Catriona is a pro bono lawyer with 10 years’ experience working with disadvantaged individuals, community law centres, NGOs, UN agencies, development organisations and Governments in low income countries. She leads the firm’s pro bono work across 13 offices in the Asia Pacific region.

In her role, Catriona works with clients to resolve complex access to justice issues and develop strategic programs that support economic and social development in countries in the Asia Pacific region. Her approach is underpinned by the principles of client led decision making and rights holder engagement, and she brings a strong focus on monitoring and evaluation.

Catriona leads the firm’s strategic pro bono support in the Pacific Islands region where she manages major relationships with Governments and the University of South Pacific. She oversees the regional pro bono support of people who have been forcibly displaced which involves both direct legal representation of refugees, asylum seekers and stateless people and legal education, as well as legal advice to NGOs working with those communities. She also leads the firm’s pro bono work supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and businesses and focuses on projects addressing racial and sexual inequality.

Catriona actively identifies ESG related pro bono work including in relation to climate change and helps commercial clients to establish impactful pro bono projects for their lawyers to participate in.

Having previously worked as a criminal defence lawyer for vulnerable young people, Catriona has deep expertise representing children and young people and advocating for their rights. She has also spent time working for an Indigenous organisation in Alice Springs and strongly believes in self-determination.

Catriona regularly speaks at conferences on topics related to the practice of pro bono, human rights and solutions to social justice issues.