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53-54 DOUGHTY STREET, LONDON, WC1N 2LS, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7404 1313
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Bristol, London, Manchester

Gemma Hobcraft

Tel:
Work 020 7404 1313
Email:
Doughty Street Chambers (Doughty Street Chambers)

Position

Health care regulatory law: extensive experience representing health care professionals at fitness to practise hearings before their relevant regulator – recently appeared before the following regulators: General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health Professions Council. Also instructed in care standards matters before the First Tier Tribunal. Gemma also advises on potential judicial reviews arising in the context of conduct and competence hearings. Extradition: instructed in a wide range of extradition cases, in both the Magistrates Court and in appeals to the High Court. She has a particular interest and experience in health issues, especially where issues of HIV and AIDS arise and a particular interest and experience in representing single mothers in extradition proceedings, where any children would go into care if they were extradited. Recent High Court cases include: Dula v Public Prosecutor for Zwolle Lelystad, Holland [2010] EWHC 469 (Admin); Akyol v DPP Zwolle Lelystad, Netherlands [2010] EWHC 605 (Admin); Herdman v City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court [2010] EWHC 1533 (Admin). Public Law: Particularly judicial reviews involving challenging decisions/omissions by local authorities in relation to health, community care, education, prisons and Children Act issues. Education law: Wide-ranging experience in education law, appearing for parents and children in education appeals at the First Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and at exclusions and admissions Independent Appeal Panels (IAPs). She has acted for parents in a number of SEND cases, where Parts 2, 3, and 4 of the statement have been under appeal; she has particular experience in cases where residential schooling is in issue. Criminal law: Gemma has a particular interest and experience in representing those charged with political crimes: DPP v Chivers et al [2010] EWHC 1814 (Admin).

Career

Called 2006; Lincoln’s Inn. Current directorships: lay authority member – Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority; trustee – Brook; executive committee – Human Rights Lawyers Association. Publications of note: co-authored ‘Sentencing’ chapter in human rights in ‘The Investigation and Prosecution of Crime’, edited by Jonathan Cooper and Madeleine Colvin, OUP 2009; ‘Roma Children and Education in the Czech Republic, DH and Others v The Czech Republic: Opening the door to indirect discrimination findings in Strasbourg?’ EHRLR 2 (2008) 245; co-authored ‘The IMPACT of human rights’, Impact 13 HIV and the Law, Policy Bulletin 13, National AIDS Trust, July 2007.

Member

HRLA, CBA, ADRL, ELA.

Education

George Abbot School, Guildford; Sussex University (2004, BA Hons); The College of Law (2005, GDL; 2006, BVC; London School of Economics and Political Science (2007, LLM, human rights law).


London Bar

Professional discipline and regulatory law

Within: Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

Gemma Hobcraft - Doughty Street ChambersVery thorough and dedicated to her clients, she utilises her experience to push new points of law.

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