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Weightmans LLP

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Patrick Gaul

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Weightmans LLP

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Professional indemnity.


Legal specialism is professional negligence, mainly for solicitors, barristers, members of the medical profession and insurance brokers. Recognised for defending barristers in professional conduct matters before the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Council of the Inns of Court. He has been involved in this work since 2007. He has taken two cases on appeal to the Visitor to the Inns of Court and one to a judicial review. He has also been involved in complaints from the Legal Ombudsman and two of his cases have recently been heard in the High Court. Patrick’s experience of professional discipline work also includes acting for solicitors and doctors. Notable recent cases include: McCarthy v Visitors to the Inns of Court [2013] EWHC 3253 (Admin), recently heard in the court of appeal; Lincoln Crawford v Legal Ombudsman [2014] EWHC 182 (Admin); Conlon v Bar Standards Board (Visitors of the Inns of Court) July 2014.


Trained Allison & Humphreys; qualified 1987; partner Weightmans 1992; managing partner 2003 to May 2013.




St Edward’s College, Liverpool; St Anne’s College, Oxford (1983 BA Jurisprudence).


Football (Everton), playing the guitar.

London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Weightmans LLP is 'immensely committed to providing the best service available, working above and beyond expectations'. The practice is well known for healthcare-related disciplinary issues; acts for all the medical defence organisations and is highly regarded for complex cases before the General Medical Council and General Dental Council; and regularly advises defence organisations on NHS Performers’ List and Health Service Ombudsman matters. The team also assists with barrister conduct work and is regularly involved in the judicial review of decisions of the Legal Ombudsman, who makes findings against barristers. It acted for the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, a statutory body charged with reviewing decisions of the health and social care regulators, which challenged a decision of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council; the case involved allegations of improper strip searches carried out upon two vulnerable patients while detained in a mental health unit. Liverpool-based Richard Jolly was recently appointed as national head of healthcare advisory; Patrick Gaul is recognised for defending barristers in professional conduct matters before the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Council of the Inns of Court; James Rowley in Manchester is 'incredibly skilled in all areas of medico-legal law and is excellent in difficult and complex cases'; London's Robert Crossingham acts mainly for professional indemnity insurers, although he also advises private and commercial clients in relation to disciplinary and uninsured matters; Simon Turner is 'very able'; and consultant John Mitchell 'has great judgment, is hard working and thinks about the best way of doing a case'. Regularly receiving instructions from major medical defence organisations, Mitchell is recommended for his representation of doctors and dentists. Also highly regarded is solicitor Joanne Harrison, who is 'very much a rising star in medical law and very sharp, confident, articulate and knowledgeable'.

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