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Katarina Sydow specialises in public law, clinical negligence and personal injury.
She acts on behalf of a diverse range of clients including individuals, NHS Trusts, local authorities and the Official Solicitor in the Court of Protection and regularly undertakes work well beyond her level of call. She is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.
Katarina has a first-class degree in Modern History from Oxford University, completed her Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) with distinction and achieved an outstanding grade in the Bar Professional Training Course.
Katarina’s practice involves challenging and defending public law decisions in a wide variety of areas including mental health and incapacity, healthcare and social welfare, professional regulation, education and financial services.
Katarina has a busy Court of Protection practice and regularly acts in cases concerning residence, care and deprivations of liberty. She has also received instructions relating to serious medical treatment, sex and marriage, and applications for forced marriage protection orders. Katarina has started undertaking work in the property and affairs jurisdiction of the court, where she is instructed by the Office of the Public Guardian. Within COP proceedings Katarina has experience of advising on and pursuing public law remedies and claims for breach of the Human Rights Act 1998.
Katarina also has experience of public international law. In 2016, she was successful (with Paul Rogers) in defending a claim for judicial review issued against the DPP. The Divisional Court held that a member of a special mission in the UK had personal inviolability and immunity from criminal jurisdiction and therefore could not be arrested or prosecuted for alleged offences of torture committed in Egypt: R (ota Freedom and Justice Party) v (1) Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (2) The Director of Public Prosecutions  EWHC 2010 (Admin).
In the field of healthcare, Katarina appeared in the Supreme Court as junior counsel on behalf of the intervener in the assisted suicide appeals of R (Nicklinson & Lamb) v Ministry of Justice and R (AM) v Director of Public Prosecutions  UKSC 38.
Katarina acts for a range of professionals in proceedings before regulatory bodies, including the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the National Council of Teaching and Leadership. She was recently successful in a statutory appeal (Warren v NMC  EWHC 793 (Admin)) on the grounds that a decision that a nurse’s fitness to practise was impaired was unsafe when it was based, in part, on the contents of a patient’s medical records and those records had not been placed before the decision-maker.
Katarina undertakes education law cases before the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and is a volunteer Tribunal representative for IPSEA.
Between 2014 and 2015 Katarina was seconded to the Financial Conduct Authority for eight months, where she specialised in EU and public law in the context of financial services.
Katarina accepts instructions from claimants and defendants. Her current caseload as sole counsel encompasses claims arising out of plastic, orthopaedic and vascular surgery, obstetric and midwifery care, and the delayed diagnosis of cancer. Katarina also has experience of secondary victim claims for psychiatric harm within a clinical context and regularly provides training on the same topic.
As junior counsel Katarina is instructed in high value claims arising out of catastrophic injuries at birth and has expertise in drafting schedules of loss.
As a corollary of her clinical negligence practice, Katarina is instructed frequently in medical inquests, acting for bereaved families and NHS Trusts. In 2014 she was seconded to the inquests team at Capsticks, where her experience as in-house counsel included representing the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust at an eight-day jury inquest into a death in police custody.
Katarina’s personal injury practice involves advising, drafting and appearing in court in relation to road traffic accident, occupiers’ liability, package travel and industrial disease claims. She is also instructed in claims arising from sexual and physical abuse and neglect, both against perpetrators and, in “failure to remove” claims, against local authorities.
Appointments & Memberships
- Attorney General’s C Panel (2017-2022)
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
- Personal Injuries Bar Association
- Administrative Law Bar Association
- Human Rights Lawyers Association
- Court of Protection Practitioners Association
- Queen Mother Scholarships (Middle Temple, 2010, 2011)
- Undergraduate Scholarships (Wadham College, Oxford University, 2005, 2006, 2007)
- Cheney Prize for the Arts and Social Sciences (Wadham College, Oxford University, 2005)
Areas of Law
- Clinical Negligence
- Court of Protection
- Disciplinary & Regulatory
- Personal Injury
- Child & Adult Abuse
- Public Law
- Community Care
- Mental Health