Mark Ainsworth

Call 1992

ainsworth@exchangechambers.co.uk

"His knowledge of the intricacies of legal issues is second to none."

Chambers and Partners 2019
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Healthcare (Acting for the Professional)

Mark spent 10-15 years acting for the GMC in proceedings before the Fitness to Practice Panel and the Interim Orders Panel of the MPTS. For the past 5 years however, Mark now solely represents practitioners in such proceedings. He has also been instructed in proceedings on appeal to the Divisional Court.

He is routinely instructed in cases involving general practitioners, consultant anaesthetists, consultant gynaecologists and consultant pathologists. These cases involve matters of conduct and performance, often requiring detailed analysis and appreciation of areas of particular specialisation. Mark also represents the interests of doctors whose performance has been the subject of scrutiny during an Inquest in the Coroners Court. He has experienced of variety of such proceedings, including an Inquest into the death of a patient detained under the Mental Health Act.

As part of his extensive criminal practice, Mark has been involved in a number of high profile cases involving allegations of gross negligent manslaughter. These include proceedings relating to the conduct and performance of medical practitioners.

In January 2019, Mark concluded an 11 week hearing before the MPTS in which the standard of clinical care provided by a consultant surgeon were considered in detail, along with related issues of probity.

Healthcare Cases

R v V & L – alleged gross negligent manslaughter of a patient against a dentist and anaesthetist following death of patient undergoing dental procedure.

R v R – alleged gross negligent manslaughter by fork lift truck driver following accident in warehouse.

R v G & others – alleged gross negligent manslaughter by baggage handlers following accident involving baggage truck at airport.

R v S – alleged gross negligent manslaughter of elderly person due to neglect in provision of care.