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

Professional Regulatory Press Releases - February 2017


Press releases for our Professional Regulatory team

Dr Waney Marian Valerie Squier v General Medical Council [2016] EWHC 2739


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

Blake Morgan's Professional Regulatory bulletin - December-2016


Welcome to Blake Morgan's latest update for the Disciplinary sector.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Dr Olumide Lookman Yusuff v General Medical Council [2018] EWHC 13 (Admin)

The High Court dismissed an appeal made by the appellant Doctor against a finding on a second review of a substantive order of current impairment and sanction of a 6-month suspension order.

General Medical Council v Raychaudhuri [2017] EWHC 3216 (Admin)

The Respondent had appeared before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal ("the MPT") for dishonesty charges arising out of his conduct as a Locum Paediatric Registrar on 13 December 2014, when he was dealing with Patient A.