Professional Discipline & Regulation

Christopher has wide-ranging experience of both prosecuting and defending in medical professional disciplinary cases before regulators (e.g. the GMC/MPTS, GDC and NMC) and of representing doctors in internal (MHPS) disciplinary cases. His GMC work includes a number of very high profile cases; e.g. GMC v Dr Andrew Wakefield and others.

Selected Cases

  • GMC v Dr H: representing a doctor accused of dishonestly submitting essays and a dissertation containing plagiarised material as part of a Masters degree in Public Health, and of further dishonesty during a University meeting investigating the dissertation.
  • GDC v Dr A: defending a dentist facing charges concerning clinical treatment and that he had dishonestly failed to offer various treatments on the NHS and had advised that treatment available on the NHS would not be of an appropriate standard.
  • Walker-Smith v GMC [2012] EWHC 503 (Admin): appeal, by one of the other doctors prosecuted in the Wakefield case (see below), against findings relating to the alleged conduct of unapproved research.
  • GMC v Dr Andrew Wakefield and others: instructed by the GMC in prosecution of three doctors involved in the MMR vaccine debate.
  • GMC v Dr Ann David: prosecuting a Consultant Anaesthetist charged, inter alia, with hastening a patient’s death.
  • GMC v Dr Kane: prosecuting a Consultant Gynaecologist; involved issues relating to voluntary erasure and fitness to appear.
  • GMC v Dr Jamal: representing a doctor charged with fabrication of results and the subversion of the randomisation process in a multi-centre clinical drugs trial.
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