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Old Square Chambers

Professional Discipline

8 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Old Square Chambers is a sought-after set for medical disciplinary matters, whose barristers enjoy a formidable reputation in defence work. Counsel are able to draw on their skills in other areas of law, such as employment and clinical negligence. They are regularly instructed in the most complex cases and appear before both tribunals and the higher courts. Recent work includes involvement in highly publicised cases such as GMC v Dr Richard Freeman, and Sastry v GMC.

Client service:

"The clerks are friendly and efficient, a delight to deal with." "The senior clerk William Meade provides an important part of the service for us as we can trust him and his team to recommend the right barrister, and they help us with bundles and suggest alternatives. I would highlight that the clerks have good relationships with our associates and paralegals too, which makes things run smoothly and that is where they differentiate themselves. Will Meade is really approachable, and I can pick up the phone to him and deal with any issues really quickly."

Strengths:

Ben Collins QC
Ben Collins QC offers expertise in a variety of professional discipline issues, particularly in relation to healthcare. He is also experienced in other aspects of professional discipline, including matters relating to the conduct of finance professionals and the police. He acts for and against regulatory bodies.
"He is really unpretentious; he's interested in the cerebral side of law but is also very professional and good to work with."
Recent work: Acted in Reuser v UBH NHS Trust, a dispute arising from an allegation that a surgeon used untrained staff to assist an operation.

Strengths:

Betsan Criddle QC
Betsan Criddle QC is particularly noted for her medical regulatory and disciplinary work. She routinely acts on behalf of surgeons, psychologists, dentists and other healthcare professionals in fitness-to-practise proceedings, as well as judicial reviews.
"A fiercely intelligent barrister who is delightful to work with."
Recent work: Acted for a doctor in a challenge to the lawfulness of the decision of a GMC Assistant Register to refer him to a review hearing in order to consider whether his suspension should continue.

Strengths:

Eleena Misra
Eleena Misra acts for both regulators and individuals in the healthcare sector. She has experience in high-profile matters, covering fitness-to-practise investigations and misconduct hearings, typically involving senior medical staff.
"She is a barrister who does very well in those long, factually complex cases that grind on and on. The allegations are often highly personal but she keeps up her effective client handling, and that is a real skill."

Strengths:

Giles Powell
Giles Powell offers experience across a wide range of professional discipline proceedings. He is known primarily for his representation of professionals in the healthcare sector. He typically works in cases concerning allegations of serious failings by specialist medical practitioners.
"Extremely able and tenacious in pursuing his client's interests."
Recent work: Acted in GMC v Dr Cristian Bica, a hearing surrounding allegations of performance deficiencies on the part of a specialty doctor, a surgeon in trauma and orthopaedics.

Strengths:

Mark Sutton QC
Mark Sutton QC is an exceptional advocate who is well known for his provision of expert advice and representation to professionals, NHS trusts and medical defence organisations.
"Has a great manner with clients and tribunals and is a skilful advocate with a very sharp intellect."
Recent work: Acted in GMC v Cunliffe and Goldman, a hearing surrounding allegations of misconduct against the chief executive and medical director of the trust which employed a surgeon found guilty of performing unnecessary and clinically damaging breast surgery on a number of patients.

Strengths:

Mary O'Rourke QC
Mary O'Rourke QC is a prominent figure in the field of healthcare regulation. She is experienced in defending practitioners before the GMC and is adept at appeals and judicial reviews challenging disciplinary decisions. She is also instructed by doctors seeking restoration to the GMC register.
"A real doyenne in professional regulatory circles. Just extremely expert and matter-of-fact. She's hugely experienced and so you obviously feel as if you're getting exceptional advice because she's been around the block many times. She provides very clear advice that I think has been great." "Anytime she does anything it's superb." "Mary O'Rourke QC remains a leading light in regulatory law. Her knowledge of the field is unrivalled. She obtains great results for clients."
Recent work: Acted for Dr Richard Freeman in a GMC prosecution alleging he ordered a banned drug and administered it to cyclists in order to improve performance.

Strengths:

Nadia Motraghi
Nadia Motraghi is an impressive barrister dedicated to the representation of professionals in disciplinary proceedings within the healthcare sector. She also acts for regulators and is valued for her experience in appellate proceedings.
"She is very good at providing day-to-day support."

Strengths:

Nicola Newbegin
Nicola Newbegin is a well-regarded advocate with experience in a range of disciplinary proceedings. She is especially knowledgeable about proceedings before the GDC, GMC and Health and Care Professions Council. She is also acclaimed for her representation of healthcare practitioners in High Court and Court of Appeal cases.
"Nicola Newbegin has been a pleasure to work with. She is bright, hard-working and reliable. She is excellent with clients and provides timely, clear advices." "She is always well prepared, very responsive and easy to work with." "She's very reliable if you have urgent work. She always meets the deadline."
Recent work: Acted for Dr Sastry in the Court of Appeal, appealing the decision of the MPT to erase him from the register.

Professional Discipline

Old Square Chambers

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Location

10-11 Bedford Row

London

Greater London

UK

WC1R 4BU

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Professional Discipline


Ben Collins QC
Band 4
Betsan Criddle QC
New Silks
Mark Sutton QC
Band 1
Mary O'Rourke QC
Band 1

Juniors

London (Bar)

Professional Discipline


Eleena Misra
Band 5
Giles Powell
Band 2

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