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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
Doctor Walking Down Corridor
abuse Abuse claims Human rights Human rights abuses Hospitals Cygnet Wast Hills Hospital Yew Trees Hospital

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.

News Article
Athletics track sport
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Child abuse ‘position of trust’ laws expanded to cover sports coaches and faith leaders

New legislation would make it a crime for sports coaches and faith leaders to engage in sexual relationships with 16 and 17-year-olds in their care.

Blog Post
Hugging child
Abuse claims

CQC Report into use of restrictive practices in care of learning disabled, autistic and mentally ill patients

Catriona Rubens discusses the newly published Care Quality Commission report into the use of restraint, seclusion and segregation against learning disabled and / or autistic people, and people with mental health conditions.