Catherine McLoone BL

  • Junior Counsel: 2005

LL.B., LL.M., ( University of Limerick), BL., (King's Inns)

Areas of Practice:
  • Criminal
  • Family Law
  • General Practice
  • Tort & Personal Injury Law
  • Children's Law
  • Labour & Employment Law
  • Licensing
  • Probate Law
Catherine McLoone BL

South Western
Other Memberships:
Childrens Rights Alliance
Employment Bar Association
Family Lawyers Association of Ireland
Irish Assoc. of Law Teachers
Probate Bar Association
Tort & Insurance Bar Association
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Catherine Mc Loone is a practising Barrister-at-Law with seventeen years post qualification experience. She is based in Limerick and has a broad general practice on the South Western Circuit and Dublin.

Catherine has developed a strong legal practice specialising in Civil Litigation namely in personal injury litigation, child and family law, adoption law, labour and employment law, licensing law and probate law with experience spanning the full legal process from the initial client consultation to legal approach, investigation, drafting, and settlement/negotiations/mediation through to representing clients at trial. Catherine holds a favourable track record for settlements of actions before final court stages.

Catherine represents clients from District Court up to the Supreme Court.

  • Representing clients in divorce, judicial separation, cohabiting matters and civil partnership dissolution proceedings
  • All areas of family and childcare law to include access, guardianship, custody, maintenance disputes and the area of Adoption Law
  • Involved in a number of disputed probate actions
  • Acts in contractual dispute matters involving fraudulent misrepresentation
  • Successfully represents plaintiffs in personal injuries actions
  • Represent both employees and employers in employment and labour law disputes
  • Advising on procedural aspects of litigation
  • Drafting all manner of proceedings in civil litigation

Catherine appears regularly in the High Court, Circuit Court and District Court. In addition, Catherine has published and presented on civil law practice and procedure and family and child law, spending over four years as the Case Reporter for the Irish Journal of Family Law; reporting on recent case law.

Catherine is on an expert panel representing the Adoption Authority of Ireland.

Catherine lectures law to undergraduate and Masters’ students in TUS Limerick and tutors at the Law Society of Ireland and on the Degree Course at The Honorable Society of King’s Inns. Catherine has presented CPD lectures to solicitors throughout her career and has lectured and examined in criminal law, contract law, family law and employment law. Catherine has delivered lectures at Trinity College Dublin and is a member of the Family Lawyers Association, Tort and Insurance Bar Association, Probate  Bar Association, the Irish Association of Law Teachers and the Children’s Rights Alliance.

Catherine holds an LLB and a Master of Laws (LLM), First-Class Honours, from the University of Limerick.

Privacy in Light of the Judgment in the A Case

Irish Journal of Family Law (2021) 24(3) I.J.F.L. · Aug 3, 2021

In The Child and Family Agency v AA the High Court assessed whether a doctor can disclose the HIV status of her patient without consent and against the will of the patient to a third party believed by the doctor to be having unprotected sex with that patient and consequently at risk of contracting HIV. In considering this, the High Court entered uncharted waters. The issue was raised for the first time of how exceptional a circumstance must be for a doctor to breach the confidentiality of a patient. The plaintiff, the Child and Family Agency, were the statutory carers for A, and had been since 2015. An order was sought to breach patient confidentiality for the benefit of a third party. The High Court determined the appropriate test to apply to determine whether patient confidentiality should be breached is whether:
“On the balance of probabilities, the failure to breach patient confidentiality creates a significant risk of death or very serious harm to an innocent third party.”
This article aims to critically evaluate the appropriateness of this test and reflect on whether it effectively balances the rights of the patient and the rights of third parties.

Family Law Applications in the District Court: A Practitioner’s Guide

Irish Journal of Family Law (2012) 15 (3) IFLJ 78 · Jan 10, 2012

Oral testimony, Cross Examination, Order 59 Rule 4 of the Circuit Court Rules, Case Progression, Guardianship of Infants Act 1964, Custody and Access, Maintenance

‘Status of McKenzie Friend K –v K Case Study’

The Family Law Journal · Jan 7, 2011 Trinity Issue 2011

Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010

Irish Journal Family Law Volume 14 Issue 3 · Jan 1, 2011. Delivered October 2010 Family Lawyers Conference & Spring edition Irish Journal Family Law 2011

Concentrating on areas of corporate law; succession rights and property rights. Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010

Children’s Rights within the Irish Constitution, Bunreacht Na hÉireann (1937) and the Proposed Constitutional Referendum

Irish Journal Family Law (2009) 12(3) IJFL 72 · Jan 1, 2009

Presented paper at the Family Lawyers AGM RDS Dublin 2009

The 28th Amendment of the Constitution



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