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Catriona Allan is ‘fearless – she will not leave any issues until they have been dealt with.
The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2019 London edition
Catriona Allan is knowledgeable on all aspects of childcare law.
The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2020 London edition
Catriona Allan is undoubtedly the best solicitor I have come across in the 12 years I have been practicing as a barrister…the energy she puts into defending clients never ceases to amaze me.’
The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2022 London edition – also named in “rising star” category
Catriona Allan is exceptionally knowledgeable in child law.
The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2023 London edition – also named in “rising star” category

Awards

 

AREAS OF PRACTICE

BIOGRAPHY

After a 10 year career in IT Catriona Allan re-qualified as a solicitor. She has degrees in History and Politics and Law and a Masters in Legal Practice.

Catriona runs a varied caseload in which she undertakes much of her own advocacy. She specialises in Care proceedings and is accredited as a Children Panel member by the Law Society, which enables her to represent children and adult relative clients. Catriona conducts matters at all court levels, including issues of alleged neglect, non-accidental injuries, sex abuse, domestic violence and radicalisation and also has extensive experience in domestic violence injunctions and private children law matters, including child arrangements and special guardianship.

As well as volunteering at the Central Family Court CAB on a quarterly basis, Catriona is also a duty solicitor at Central and East London family courts. Catriona also volunteer with BPP student advice clinic every term and is the longest serving solicitor advisor at the organisation.

Catriona is accredited as a member of the Advanced Family Law Panel in the areas of Domestic Abuse and Private Children Law and is a member of Resolution and the Association of Lawyers for Children.

 

DIRECTORIES

Catriona Allan is ‘fearless – she will not leave any issues until they have been dealt with’ (The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2019 London edition).

‘Catriona Allan is knowledgeable on all aspects of childcare law.’  (The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2020 London edition).

Catriona Allan’s thorough, forensic and methodical approach to each and every case she works on ensures that no stone is left unturned  (The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2021 London edition).

Catriona Allan is undoubtedly the best solicitor I have come across in the 12 years I have been practicing as a barrister…the energy she puts into defending clients never ceases to amaze me.’ (The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2022 London edition – also named in “rising star” category).

Catriona Allan is exceptionally knowledgeable in child law (The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2023 London edition – also named in “rising star” category).

 

SIGNIFICANT REPORTED CASES

  • Re C (A Child) (No 2) (Application for Public Interest Immunity) [2017] EWHC 692 (Fam)

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • Law Society – Family Law (Advanced) – Child Abduction and Private Law Children
  • Law Society – Children Panel Accreditation
  • Association of Children Lawyers (ALC)
  • Resolution

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

You have been an amazing solicitor and you helped me get the best outcome out of a bad situation and from me and my family we would like to thank you ever so much for everything that you have done for us…if I ever have trouble that requires a solicitor again which I will not but if so I will only come back to the (sic) you because of all you did for my family…Anyway thank you for being such a great solicitor to me I wish you the best for the future.

Care Proceedings Father

 

You should also know that your performance in this case has been fantastic. I can’t think any Solicitor has bettered you in any case that I have done in the last few years and few have got anywhere near you. So thank you for the hard work, judgment and attention to detail…

Leading public children law QC

 

I wanted to say a huge thank you both to yourself and to the barrister who represented C… The wonderfully successful outcome to the case is just brilliant…thank you too for your support.

Family member Care Proceedings Mother

 

Thank you for helping me and my mum.

LAC child returned to parent

 

I take this opportunity to thank you for the great job you did for me and J, I do really appreciate your wonderful work on our behalf.

Great Grandmother SGO

 

..thanks for this and going the extra mile on this case.  Will definitely be in touch with future cases, thanks

Children’s Guardian