Professional Discipline & Regulation

Shaheen has extensive experience acting for healthcare professionals before their regulators and in associated appeals, judicial reviews, internal disciplinary and MHPS proceedings including applications for injunctive relief.  She has been instructed in many cases involving the most serious allegations of dishonesty and sexual impropriety.

“She has the ability to command a room and nearly always manages to pull a result out of the bag, even in cases that initially appear to be unwinnable.” “She has a wonderfully precise approach to regulatory matters, and is extremely well prepared, tenacious and thorough.” (Chambers &Partners 2017)

“Her results speak for themselves.” (Legal 500 2016)

“A true professional.” (Legal 500 2015)

Selected Cases

  • JC v GOSC [2017]: Appearing for an osteopath charged with serious allegations of performing inappropriate treatment upon a patient, failing to make appropriate referral to other healthcare professionals and continuing with treatment when asked to stop. Charges dismissed following cross-examination of patient and successful half time submission.
  • DR MB v GMC [2017]: Representing a medical director charged with failure to action large numbers of urgent laboratory results and poor performance in his director role. Half time submissions succeeded in relation to a number of the charges, the remainder led to no finding of misconduct and the panel declined to issue any warning.
  • RR v GDC [2017]: Representing a student dentist charged with multiple incidents of dishonesty including repeatedly lying, plagiarism and falsely claiming to be at lectures, which the Council contended were sufficiently serious to mandate erasure, but which resulted in a 3 month suspension.
  • DR O v UB NHSFT [2017]: Representing a colorectal surgeon at MHPS proceedings where it was alleged that his surgical complication rate was unacceptably high and that he had lost the trust of his colleagues.
  • HM v GDC [2016]: Representing a dentist convicted of causing the death of a child by careless driving. Panel satisfied that his fitness to practice was not impaired as a result of his conviction.
  • CB v GDC [2016]: Representing a dentist facing multiple allegations of misconduct and poor clinical care arising from a consultation when a patient suffered a severe allergic reaction. Panel found that the dentist’s actions did not amount to misconduct and her fitness to practice was not impaired.
  • Dr M v GMC [2015]: Advising a doctor drawn into proceedings involving her partner who was alleged to have engaged in dishonest financial dealings and to have lied in previous GMC proceedings. Case withdrawn.
  • DR FA v GMC [2015]: Representing 76 year old GP facing allegations of serious professional conduct in relation to out of date practices and poor care provided to multiple patients. Permitted to continue to practice under conditions.
  • R (CRHP) v (1) GMC (2) Khanna [2010] Med LR 157: For doctor found guilty of sexual misconduct and suspended for 12 months. CHRP appeal on grounds of leniency of sentence successfully resisted.
  • Yanah v GMC [2007] LS Law Medical 143: Acting for doctor in successful appeal against FTP’s decision to depart from specialist health advisor’s advice as to whether he suffered from dementia.
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