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Adam Smith

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Healthcare/professional regulatory and disciplinary, and clinical negligence defence


Partner, acting for individual professionals, including doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals (pharmacists, physiotherapists and osteopaths).  Recently successfully defended an actuary in a regulatory matter.  In particular, representation before regulators such as the GMC (MPTS) and GDC.  Also undertakes criminal defence work on behalf of individual professionals facing allegations such as sexual assault and rape, gross negligence manslaughter and NHS fraud.  Also leads the firm's claims team defending clinical negligence actions.  In addition, representation in regard to disciplinary matters brought by employing trusts/NHS England and at inquests.  Has successfully represented a high-profile pharmacist in a disciplinary process at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Acted in the case of Fynes v St George’s Hospital NHS Trust [2014] EWHC 756 (QB). Also acted for the doctor in R (on the application of Dr Sosanya) v GMC [2009] EWHC 2814 (admin) – a successful High Court challenge of the GMC Interim Orders Panel’s decision to suspend the doctor’s registration. Previously represented the lead consultant radiologist at a three-month GMC hearing regarding the Devon Breast Screening Service, and was involved during training in the lengthy GMC hearing regarding paediatric cardiac surgery at Bristol.


Trained Hempsons; qualified 1999; Winckworth Sherwood 2000-04; Eastwoods, at inception 2004; partner 2008.


Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers


King Edward VII School, Sheffield; University of Hull (1995 LLB Hons); York College of Law (1996 Postgraduate Diploma in Law).


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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general

Within: Crime: general

Eastwoods¬†Solicitors specialises in representing professionals in criminal proceedings. Recent cases have included sexual assault, gross negligence, manslaughter and fraud. The team has ‚Äėa wealth of expertise from representing people at police interviews, all the way through to Crown Court trials‚Äô. Key practitioner Surjit Dubb¬†has ‚Äėunmatched client care and attention to detail‚Äô. Adam Smith¬†is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Eastwoods recently hired consultant Kate Williams from RadcliffesLeBrasseur; she is experienced in preparing defence cases for General Medical Council (GMC) and General Dental Council (GDC) hearings from . The practice has a well-established reputation as a specialist firm for disciplinary defence work, predominantly on behalf of healthcare professionals. It has also expanded its scope to advise professionals in sectors that include sports, police, fiduciaries and corporate executives. The team defended a dentist facing a GDC investigation into multiple clinical failings over a number of years, including failures to diagnose and treat caries, inappropriate prescriptions of antibiotics, failures to refer, and widespread record-keeping inadequacies. Senior partner and team head Simon Eastwood specialises in representing healthcare professionals; he has successfully represented numerous clients facing investigations by regulatory bodies such as the GMC and GDC. Adam Smith represents numerous professionals in regulatory matters, from assistance throughout a regulatory investigation and initial stages, to provision of observations, gathering of evidence and preparation for substantive hearings; and Surjit Dubb acts for professionals in regulatory and disciplinary matters at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, GMC, GDC and NHS Trust Disciplinary matters. Stephen Hooper is an experienced associate.

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