Catherine Rabaiotti


‘On track to the top: smart, hardworking and a fighter.’

- Legal 500 (2019)

‘She is tremendously organised, efficient and very good on detail.’

- Legal 500 (2018)

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.

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.

A selection of recent cases of interest include:

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.

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Regulatory Crime, Inquiry and Disciplinary

Health and Safety

General Crime