Members of Chambers are regularly instructed in disciplinary and regulatory proceedings, acting for both individual/corporate respondents as well as prosecuting for professional bodies. Whilst a high proportion of the disciplinary work undertaken relates to healthcare, members have also acted before financial, sports, legal and surveyors tribunals. Members frequently appear in parallel proceedings involving criminal prosecutions, Inquests and Disciplinary Inquiries. Chambers can also offer considerable expertise in relation to cases involving the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
We regularly appear before the General Medical Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council and the General Osteopathic Council and when necessary, on appeal. Members frequently represent Doctors, Pharmacists and NHS trusts at Inquests. Instructions are regularly received on behalf of both Primary Care Trusts and clinicians in respect of proceedings arising out of performer’s contracts, both at first instance and on appeal to the Family Health Services Appeal Authority and the Administrative Court.
We recognise the particular pressures on professionals facing a disciplinary inquiry and members have experience in dealing with the broad range of issues that invariably arise, ranging from allegations of professional incompetence to dishonesty and sexual transgressions. Members have successfully appeared in recent cases on behalf of corporate clients alleged to be liable for the misconduct of individual practitioners due to poor systems. The high standard of advocacy and analysis associated with 5 Paper Buildings ensures an expeditious approach to the problem presented.