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.

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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.

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.

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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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