Areas of law:

Magistrates’ Court

Caitlin is a Trainee Solicitor currently undertaking her second seat within our crime team, based at our office in Bristol. Caitlin did her first seat with our family team in our Reading office.

Caitlin attained a first-class honours degree in History from Swansea University, following which she received a “Law First” scholarship to study the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) at the University of Law, before joining Reeds to complete her professional training.

During the course of her work with the team, Caitlin has assisted the solicitors in representing parents in childcare proceedings. She has had a great deal of contact with clients and has prepared cases for Court by taking statements at all stages of the proceedings. She has identified the concerns raised by the Local Authority and addressed those with clients, supporting them to be sure that they are fully aware of the case against them.  Caitlin has also spent a great deal of time in Court observing the proceedings and has interacted with barristers and experts alike.  She has represented clients during the Public Law Outline process; always taking care to ensure that parents fully understand their legal position and are aware of the concerns from that early stage. Caitlin’s work has been so impressive that she also manages her own private law cases, which include divorce and child contact arrangements, where she has gained experience acting for both the applicant and the respondent.

During the course of her academic studies, Caitlin volunteered at the National Centre of Domestic Violence, taking witness statements from complainants for court.  This experience combined with her natural empathy has made her particularly adept at assisting clients who have suffered domestic violence in her work at Reeds.  She is sensitive towards the personal issues of her clients, and as an excellent communicator, takes time to explain their options and ensure that they understand them.  Caitlin dedicates great attention to detail towards her cases and takes great care to ensure that they are meticulously prepared, so that her clients have the best possible chance of securing a favourable outcome, whatever their legal problem.

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