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Catriona Rubens


Catriona Rubens is a solicitor in the abuse team.


Catriona is a solicitor working in the abuse team with Alison Millar.

She specialises in abuse and human rights claims, and has particular expertise representing clients with learning disabilities and/or autism in cases relating to poor care and treatment, restrictive practices, and unlawful deprivation of liberty.

Catriona was trustworthy and reliable, and I just wanted to highlight how she has gone above and beyond for me.

Client of Catriona

Legal expertise

Some of Catriona’s key cases at Leigh Day include:

Catriona has a specialist interest in representing people who have been sexually assaulted in healthcare settings and brings cases on behalf of women who suffered sexual abuse in the context of therapy. She is a panel member of the Centre for Women’s Justice.

Catriona regularly acts on human rights cases involving the use of restraint and seclusion against children with special educational needs or autism. She is a legal panel member for the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, and a member of the Reducing Restrictive Interventions and Safeguarding Children (RRISC) group.

Catriona is often instructed by the Child Migrants Trust and acted on their successful challenge to the UK government’s failure to implement a redress scheme following the 2018 IICSA report.

Read Catriona's blogs

What our clients say

Not only did I receive the highest levels of professional legal support and advice, but also understanding, excellent communications and most welcoming of all compassion.

Client of Catriona

Prior to qualification, Catriona worked at several different human rights NGOs, including Liberty and Advocates for International Development, and a Parisian law firm. She holds a dual degree in English and French law from King’s College London and the Sorbonne, Paris.

Blogs and news

News Article
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Compensation secured for survivor of child abuse in Nottinghamshire foster care

Our client, Jay, has received £60,000 and an apology from the local authority after settling a civil claim for the abuse he experienced as a child in care of Nottinghamshire County Council.

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Special school apologises for use of mechanical restraint against severely autistic twin boys

Parents of twin brothers with severe autism have achieved a landmark success with a successful claim under the Human Rights Act for the use of mechanical restraint chairs against their sons.

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Abuse claims

Compensation secured for sexual assault victim of Dr Manish Shah

A woman who was repeatedly sexually assaulted by her GP, Dr Manish Shah, under the guise of legitimate medical examinations, has secured compensation from his former medical practice.

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Cygnet Wast Hills hospital put into special measures

Cygnet Wast Hills private hospital for autistic people and patients with learning difficulties has been put into special measures after Care Quality Commission inspectors rated it inadequate.