Professional Discipline & Regulation

Richard generally defends healthcare and veterinary professionals before disciplinary tribunals, but has also prosecuted in the First-Tier Tribunal in performers list appeals. Additionally experienced in hearings involving Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, General Dental Council, General Chiropractic Council, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and various sporting bodies.

Listen to Richard discuss a successful employment injunction to prevent a gross misconduct disciplinary hearing on episode 39 of Law Pod UK here.

He was nominated for ‘Professional Discipline Silk of the Year’ at the 2018 Chambers Bar Awards.

Selected Cases

  • RCVS v X (2019): successfully defended a veterinary surgeon who was accused of dishonesty and of having been complicit in the taking of new-born French Bulldog puppies by two staff in the practice where he was working.
  • GMC v Ryan (2017) MPTS: defended the young doctor who had taken the temperature of Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey at Heathrow after their return from Sierra Leone.
  • RCVS v NH (2016) (disciplinary Committee of the RCVS: Defended experienced veterinary surgeon against serious surgical allegations.
  • Parchure v General Medical Council [2015] EWHC 2850 (Admin): represented Consultant Cardiologist on appeal after long hearing before MPTS.
  • GMC v SD (2012-2013): represented Consultant Breast Surgeon in 13 week GMC hearing, at the end of which no disputed charges were found proved.
  • R (Doshi) v Southend-On-Sea Primary Care Trust [2007] EWHC 1361 (Admin): standard of proof to be applied when quasi-criminal allegations before FHSAA (as was). Acted for PCT.
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