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Katarina Sydow

Katarina Sydow

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Katarina Sydow specialises mainly 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.

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.

Public Law

Katarina’s practice involves challenging and defending public law decisions in a wide range of areas including financial services, healthcare, mental health and incapacity, education and social welfare. Katarina also has experience of public international law and, in 2016, was instructed as junior counsel for the DPP in a judicial review that considered whether a member of a special mission claiming diplomatic immunity in the UK could be arrested and prosecuted for alleged offences of torture committed in Egypt.

Between 2014 and 2015 Katarina was seconded to the Financial Conduct Authority for eight months, where she specialised in EU and public law and her experience included drafting secondary legislation and coordinating the FCA’s response to a claim for judicial review.

In the field of healthcare and social welfare, 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.

Court of Protection

Katarina is developing a busy Court of Protection practice in the County Court and High Court. She regularly receives instructions from the Official Solicitor in respect of residence, care and deprivations of liberty, as well as cases concerning capacity to marry and consent to sexual relations. Within COP proceedings Katarina also has experience of advising on and pursuing public law remedies and claims for breach of the Human Rights Act 1998.


Katarina acts in appeals before the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and is a volunteer Tribunal representative for IPSEA. She provides training on many aspects of education law including exclusions, transport, and the new regime under the Children and Families Act 2014.

Clinical Negligence

Katarina accepts instructions from claimants and defendants.

In 2015 she successfully represented an NHS Trust at trial as sole counsel in a claim for negligent failure to diagnose and treat a cerebrospinal fluid leak and bilateral subdural haematomas, involving oral evidence from neurologists, emergency doctors and physicians.

Katarina’s current caseload as sole counsel encompasses claims arising out of orthopaedic and vascular surgery and the delayed diagnosis of cancer, as well as a high value claim for failing to prevent the development of pressure ulcers and flexion contractures of the lower limbs during a prolonged hospital stay. As junior counsel Katarina is instructed in high value claims arising out of catastrophic injuries at birth and has expertise in advising on quantum and drafting Schedules of Loss. Katarina also has experience of secondary victim claims for psychiatric harm within a clinical context and regularly provides training on the same topic.

Katarina is instructed frequently in respect of 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.

Personal Injury

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.

Child & Adult Abuse

Katarina is instructed in claims arising from sexual and physical abuse and neglect, both against perpetrators and, in ‘failure to remove’ claims, against local authorities.

Employment & Discrimination

Katarina appears in the Employment Tribunal in both preliminary and full hearings in respect of unfair dismissal, unlawful deduction of wages and discrimination claims, among others.

In 2015 she successfully represented the Respondent in a complex claim for indirect religious discrimination arising out of a refusal to grant a request for extended annual leave. She was also recently instructed on behalf of London Underground Limited to draft grounds of resistance to a multi-party claim brought under the Agency Workers Regulations.

Katarina also accepts instructions in the field of non-employment discrimination law, with experience of claims brought in respect of education.

Disciplinary & Regulatory

Katarina acts for a range of professionals in proceedings before regulatory tribunals and professional disciplinary bodies.

Her recent cases in this area include representing:

  • a midwife accused of falsifying entries in the record of a patient whose baby subsequently died in fitness to practice proceedings before the Conduct and Competence Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The NMC found the allegations not proved.
  • a midwife before the NMC at a hearing to review her conditions of practice order, at which the NMC revoked the order.
  • a teacher facing allegations of unacceptable professional conduct before the teachers’ regulator, the NCTL.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Attorney General’s C Panel (2017-2022)
  • ALBA
  • APIL
  • HRLA
  • PIBA


  • 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)
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