General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) lawyers

Our specialist lawyers have experience of defending pharmacists facing fitness to practise proceedings before the GPhC. If you are under investigation by the GPhC or you have been called to a hearing, it is vital that you seek specialist legal representation to safeguard your practice. For immediate advice from a member of our team call 0203 816 9274.

Why Stephensons?

We are recommended by the Legal 500 for professional disciplinary work. We are a national law firm with a network or offices, including London and Manchester, allowing us to act for clients nationwide. Our team of professional discipline lawyers have experience of dealing with a wide range of issues, including professional registration & restoration, allegations of deficient professional performance, allegations of professional misconduct, criminal convictions and health-related issues. We pride ourselves on achieving the best possible results for our clients. We also understand the needs and anxieties of clients whose professional status and livelihood is at risk.

  • 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

  •  

GPhC investigations

An investigation by the GPhC can have serious implications to your practice. While the investigation is ongoing you may be referred to a hearing before the fitness to practise committee to consider an interim order. If the committee determine that an order is necessary you may be suspended from practice on an interim basis or made the subject of conditions which restrict your registration.

At the conclusion of an investigation your case may be referred to the investigating committee. The committee has wide ranging powers which include taking no further action, issuing a warning, accepting undertakings, referring your case to the fitness to practise committee and directing that criminal proceedings should be commenced against you.

If your case is referred to the GPhC’s fitness to practice committee and allegations are either admitted or found proven then there are a range of sanctions available. These include issuing warnings, imposing conditions of practice, suspension and removal from the GPhC register. We can advise on the best strategy to adopt at your hearing. Where allegations are denied we can prepare and present your defence case. Where allegations are admitted we can assist you with preparing evidence of mitigation and remediation.

GPhC fitness to practise proceedings

Our lawyers can assist at all stages of proceedings, including:

  • Applications for professional registration and appeals against decisions
  • Advising on investigations and, where appropriate, interviews under caution
  • Representation at interim orders hearings
  • Written submissions to the investigating committee
  • Representation before the fitness to practise committee
  • Appeals against fitness to practice committee decisions

If you are facing proceedings before the GPhC then our specialist lawyers can assist. If you would like to speak to a member of the team, in confidence, please call 0203 816 9274. Alternatively please complete our online enquiry form and a member of the team will contact you as a matter of urgency.

loading staff

We're widely accredited for our work - regulatory & criminal justice

  • Legal 500

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.

Memberships & accreditations

9.3 out of 10
Trustpilot logo5-stars on trustpilot Based on count 551

We're Great

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, and you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf.

Our Trustpilot reviews

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.
View from a professional discipline client

What does Ofsted's new early years inspection framework mean for providers?

On 14th May 2019, Ofsted published its updated inspection framework, which will be applicable to all education providers from September 2019.  The new framework has been in the pipeline for almost two years and was under public consultation from...

Read more

Regulatory Twitter Block

Four new senior associates for Stephensons

Stephensons has announced its most recent round of senior associate appointments across its regulatory , clinical negligence , personal injury and employment teams. The four solicitors have shown a strong commitment to both the firm and their area...

Read more

staff reorder - professional discipline

  • Carl Johnson
  • Sean Joyce
  • ​Alison Marriott
  • Francesca Snape
  • Laura Hannah
  • Paul Loughlin​
  • Neal Boland
  • Chloe Parish
  • Elizabeth Groom
  • Martin Haisley
  • Emily Hill
  • Jessica Macaulay
  • Cameron Stubbs

We're always here for you

As an award-winning top 150 law firm, with over 450 staff based in offices across the country, you're never far from the advice you need.

Find your nearest Stephensons office and arrange a meeting

As an award-winning top 150 law firm, with over 450 staff based in offices across the country, you're never far from the advice you need.