Kathryn Pitters

Year of Call: 2008
Inn of Court: Middle Temple

Kathryn Pitters

She demonstrates exceptional client care and immense patience’ – Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law – Leading Juniors (Legal 500 – 2017)


Specialising in criminal, professional discipline and regulatory law, she is well known for her down to earth approach, attention to detail and client care with vulnerable individuals. Her extensive professional discipline experience has seen her instructed in complex cases by every branch of the Royal College of Nursing. She has also worked on behalf of the NHS, SIA, General Pharmaceutical Council and the CQC.

As a Grade 3 prosecutor for the CPS she has extensive experience in cases involving fraud, firearms, arson and rape (including historical sexual abuse against children). She has been instructed by the SFO, DWP and HMRC as independent counsel and is experienced in appearing before the Court of Appeal.

Significant Cases

  • NMC v. Pendleton – Instructed by the RCN to represent a nurse charged with a medication error which contributed to a patients death. Obtained a finding of no impairment. Received national press interest.
  • NMC v. Rahmen – Instructed by the RCN to represent a home manager of a care home in which patients were abused (the abuser later received a lengthy custodial sentence). Successfully persuaded the Panel that there was no case to answer in respect of all of the charges.
  • NMC v. Nicola Roberts and others – Instructed by the RCN for a 2 month case in which various managers of an NHS Hospital faced charges which were connected to the death of a patient. Obtained a short 3 month suspension.
  • Henry Hicks Inquest – Represented the family of Henry Hicks in an inquest into his death following a police chase. Received national press interest.
  • R v. Vincent Vasello – A multi-handed case at the Central Criminal Court involving the importation of millions of pounds of cocaine and money laundering offences.
  • R v. Neelam Desai –A high profile case which attracted significant media attention. Ms Desai was convicted of several fraud offences after establishing a Ponzi scheme (Croydon Crown Court). Received national press interest.
  • R v. Thomas Chilton – Successfully represented Blackfords Solicitors at the High Court in an appeal following a determination in light of the case of R v Furniss.
  • R v. Michael Davis – Successful acquittal of a Defendant at Bradford Crown Court charged with multiple offences of wounding with intent (using knives).
  • R v. Tracy Farrell – Represented a Defendant at Bradford Crown Court in a three week trial prosecuted by the Environment Agency. The Defendant was given an absolute discharge.
  • R v. John Reilly – Successfully appealed at the Court of Appeal the Defendants sentence (convicted of offences under the Trade Mark Act so as to enable his immediate release.
  • R v. Daniel Sheridan – Successfully appealed at the Court of Appeal the imposition of a custodial sentence for a defendant charged with money laundering offences.
  • LL.B, London School of Economics
  • MSc Criminal Law, University of Oxford
  • BVC BPP, Leeds
  • Benefactors Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • North Eastern Circuit

Areas of Specialism

Professional Discipline

She is instructed by every branch of the Royal College of Nursing and has acted in serious cases where:

  • Registrants have been charged with contributing to the death of a patient or patient abuse
  • Registrants have been charged with abusing patients
  • Registrants acting as managers in an NHS hospital who failed to put proper systems in place to avoid patient deaths.

During her extensive professional discipline experience she has:

  • Been instructed to represent social workers before the HTPC fitness to practice panel.
  • Been instructed by the SIA to prosecute individuals working in the security industry charged with misconduct • Instructed to defend pharmacists at the General Pharmaceutical Council.
  • Advised on claims for judicial review, High Court appeals including PSA appeals and appeals to the County Court against registration refusals.
  • Experience in prosecuting for the CQC.

She is a Grade 3 prosecutor for the CPS and has experience in representing Defendants charged with serious offences including rape (including historical sexual abuse against children), fraud offences, wounding, firearms offences, arson etc. She has been instructed as independent counsel working for the SFO and HMRC; and as such has reviewed thousands of documents over the course of four months and was asked to continue reviewing until the end of the project.

She is experienced in appearing before the Court of Appeal and in conducting cases with vulnerable individuals and involving complicated fitness to plead procedures.

She is regularly instructed by the DWP to prosecute benefit fraud (she was instructed to conduct case file reviews for several months in 2014). She has also acted as LPP counsel for HMRC and the SFO.


She regularly acts for insurance companies and for a range of healthcare professionals in inquests.

Other Details

Before her pupillage she worked at Goldman Sachs in London.

She also completed a postgraduate law degree at the University of Oxford where she conducted extensive research into the International Criminal Court. Notably, she wrote an article on Genocide and the International Criminal Court under the supervision of Professor Andrew Ashworth QC.