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Our experienced GMC lawyers provide specialist legal representation and advice for:

Our team of GMC lawyers and MPTS lawyers are dedicated and experienced in providing legal advice to doctors throughout the UK. We take pride in our excellent track record of securing the best possible outcome for doctors. We understand the impact any investigation questioning your fitness to practise can have on you. That is why we will work tirelessly to ensure you can continue to practise medicine during an ongoing investigation by getting the right results when defending doctors facing a hearing before the Interim Orders Tribunals (IOT).

 

What if I am the subject of a criminal investigation by the police as well as a GMC investigation?

We understand the significance of a caution or conviction for any doctor and so will work hard to defend your case whilst ensuring that we do not jeopardise your position before the GMC as we fully understand the issues involved for you as a doctor, both professionally and personally.

You can benefit from our specialist multi-disciplinary team, comprising GMC lawyers and criminal defence lawyers. This enables us, where necessary, to provide effective legal representation for doctors who face criminal investigations by the police or the NHS Counter Fraud Team. Our team are experienced at representing doctors in police station interviews under caution and before the Magistrates or Crown Court in any criminal proceedings, should an investigation proceed that far.

 

Fees for legal representation from GMC Lawyers

Our GMC Lawyers are happy to speak to any doctor over the telephone for an initial free consultation, so that you can make an enquiry with confidence and without obligation. You will find that we are transparent about our fees from the outset. We can usually offer doctors fixed fees bespoke to their case, so that there is no confusion at any point. Most of our clients are privately funded either because they are not a member of a defence organisation or they have been refused representation by their defence organisation.

If your defence organisation is paying your fees, we are willing to be paid by them and can arrange for this, if you wish to have us as your solicitor of choice, rather than having to rely on a panel solicitor.

Additionally we are willing to provide a consultation for doctors looking for a second opinion, where they are being represented by a defence organisation, where they wish to have independent specialist input and further guidance about their disciplinary hearing or fitness to practise investigation.

 

How can our GMC Lawyers help a doctor who is being investigated by the GMC?

Throughout a GMC investigation, our experienced gmc lawyers will provide you with specialist legal representation and guidance throughout your case. We understand the stress you face when you are subjected to a trust disciplinary investigation or a GMC investigation and the far-reaching consequences for your career, reputation and personal life, when your suitability to practise as a doctor is called into question. We will work closely with you, taking a proactive approach and keeping you informed at all stages.

Drawing on our extensive experience we prepare robust defences to support denied allegations and where necessary, we will present the Panel with compelling mitigation on your behalf.

We will offer support and guidance throughout what can be a complicated and lengthy process, helping you to continue to focus on your training and career, safe in the knowledge that we will use our depth of experience to ensure that we secure you the best possible outcome.

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Get in touch

We offer impartial advice for doctors so contact us if you would like to speak to one of our expert GMC lawyers in strict confidence and without obligation:

  • Request a free call back using the form on the right
  • Phone us during office hours on 0845 216 2000
  • Email us at help@richardnelsonllp.co.uk.

Who Can Help You?

Marie Dancer, Manager Partner at Richard Nelson LLP

Marie Dancer

Managing Partner

Victoria Rees, Senior Legal Assistant

Victoria Rees

Senior Legal Assistant

Carolyn Thackstone

Solicitor

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What we do...

We represent doctors facing GMC fitness to practise investigations as well as a range of regulatory issues that include:

  • MPTS Medical Practitioners Tribunals / GMC fitness to practise panel hearings;

  • MPTS / GMC Interim Orders Tribunals;

  • NHS Trust Investigations;

  • GMC investigations, including responses to Rule 4 and Rule 7 letters;

  • ARCP appeals;

  • Revalidation issues;

  • Appeals;

  • GMC Restoration applications;

  • Inquests;

  • Police investigations and criminal proceedings for doctors;

  • University Fitness to Practise hearings for student doctors;

  • GMC Registration advice, including 'exempt person' applications in reliance on EC rights;

  • MPTS / GMC Registration Appeals Panel hearings

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