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Katarina Sydow

Katarina Sydow

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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.

Public Law

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 [2016] 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 [2014] 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 [2017] 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.

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

Awards

  • 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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