Katrina ByrneSchool: SolicitorTrinity Advocates
There are various ways of entering the legal profession. Katrina did not choose the easiest.
Having grown up on a council estate, there were no lawyers in the family to point the way. This may help explain why she ended up studying for her qualifications at night school while working full time.
The approach was tough but it also gave Katrina great experience which she could later put to good use in her legal career.
Talent and determination are key to the career Katrina has enjoyed since qualifying as a solicitor in 2001. She is now a successful criminal defence lawyer and a partner in the established Exeter firm, Trinity Advocates.
Katrina deals with a varied caseload including very serious matters such as murder, rape and illegal drugs as well as more general criminal cases.
She has represented clients in the Police Station and at Court in relation to high profile trials, a number of which have featured in the national press.
Katrina is also deeply committed to the Legal Aid system and has played a leading role in the Save UK Justice campaign which was set up to challenge government policy on reducing the Legal Aid budget.