Simon Berkson

David Toal
Healthcare (presenting for General Medical Council) CV


David is a first-class and highly regarded Barrister with over 25 years’ experience of dealing with serious and high-profile cases. 

He is a senior and important member of Chambers’ Healthcare Team. 

He regularly represents Healthcare professionals facing disciplinary proceedings in tribunals and also criminal charges in both the Crown & Magistrates Courts. His exceptional analytical skills and first-class advocacy combined with a relaxed manner when dealing with clients has led to him being in significant demand. He gives clear advice and has a track record of success.

He has also been appointed to the full Panel of specialist advocates who represent the General Medical Council in tribunal hearings dealing with various complex medical and fitness to practice issues.


GMC v Dr P- FTP hearing relating to sexually motivated behaviour towards a female Healthcare Assistant during a clinic.

GMC v Dr K- FTP hearing relating to misconduct issues involving allegations of falsifying an online CV and also performing a medical procedure contrary to advice and then failing to record it in the patient's notes.

GMC v Dr L – FTP hearing relating to allegation of Rape committed at a private party. 

GMC v Dr A – FTP hearing relating to allegations of a relationship with a vulnerable psychiatric patient beginning whilst she is being treated in hospital and continuing after her discharge. 

R v Dr A – represented a Doctor charged with serious sex offences on 2 female patients. After a trial, Doctor found not guilty of both charges.


R v M – represented nurse charged with Murder and secured reduction in the charge to Manslaughter.

GMC v Dr G – FTP hearing relating to complex mental/behavioural issues arising out of drug/alcohol dependence.

GMC v Dr P – FTP hearing dealing with misconduct relating to clinical issues involving 2 babies and a young child.  

GMC v Dr V – FTP hearing relating to serious issues of misdiagnosis of breast cancer.

GMC v Dr S – FTP hearing dealing with numerous issues relating to misconduct, conviction and health.

GMC v Dr H – FTP hearing relating to serious criminal misconduct and mental health issues.

GMC v Dr P – FTP hearing relating to failings when acting as an expert witness.

R v M – represented nurse charged with Murder and secured reduction in the charge to Manslaughter


  • Northern Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Gray’s Inn


  • St Bede’s College, Manchester and Urmston Grammar School for Boys
  • LLB (Hons) degree
  • Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law 1989

Beyond the Bar

  • Married with 2 children
  • Interested in all sports but particularly football