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Catriona Rubens


Catriona Rubens is a solicitor in the abuse team.


Catriona is a solicitor working in the abuse team. During her training contract at Leigh Day, she assisted Emma Jones in the human rights department with cases involving the abuse and mistreatment of vulnerable adults in healthcare settings, including acting as the main junior fee earner in an Article 2 inquest. In her second seat, she worked with Alison Millar on claims of current and non-recent abuse in education, healthcare and sports settings, as well as an arbitration before Sports Resolution. 

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

On qualification, Catriona joined the abuse team where she specialises in bringing cases on behalf of survivors of abuse, ill-treatment and human rights violations. She is experienced in representing adults who lack capacity or who have a learning disability. Catriona is currently assisting with a public law challenge by the International Association of Former Child Migrants & their Families in relation to the establishment of a Redress Scheme for child migrants. 

Some of the cases Catriona has worked on at Leigh Day have included small group claims for former pupils of Swaylands School and the Royal Alexandra and Albert School; assisting Andrew Lord in an action against an individual perpetrator, and securing a freezing injunction; and helping to secure compensation for a survivor of sexual abuse in a children’s home. 

Prior to qualification, Catriona worked at a number of different human rights NGOs, including 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.


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Doctor Walking Down Corridor
Human rights sexual assault Compensation

Compensation secured for female patient following sexual assault at Essex mental health hospital

A settlement has been secured for a woman who reported she was sexually assaulted by a health care assistant working for the Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust in 2018.

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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.

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Young Players Heading The Ball
Children Abuse claims

The Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse Truth Project into abuse in sport

Catriona Rubens discusses how The Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse has missed the opportunity to investigate child sexual abuse in sport.

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Abuse Abuse claims Residential care

Why have Human Rights failed people with learning disabilities in the UK?

This week's BBC Panorama programme exposed the abuse of patients at Whorlton Hall Hospital. Catriona Rubens looks at how the legal system has failed to prevent yet another scandal.