Kate is a Senior Associate on the healthcare and life science team in Kennedys' Dublin office. 

Kate specialises in professional regulation and provides regulatory and advisory support to medical practitioners. Kate has extensive experience in dealing with complaints made against regulated healthcare professionals. She has previously advised on all stages of the fitness to practise process, and has represented regulators from the receipt of complaints, to attending fitness to practise inquiries.

Kate has previously acted for a wide variety of public bodies and healthcare providers both in Ireland and in the UK. Kate has experience in providing advice and representation in relation to the defence of clinical and non-clinical negligence litigation, judicial review proceedings and regulatory proceedings. She has also represented and advocated on behalf of healthcare providers at inquests before the Coroner’s Courts in England.

Qualifications

  • Qualified in Ireland in 2013
  • Qualified in England and Wales in 2016

Market recognition

  • Key lawyer for ‘Public Sector (Ireland)’
    The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

 

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing a Hospital Trust in the UK in relation to an urgent application to the Court of Protection seeking an order to permit serious medical treatment for a patient.
  • Defending the Care Quality Commission in the UK in relation to complex judicial review proceedings challenging the failure to register a Hospital which resulted in the closure of the same Hospital.
  • Acting for a number of professional regulators in relation to numerous fitness to practise complaints at all stages of the fitness to practise process, from the receipt of complaints, callover applications and fitness to practise inquiry hearings.
  • Secondment with the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman leading a team in the investigation and adjudication of complaints relating to a specific financial service product.
  • Advising a professional regulator in relation to drafting the Preliminary Practise Committee and Fitness to Practise Committee’s procedures following major changes to the Fitness to Practise Process introduced by the Regulated Professions Act 2020.