Catherine Farrelly prosecutes and defends in all serious criminal cases, particularly those involving allegations of homicide, serious sexual offending and large and complex fraud or organised crime.
She is highly respected by instructing solicitors, colleagues and the judiciary and is well-known for her clear, organised and thorough approach in court and for being communicative and accessible to clients throughout the entirety of the proceedings.
She has significant experience of advising in cases prior to charge, both for the prosecution and the defence. She has advised upon charge in cases concerning murder, “baby shaking”, serious sexual offences and complex fraud offences. She has also advised for the defence, having successfully drafted representations to avoid charge where clients have faced allegations of serious sexual offences.
Catherine has an impressive reputation in cases that particularly involve sensitive handling, whether of witnesses or defendants. She is regularly instructed in cases that involve very young or vulnerable witnesses or defendants. She is an accredited advocacy facilitator (trainer) of other advocates in relation to young and vulnerable witnesses and has received a commendation from the Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in recognition of the way in which she dealt with a very young complainant in a case involving very serious sexual allegations.
She has a particular interest in cases that involve technical, expert evidence including cell site, DNA and complex medical evidence and has been commended for her clear and focused presentation of such evidence.
She has lectured on Serious Sexual Offences and has provided in-house training to the Crown Prosecution Service in relation to the prosecution of such offences.