Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) Lawyers

Stephensons has gained an excellent reputation for defending nurses and midwives in disciplinary proceedings before the Nursing & Midwifery Council. We are a leading firm in this area and our lawyers deal with a wide variety of cases, including registration issues, allegations of poor professional competence, health issues and allegations of serious misconduct. For immediate advice from a specialist NMC lawyer call 0203 816 9274.

Referred to NMC

If you have been referred to the Nursing & Midwifery Council it is vital that you seek specialist legal advice in order to protect your interests and safeguard your practise. Our lawyers are recommended in the current editions of the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for professional disciplinary work. For examples of our expertise in this area, please visit our professional discipline case studies page. We have extensive experience of defending the full range of fitness to practise issues, including:

  • Assessments and record keeping
  • Medicines management and administration
  • Quality of care
  • Communication issues
  • Failure to escalate concerns
  • Professional boundaries
  • Dishonesty
  • Sexually motivated misconduct
  • Financial misconduct
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Mental health issues
  • Breaches of interim orders
  • Criminal convictions

We have a network of offices, including London and Manchester, allowing us to act for clients nationwide. We take a pro-active approach to defending cases and we pride ourselves on achieving the best possible results for our clients. We understand that being investigated by the NMC or being called to a fitness to practise hearing can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. We can guide you through the process, advise on the best approach and protect your best interests at all stages of your case. 

NMC Fitness to Practise proceedings

Our specialist lawyers regularly act for nurses and midwives in the full range of fitness to practise proceedings before the NMC, including:

  • Advising on professional registration and appeals against decisions 
  • Preparation of written responses to the Case Examiners 
  • Representation at Interim Orders Panel Hearings
  • Preparation of responses to Standard Directions Forms 
  • Negotiating with the NMC in relation to Consensual Panel Determinations
  • Representing clients at fitness to practise hearings before the Conduct and Competence Committee and Health Committee 
  • Representing clients in appeals to the High Court

It is important that you seek specialist advice before responding to correspondence from the NMC. 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 NMC lawyers on 0203 816 9274. Alternatively please complete our online enquiry form and one of our NMC fitness to practise lawyers will contact you as a matter of urgency.