Student Fitness to Practise

While legal representation is not usually allowed in a university fitness to practise hearing, our solicitors are able to advise you on the best way to approach all of your communication with the university and the best way to conduct yourself during a hearing.


Richard Nelson LLP’s fitness to practise solicitors advise and represent students who find themselves under investigation by their institution. Universities expect medical students to adhere to certain fitness to practise standards. An alleged breach of these standards can lead to a full investigation, which is where we can help.

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A number of alleged offences can lead to a university fitness to practise investigation. Students who have not sufficiently engaged with their course, who are suspected of dishonesty and who have faced criminal charges or conviction can all come under investigation. Even behaviour in a medical student’s personal life, such as misuse of alcohol and drugs, can lead to fitness to practise proceedings. Educational institutions hold their medical students to such a high standard of behaviour because of the scrutiny and expectations on the registered professions for which they are intending to qualify.

Legal representation is usually not allowed in student fitness to practise investigatory meetings but seeking legal advice beforehand can be highly beneficial. Student Services, or their equivalent, should also offer support that we recommended making use of. It is a good idea to engage with the investigators at every stage of the proceedings. Professional legal advice will ensure that you do so in the most beneficial way possible.

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In the event that the investigation results in a fitness to practise hearing, students will be asked to provide a statement and evidence. Legal advice at this point can make a big difference to the outcome of your case. Richard Nelson LLP can also arrange for a barrister to attend the hearing with you and represent you in person.
If you have been notified of a fitness to practise investigation or you are already engaged in the process, get in touch with Richard Nelson LLP to discuss your case. Our solicitors will be able to provide you with expert advice at every stage, helping you to secure the best possible outcome.

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