2 Hare Court

Professional Discipline Department

London (Bar)
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A leading set which is home to savvy practitioners who tend to defend in disciplinary matters. The barristers are able to draw upon their strong criminal law backgrounds when operating in this space. They are admired for their adroit representation of professionals and regulators in medicine and veterinary medicine, as well as the police and financial services. Areas of particular experience include allegations of substandard clinical practice, and sexual misconduct cases, including those with a criminal element.

Client service: "The clerking is very good. Louis Lockwood is extremely helpful and I am always confident that I will get a high level of service from him. They are happy to accept electronic and encoded documents, and all barristers appear happy to work in this manner. The chambers itself is nice and bright, with good conference rooms and facilities. Reception is always helpful."

Andrew Colman

Recognised for his adept defence of doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals in major fitness-to-practise cases. His varied practice regularly sees him prosecuting on behalf of the Teaching Regulation Agency. He is also experienced at representing practitioners in inquests, and is adept at handling judicial review proceedings and statutory appeals.
Strengths: "He's a genius - he has the brain the size of a planet and is great at going into the crux of the issues. He's also very calm and measured on his feet." "Excellent paperwork and advocacy."
Recent work: Successfully defended a GP experienced in liposuction who faced numerous allegations of misconduct, including providing a patient with equipment to perform liposuction on herself.

Ben Rich

Defends and prosecutes before a range of regulatory bodies including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, GMC, General Optical Council (GOC) and Association of Certified Chartered Accountants. He is recognised for his deft handling of cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct and dishonesty. In addition to acting in disciplinary proceedings he handles criminal cases and judicial reviews.
Strengths: "Very charming, and has a particular skill in the regulatory context. He has wide-ranging experience of various regulators." "He is a good advocate and a fair opponent." "He is well prepared, dependable and responsive."
Recent work: Acted for the GOC in successfully prosecuting the majority of over 40 allegations of serious clinical failings made against a registrant.

Christopher Geering

Has a strong reputation in the disciplinary sphere, focusing on the healthcare sector. He routinely appears before the GMC and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, as well as acting for those regulators. He is also skilled in appellate work, including proceedings brought by the PSA.
Strengths: "An excellent practitioner. He is tactically very good and he knows his stuff." "Really superb, professional and works well in a team."
Recent work: Successfully resisted an appeal made by a party wall surveyor challenging his expulsion by the RICS. The appellant sought to argue that as a party wall surveyor he was immune from suit, a position which the High Court rejected.

Marios Lambis

Possesses particular expertise in the field of healthcare regulation. He is a popular choice for the defence of medical practitioners, regularly appearing in GMC fitness-to-practise hearings as well as associated criminal cases. He is skilled at defending allegations of dishonesty and clinical incompetence.
Strengths: "His cross-examination was excellent and showed a good combination of being firm and persistent but also sensitive with witnesses." "Clients like him. He always thinks outside the box and is good on strategy and tactics." "His submissions are always eloquent and to the point."
Recent work: Defended a GP who was accused by an extremely vulnerable patient of sexual misconduct. The case explored the way the GMC had conducted the investigation in relation to the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996. Allegations against the GP were found not proved.

Mike Rawlinson

An experienced advocate with a background in criminal law, he focuses on acting for police officers in misconduct hearings and appeals as well as inquests. In disciplinary proceedings he also acts on behalf of healthcare practitioners.
Strengths: "He has just been so user-friendly and so responsive; he genuinely engaged and struck up a great rapport with the registrant."  "Dependable trial counsel who is robust with judges."
Recent work: Successfully persuaded a North Wales Police Appeals Tribunal to reverse a decision to dismiss an officer in connection with his acquittal on shoplifting charges. The tribunal found that the earlier decision had been flawed.

Sarah Przybylska

Acts for an extensive range of healthcare and veterinary professionals before regulators such as the GMC, GDC and RCVS. She is noted for her appellate work and is also regularly called upon to coordinate complex investigations on behalf of regulators.
Strengths: "A very experienced junior who has a nice manner in and out of court." "Very elegant, calm and measured."
Recent work: Prosecuted two vets who after performing a caesarean on a pedigree dog stole her high-value puppies.

Stephen Brassington

Outstanding advocate with a varied practice, who focuses particularly on the defence of medical professionals. He has experience appearing in disciplinary proceedings brought by the GMC and GDC, as well as at inquests. He also represents the Football Association and the General Optical Council in prosecutions.
Strengths: "He is a fearless advocate, and a thorough and robust-cross examiner. He is a good fighter for his client. Really stands out as a star of the Bar." "An excellent advocate who has gravitas." "Simply brilliant, and he has a straight-talking and engaging style."
Recent work: Successfully represented a dentist in GDC proceedings arising from allegations of a 30-year campaign of sexual harassment and clinical mismanagement of a vulnerable female patient.

Tom Day

Experienced in a wide variety of professional discipline cases, especially in the healthcare sector. He regularly defends practitioners before the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and also prosecutes on behalf of the Football Association, GDC and General Optical Council.
Strengths: "A good legal mind and he is always abreast of legal developments." "He is an all-rounder and excellent for MPTS hearings." "Fiercely bright. He is well liked by clients and tribunals, and he gets great results which makes it look easy."
Recent work: Acted for the General Optical Council in a case concerning a student registrant who was accused of misleading her course provider into believing that she had been provided with different course criteria to those actually applicable, which she did not meet. The allegations were proven and she was struck off.