Catherine Gaynor

Job Title: Solicitor

Location: Manchester

Business Crime and Regulation

Catherine joined JMW in November 2016 as a Solicitor in the Business Crime and Regulatory team. She gained her Higher Rights of Audience in 2016 enabling her to represent clients as a Solicitor-Advocate in the higher criminal courts throughout England and Wales. This provides her with expertise in more complex cases sent to the Crown Court, and a better understanding of evidence and procedure which can be applied throughout all stages of Criminal and Regulatory proceedings.

Catherine regularly undertakes a variety of Regulatory work including defending in investigations brought in respect of:

  • Police Misconduct. Recent cases include defending officers from the Counter Terrorism Unit in Gross Misconduct Proceedings.
  • GMC Investigation. Recently represented a doctor accused of sexual harassment and another doctor in proceedings involving the Misuse of Drugs Act and connected Regulatory offences.
  • Health and Safety Investigations. Recently represented a building firm who failed to use and employ the correct equipment whilst undertaking roofing work, contrary to Health and Safety regulations.
  • Trading Standards Investigations, current cases include defending clients alleged to have overcharged for sub-standard roofing work and another company for supplying mislabelled goods.

Catherine has experience in all aspects of Criminal Defence work, having trained and worked as Crown Court Clerk and Police Station Representative. She has extensive experience in advising and assisting clients at the Police Station, the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts and the Court of Appeal.

She has experience in a wide range of alleged offences including:

  • Murder/Attempt Murder
  • Kidnap and False Imprisonment
  • Serious Sexual Assaults
  • Fraud and dishonesty, including Money Laundering, Fraud by False Representation and Theft
  • Perverting the Course of Justice
  • Conspiracy to Supply Class A / Class B drugs
  • Conveying Articles into Prison
  • Causing Death by Dangerous Driving

She also has experience of opposing Proceeds of Crime Act applications and subsequent applications to vary orders made under the Proceeds of Crime Act (for example declarations of inadequacy relating to a decrease in the amount available to a defendant to pay). She has defended at Enforcement Proceedings in the Magistrates’ court.

Catherine is extremely client focused, and understands how stressful an investigation can be. She aims to do everything she can to make the process as smooth as possible for her clients.

Outside of work, Catherine is a keen equestrian and enjoys spending time at the stables on a weekend. She also enjoys cooking, ballet and the occasional bit of yoga.

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