Regulatory: Healthcare Regulation

"QEB Hollis Whiteman is frequently instructed by a breadth of regulators, including the SRA, Gambling Commission and Bar Standards Board, but has also developed a focus in regulatory defence work. The set receives praise for the quality of its individuals, and is noted for the rigour of its recruitment process.
Chris Emmings receives praise for running a clerking team that is "proactive in managing client relationships."
Chambers UK Professional Discipline 2015

"Very well established in the area and continues to build its practice. It has excellent people who have had some high-profile cases this year" Clients have said, "We find chambers to be efficient, effective and well liked by clients." Chambers UK Professional Discipline 2015

We have considerable experience and particular expertise in the regulation of healthcare professionals.

Our barristers regularly appear at the General Medical Council and have extensive knowledge and experience in relation to all aspects of such proceedings.

QEB Hollis Whiteman barristers also appear at the General Dental Council, the General Optical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Chiropractic Council, the Health Professions Council and the Hearing Aid Council.

Two of our barristers have recently completed secondments with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, to strengthen our experience and expertise within this field and to develop our growing team of dedicated regulatory lawyers.

Regular in-house briefings and discussions between our specialist teams ensure that our barristers remain fully up to date on current issues arising in the healthcare tribunals; barristers from QEB Hollis Whiteman are often invited to speak on key issues in this field.

We have a particular reputation for excellence in prosecuting in healthcare tribunals, but our barristers also regularly appear to defend, and we have a strong and dedicated medical defence team.

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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For more information on regulatory matters, please contact the clerks on 020 7933 8855 or