QEB Hollis Whiteman

Professional Discipline Department

London (Bar)
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Noted for its firm grounding in criminal law, which 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. Notable work recently undertaken by tenants has included writing or contributing to two major policy reviews, commissioned by the GMC and the UK government respectively. Sources note that the set possesses "a strong group of juniors active in this area, as well as excellent silks who are leading lights in the field."

Client service: "The clerks are efficient, well organised, client-friendly and responsive." Chris Emmings is the senior clerk.

Alexandra Felix

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.
Strengths: "A heavyweight regulatory advocate." "She is very good at technical aspects of the law." "I dread being against her, which is a big compliment."

Lydia Barnfather

A go-to practitioner 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.
Strengths: "She is extremely good - an excellent prosecutor who is superbly well prepared. Her cross-examination was extremely well structured." "She is a leader in the field and is supremely competent in this area." "A go-to barrister for complex or high-profile regulatory cases."
Recent work: Prosecuted a dentist by deciphering a complex fraud scheme used to cover up historical negligent treatment, which ultimately led to erasure upon allegations being proven.

Philip McGhee

A skilled practitioner with particular expertise in disciplinary cases in the healthcare and financial services sectors. He acts both for and against regulators such as the GMC, GDC and General Chiropractic Council.
Strengths: "A very safe pair of hands."

Rebecca Harris

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.
Strengths: "Good on the law and a good advocate." "Really experienced and accomplished."
Recent work: Acted for the GDC in prosecuting John Webley, a registrant facing multiple allegations involving clinical errors, lack of infection control and bullying dental staff.

Sean Larkin QC

Highly respected practitioner who has a real depth of experience acting on behalf of both defendants and prosecutors. His broad expertise includes defending charges of sexual offences and serious dishonesty. He is also capable of appearing in related criminal proceedings.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate who is fearless and very tactically astute."

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.
Strengths: "An all-round excellent barrister. He is very fair on the other side and very pleasant. Clients love him and solicitors rate him." "As an opponent he is robust and formidable but he is very fair. He is a class act."
Recent work: Acted for the GDC in proceedings involving a registrant who attempted to steal the GDC's files on him, while under investigation for misleading and dishonest entries made in a series of application forms.

Tom Kark QC

Respected silk with extensive experience in the professional regulatory field. He focuses particularly on complex healthcare issues. He is typically instructed by the GMC as well as the General Pharmaceutical Council, and is well known for his adept handling of inquests. He has been approached by government on a number of occasions to carry out reviews and inquiries relating to the regulation of medical practice.
Strengths: "Absolutely superb at the interface of professional discipline and criminal matters." "He is a fair prosecutor" who is "very careful, measured and knowledgeable."
Recent work: Commissioned by the Health Minister to review the Fit and Proper Person Test used for the appointment of board-level directors in the NHS. The Kark review made seven core recommendations to government.

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.
Strengths: "She is very able and sensible. She has all the qualities of a good barrister." "She is a strong prosecutor."