Industry Bodies: Notable case

Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (2011)

The first prosecution to be brought under the 2004 Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations has ended with the acquittal of all defendants.  Adrian Darbishire represented the first of five defendants, a senior consultant who had acted as Chief Investigator in a series of clinical trials conducted for pharmaceutical companies.  In circumstances reminiscent of the demise of the British Airways cartel case in May 2010, this trial collapsed in its fifth week when the Crown offered no evidence, following the exposure of the serious failings on the part of the MHRA in relation to disclosure as well as inherent weaknesses in the prosecution case against the consultant.  

Adrian Darbishire specialises in criminal and regulatory law, frequently acting for doctors and other medical professionals in proceedings arising out of their work.

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Notable cases:

Solicitors Regulation Authority v MK (2013)
SDT hearing
Fraser Coxhill

Re: AO (2012)
Defending in the SDT
Alexandra Felix

Re: B (2011)
Successful appeal on sanction to the PAT and Judicial Review
Alexandra Felix

Re: P, P & N (2011)
Leading defending in SDT 
Alexandra Felix

Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (2011)
MHRA Prosecution: First Clinical Trials Regulation Case Collapses.   
Adrian Darbishire QC

Security Industry Authority v Stewart & others (2009)
Authority on scope of appeals in SIA cases
Selva Ramasamy

SIA v Security Solutions & Investigations / Working in Harmony & others (2009)
First prosecutions for using unlicensed security operatives
Selva Ramasamy


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