Catherine Jaquiss

Catherine Jaquiss

Call: 2014

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Catherine’s practice is focused on immigration, asylum, human rights and animal rights law.

Catherine has a longstanding commitment to migrants’ rights, and has experience of all areas of Refugee and Immigration Law.  She represents clients at all levels, from application or claim to the Court of Appeal.  Catherine has experience of Judicial Review in both the Upper Tribunal and Administrative Court.

Catherine is a dedicated and frequent volunteer for Bail for Immigration Detainees, the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group and the NGO ‘FENIX’.
Catherine is a founding member of the Trans Equality Legal Initiative, a coalition of Lawyers, trans activists and diversity professionals working to empower trans people to enforce their rights in the UK.

Catherine is dedicated to Animal Rights, and is a founding member of the Goldsmith Chambers Animal Rights team.  She is a longstanding member of ALAW (the UK Centre for Animal Law).

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Immigration and Public Law Barrister

Prior to coming to the Bar, Catherine worked as a paralegal in the Immigration team at Blake Morgan LLP where she quickly built a strong foundation in all forms of immigration law.  Catherine assisted clients with the full spectrum of applications, including Points-Based System applications, Private Life/Article 8 applications and EEA applications; as well as appeals and Judicial Reviews.  In this role Catherine developed her skills in taking instructions, drafting representations and managing clients.  Catherine was trusted by her supervising Partner with handling the more legally complex cases in which the team was instructed.

Alongside her role as a paralegal, Catherine volunteered part-time at Hammersmith and Fulham Law Centre.  Catherine assisted with the preparation of asylum claims and appeals for vulnerable clients, including taking instructions, drafting witness statements, drafting representations and preparing bundles.

Catherine has volunteered for Bail for Immigration Detainees since she began practising as a barrister, and frequently represents BID’s client’s in pro bono bail applications.

Catherine is a committed and regular volunteer for the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, which provides support and advice to LGBT refugees.

Most recently, Catherine has begun to assist and advise the NGO ‘FENIX’ in relation to the reunification of refugee families, members of whom have been detained in Camp Moria in Lesvos.

Notable cases

  • KG (Poland) – High Court (Administrative Court) – CO/60/2017 – Catherine was initially instructed in this case to make an application for interim relief, which was granted by the High Court to prevent the client’s removal.  At the time of the initial instruction, Catherine was a pupil barrister.  Thereafter, Catherine was successful in obtaining permission for Judicial Review at oral hearing.  Ultimately, the client was awarded significant damages for unlawful detention after the SSHD conceded the case.  This centred on whether the SSHD had created a ‘legitimate expectation’ that the client would not be removed from the UK.
  • KG (Poland) – Court of Appeal –  C9/2017/0843– Catherine was granted permission to appeal by the Court of Appeal against the Upper Tribunal’s decision to uphold an EEA deportation order. Permission was granted on the papers, after which point the SSHD conceded the appeal.  The case centred on whether the Upper Tribunal judge had given any or any sufficient reasons for overturning the decision of the First-Tier Tribunal, which had allowed the client’s appeal at first instance.

Animal Rights Barrister

Catherine is committed to animal rights, and is a member of ALAW (the UK Centre for Animal Law), an organisation which was co-founded in 1997 by Catherine’s colleague, Frances Allen.

Catherine’s background in Judicial Review in an immigration context means she is skilled in challenging decisions of government departments, and can assist with advice on merits, drafting pre-action protocol letters, drafting JR grounds and representing organisations and individuals at court.

Catherine’s extensive professional and pro bono experience, which includes experience of criminal, civil and family law when she began practice, means that she is well-placed to act as Junior Disclosure Counsel.  She routinely deals with complex cases including expert evidence, and is able to read, absorb, decipher and analyse numerous complex documents efficiently and accurately.

Education & Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) in Theology, University of Cambridge
  • GDL, College of Law
  • BPTC, Kaplan


  • ILPA
  • ALAW
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