Katharine Blackburn Barrister/Professional Support Lawyer
Katharine is a barrister with 17 years’ experience. She left the Criminal Bar in 2005 to join the Professional Regulatory Team as a case manager and advocate and is now a professional support lawyer for the team.
Main areas of practice
Katharine works exclusively in professional regulation. Her work has included advising clients on the evidential and public interest tests in bringing allegations, writing advisory reports and, where appropriate, drafting charges.
She has appeared before committees of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, General Dental Council, General Osteopathic Council and General Optical Council and has advised professional regulators in the healthcare, education and accountancy sectors.
Katharine spent a number of years working for clients who have outsourced to us their investigation, analysis and decision making in relation to a large volume of cases in which misconduct and/or deficient professional performance has been alleged. She has advised on the appropriate outcome (closure with no further action, closure with advice or referral for hearing) applying the threshold criteria within the context of the regulator's Standard of Conduct and Ethics.
Katharine has also assisted regulators in the drafting of their rules and protocols and has assisted in training members of conduct committees.
As the team's professional support lawyer, Katharine is responsible for the team's knowledge management database, training, editing the monthly email bulletin and overseeing the mentoring of the team's more junior lawyers.
She has experience working with a range professional regulatory bodies including:
- Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
- General Dental Council
- General Optical Council
- General Osteopathic Council
- General Pharmaceutical Council
- Nursing and Midwifery Council
Articles by Katharine
Press releases for our Professional Regulatory team
Dr Waney Marian Valerie Squier had been a consultant paediatric neuropathologist. This case concerns the reports she provided and the evidence she gave between 2007 and 2010 involving six babies, of whom five died soon after allegedly sustaining NAHI
Welcome to Blake Morgan's latest update for the Disciplinary sector.
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.