GMC lawyers - defence lawyers for doctors

Our specialist lawyers have extensive experience of successfully defending doctors in fitness to practise proceedings brought by the General Medical Council (GMC). We are a leading firm in this area and we pride ourselves on achieving the best possible results for our clients. For immediate advice from one of our specialist General Medical Council lawyers call 0203 816 9274.

GMC investigations

If you are facing investigation by the GMC it is vital that you seek specialist legal representation at the outset. Important tactical decisions need to be made at the outset of an investigation in order to protect your interests. Our lawyers have specialist experience of advising doctors during investigations and assisting with the preparation of formal responses, both at early stages and at the ‘Rule 7’ stage. Many of our cases are resolved during the course of an investigation, therefore avoiding a referral to a fitness to practise hearing. 

  • Professional Discipline & Fitness to Practise Lawyers

    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?

We are recommended in the Legal 500 in the field of professional disciplinary work. We have a network of offices, including London and Manchester, allowing us to act for clients nationwide. In addition to acting for clients across the UK, we regularly act for clients who are based overseas but are registered with the GMC. We have experience of acting for doctors working within the NHS and those working in private practice.

Our lawyers understand the needs and anxieties of doctors facing serious allegations and whose practice and livelihood is at risk. We recognise the need for urgent, specialist advice from lawyers with genuine experience of defending similar cases. For examples of our recent work in this area, please visit our GMC case studies page.

GMC fitness to practise proceedings

Our lawyers have experience of representing Doctors in relation to the full range of regulatory matters. Our experience includes the following:

  • Advising Doctors in relation to NHSE investigations, including Performance Assessment Group (PAG) meetings and Performers List Decision Panel (PLDP) hearings.
  • Assisting Doctors with notifications to the GMC regarding reportable events
  • Providing specialist advice during the course of GMC investigations
  • Advising on requests by the GMC for disclosure of records and other information
  • Attendance at meetings at the GMC’s offices
  • Preparation of responses to Rule 7 letters
  • Advising on the suitability of warnings and undertakings
  • Representation at Interim Orders Tribunal hearings before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS)
  • Advising on GMC applications to the High Court to extend interim orders
  • Representation at fitness to practise hearings before the MPTS
  • Appeals to the High Court against decisions of the MPTS
  • Applications for restoration to the Medical Register following erasure

Our experience

Our expertise in this area is wide-ranging and we regularly deal with the full range of fitness to practise issues, including:

  • Serious clinical incidents
  • Surgical errors
  • Prescribing errors
  • Diagnostic errors
  • Poor treatment management
  • Cosmetic and other elective procedures
  • Financial misconduct, both within and outside of clinical practice
  • Dishonesty
  • Sexually-motivated misconduct, relating to both colleagues and patients
  • Inappropriate use of social media
  • Drug & alcohol dependency
  • Poor communication/linguistic skills
  • Impairment on the basis of mental health
  • Breaches of agreed undertakings
  • Breaches of interim conditions of practise
  • Criminal convictions

In addition to our experience of dealing with GMC investigations and fitness to practise proceedings, we also have experience of assisting clients with issues relating to applications for registration, specialist registration and sub-speciality recognition.

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

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