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Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Lawyers

Our lawyers have extensive experience of successfully defending professionals in fitness to practice proceedings before the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). Our expert lawyers deal with a wide range of cases, including registration issues, allegations of poor professional competence, and allegations of serious misconduct. For immediate advice from one of our specialist HCPC lawyers call 0161 696 6250.

If you are under investigation by the HCPC or you have been referred to a hearing before the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS), it is important that you seek specialist legal advice in order to protect your interests.

We have a strong track record of defending cases before the HCPC and we are recommended in the current edition of the Legal 500 for professional discipline work. We pride ourselves on achieving the best possible results for our clients. We understand that being referred to the HCPC can be a daunting experience and can have serious implications for your registration and livelihood. Our HCPC lawyers can guide you through the process and advise on the best approach at each stage of your case. For examples of our expertise in this area please visit our HCPC case studies page. 

  • 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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HCPC fitness to practise proceedings

We represent professionals at all stages of proceedings including initial referral and investigation, interim orders hearings, final hearings and appeals against decisions. We have experience of assisting clients with the following matters:

  • Advising on professional registration and appeals against registration decisions
  • Advice on HCPC reporting requirements
  • Preparing written responses to the investigating committee
  • Representation at interim orders hearings before the HCPTS
  • Advising on disposal of cases by consent
  • Representation at fitness to practise hearings before the conduct and competence committee of the HCPTS
  • Representation at hearings before the health committee of the HCPTS
  • Advising on appeals to the High Court
  • Representation at substantive order review hearings

Our expertise in this area is wide-ranging. We have experience of defending the full range of fitness to practise issues, including:

  • Record keeping
  • Communication issues
  • Misuse of social media
  • Confidentiality and data protection
  • Failure to escalate concerns
  • Clinical performance issues
  • Serious clinical incidents
  • Professional boundaries
  • Sexually motivated misconduct
  • Dishonesty
  • Financial misconduct
  • Issues relating to a practitioner’s physical or mental health
  • Drug and alcohol dependency
  • Breaches of interim orders
  • Criminal convictions

For a confidential, no-obligation discussion regarding your case, contact one of our specialist HCPC lawyers on 0161 696 6250. Alternatively please complete our online enquiry form and a member of our team will contact you as a matter of urgency.

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