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The Priory Group charged with criminal offences over death of patient

The Priory Group has been charged by the Care Quality Commission (‘CQC’) with two criminal offences after the death of inpatient, Matthew Caseby, who absconded from one of their mental health hospitals and was later hit bit a train. An inquest jury last year found that neglect by the hospital had contributed to Mr Caseby’s…

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Amended HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics to come into force in September 2024

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has announced its amended Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (‘SCPE’) will come into force on 1 September 2024. This will be the first time the SCPEs have been updated since January 2016. This follows the updating of the Standards of Proficiency for all 15 professions on 1…

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Solicitor struck off for sexual misconduct

In a landmark ruling spanning 82 pages, Oliver Bretherton, an ex-director of multinational law firm Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, was struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for sexual misconduct in the workplace. This followed a 12 day Final Hearing between February and June 2023, with the decision being published on 29 September 2023….

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Brett Wilson LLP and its lawyers recommended in Chambers and Partners 2024 directory

Brett Wilson LLP’s media and communications law and criminal defence departments have again been recommended by the prestigious Chambers and Partners directory as leading departments in their field. In the firm’s media and communications law department, partners Iain Wilson, Max Campbell and Tom Double continue to be ranked as leading lawyers in Defamation/Reputation Management. Partner…

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Updated Good Medical Practice for doctors focuses on behaviour towards colleagues

The regulator for doctors, the General Medical Council (GMC), has recently published an updated Good Medical Practice for doctors. This contains the standards of good practice that doctors must adhere to and will be judged against if allegations are made against them. This is the first time the standards have been updated in 10 years,…

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The law on hearsay in fitness to practise proceedings illustrated

The recent case of Mansary v Nursing and Midwifery Council [2023] EWHC 730 (Admin) provides a practical guide as to how fitness to practise panels should approach hearsay evidence. What is hearsay evidence? Hearsay evidence is a statement made by a person other than while giving oral evidence at a hearing repeated during the hearing…

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority and legal costs

It is, of course, customary for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to seek to obtain costs against a regulated person at the successful conclusion of a disciplinary prosecution albeit that, in recent times, there have been numerous examples of the award of costs being significantly reduced from those sought (see for example SRA v Charles…

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Repaying a debt which may contravene the UK sanction regime against Russia

Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine has led to the UK and other countries imposing various sanctions on Russia including.  A list of sanctioned individuals and entities which can be accessed here.  However, the sanctions regime is much broader and covers dealing with “involved persons” connected to Russia under The Russia (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019…

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The importance of engaging meaningfully and constructively in Fitness to Practise Proceedings

The recent case of Golden v Nursing and Midwifery Council [2023] EWHC 619 (Admin) highlights the need for regulated practitioners to engage with their regulator in a constructive way and the risks they face should they fail to do so. The facts Mr Golden, a midwife registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), was…

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Barrister who leaked draft Supreme Court judgment disbarred

Timothy Crosland, an unregistered barrister and director of environmental group Plan B, has been disbarred for deliberately flouting a Supreme Court embargo on a draft judgment. In 2020, the Supreme Court heard an appeal in the case of R (Friends of the Earth Ltd and others) v Heathrow Airport Limited [2020] UKSC 53, which concerned…

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