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Stephensons has gained an excellent reputation for defending healthcare professionals and we pride ourselves on achieving the best possible results for our clients. Our team has specialist experience of dealing with a wide range of cases before the main healthcare regulators.
Many of our cases are concluded at the investigation stage, therefore avoiding the need for fitness to practise hearings. The following cases provide a brief overview of our experience in this area.
If you are under investigation by your regulator or you have been called to a hearing, please contact our specialist fitness to practise lawyers on 0203 816 9274 without delay.
General Dental Council
Our lawyers acted for a large Dental Laboratory in relation to a number of linked investigations by the GDC. The Company faced both regulatory and criminal investigations while a Director of the Company faced a linked regulatory investigation. All matters were concluded with no further action.
Our lawyers acted for a Dental Technician in a long-running case before the GDC. The allegations centred on the construction of a dental appliance which proved to be defective. The matter was heard by a panel of the GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee. The GDC’s lawyers argued that our client should be erased from the register. However the panel found that our client’s fitness to practise was not currently impaired and therefore no sanction was imposed. Our client was able to continue to practice without restriction.
Our lawyers acted for a Dentist accused of dishonestly failing to disclose a criminal conviction on an application for registration with the GDC. We represented our client at a hearing before the GDC’s Professional Conduct Committee. The allegation of dishonesty was not found proven and the case was concluded with a reprimand.