Ms Catherine Hale Barrister-at-law, MSc, PGCE, LLB (Hons)


Primary Care Clinical Sciences

Contact details

90 Vincent Drive, Primary Care Clinical Sciences
School of Health and Population Sciences
College of Medical and Dental Science
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, B15 2TT


Catherine Hale is currently a Lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics and is a member of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics within the Medical School at Birmingham University; where she is responsible for teaching on the MBChB, BDS and BmedSci Health Care Ethics and Law programmes. She previously taught Health Care Ethics and Law in other Universities after having qualified as a barrister and deciding to specialise in this area of law.  


  • MSc Health Care Ethics, Birmingham University 2000
  • PGCE, Greenwich University 2000
  • Barrister-at-Law, Middle Temple 1995
  • BVC, Inns of Court School of Law 1994
  • LLB (Hons), Warwick University 1993


Catherine Hale joined the Centre for Biomedical Ethics based within Primary Care Clinical Sciences in 2000 as a Lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics after completing a PGCE and MSc in Health Care Ethics at Birmingham University. Before this, Catherine was a Lecturer in Law at the University of Central England and a barrister, having studied law as an undergraduate at Warwick University.

She currently teaches and lectures on a wide variety of programmes within the Medical School. In addition, she is a module co-ordinator for the BMedSci in Health Care Ethics and Law; and on the MBChB programme (Decision-Making, year 2). Further, she runs special study modules in Crime and Medicine for the second year medical undergraduates and the Ethics and Law compulsory SSC, which is in the final year of the MBChB. She also plays an active part in the life of the Medical School and is currently Honorary MedSoc President.

Her ethical and legal research interests include prescribing, discrimination in health care, professional roles and end of life issues.



Hale C (2006) "Recent thinking about end of life issues," Best Practice & Research Clinical Anaesthesiology 20-4: 605-617

Baines D and Hale C (2004) ‘Pharmacy economics: are proposals for a national contract already redundant?’ The Pharmaceutical Journal Vol 273: 89-90

Baines D and Hale  C (2004) ‘How should community pharmacists be paid under the new contract?’ The Pharmaceutical Journal Vol 273: 119-120

Baines D and Hale C (2004) ‘Use Network Theory to Develop Services’ The Pharmaceutical Journal Vol 272: 222-223

Baines D and Hale C (2004) ‘How to Build a Professional Network’ The Pharmaceutical Journal Vol 273: 258-259

Hale C (2003) ‘Chapter 4, Confidentiality, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care’ p47-63 in Draper H and Scott W (2003) Ethics in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Butterworth Heinemann

Baines D, Kay A, Hale C & Goodyer L (2003)  ‘OFT the Beaten Track?’ The Pharmaceutical Journal Vol 270: 122-123

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