General Dental Council (GDC) lawyers

Our lawyers provide specialist legal advice to dentists, dental technicians and other dental care professionals facing proceedings before the General Dental Council. Our team has experience of acting for clients at all stages of proceedings. For immediate advice from one of our specialist GDC lawyers call 0203 816 9274.

If you are facing disciplinary proceedings before the GDC, it is vital that you seek specialist assistance without delay in order to protect your interests and safeguard your practise. Our specialist professional discipline lawyers have experience of advising and representing clients in a variety of matters before the GDC. Our recent cases have included allegations concerning professional conduct, clinical performance, inadequate treatment, indemnity insurance issues and complaints handling.

We also have experience of acting on behalf of dental technicians in relation to ‘scope of practice’ investigations carried out by the GDC. We have been instructed in a number of these cases and have specialist experience of advising clients on scope of practice matters. 

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    Head of Regulatory Law Carl Johnson talks about the role his team take in professional discipline and fitness to practise issues. Carl discusses the sort of cases the team at Stephensons can handle, the possible outcomes of professional discipline investigations and why legal advice is vital.

    "This area of law involves cases which are often highly emotionally charged. For a professional to be under scrutiny by their regulator or professional body that can create a lot of stress, a lot of anxiety and put clients under a lot of pressure. A specialist lawyer provides a much needed barrier between the professional and their regulator and can help absorb some of that pressure and stress, and that's an important service that we provide to our clients." - Carl Johnson

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Why choose Stephensons?

Our firm is recommended by the Legal 500 for professional disciplinary work. We have a network of offices, including London & Manchester, allowing us to act for clients nationwide. We understand the needs and anxieties of clients facing a possible restriction of their practise or in some cases the potential loss of livelihood. Taking a pro-active approach to defending cases we pride ourselves on achieving the best possible outcomes for clients.

Our lawyers act for clients at all stages of proceedings before the GDC, including:

  • Advising dentists and dental care professionals with professional registration issues
  • Providing specialist advice during initial referral and investigation
  • Preparation of written responses to the Investigating Committee
  • Representation at Interim Orders Committee (IOC) hearings
  • Representation at Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) hearings.
  • Representation at Professional Performance Committee (PPC) hearings

For examples of our previous cases, please visit our case studies page.

Specialist legal advice

It is important that you seek specialist advice before responding to correspondence from the GDC. Any response which is made should be carefully considered in order to protect your interests and to avoid prejudicing your case. For a confidential, no-obligation discussion regarding your case, contact one of our specialist GDC lawyers on 0203 816 9274. Alternatively please complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you as a matter of urgency.

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It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf. Over the years our regulatory and criminal justice team has been recognised by industry awards and accredited for their excellence.

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I was kept up to date at every junction. My case is now closed with no restrictions to my practice. Thank you to Carl and his team especially Laura who worked so diligently on my case! They acted professional at all times. I highly recommend this company.
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