Discipline: Notable case

Chiropractor Exonerated (2013)

In March and April 2013, Adrian Darbishire QC represented a Chiropractor, C, charged with a range of misconduct in relation to a female patient. The initial allegations included inappropriate touching, allowing an inappropriate relationship to develop and excessive treatment.  With the exception of some deficiencies in note-keeping, the charges were disputed.  The GCC called expert evidence, which was challenged in significant respects.  A number of disputed particulars were dismissed at the conclusion of the GCC's case.  By the end of the 6-day hearing, none of the disputed particulars had been found proved.  The admitted particulars were found to fall far short of Unacceptable Professional Conduct, particularly having regard to Spencer v GOsC. No informal warning or advice was given.


Adrian was instructed by Tim Lang, Weightmans, for the British Chiropractic Association.

Notable cases:

GMC -v- Kenyon (2014)
Acts on behalf of GMC in Fitness to Practise case against Doctor alleged to have misled patients over novel cancer treatment.
Ben FitzGerald

Successfully defended a doctor accused of sexually inappropriate behaviour and dishonesty. (2014)
Zoe Johnson QC successfully defended a doctor accused by the GMC of sexually inappropriate behaviour and dishonesty.
Zoe Johnson QC

NMC -v- Quinn (2014)
Lead counsel in successful 3 month prosecution of Mr Quinn Who set up and ran an elite unregistered Private hospital for cele
Linda Strudwick

MPTS (GMC) Hearing Post Manslaughter Conviction (2013)
Adrian Darbishire QC represented Dr G, a consultant urologist who had pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2012, in misconduct p
Adrian Darbishire QC

GDC V Addow (2013)
Dentist Omar Sheikh Mohamed Addow struck off for offering female genital mutilation
Tom Kark QC

GMC v Dr Burley (2013)
GP had relationship with patient

Chiropractor Exonerated (2013)
Misconduct hearing
Adrian Darbishire QC

GMC v Dr Beacon (2013)
Surgeon has an affair with a patient
Ben FitzGerald

NMC v Dmitrowicz (2013)
Nurse facing competence allegations
Caoimhe Daly

GMC v Keilloh (2012)
Dr found guilty of dishonest conduct
Tom Kark QC | Ben FitzGerald


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