Healthcare – Acting for the Professional

“An efficient professional set”

The Legal 500 2021

We have a specialist team of counsel who undertake complex disciplinary cases on behalf of healthcare professionals.

We represent professionals within the healthcare sphere including doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, opticians and chiropractors who face criticism, scrutiny or enquiry of their practice by either a regulatory body, appeal tribunal, Coroner’s Court or at the Crown Court.

We have significant experience of defending professionals before regulatory bodies including:

  • General Chiropractic Council
  • General Dental Council
  • General Medical Council
  • General Optical Council
  • General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council

We offer representation during all stages of the disciplinary process, particularly specialising in:

  • Fitness to Practice Panel Hearings
  • Interim Orders Panel Hearings
  • Registration Appeal Panel Hearings
  • Review Hearings
  • Investigative Hearings

We also have experience representing clinicians before the Privy Council and the High Court where an appeal has been brought or an extension is sought, or because the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care is involved.

Owing to our strength in criminal work, we are extremely well placed to offer advice and representation where there is interface between regulatory and criminal law. Barristers also bring their strengths in inquests, inquiries and public law to bear when dealing with healthcare regulation.


What the Directories Say

“The set exhibits strength in defending healthcare practitioners in fitness-to-practise hearings and other matters, including appeals. It can also boast substantial expertise in police disciplinary proceedings. The barristers have acted in numerous matters which have attracted the attention of the national press.”
Band 2 Leading Set – Professional Discipline (The Regions), Chambers and Partners 2021

“Exchange Chambers “remains a go-to set for professional discipline matters”, thanks to having “a number of counsel with an excellent grasp and in-depth knowledge of the subject matter”.
Leading Set – Professional Disciplinary Law (Northern Circuits), The Legal 500 2021

The Team