The regulation of the medical professions forms a significant part of our work at Carmelite. Our barristers have been instructed to defend, amongst many others, doctors, dentists, paramedics, midwives and pharmacists before the General Medical Council, the General Dental Council, the Heath and and Care Professions Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Pharmaceutical Council respectively.
These allegations commonly involve criticisms of clinical, professional or reputational misconduct; our vast experience and reputation for excellence in criminal work places us in a unique and influential position to deploy those skills in the cross-examination of complainants in sexual misconduct cases, expert witnesses in clinical cases and the forensic analysis of allegations of financial misconduct in the increasing number of cases where there is an obvious cross-over between regulatory and criminal law.
Several cases recently undertaken by Carmelite barristers have involved the tragic deaths of patients alleged to have occurred as a consequence of clinical failings by the medical professional, giving rise to issues commonly encountered in criminal trials, including causation and the impacts of treatment, lack of treatment and toxicology findings on the deceased.
We not only act for individuals, but also at times for the professions themselves. Carmelite members have also been instructed to advise upon and present cases on behalf of the HCPC, the GDC and other regulatory bodies.
Our members also appear for individuals before the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Teaching Regulation Agency, Accountancy and Actuarial disciplinary panels, the Royal institute of Chartered Surveyors and at Police Misconduct Hearings.
In addition, Chambers boasts expertise in sports law and regulation, members having acted for Premier League footballers and clubs, professional rugby players and jockeys before disciplinary panels, including appearances before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Our unrivalled depth of experience in fraud and financial crime has led to considerable work before VAT and HMRC tribunals and the Financial Conduct Authority.
A numbers of members of chambers have been appointed to sit on disciplinary panels, including for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the FA’s anti-discrimination panel and county level football disciplinary panels, which provides them with a crucial understanding of the way decisions are made by disciplinary panels and unparalleled insight into what makes for a successful and persuasive submission.