Professional Discipline & Regulation

Leanne has significant experience in the field of professional discipline and her practice includes the regulation of healthcare professionals, the police and the military. In the healthcare field, Leanne regularly appears in interim and full hearings in the MPTS, the GDC and other tribunals. She also acts for practitioners in NHS England proceedings and in internal disciplinary hearings brought by NHS Trusts. Leanne acts in police and MOD police misconduct hearings, including as a legal advisor. She has been described by a Metropolitan Commander as the most effective presenting officer who had appeared before her.

Leanne is a tenacious advocate and skilled at cross-examination and is known for her client friendly approach and sound judgment.

Selected Cases

  • GMC v Dr X: MPTS accepted that there had been a valid reason why a doctor had not attended health assessments or non-compliance proceedings brought by the GMC.
  • GMC v Dr N: Appeared at an FTP hearing before the MPTS on behalf of a doctor accused of inappropriate sexual relationships with 2 patients, dishonesty and clinical failures. While the GMC argued that erasure was the appropriate sanction, the Panel imposed a short suspension.
  • GMC v Dr R: Acted in a full FTP hearing for a junior doctor facing a number of dishonesty charges, which were denied. The Tribunal accepted there had been no dishonesty and that the doctor’s fitness to practice was not impaired. The GMC then made an application for a warning, which Leanne successfully argued against.
  • GMC v Dr F: Acted in FTP hearing for a consultant who had treated a family member and who was accused of dishonesty.
  • GMC v Dr B: In a highly contentious review hearing concerning a doctor’s mental health, Leanne undermined the reliability of the GMC’s evidence of alcohol testing and persuaded the Panel that previously imposed conditions relating to alcohol consumption had not been breached.
  • GDC v Dr S: Leanne appeared for a practitioner who had criminal convictions for prescribing-related offences in a mixed health and misconduct FTP case.
  • GMC v Dr M: Acted at an interim hearing for a doctor accused of a number of dishonesty allegations, including criminal fraud. The GMC argued for an interim suspension in the public interest but Leanne persuaded the Panel that conditions were sufficient.
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