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QEB Hollis Whiteman

Professional Discipline

9 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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QEB Hollis Whiteman is best known for its firm grounding in criminal law, which its barristers bring to bear in their strong regulatory practice. Members are sought after to prosecute in significant matters arising in the context of medical, legal and financial professional regulation. Members recently acted for the GMC in the prosecution of a neuropathologist in proceedings surrounding allegations of baby shaking, and for the General Chiropractic Council regarding a patient who suffered a broken neck during treatment. The set is also known in the medical profession for Tom Kark QC's review of the 'fit and proper person' test. One source remarks: "QEB is an excellent chambers with top-class barristers and a really strong reputation."

Client service:

"The clerks engage well and get to understand the needs of the client." "The clerks are helpful, responsive and courteous, and always do their best to assist us." Chris Emmings is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Alexandra Felix QC
Alexandra Felix QC has built up an impressive professional discipline practice representing regulators and defending individuals. Her instructions originate in a range of sectors including sports, police, healthcare, dentistry and legal.
"Very able, really good to have as an opponent." "Authoritative and always on top of the facts of the case."
Recent work: Defended a solicitor in a case brought by the SRA concerning allegations of sexually inappropriate conduct against a paralegal.

Strengths:

Lydia Barnfather
Lydia Barnfather is a go-to barrister for many major healthcare regulatory bodies, including the GMC, GDC and General Optical Council. She regularly appears before tribunals as well as on appeal, and specialises particularly in conduct, health and performance-related issues. She also advises and acts for the PSA in significant appellate cases.
"She is top tier, a very senior specialist in the area." "It is always reassuring working with Lydia: she is extremely experienced and incredibly competent, insightful and calm. A top-class advocate." "Lydia is an authoritative, bright and very persuasive advocate. She is thorough, calm and, all round, a really excellent barrister."
Recent work: Acted for the General Chiropractic Council in a case where a patient of a chiropractor suffered a broken neck during treatment.

Strengths:

Philip McGhee
Philip McGhee is a skilled barrister with particular expertise in disciplinary cases in the healthcare and financial services professions. He acts both for and against regulators such as the GMC, GDC and General Chiropractic Council.
"Very bright, incredibly amiable and easy to work with. An impressive advocate." "He is bright, fair and effective, and a pleasure to work with."

Strengths:

Rebecca Harris
Rebecca Harris is an established practitioner who has experience acting for both the defence and prosecution before a range of tribunals. She is particularly skilled in healthcare regulation and regularly appears on behalf of the GDC, General Optical Council and General Chiropractic Council.
"She is formidable, cuts through issues very easily and is pleasant to work with." "She's well respected and does really good work." "Rebecca is an approachable and persuasive advocate. She identifies the key issues in a case with ease and provides effective, practical advice. A pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the General Chiropractic Council, prosecuting a chiropractor for allegations including sexually motivated conduct, crossing sexual boundaries and serious unprofessional behaviour.

Strengths:

Sean Larkin QC
Sean Larkin QC is a highly respected practitioner who has a depth of experience acting on behalf of both defendants and prosecutors in the context of the medical professions. His broad expertise includes defending charges of sexual offences and serious dishonesty. He is also capable of appearing in related criminal proceedings.
"A very impressive and highly versatile barrister."
Recent work: Acted in defence of a GP who was accused of sexually assaulting four patients over a period of 14 years.

Strengths:

Selva Ramasamy QC
Selva Ramasamy QC habitually handles matters on behalf of individuals and regulators, offering extensive expertise in cases involving allegations of sexual assault. His experience includes dealing with disciplinary proceedings in the healthcare, police and legal sectors.
"A calming yet authoritative influence on any case, who is extremely thorough in his preparation." "He is calm, measured and focused in his preparation of cases even with difficult clients, and a very effective advocate." "An excellent barrister who is extremely experienced, very thorough, dedicated and bright. He is an amazing advocate."
Recent work: Defended a solicitor in proceedings brought by the SRA into allegations of over £1 million in fraudulent claims by the firm.

Strengths:

Thomas Coke-Smyth
Thomas Coke-Smyth has a broad disciplinary practice, acting for regulators and professionals in healthcare and police matters. His clients include the GMC and the General Chiropractic Council, and he typically acts in cases involving substantial allegations of dishonesty or clinical failings.
"An effective advocate who is well liked by panels."
Recent work: Acted for the General Chiropractic Council in proceedings brought against a chiropractor, who it was alleged failed to adequately diagnose and refer a patient showing symptoms of cauda equina syndrome.

Strengths:

Tom Kark QC
Tom Kark QC is a respected silk with extensive experience in the professional regulatory field. He focuses particularly on complex healthcare issues, in which he is instructed by the GMC and various other medical regulators. He has been approached by government on a number of occasions to carry out reviews and inquiries relating to the regulation of medical practice, including the Kark review of the 'fit and proper person' test.
"Highly regarded tactician and advocate. Very good with clients."
Recent work: Acted for the GOC in the prosecution of Honey Rose, an optometrist who missed an obvious condition in the eye of a child, who died five months later.

Strengths:

Zoe Johnson QC
Zoe Johnson QC combines deep knowledge of both the criminal and regulatory fields to offer a real depth of expertise in professional discipline matters, especially those concerning psychiatric and medical causation issues. She is experienced in defending sensitive allegations of sexual misconduct. She is also proficient in cases relating to infant fatalities.
"A very effective barrister for the prosecution: focused, insightful and has an eye for detail."
Recent work: Acted for a GP, who was practice lead in female health and gynaecology, and was convicted of 90 sexual offences between 2009 and 2013.

Professional Discipline

QEB Hollis Whiteman

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1-2 Laurence Pountney Hill

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Greater London

UK

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Professional Discipline


Alexandra Felix QC
New Silks
Sean Larkin QC
Band 3
Selva Ramasamy QC
Band 3
Tom Kark QC
Band 1
Zoe Johnson QC
Band 2

Juniors

London (Bar)

Professional Discipline


Lydia Barnfather
Band 1

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