Healthcare: 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 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

Admin Court Appeal Re: Mould (2012)
Sanction of Erasure

Senyange v HCPC (2012)
GSCC Decision Upheld on Appeal
Caoimhe Daly

GMC v OS (2012)
Top Orthopaedic Surgeon exonerated at GMC
Adrian Darbishire QC

GMC v Keilloh (2012)
British army doctor on duty and attending at the death in captivity of Baha Mousa
Ben FitzGerald

GMC v Dr I (2012)
Fitness to practise hearing
Philip McGhee


Regulation of Healthcare Professionals
Whistle-blowing, disclosure and patient confidentiality - the conflict between confidentiality and a duty to disclose. 29.9.2009
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Healthcare regulation caselaw update 2008
Sean Larkin provides a comprehensive update on healthcare regulation cases. With case index. 2.10.2008
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Fitness to Practise proceedings
Drafting allegations for Fitness to Practise proceedings in the General Medical Council. 1.3.2008
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