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Defence Lawyers for Osteopaths

We know it’s not easy for an osteopath to face a fitness to practise investigation by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) investigation; that’s why our GOsC lawyers can work closely with you to secure the best possible outcome for you. We can draw on our extensive experience to prepare robust defences to denied allegations and where necessary, we can present persuasive mitigation.

The GOsC investigates complaints made by the public, patients, other osteopaths, or the police, which suggest that an osteopath’s fitness to practise is impaired. These allegations may arise due to unacceptable professional conduct, referred to as ‘UPC’, professional incompetence, adverse health issues or convictions/cautions.Our defence solicitors can assist an osteopath with preparing written representations for the GOsC’s Investigation Committee. This is an ideal opportunity to put forward your version of events and to seek to persuade the GOsC’s Investigating Committee that there is no case for you to answer.

Our GOsC lawyers can assist an osteopath with preparing written representations for the GOsC’s Investigation Committee. This is an ideal opportunity to put forward your version of events and to seek to persuade the GOsC’s Investigating Committee that there is no case for you to answer. We can also represent an osteopath with representation in an interim orders hearing, to help you to ensure that you retain your ability to practise during the GOsC’s fitness to practise investigation.

We can also represent an osteopath with representation in an interim orders hearing, to help you to ensure that you retain your ability to practise during the GOsC’s fitness to practise investigation.

Our expert defence lawyers can provide advice and representation before the GOsC’s Professional Conduct Committee or Health Committee. We can also advise osteopaths in relation to an appeal to the High Court, following a fitness to practise hearing before the GOsC.Our defence lawyers can provide specialist representation for osteopaths across England and Wales. If you are a member of a defence organisation, we are happy to work with them in relation to the funding of your defence costs.

Our GOsC lawyers can provide specialist representation for osteopaths across England and Wales. If you are a member of a defence organisation, we are happy to work with them in relation to the funding of your defence costs. Alternatively, we can represent you if you are not a member of a defence organisation, or if they have refused your representation on the grounds that the allegations relate to personal issues or dishonesty.

We are also frequently instructed to provide a second opinion on a fitness to practise case or to take over representing health care professionals in fitness to practise investigations that are already underway.

For more information, please read our dedicated guide to GOsC Fitness to Practise investigations.

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

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  • 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...

You can rely on our GOsC lawyers to provide expert legal representation in GOsC fitness to practise investigations, as well as a range of other regulatory issues including:

  • GOsC Investigating Committee written representations;

  • GOsC Interim Orders Hearings;

  • GOsC Professional Conduct Committee;

  • GOsC Health Committee;

  • GOsC Appeals;

  • GOsC Registration advice;

  • GOsC Registration Appeals Committee;

  • GOsC Restoration applications;

  • Police investigations and criminal proceedings for osteopaths;

  • Commercial disputes;

  • Internal investigations;

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