Cathrine Grubb > Civitas Law > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Civitas Law
CF11 9LL

Work Department

Commercial & Insolvency, Property & Land, Wills and Probate, Public & Regulatory, Asylum & Immigration, Education, Social Services and Court of Protection


Barrister specialising in chancery, commercial and public law. Cathrine also accepts instrucion in personal injury cases and has a particular interest in claims with a foreign element having authored the relevant guidance on the topic in Butterworth’s Personal Injury Litigation Service Division 1 B 9. Cathrine is qualified to accept instructions under the Bar Standards Board Public Access Scheme.


Called to the Bar in 2007 at Middle Temple and spent the year prior to pupilage working as an advocate for Legal Practice Clerks specialising in debt recovery and enforcement including mortgage possessions, landlord and tenant possessions, return of goods & insolvency.

Qualified as a barrister in 2009 and has a busy chancery and public law practice. Her notable cases include Smith v DECC [2013] EWCA Civ 1585; Asghar & Another v Ahmad & Others [2015] EWHC 1118. Her practise includes dealing with:

  • Appeal and Judicial Review cases before the First & Upper Tier tribunal and High Court in all areas of Immigration including family, work, study and visit visas (including TOEIC issues), deportation, EU and Ankara Applications and asylum with a particular emphasis on asylum claims from Iran, Pakistan, Vietnam and human trafficking claims.
  • Proceedings in the court of protection.
  • Commercial disputes including breach of contract, misrepresentation and HMRC appeals. Recent cases include claim for recovery of sums paid to finance a project to buy and import rough diamonds from Sierra Leone, Liberia and DRC, claim for rescission of a business purchase agreement in respect of a UEA property management company.
  • Property and Land cases including boundary disputes, easements, constructive trusts, proprietary estoppel, and claims under the Inheritance (provision for family and Dependants) Act 1975.
  • Debt recovery and Insolvency.

Recent publications Include:

  • Butterworth’s Personal Injury Litigation Service Division 1: Part A: General Principles of Compensation; Part B9: Cross Border Issues; Part I: Special Aspects of Future Loss; Part O: Finalising the Award or Settlement
  • Brexit brainstorming: implications for Wales – 166 NLJ 7703, p7, 17th June 2016
  • Cutting out the middleman – 166 NLJ 7702, p10, 10th June 2016 on Third parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010
  • Comment on case of Bundesagentur für Arbeit – Familienkasse Sachsen v Trapowski [2015]EUECJ C378/14, Lexis Nexis, October 2015 (examined coordination of social security across the EU.
  • Welsh Devolution under the St. David’s Day Agreement – Legal News, April 2015


English, German.




  • Cardiff Law School (2007 Bar Vocational Course (Outstanding)
  • University College London (2003 LLB Law with German Law (2.1)


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Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Immigration

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Cathrine GrubbCivitas LawShe has detailed knowledge of immigration law.

Regional Bar > Wales and Chester Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Cathrine Grubb  – Civitas LawShe exercises a high degree of professionalism, has a very good understanding of public and administrative law, and is extremely thorough in her legal analysis.’

At Civitas Law, members are well known for representing individuals, governmental bodies, and local authorities in a wide range of public law matters. Cathrine Grubb  is active in this area, with notable expertise in acting in judicial review challenges and human rights claims involving immigration and asylum issues. Anthony Vines  and the ‘reliable and personableOwain Rhys James are other key names in the team.