NMC Lawyers - defence lawyers for nurses & midwives

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.

NMC Investigations

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 edition of the Legal 500 for professional disciplinary work. We have extensive experience of dealing with NMC investigations and fitness to practise cases. Our firm has a network of offices, including London and Manchester, allowing us to act for clients nationwide. We have experience of acting for clients working within the NHS and private healthcare, including specialist experience of acting for independent midwives. 

  • 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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Referred to the NMC

We understand that being referred to the NMC can be a daunting and overwhelming experience and the implications of this can be very serious. We recognise the need for advice from lawyers with genuine experience of defending NMC cases. We can guide you through the process and advise on the best approach at each stage of your case. Please visit out NMC case studies page for more information about our expertise in this area. For more information on the changes to NMC procedures introduced in July 2017 please visit our recent article on this topic.

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 
  • Assisting with the preparation of regulatory concerns response forms
  • Preparation of written responses to the case examiners 
  • Providing advice on the suitability of undertakings and warnings
  • Representation at interim orders panel hearings
  • Preparation of responses to case management forms
  • Advising on applications for voluntary removal from the register 
  • Negotiating with the NMC in relation to consensual panel determinations
  • Representing clients at fitness to practise hearings before the Fitness to Practise Committee 
  • Representing clients in appeals to the High Court

Our experience

We have extensive experience of defending the full range of fitness to practise issues, including:

  • Assessments and record keeping
  • Medicines management and administration
  • Communication issues
  • Safeguarding
  • Quality of care
  • Breaches of the HSCA 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014
  • Professional boundaries
  • Dishonesty
  • Sexually motivated misconduct
  • Financial misconduct
  • Drug and alcohol issues
  • Mental health issues
  • Breaches of interim orders
  • Criminal convictions

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.

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