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Catherine Robinson is a member of the immigration team. She has a wide range of experience in this field, this includes representing clients at all stages of the immigration and asylum process. Catherine’s immigration practice encompasses personal and business advisory work.

Catherine regularly appears before the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal in immigration and asylum appeals and bail hearings.

Catherine has extensive experience of drafting judicial review grounds and applications for permission to appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal and also undertakes unlawful detention work.

As part of her ongoing commitment to this area of law Catherine is keen to represent vulnerable individuals within the immigration system.

Voluntary work
Catherine has acted on a pro-bono basis as junior counsel for the AIRE Centre in SM (Algeria) v Entry Clearance Officer[2018] UKSC 9 and Khan v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2017] 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.

Previous experience
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.


Year of call: 2011

Catherine trained as a solicitor Herbert Smith LLP; prior to joining 1 Pump Court Chambers, Catherine was an immigration solicitor at Fisher Meredith LLP for five years; called to the bar 2011; pupillage 1 Pump Court. Previously member of Lambeth Law Centre’s management committee; volunteer with Haringey Migrant Resource Centre and the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group; Bail for Immigration Detainees duty advocacy scheme participant; qualified family mediator. Publications of note: co-authored chapter ‘Human Trafficking in Northern Ireland’ in Human Trafficking Handbook (edited by Parosha Chandran, Lexis Nexis, 2011)’ vontributed to the chapter on the ‘Detained Fast Track in Detention Under the Immigration Acts’ in Law and Practice (edited by Graham Denholm and Rory Dunlop, Oxford University Press, 2015).


French and German


Human Rights Lawyers Association
Medical Justice
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association


University of Warwick (1998-2002 LLB (European) – 1st class honours); University of Nottingham Trent (2002-2003 Legal Practice Course – distinction); School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2007-2009 (part-time) LLM – merit).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Catherine RobinsonOne Pump CourtCatherine is tenacious in her pursuit of her clients’ cases and is wonderful with vulnerable clients.

The members of One Pump Court ‘really care about their clients and about having a positive impact on the law (and the world of law) in general‘. The immigration team has a good deal of experience in a broad range of asylum cases, including those based on sexual or gender identity, political activism or the risk of re-trafficking, and in representing vulnerable claimants. Catherine Robinson acted in R3 v SSHD, a deprivation of citizenship challenge, before the Special Immigration Appeals Commission. Victoria Laughton acted in K v SSHD, an appeal concerning section 50 (9A) of the British Nationality Act 1981.