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Katarina Sydow specialises in public law, clinical negligence and personal injury. She is described in Chambers & Partners as “…a gifted advocate who has an incisive mind and an ability to distil a case into simple points”. She regularly undertakes work well beyond her level of call.
Katarina acts on behalf of a diverse range of clients including individuals, government departments, NHS Trusts, local authorities and the Official Solicitor in the Court of Protection. She is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown and the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s C Panel of Counsel.
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 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.
Appointments & Memberships
- Attorney General’s C Panel (2017-2022)
- Equality and Human Rights Commission’s C Panel of Counsel (2019-2023)
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
- Personal Injuries Bar Association
- Administrative Law Bar Association
- Human Rights Lawyers Association
- Court of Protection Bar Association
- Court of Protection Practitioners Association
- Education Law 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)
Katarina Sydow is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.
Areas of Law
- Clinical Negligence
- Court of Protection
- Disciplinary & Regulatory
- Personal Injury
- Child & Adult Abuse
- Public Law
- Community Care
- Mental Health
“She is very thorough and goes above and beyond for her clients.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2021
“You know when instructing her that she will go the extra mile. She has great attention to detail and holds her own in court.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2021
“Has an astonishing ability to assimilate vast quantities of information in very little time and reduce it to a written advice or position statement for the court that wonderfully captures all the key elements of a case.” Court of Protection, Legal 500 2021
“Thinks outside the box when presented with a challenge and is an extremely thorough and reassuring presence on any case.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2021
“A thorough, hard-working and unflappable barrister. She fights her client’s corner and is very impressive.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2020
“A really good advocate who is great in negotiations.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2020
“She provides accurate and clear advice and always makes meticulous preparations for hearings. She is a very competent advocate and a very safe pair of hands.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2019
“She is a gifted advocate who has an incisive mind and an ability to distil a case into simple points. She is very persuasive on her feet.” Court of Protection, Chambers & Partners 2019