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Catherine Rabaiotti

Catherine is ranked in Chambers & Partners as a leading junior in Crime and in The Legal 500 as a leading junior in Fraud.

She has wide ranging experience in serious crime, disciplinary matters and inquests. She frequently acts on behalf of professional clients including bankers, doctors and pharmacists.

Areas of expertise

She has specialist expertise in serious financial crime. Cases have included: junior defence counsel in the SFO prosecution of $ LIBOR manipulation; advising traders pre-charge in respect of an insider trading investigation brought by the FCA; and, defence counsel in an FCA prosecution of a bank employee charged with insider trading.

Catherine regularly undertakes work in the field of Health and Safety and has been involved in the prosecution of a number of multinational corporations. Catherine also appears before the GMC, GPhC and in Coronial Inquests on behalf of doctors and pharmacists.

Catherine is particularly commended for her advocacy, industry and her ability to analyse voluminous material and distill it into a comprehensible form.

Catherine is a Grade 4 Prosecutor and is also on the Specialist Serious Organised Crime Panel - Grade 4.

Notable cases

Financial Crime

Junior defence counsel for ‘insider’ at UBS in prosecution brought by Financial Conduct Authority for insider trading;

Junior defence counsel in bribery trial involving corrupt payments to UAE conglomerate to secure manufacturing contracts for companies in the Middle East;

Junior defence counsel in the manipulation of the international $ LIBOR benchmark by Barclays' Bank derivative traders in New York;

Junior defence counsel in two prosecutions brought by BIS of a company director of a PLC charged with multiple mortgage frauds and frauds in connection with proceedings before the Official Receiver, defendant acquitted in both trials;

Defence counsel for defendant acquitted of multi-million pound international money laundering conspiracy; and,

Junior prosecution counsel in multi-million pound fraud on supermarkets and consumers.


Regulatory Crime, Inquiry and Disciplinary

Inquest before a jury representing a Senior Paediatric Trainee Doctor, involving the death of a child from sepsis, following a failure to treat invasive Group A Streptococcus.

Inquest into death of patient with complex medical history who overdosed on pain relief medication prescribed by GP. Representing GP. Issues relating to  prescribing /monitoring of  medication    

Inquest into death of patient where deceased was seen twice at GP practice but sent home. Representing GP in charge of practice. Deceased with pre-existing endocrinological condition. Issues relating to computer systems in place at surgery and use of sepsis guidelines. Reported in local press. 

Inquest before a jury. Representing London Borough in its capacity as Health and Safety Investigators.  Presentation to the Coroner of technical expert evidence in relation to design flaws and failures of equipment. Reported in national press.

Representing a GP at FTPT of the MPTS in relation to allegations of sexual misconduct with patients. Reported in national press. 

Representing a Pharmacist before FPTP of GPhC in relation to allegations of dishonesty in respect of RP logs.

Counsel for GP at an Inquest (before a jury) involving the death of a child resulting from a failure to diagnose meningococcal septicemia;

Junior defence counsel for defendant acquitted of offences contrary to Clinical Trial Regulations;

Counsel for Mr. H. who was successfully restored to the register of pharmacists following a BBC sting operation relating to the unlawful supply of medication; and,

Counsel for two psychiatrists at an Inquest following the death of a suspect examined prior to release.


Health and Safety

Counsel for the HSE in prosecutions of multinational corporations including, American Airlines (injury involving loss of limb), Purina (multiple serious burns to a number of employees), McCain (injury involving loss of limb) and FCC Waste (fatality).


General Crime

Defence counsel for two defendants, tried separately and both acquitted of international, multi-million pound drug importation involving corrupt BA employees;

Prosecuting junior in the first successful prosecution of a British diplomat for misfeasance in a public office;

Junior prosecution counsel in a case of corrupt solicitor subject of a 'Panorama' exposé involved in sham marriages;

Junior defence counsel in the 'Victoria Station' murder involving 14 defendants, defendant acquitted of murder; and,

Junior prosecution counsel in international human trafficking case and sham marriages.

Appointments / Professional
  • University of London BA in English
  • Diploma in Law, City University
  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association
  • Member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Member of the Health and Safety Lawyers Association
  • French
  • Creole