Professional Discipline & Regulation

William Edis QC has extensive experience in acting before professional disciplinary tribunals, most commonly those of the General Medical Council, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the General Dental Council. He has acted in cases of clinical incompetence, behavioural misconduct, sexual misconduct, fraud (including research fraud), behavioural misconduct and general issues of dishonesty. He has particular experience in performance and competence issues.

Recently, he has successfully helped a doctor be restored following administrative erasure even though complaints had been made during the period of non-registration, assisted veterinary surgeons in various disciplinary inquiries and represented Dr Michalak in her successful trip to the Supreme Court in relation to the jurisdiction of the Employment Tribunal where a registrant wishes to allege discriminatory treatment by a regulator that is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.

He is the Chair of the Disciplinary Appeals Tribunal of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Selected Cases

  • Michalak v General Medical Council & others [2017] UKSC 71: forum for complaints of unlawful discrimination within regulatory proceedings.
  • Lovett v HCPC [2018] EWHC (Admin) 1024
  • Muscat v HCP [2009] EWCA Civ 1090: fresh evidence on appeal where that appeal takes the form of a rehearing.
  • Chakrabarty v Ipswich Hospitals NHS Trust and NCAS [2014] EWHC 2735 (QB): parallel proceedings before the MPTS and under  MHPS
  • R (ota Michalak) v GMC [2011] EWHC 2307 (Admin): Consequences of a GMC panel becoming inquorate mid-hearing.
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