Legal Defence for Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare professionals work incredibly hard to provide patients with high quality, compassionate and focussed care. Complaints made against healthcare professionals are on the rise; allegations of poor practice or misconduct can devastate a practitioner’s confidence, their reputation and their career, and that is where we can help.

We are independently recognised specialists in healthcare regulation, having acted in the field for several decades. Clients come to us to obtain specialist legal advice when a complaint is made that threatens their ability to carrying on practising.

Our regulatory team defends health professionals from across the sector, including:

Dealing with a fitness to practice investigation

Many of our clients fear that an investigation by their regulator will inexorably damage their career or their reputation. This need not be the case. Considered engagement with the regulatory investigation is crucial in achieving the best possible outcome. We have a proven track record of having investigations closed in the early stages, limiting the impact, professionally and personally, on the professionals concerned.

Complaints often have a number of dimensions to them; professionals sometimes face parallel criminal, employer and regulatory investigations, as well as having to deal with the glare of the press.  Our clients benefit from our close working relationships with our specialist criminal, employment and reputation management lawyers.  Knowing that your legal team is looking at your problem from all angles is reassuring, as well as saving time and money.

Recent work

We have assisted clients with a wide variety of issues, including:

  • A nurse alleged by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to have dishonestly worked bank shifts whilst on sick leave from their employer
  • A student nurse refused registration by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) due to previous criminal convictions
  • A doctor facing proceedings brought by the General Medical Council (GMC) relating to their drafting of a substandard expert report
  • A doctor alleged by the General Medical Council (GMC) to have failed in providing care to a patient on a cruise ship
  • Representing a psychotherapist in an Inquest in which it was alleged that the treatment provided was ineffective 
  • Acting for a psychoanalyst in successfully defending allegations of professional misconduct brought by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)


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The team working on my case was first-rate: they gave lightning-fast responses and possessed unparalleled expert knowledge of my profession, its regulatory bodies and the law relating to professional discipline"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

They are obviously very strong in the field of professional regulation"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

They understand that there are risks in everything one does and we work together in mitigating the risks"

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 The lawyers are able to present cases to an exceptional standard, in terms of both advocacy and legal principles"

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The consequences of failing to adhere with Care Quality Commission’s regulatory framework for registration

Updates to the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) COVID-19 Guidance

Coronavirus Act: how the emergency legislation will impact healthcare professionals

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All relevant evidence: a reminder to Regulators

UKCP issues new Code of Ethics and Professional Practice

A word of warning to Panel members on their questioning of Registrants

Regulatory proceedings: no longer least said, soonest mended

What regulators regard as dishonest – More than you would think! (Part Two)

The care home sector in the spotlight

Is the BACP’s new Professional Conduct Procedure any less Kafkaesque?

The Duty of Candour: Telling patients the truth when something goes wrong

NMC’s reliance on hearsay evidence leads to successful appeal

Court of Appeal reaffirms the need for detailed medical evidence in the event of seeking an adjournment on health grounds

Must an allegation against a doctor always be considered by the Case Examiners?

3,000 doctors face checks after psychiatrist who practised without a licence is sentenced to a five year prison sentence

Why engagement with the regulatory process and ‘adequate’ indemnity insurance/cover is vital

Social Media and the NHS

Court of Appeal overturns High Court’s finding of doctor’s dishonesty

Dr Bawa-Garba – the Court of Appeal has spoken

High Court provides guidance on the approach Panels should take in making determinations of fact Teasdale v General Osteopathic Council

Some welcomed guidance for data controllers: Court of Appeal confirms the correct test to be applied when considering a SAR concerning mixed data

New (over-complicated) professional standards for UKCP and BACP members

An update on the General Optical Council v Clarke – retirement is not relevant to impairment

Love Island and your professional obligations

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline April 2018 - May 2018

The PSA’s Lessons Learned Review – Regulators take heed

What’s the buzz?

A new framework for psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and counselling

Are doctors being penalised by the General Medical Council’s power of appeal?

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline February 2018 - March 2018

The appeal has been granted: Dr Bawa-Garba’s case in action

Post-Brexit language testing for EEA qualified healthcare professionals

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline December 2017 - January 2018

Lessons learned: the duty of candour in practical terms

Criminal consequences for accessing medical records without a business purpose

Understanding what is important to regulators: it's not just your clinical skills

How long is too long to be subject to Conditions of Practice?

Manifesto watch: Health and social care regulation

A ‘deep-seated attitudinal problem’ could be the difference between a suspension and a strike-off

High Court awards costs against General Dental Council and dentist in PSA appeal

What regulators regard as dishonest – more than you would think!

Case Update: High Court remits case back to the General Dental Council’s Professional Conduct Committee to reconsider whether the erasure sanction imposed was proportionate

How the General Dental Council deals with complaints against Dental Practitioners

Case update: A salutary reminder to regulated professionals and students on the use of social media

Professionals: beware the excesses of the Christmas party…

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Dental professionals – how to obtain patient consent the right way

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