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Scotland Professional Discipline
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About

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Our Professional Discipline team has vast experience in dealing with complaints against the medical, dental and nursing professions. We represent professionals before their regulators, including interim orders and fitness to practise proceedings, in relation to misconduct, deficient professional performance, adverse physical or mental health and criminal convictions.

Team members appear regularly at the GMC and GDC and conduct their own advocacy before the Interim Orders Tribunal or Committee.

We represent:

  • All types of healthcare professionals during NHS Counter Fraud Service Investigations, at Performers List and Dental List Suspension Hearings, during NHS Disciplinary Investigations, at Disciplinary Tribunals, in criminal proceedings and in investigations by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.
  • Members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
  • Architects before the Architects Registration Board on instructions from professional indemnity insurers.
  • Solicitors in disciplinary matters with the Law Society of Scotland.
  • Nurses before the NMC
  • Social care professions before the SSSC
  • Teachers before the GTCS

Experience includes advising on police interviews and reports to the Crown Procurator Fiscal, providing employment regulatory advice for registrants with criminal convictions: drink driving, fraud, assault and abuse.

Also appear often on behalf of clinicians at Fatal Accident Inquiries throughout Scotland and in Public Inquiries in Scotland, Northern Ireland and UK wide.

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What the team is known for

BTO Solicitors LLP has a renowned practice focusing on private practice clinical defence. The firm regularly represents doctors and dentists before the GMC and GDC in relation to misconduct, deficient professional performance and criminal convictions. The team also represents accountants in disciplinary proceedings. The firm is frequently instructed by the MDDUS, MPS and MDU.

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Laura Donald
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Laura Donald
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Laura Donald is a highly respected lawyer with noteworthy experience representing medical practitioners in hearings before regulatory bodies. She regularly advises on cases involving allegations of inappropriate behaviour, sexual misconduct and assault, and has significant expertise in cases before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal.

Jennifer King
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Jennifer King
Associates to watch

Jennifer King regularly represents dental and medical practitioners in fitness-to-practise hearings and NHS tribunals.

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Members

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Alan Eadie

Cara Docherty

Caroline Carr

Jill Harris

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Laura Donald

Head of Department

Laura Salmond

Natalie McCartney

Sophie Lennox

Clients

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British Medical Association

Medical Protection Society (MPS)

Royal College of Nursing

The Medical Defence Union Limited (MDU)

The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS)

The Scottish Police Federation

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Accountancy

Architecture

Dental

Education

Health Care

Legal

Medical

Nursing

Professional Services

Social Care