‘Very supportive to vulnerable clients and those with health issues’ – Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law – Leading Juniors (Legal 500 – 2018)
‘She demonstrates exceptional client care and immense patience’ – Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law – Leading Juniors (Legal 500 – 2017)
Specialising in criminal, professional discipline and regulatory law, Kathryn is well known for her down to earth approach, attention to detail and client care (particularly with vulnerable individuals). Kathryn has extensive experience in cases involving fraud, firearms, arson and rape (including historical sexual abuse against children). She has been instructed by the SFO, DWP and HMRC as independent counsel and is experienced in appearing before the Court of Appeal. Kathryn is a also a Grade 3 CPS Prosecutor.
Kathryn has worked on behalf of the NHS, SIA, General Pharmaceutical Council and the CQC. She has represented Registrants in serious and high-profile cases who have been charged with contributing to the death of a patient or who have been alleged to have committed serious patient abuse.
Kathryn is particularly interested in criminal cases which involve healthcare professionals or the analysis of medical records and procedures.
- Acted as LLP counsel for HMRC in an international investigation into tax evasion.
- Acted as LPP counsel for the SFO during their investigation into Rolls Royce. Rolls Royce eventually agreed to a DPA which enabled them to account to a UK court for criminal conduct spanning three decades in seven jurisdictions and involving three business sectors.
- Acted as LPP counsel for the FCA during their investigation into the collapse of a spread betting business.
- Regina v Vincent Vasello–A multi-handed case involving the importation of millions of pounds of cocaine and money laundering offences (The Central Criminal Court)
- Regina v Neelam Desai –A high profile case which attracted significant media attention. Ms Desai was convicted of several fraud offences after establishing a Ponzi scheme (Croydon Crown Court). Received national press interest.
- NMC v Pendleton – Instructed by the RCN to represent a nurse charged with a medication error which contributed to a patient’s death. Obtained a finding of no impairment. Received national press interest.
- NMC v Rahmen – Instructed by the RCN to represent a home manager of a care home in which patients were abused (the abuser later received a lengthy custodial sentence). Successfully persuaded the Panel that there was no case to answer in respect of all of the charges.
- NMC v Nicola Roberts and others – Instructed by the RCN for a 2 month case in which various managers of an NHS Hospital faced charges which were connected to the death of a patient. Obtained a short 3 month suspension.
- Henry Hicks Inquest – Represented the family of Henry Hicks in an inquest into his death following a police chase. Received national press interest.
- Regina v Thomas Chilton – (High Court) – Successfully represented Blackfords Solicitors in an appeal following a determination in light of the case of R v Furniss. A crucial case relating to the assessment of costs which had a national impact.
- Regina v Michael Davis – Successful acquittal of a Defendant charged with multiple offences of wounding with intent (using knives) (Bradford Crown Court)
- R v Tracy Farrell – Represented a Defendant in a three week trial prosecuted by the Environment Agency. The Defendant was given an absolute discharge (Bradford Crown Court).
- R v John Reilly (Court of Appeal) Successfully appealed the Defendants sentence (convicted of offences under the Trade Mark Act so as to enable his immediate release.
- R v Daniel Sheridan (Court of Appeal) successfully appealed the imposition of a custodial sentence for a defendant charged with money laundering offences.
- R v Shane Whitely – Successfully represented Whitely who was charged with attempting to commit a night-time robbery using a firearm which was held to the head
Areas of Specialism
She is a Grade 3 prosecutor for the CPS and has experience in representing Defendants charged with serious offences including rape (including historical sexual abuse against children), fraud offences, wounding, firearms offences, arson etc. She has been instructed as independent counsel working for the SFO and HMRC; and as such has reviewed thousands of documents over the course of four months and was asked to continue reviewing until the end of the project.
She is experienced in appearing before the Court of Appeal and in conducting cases with vulnerable individuals and involving complicated fitness to plead procedures.
She is regularly instructed by the DWP to prosecute benefit fraud (she was instructed to conduct case file reviews for several months in 2014). She has also acted as LPP counsel for HMRC and the SFO.
She is instructed by every branch of the Royal College of Nursing and has acted in serious cases where:
- Registrants have been charged with contributing to the death of a patient or patient abuse
- Registrants have been charged with abusing patients
- Registrants acting as managers in an NHS hospital who failed to put proper systems in place to avoid patient deaths.
During her extensive professional discipline experience she has:
- Been instructed to represent social workers before the HTPC fitness to practice panel.
- Been instructed by the SIA to prosecute individuals working in the security industry charged with misconduct • Instructed to defend pharmacists at the General Pharmaceutical Council.
- Advised on claims for judicial review, High Court appeals including PSA appeals and appeals to the County Court against registration refusals.
- Experience in prosecuting for the CQC.
Kathryn regularly acts for insurance companies and for a range of healthcare professionals in inquests. She has experience of representing interested persons in cases involving;
- Serious medication errors which have led to patient deaths.
- High profile cases of alleged patient neglect in hospitals and care homes.
- Senior hospital managers charged with ‘failing to ensure’ that various policies and procedures were in place/followed by their trust/care home.
- Deaths where the deceased relatives have alleged that the police acted improperly.
- Acting for insurance companies where claims are anticipated as a consequence of fatal RTA’s.