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About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is an Advocate (Scottish Barrister) practicing in Scotland.

She studied History and Law at the University of Glasgow gaining an MA (Hons) and LLB and later gained her post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Strathclyde University.


She practiced as a solicitor in Scotland for a number of years prior to becoming
an Advocate, and working in Australia for the commercial law firm, Minter Ellison.


Her practice as an Advocate includes representing the UK Government in
litigation in Scotland, particularly in immigration matters; judicial review; clinical negligence and personal injury cases.


Catherine Smith is involved in numerous activities promoting trust in politics and public service; and the rule of law and human rights, both in the UK and in developing democracies.


Catherine Smith is Chair of the John Smith Centre for Public Service based in the
University of Glasgow, which promotes a positive vision for representative politics through building trust in our politicians.


She is Vice Chair of JUSTICE Scotland, the Scottish representation of the UK
organisation promoting justice and the rule of law.


She is a board member of the John Smith Trust which seeks to promote good
governance, social justice and the rule of law by nurturing a new generation of
leaders committed to making a difference in their countries and societies.
She worked internationally for a London based NGO called LINKS (London
Information Network on Conflicts and State-building) between 2004 and 2007,
working particularly in the countries of the former Soviet Union.

Catherine Smith's Education

Education

She studied History and Law at the University of Glasgow gaining an MA (Hons) and LLB and later gained her post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at Strathclyde University. She went to school in Scotland attending Boroughmuir High School in Edinburgh.

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