Professional Discipline & Regulation

She has appeared before Interim Orders panels and at Fitness to Practise hearings in a number of healthcare tribunals including the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, the General Dental Council and the Health and Care Professions Council. She has also been involved in internal PCT disciplinary proceedings and fitness to practise proceedings concerning medical students.

She was instructed on behalf a doctor facing proceedings arising out of a clinical trial into the relationship between cardiac defects and migraine headaches. Judith appeared as junior counsel in the lengthy Fitness to Practise hearing at the MPTS and in the subsequent s.40 appeal before the High Court. Most recently she represented a dentist at Fitness to Practise proceedings before the GDC concerning multiple allegations of substandard care.

Her experience also includes acting as junior counsel in a long running hearing concerning allegations made against a GP who had previously been tried in the criminal courts for sexual assault.

In addition to appearing in professional disciplinary tribunals she has appeared in the Magistrates’ and Crown Court on behalf of healthcare professionals facing criminal allegations arising out of their professional conduct.

During her second six months of pupillage Judith was appointed by the Council of the Inns of Court as a Clerk to the Bar Standards Board disciplinary tribunal. She continued in this role for seven years and has subsequently been instructed as counsel for the BSB in proceedings before the Visitors to the Inns of Court. She therefore has extensive knowledge and experience of professional conduct and disciplinary proceedings at the Bar.

Her cross-over practice includes medical discipline as well as clinical negligence cases.’ (Legal 500)

“She’s ambitious and realistic and makes sure she gets the best outcome for the client.” (Chambers & Partners)

She displays excellent attention to detail and is very thorough.” (Legal 500)

She is very well prepared, assured, calm, persuasive and perfectly at home in a trial. She is also excellent with clients.” (Chambers & Partners)

 

Selected Cases

  • Dowson v General Medical Council [2015] EWHC 3379 (Admin): (Appeal in the High Court of the conclusions of the MPTS panel following a lengthy hearing concerning allegations made against a GP involved in clinical research into the relationship between migraines and heart defects.)
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