Professional disciplinary law in Regional Bar
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.
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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 measured' Peter 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.
'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.