Katharine Blackburn

Senior Associate (Barrister)/Professional Support Lawyer
Contact details

07733 338631

020 7814 6868

Katharine is a Senior Associate (Barrister) with over 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



Katharine has an LL.B (Hons) in Law and French, and was called to the Bar in November 1998.

Contact details

07733 338631

020 7814 6868

  • ARDL
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of Middle Temple

Insights by Katharine


14 August - Katharine Blackburn

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...

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15 June - Katharine Blackburn

The Williams review into gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare was published on 11 June 2018. This review is important because it considers issues faced by all regulators and those who...

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14 August - Katharine Blackburn

Regulatory practitioners will be aware of the need to consider carefully whether individually or cumulatively particulars of an allegation can properly be said to reach the threshold for a finding...

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