Firm Profile > Eastwoods > London, England


Professional discipline Tier 2

Eastwoods is 'a very experienced firm that is able, knowledgeable and accomplished'. It is traditionally known as a specialist firm for defence work, predominantly on behalf of healthcare professionals in relation to disciplinary issues; the firm has also expanded the practice to sectors such as sports, police, fiduciaries and corporate executives. The team successfully represented a consultant radiologist, who was facing a dishonesty allegation. Senior partner Simon Eastwood, Adam Smith and Surjit Dubb are highly rated, Kate Williams is a notable consultant and Stephen Hooper is an experienced associate. Jean Sapeta was hired from Hempsons as consultant.

Practice head(s):

Simon Eastwood


The practice has vast experience in defending professionals in regulatory proceedings – they really understand the hidden complexities that cases can throw up, and they are brilliant at managing anxious clients who are worried about their careers‘.

Simon Eastwood is simply one of the leaders in this field – he absolutely does the best for his client and is someone clients should demand to have with them in the trenches when the bullets are flying‘.

Surjit Dubb is first class; he has a formidable and forensic mind but is still very amiable and supportive of clients and their concerns‘.

Consultant Kate Williams is excellent‘.

Adam Smith has huge experience and strategic wisdom; he really goes the distance for clients‘.

Associate Stephen Hooper works non-stop and makes it look so easy. He is lighting up this sector and has an insight into how to win a case that few solicitors possess‘.

Crime: general Tier 5

Eastwoods is recognised as 'a specialist in the field of medical and professional crime'; the team is strong in defending professionals in cases involving allegations of sexual assault, manslaughter, and fraud. Surjit Dubb and Adam Smith are the key partners, and associate Stephen Hooper is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Adam Smith; Surjit Dubb

Other key lawyers:


Surjit Dubb is a cool, calm strategist who inspires confidence in his clients and fear in his opponents‘.

Stephen Hooper is thoughtful, hardworking, and approachable‘.

A specialist law firm providing support, advice and representation in defending individuals in regulatory, disciplinary and negligence claims and other legal proceedings.

This highly specialised niche practice advises healthcare professionals (particularly doctors and dentists) and other professionals and individuals in defending claims, regulatory/disciplinary and other issues arising from their professional practice, including criminal representation.

The firm: Eastwoods was formed by Simon Eastwood in July 2004 and has expanded to its current size of 15, of which 11 are lawyers. The firm strives to understand fully the needs and requirements of all clients and to apply its knowledge and expertise to achieve the best possible outcome in the most pragmatic and cost-efficient way in each case. It is not unusual for matters handled by the firm to attract high-profile media and public interest. The firm, at all times, looks at the widest possible implications of advice and assistance given.

As well as individuals, the client base includes UK medical defence organisations.

Types of work undertaken: The historical core of Eastwoods’ practice is derived from its healthcare business. Expertise includes advice and representation in regard to disciplinary matters instigated by regulatory bodies (eg General Medical Council/General Dental Council/Health and Care Professions Council/Nursing and Midwifery Council) and NHS employers (trusts) and related appeals, clinical negligence defence litigation and advice and representation at all levels of complexity at public and private inquiries (ie Bristol Royal Infirmary, Shipman, Mubarek), and representation before the First-tier and Upper Tribunals. Advice and assistance is given in regard to disciplinary and regulatory matters generally and representation is provided in criminal proceedings arising out of professional practice. Advice and representation at coroners’ inquests is given (including regarding the recent high-profile inquest into the deaths of six UK nationals in a four-day siege at In Amenas, Algeria). Judicial review is also a specialism.

Applying its disciplinary expertise, Eastwoods has also advised in relation to sport disciplinary (anti-doping) and employment procedures (Eastwoods represented Dr Eva Carneiro in her Employment Tribunal proceedings against Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho). In that context the firm has advised in regard to various insurance issues including policy drafting and indemnity issues generally.

The firm has also advised an actuary regarding a regulatory investigation by the IFoA.

Eastwoods personnel have experience in dealing with professional issues affecting police officers, particularly senior officers, such as disciplinary proceedings and criminal proceedings, including the representation of the most senior police officer prosecuted for gross negligence manslaughter arising from the Hillsborough stadium tragedy.

While Eastwoods’ historical focus has been on the healthcare defence sector, it is transferring its regulatory and defence skills to represent a wider range of professionals, sporting and other individuals, particularly in defending regulatory/disciplinary and negligence issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Simon Eastwood
Number of UK partners : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners 8 :