, including a large group claim against Shell on behalf of the Ogoni people following two large oil spills in the Niger Delta.

Catherine read History at the University of Edinburgh before converting to law. She has volunteered on a variety of justice and equality projects, including an anti-death penalty internship at Trinity Chambers in Trinidad and Tobago, work on secret prisons and rendition for Reprieve, and the Palestine Choral Festival.

Catherine is currently on sabbatical from Leigh Day until August 2018. She is studying an LL.M. at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston and is the 2017-2018 recipient of the Fulbright Award for international law. 

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