Catherine Bowcock

Senior Solicitor, Social Services Team

Telephone: 03000 41 78 00

Email: catherine.bowcock@kent.gov.uk

Qualifications

  • BA (Joint Hons), Solicitor

Areas of practice

  • Children Law
  • Education, in particular relating to Special Educational Needs

Biography

Catherine studied locally as a mature student, graduating with a joint honours degree in Law and Social Science from the University of Kent at Canterbury before attending Guildhall / London Metropolitan University where she gained a distinction in her legal practice course.

Catherine then completed her training with Medway Council before being admitted as a solicitor in 2006.

Before joining KCC Catherine specialised in children law at Medway Council, managing a large caseload dealing with all aspects, from initial advice and pre-proceedings through to advocacy at final hearings. Catherine also dealt with the linked areas of adoption, leaving care, designated Local Authority cases and judicial review.

While at Medway, Catherine also advised and acted for the Special Educational Needs team in relation to SEN tribunal appeals against the Local Authority, and supported that team in the ongoing development and improvement of practice and procedures which led to a reduction in both appeals against the Local Authority and in cases lost by the Local Authority.

Since joining KCC Legal Services Catherine has continued in her children law practice, managing a large and varied caseload and carrying out all tasks that are required.

Catherine has also further developed her practice in the areas of cases relating to unaccompanied asylum seeking children, and other cases with an international element.

Catherine conducts around 80% of her own advocacy, including contested hearings in both the Family Proceedings and the County Court, and has also supported other colleagues by attending hearings on their behalf.

Catherine has a wealth of experience of working in a Local Authority setting, and of establishing positive and effective working relationships with both internal and external colleagues and customers. She is able to work independently, while continuing to be effective and supportive as part of a team.

Catherine has applied for membership of the Law Society's Children Panel, the decision for which is awaited.

Professional memberships

  • The Law Society
  • Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Awaiting outcome of application for Local Authority membership of the Law Society's Children Panel