Kathryn Riddell

Business, Healthcare, Medico-Legal

Title: Partner

Tel: 0191 226 7829

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Kathryn is a Partner in Sintons’ Healthcare Team. She has over twenty five years’ experience in advising on medico-legal matters and has recently gained a Masters in Medical Law with distinction from Northumbria University.

Kathryn advises NHS Trusts on all aspects of medical law and ethics arising from patient care. She represents NHS Trust’s and their employees at Inquests, and in Court of Protection and Inherent Jurisdiction proceedings.


  • Advising on the application of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) in clinical and community settings including capacity assessments, ‘best interests’ disputes, use of restraint, LPAs, deputyship, advance decisions, DoLS authorisations and the interface between the Mental Capacity  Mental Health legislation.
  • Medical treatment decisions – including refusal of treatment, consent to treatment issues, end of life decisions, withdrawal of treatment, disputed best interests decisions, and finely balanced ethical dilemmas.
  • Provision of emergency and out of hours advice on medical law issues.
  • Treatment of children and young people.
  • Child and adult safeguarding matters including support and representation for health professionals called to give evidence in Court of Protection, child protection proceedings and criminal proceedings.
  • Court of Protection, Inherent Jurisdiction and Family Court applications including urgent and out of hours applications.
  • Extensive experience of representing NHS Trusts and their employees at Coroner’s inquests including high profile media sensitive deaths, those involving allegations of neglect and gross negligence, complex Article 2 inquests, regulation 28 reports and jury inquests.
  • Advice on delayed/complex patient discharges
  • Dealing with the Police and regulatory authorities.
  • Advising on the drafting and updating of hospital policies and procedures


The Healthcare team was heralded by the Legal 500 as having “excellent knowledge of the healthcare sector, particularly dentists and GPs – it is considered one of the most knowledgeable firms in this sector in the North East”

The Healthcare team also won praise from the guide, being hailed as “a true leader in the healthcare field”.

The Chambers UK Guide described the Healthcare team as being “a great all-round firm who have the skills and people to provide support for all eventualities” One client noted: “They are very responsive to queries and give very balanced and sensible advice in terms that make sense.”

Key Practice Areas

  • Medical Law & Ethics
  • Coroner’s Inquests
  • Court of Protection