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Katherine has over 20 years’ experience of defending professionals in regulatory, criminal and coronial proceedings. In addition, she advises her clients in related civil proceedings and claims.
She regularly advises and defends professionals under investigation by their regulatory bodies (in particular the GMC/MPTS) who are subject to parallel police, coronial and other investigations. She also advises in relation to public inquiries and was previously instructed as Independent Solicitor to an Independent Review into historic abuse. She has also successfully appealed cases in the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal and brought and opposed judicial review proceedings on behalf of her clients.
Katherine leads our northern Crime and Regulatory defence team which are ranked in Chambers and Legal 500. She advises and represents clients being investigated for the most serious criminal offences including murder, attempted murder, gross negligence manslaughter, sexual offences (historic and multiple allegations), illegal images, assault/battery and wide-ranging allegations of dishonesty and fraud. She represents her clients at police interviews under caution across the UK.
She advises clients sensitively and objectively throughout, critically analysing the prosecution evidence, obtaining supportive evidence and making representations with a focus on bringing matters to a conclusion at the earliest opportunity and avoiding the stress, publicity, uncertainty, costs and inevitable delay of a hearing. Where her clients are charged or referred for hearings, she works with experienced specialist Counsel and expert witnesses to prepare the defence case and secure the best possible outcome for her clients.
Main areas of expertise
- Regulatory body investigations and hearings (in particular GMC)
- Criminal investigations and proceedings
- Public inquiries and independent reviews
- Civil negligence claims
- Appeals – regulatory and criminal
The clients she works with
- Private professional individuals
- Indemnity organisations and their members
- NHS trusts
- Social care organisations
- LPC (College of Law, Chester), (1998)
- CPE (College of Law, Chester), (1997)
- DPhil Biochemistry (Sussex), (1994)
- BSc Genetics (2:1 Swansea), (1990)
- ARDL (Member)
“She is a highly intelligent specialist in professional discipline. She provides all the support I need.” (Chambers and Partners)
“Katherine Sheldrick has noteworthy experience of advising doctors and dentists in criminal investigations and fitness-to-practise hearings. She frequently defends individuals facing an array of allegations, ranging from driving offences and dishonesty to assault and attempted murder.” (Chambers and Partners)
“The tireless and very clever Katherine Sheldrick is highly recommended for any person facing professional discipline proceedings, and has been a first choice for many for several years.” (Legal 500)
“Katherine Sheldrick is outstanding; a master of the fine detail.” (Legal 500)
Dr Arora, a GP in Manchester, was suspended for 'dishonesty' in a GMC hearing that caused outrage across the profession.
On 31 August the COVID-19 Inquiry opened its second investigation, Module 2, focusing on government decision making.
The Prime Minister has published the final Terms of Reference for the COVID-19 Inquiry, confirming in a written statement yesterday that “The UK inquiry into COVID-19 is now formally established and able to begin its important work”.
The UK COVID-19 Public Inquiry will examine the UK’s pandemic response and identify learning and make recommendations to support the UK being better prepared to respond to future pandemics.
The draft terms of reference for the COVID-19 public inquiry have been announced. These are wide-ranging and cover the public health response, including how and when decisions were made; how the NHS and wider health and social care system responded, including issues or capacity and resilience; and the economic response.
On 15 December the Prime Minister appointed the Rt Hon Baroness Heather Hallett DBE as Chair of the forthcoming public inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic.
GMC Independent Review of Medical Manslaughter recommends sweeping changes to regain the profession’s trust and improve qu...
Since 2011, healthcare professionals have been transfixed by the twists and turns of the investigations and hearings in relation to the trainee paediatrician, Dr Bawa-Garba and her nursing colleague Ms Amaro through their protracted criminal, coronial and regulatory processes. Dr Bawa-Garba’s treatment in particular by her regulator, the GMC, and its widely criticised decision to appeal its own Tribunal’s determination not to erase her led to the erosion of doctor’s confidence in medical regulation.
“Katherine Sheldrick has noteworthy experience of advising doctors and dentists in criminal investigations and fitness-to-practise hearings. She frequently defends individuals facing an array of allegations, ranging from driving offences and dishonesty to assault and attempted murder. ”
“She is a highly intelligent specialist in professional discipline. She provides all the support I need.”
“Katherine Sheldrick is brilliant. A wonderful intellect coupled with great experience.”
“Katherine Sheldrick is outstanding. A master of the fine detail. Has exceptional client handling skills, even with the most difficult and obdurate of clients.”
“The tireless and very clever Katherine Sheldrick is highly recommended for any person facing professional discipline proceedings, and has been a first choice for many for several years.”
“Katherine Sheldrick is outstanding; a master of the fine detail.”