Deans Court Chambers

Expert legal advice and advocacy, delivered by an outstanding team of Queen’s Counsel and barristers.

Professional Discipline

Our team of Barristers offer expertise as advisers and advocates in all areas of Professional Disciplinary Law.

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Deans Court Chambers are regarded as the only 'Top Tier' set outside of London for Professional Discipline and Regulatory Work. We have strong team of highly experienced junior and senior Counsel, who specialise in appearing before the following disciplinary bodies:

  • General Medical Council
  • Medical Defence Union
  • Medical Protection Society
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Police Federation
  • NHS Trust Foundations
  • General Dental Council

The team has built a national reputation for offering specialist legal advice and outstanding advocacy and has been involved in many high profile and complex regulatory and disciplinary proceedings.

We understand the needs of the professional clients we represent and offer expert knowledge of the law and procedural rules, whilst always maintaining high standards of client care and customer service.

Deans Court Chambers has counsel experienced in acting for both the prosecution and the defence in professional disciplinary matters and offers specialists in various disciplines for clients to take advantage of.

Legal 500, 2021

Possesses deep experience in the disciplinary proceedings of the GMC. The barristers have a strong practice in prosecuting and defending inviduals accused of serious misconduct, from allegations of dishonesty through to sexual wrongdoing and unethical research or practice. The set is also home to barristers who have notable expertise in related inquests. It is considered to be an "excellent chambers, which always goes the extra mile." "The clerks are very professional and have a quick turnaround for instructions."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

Deans Court Chambers remains the pre-eminent regional set for professional discipline matters due to its strength in the healthcare sector, as well as other areas. Members routinely act for and against various disciplinary bodies including the MDU, the GMC, the GDC and the Police Federation. Recent work highlights include GMC v Upton, a rare case in which the GMC criticised a practitioner's performance as a manager rather than in a clinical context, and GMC v Dr Julius Awakame, concerning a consultant psychiatrist who gave religious advice to the victim of a satanic cult. An instructing solicitor comments that "all the counsel I have contact there with are experts in their field and personable." Client service: "I would really rate them very particularly highly. The senior clerk Matthew Gibbons is brilliant and does everything he can to help." "They are very professional and accommodating. Queries are dealt with expeditiously."

Chambers and Partners, 2018

An established set with very experienced and capable barristers, Deans Court has developed an excellent reputation for its professional discipline expertise. Members are adept at handling disciplinary cases across a range of industries and are particularly well known for their work in the healthcare sector. The Set is routinely called upon to handle prosecution work for the GMC and has recently been appointed to the Medical Defence Union and Medical Protection Society Panels.

Chambers UK, 2013

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