Catherine was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in 1998. From 2002 to 2011 she practised as a partner in a litigation and commercial practice. Drawn to impact litigation in the public interest, Catherine resigned her partnership in late 2011, continuing to practise as a consultant until early 2012. She joined the Centre in February 2012 and heads its Mining Programme, which seeks to promote transparency, public participation, accountability and compliance with environmental laws and licences in the mining industry. Through more accountable and effective governance, and greater accountability of corporates, the programme seeks to address violations of environmental rights of mining-affected communities.