Professional discipline & regulatory

 

Complaints against doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals continue to increase every year. Being the subject of an investigation by the General Medical Council (GMC), General Dental Council (GDC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or other healthcare regulators such as the General Optical Council (GOC) or General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is perhaps one of the most difficult and stressful experiences you could face in your professional career. Apart from the potential damage to your professional reputation, your career and livelihood, there’s also the danger of a police investigation and criminal charges.

That’s why you need professional legal advice that is informed, insightful and supportive. We are top-ranked in the legal directories and offer one of the strongest teams in the market, with genuine depth and breadth of expertise in the sector.

We act for doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, opticians, optometrists, speech therapists, mental health professionals and alternative medicine practitioners and offer specialist advice and representation in the following areas:

We can assist you from the earliest stages of your case, adopting a proactive stance to resolve patient grievances and prevent escalation. Our priority is always to protect your interests.

Early investigation helps us to spot any weaknesses in the other side’s case (be that your employing or contracting Trust, professional regulator or other body) and enables us to identify the right mitigation and remediation strategies.

We provide regular and straightforward communication throughout the process, giving you an honest assessment of your position, including potential outcomes and risks ahead of the hearing and beyond. This is where our disciplinary and regulatory experience defending healthcare professionals is most valuable to you.

There is virtually no healthcare scenario we have not encountered. By adopting a global view of the case, we remain alive to the legal consequences flowing from a single action. These may go beyond a disciplinary or regulatory investigation, including an official inquiry, clinical negligence claim, inquest or a criminal prosecution. Seeing the full picture enables us to adopt a comprehensive strategy to protect you.

Our specialist lawyers are also able to deal with the host of legal issues that often arise in connection to disciplinary proceedings, including considerations around data protection, freedom of information, defamation, human rights and judicial review.

Who to contact


Clare Chapman

Clare Chapman

Partner,
Manchester



Jane Lang

Jane Lang

Partner,
Cardiff




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Testimonials


This is a strong multi-disciplinary team who can draw from individual expertise in relation to insurance, healthcare, construction and wider regulatory matters. Lay clients have the benefit of a readily accessible fee earner and work is always carried out in an efficient and economic manner.

Legal 500 2021

The team at BLM is small but perfectly formed with key talents in the administration of medical and dental regulatory and disciplinary cases as well as matters before HM Coroner. The team is extremely well led and this leadership continues to be an enabler to the production rising new talent too. They are able to take cases at a moments notice and never fail to impress with the ability to analyse a case quickly and efficiently so providing exceptional advocacy. The whole team has a ‘can do’ attitude and I have never had cause to doubt their advice and wise counsel.

Legal 500 2021

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Professional discipline & regulatory Team

Clare Chapman

Clare Chapman

Partner,
Manchester


Katie Costello

Katie Costello

Partner,
Manchester


Max Ekstein

Max Ekstein

Associate,
Manchester


Katrina Gray

Katrina Gray

Partner,
Belfast


John Guerin

John Guerin

Partner and head of office,
Belfast, Derry


Jane Lang

Jane Lang

Partner,
Cardiff


Paul Owston

Paul Owston

Partner,
Birmingham


Rosie Shapiro

Rosie Shapiro

Partner,
London


Adam Weston

Adam Weston

Partner,
London


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Clare Chapman

Clare Chapman

Partner,
Manchester


Jane Lang

Jane Lang

Partner,
Cardiff