Catharine Donnelly Associate
Catharine is an Associate (Solicitor - Advocate) in our Professional Regulatory team at Blake Morgan.
Main areas of practice
Catharine has significant experience appearing before professional regulatory tribunals for a range of regulators. She has particular expertise within the healthcare sector, having both prosecuted and defended, in professional disciplinary matters.
Catharine is instructed to advise, and appear on behalf of, large healthcare professional regulatory bodies.
Training / seminars: Provided in-house training to the General Dental Council in fitness to practise law and procedure.
Articles by Catharine
The Queen (on the application of Pitt and Tyas) v General Pharmaceutical Council  EWHC 809 (Admin)
A decision reinforces the notion that the privilege of being a member of a registered profession comes with the quid pro quo that proper standards of personal behaviour will be maintained at all times.
A specialist registrar in general medicine, appeared before the Medical Practitioner's Tribunal Service in relation to matters including dishonesty and refusing to assist a patient.
A case that reminds regulators of the importance of ensuring allegations reflect the available evidence and acting fairly but is also a stark reminder...
Related Knowledge & Resources
The GMC successfully appealed a suspension order imposed against a General Practitioner for engaging in a sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient.
General Medical Council and others v Michalak (Solicitors Regulation Authority and others intervening) Supreme Court  UKSC 71
Professionals who wish to bring a discrimination claim against their regulator can do so in the Employment Tribunal – they are not prevented from doing so by the availability of judicial review - unless there is a specific statutory right of appeal.
This decision of the Queen's Bench Division, supports Ivey as good law and as the correct approach to be applied in regulatory proceedings.