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Leading Silks

Mary O'Rourke QC - Deans Court ChambersOne of the leading go-to specialists in the field, in which no case is too complex and is a legend truly feared by the prosecution. Mary has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the relevant case-law and is highly regarded by panels. She is one of the best advocates and a brilliant tactician with an eye for detail!

2019 Silks

Richard Littler QC - Exchange ChambersA leading advocate in the criminal and regulatory arena.

Leading Juniors

Peter Atherton - Deans Court ChambersVery calm and measured. Highly experienced in this area.
Elizabeth Dudley-Jones - Deans Court ChambersCapable of mastering a complex factual brief. Good knowledge of the jurisdiction. Engaging personality which encourages confidence. Great attention to detail.
Simon Gurney - Lincoln House ChambersVery good on his feet, great knowledge of the law.
Peter Horgan - Deans Court ChambersPeter is able, organised, decisive and fair; all qualities which make him an appealing advocate to tribunals. As an opponent, he is professionally amiable and effective.
Jason MacAdam - Exchange ChambersHe adopts a no-nonsense style and approach with clients, who respect him for it. He is a highly competent advocate and cross examination is left safely in his hands.
Ghazan Mahmood - St John's BuildingsHis strengths is his attention to detail and being able to find novel ways of resolving issues.
Neair Maqboul - 7 Harrington StreetA specialist in healthcare sector disciplinary work.
Nicholas Walker - Exchange ChambersNick has an excellent client manner and is meticulous in his preparation and presentation of cases. He maintains good communication from initial instruction to the final hearing and gains the trust and respect of clients and solicitors instantly with his calm and controlled manner.

Professional disciplinary law in Regional Bar

7 Harrington Street

7 Harrington Street's Neair Maqboul is a 'go-to’ counsel for the Royal College of Nursing as she has considerable experience of representing nurses in proceedings brought by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. In one recent instruction of note, she successfully acted on behalf of a registrant who faced charges of force-feeding an end of life patient and failing to take informed consent when administering medication to a different patient.

Lincoln House Chambers

Lincoln House Chambers is home to Simon Gurney who represents doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals, as well as police officers, solicitors, and chartered surveyors facing professional disciplinary proceedings by their respective regulators. He is experienced in both High Court and Court of Appeal instructions and is direct access qualified.

St John's Buildings

St John's Buildings' Ghazan Mahmood has expertise in representing health care professionals both in internal disciplinary proceedings and externally before the General Medical Council or at tribunals. Recent instructions have included the defence of allegations of dishonesty and sexual misconduct.

Deans Court Chambers

Deans Court Chambers has counsel experienced in acting for both the prosecution and the defence in professional disciplinary matters and offers specialists in various disciplines for clients to take advantage of. Praised for her strong 'work ethic, commitment, and intellectual sharpness', Mary O’Rourke QC represented Dr Richard Freeman in the General Medical Council's (GMC) prosecution of the Team Sky and British Cycling doctor for allegedly ordering a banned drug delivered to the Manchester Velodrome and illegally administering to cyclists in breach of anti-doping laws. The 'calm and measuredPeter Atherton specialises in medical regulation and is frequently instructed by the GMC in the Medical Practitioners Tribunal (MPT); recent cases have included doctors providing treatments not supported by scientific evidence and of inappropriate conduct and relationships. Elizabeth Dudley-Jones regularly conducts complex fitness to practice cases before the MPT and defends before the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Also of note, Peter Horgan acted for the GMC against a doctor who used inappropriate language and behaviour towards female colleagues and while in the presence of female patients; the defendant was suspended.

Exchange Chambers

'An efficient professional set', 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'. According to some, it is also becoming the North's go-to chambers for police misconduct instructions. 2019 silk Richard Littler QC regularly acts for the Police Federation defending high ranking police officers and he also defends at FA Disciplinary Panels. At the junior level, Jason MacAdam has experience of cases before the General Medical Council, Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, General Pharmaceutical Council, Health and Care Professions Council, and the Teaching Regulation Agency. Nicholas Walker's practice centres on defending police officers in professional disciplinary cases. He also sits as a Legally Qualified Chair in police misconduct hearings.