Katharine Blackburn Barrister/Professional Support Lawyer

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Contact Details

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

Bawa-Garba v General Medical Council [2018] EWCA Civ 1879

Case study

Yesterday the Court of Appeal unanimously allowed Dr Bawa-Garba's appeal and set aside the sanction of erasure, restoring the original order of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal ("The Tribunal") that she be suspended for 12 months.

Blake Morgan's Professional Regulatory bulletin


The Williams review into gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare was published on 11 June 2018.

Professional Regulatory Press Releases - February 2017


Press releases for our Professional Regulatory team

Related Knowledge & Resources

PSA v NMC and X [2018] EWHC 70 (Admin)

An appeal by the Professional Standards for Health and Social Care against the decision of the NMC not to pursue allegations that a Registrant was responsible for non-accidental injuries to her son and/or a failure to protect Baby A from harm.

General Medical Council v Bawa-Garba [2018] EWHC 76 (Admin)

The Divisional Court allowed the GMC’s appeal against the decision of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal (“MPT”) to suspend Dr Bawa-Garba’s registration for 12 months and substituted the sanction of erasure from the Medical Register.

Yussouf v SRA [2018] EWHC 211 (Admin)

This case concerns an appeal against the Respondent SRA’s Adjudication Panel, on the grounds that the panel’s finding of dishonesty were based upon a two-stage test of dishonesty, namely the objective and subjective test.