Professional Discipline

Guildhall Chambers’ Professional Discipline barristers are highly respected across Bristol and the South West for their work in relation to their professional disciplinary and fitness to practise procedures.

Working across Guildhall Chambers’ many specialist teams, we are best known for our Professional Discipline advocacy and advice in Employment & Discrimination and Clinical Negligence matters. This is closely linked to our well-respected Inquests practice.

Members act for defence solicitors, insurers/indemnity providers, professional regulatory bodies (such as the MPTS (formerly the GMC), GDC, NMC, HCPC and GOC), NHS bodies, employers and for individuals facing proceedings before them.

Members of Guildhall Chambers’ Professional Discipline team are experts in dealing with disciplinary proceedings in all professions and at all levels, from healthcare and education sectors, to assisting police officers. In addition we are able to deal skilfully and efficiently with all stages of disciplinary proceedings of any type, from employers’ internal investigations and disciplinary procedures to proceedings before regulators and appeals. Barristers at Guildhall Chambers appear at all the major regulatory forums with some sitting as Legal Assessors.

The depth of experience we bring, from appearing at Interim Orders Panels through to multi-day, complicated, substantive hearings, dealing with a wide range of misconduct, competence and health cases, to cases in the Court of Appeal, makes us one of the most effective and respected Professional Discipline Sets outside of London.

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Professional Discipline Experience

Examples of recent work include acting for a FA referee seeking to contest a five-year ban, a doctor convicted of gross negligence manslaughter, a medical student seeking an injunction to restrain her exclusion from medical school, several cases involving doctors accused of sexual impropriety within their clinical work, a consultant who had waged a defamatory campaign against fellow professionals (including a solicitor and his former wife), a consultant liver transplant specialist contesting an application by the GMC to extend interim suspension before the High Court, a police officer facing allegations of gross misconduct (acting dishonestly) and a nurse alleged to have stolen medication for her own use.

Professional Discipline Barristers

Selena Plowden KC

Call 1991 | Silk 2020

Nicholas Smith

Call 1990

Richard Ascroft

Call 1995

Debbie Grennan

Call 1997

Allan Roberts

Call 2004

James Haskell

Call 2004

Susan Cavender

Call 2004

Sophie Holme

Call 2009

Professional Discipline Clerks

Lucy Northeast

Practice Director - Crime & Sports

Stephen Arnold

Senior Practice Manager - Civil

Joe Stayte

Practice Manager - Commercial, Insolvency, Property & Estates, Court of Protection (Property & Affairs)

Grant Bidwell

Practice Manager - Crime

Shannon Cregg

Assistant Practice Manager - Crime

Elena Brake

Assistant Practice Manager - Crime

Michael Cregg

Assistant Practice Manager - Crime

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