Catherine has acted on a pro-bono basis as junior counsel for the AIRE Centre in SM (Algeria) v Entry Clearance Officer UKSC 9 and Khan v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1755. She continues to be instructed as junior counsel in the reference for a preliminary ruling to the CJEU in SM (C-129/18). The instructing solicitors in these cases are Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and the senior counsel are David Chirico and Aidan O’Neil QC.
Catherine participates in the Bail for Immigration Detainees duty advocacy scheme.
From 2014 until 2018 Catherine was a trustee of Migrants Resource Centre (incorporating Asylum Aid). She was previously a member of the Management Committee of Lambeth Law Centre.
Prior to joining 1 Pump Court Chambers, Catherine was an immigration solicitor at Fisher Meredith LLP for 5 years. Her experience included: judicial reviews; appeals at all levels; and fresh asylum and human rights claims. She had a wide range of clients including: individuals needing personal and business immigration advice; victims of trafficking and domestic violence; those considered to be a risk to national security; and unaccompanied minors.
She was ranked as an Associate to Watch by Chambers & Partners 2011 in the category Immigration: Personal: London. The entry said:
Associate Catherine Robinson enters the rankings this year due to her handling of complicated immigration cases with a terrorist aspect. She is particularly admired for her client-care skills: “She is respectful, kind and honest about the hazards within the asylum system, while still giving fearful and desperate people a sense of hope.”
Catherine completed her training contract at (as it was then known) Herbert Smith LLP, an international law firm.