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Serjeants' Inn Chambers

Professional Discipline

26 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Serjeants' Inn Chambers has a deep bench of barristers who are adept at handling an array of disciplinary matters involving doctors or the police. Members act for regulators in widely publicised and legally novel matters, and for individuals often facing career-ending allegations. Counsel exhibit additional strength in inquests and clinical negligence, which only goes to enhance their knowledge of regulatory practice in medicine and the police. Members have been instructed in high-profile cases including W80 v IOPC, a matter concerning the shooting of Jermaine Baker and considering the test for self-defence in police misconduct. According to one interviewee, "the quality of barristers is very high. I've never had a bad service from Serjeants' Inn and I know I'm in safe hands there."

Client service:

"The clerking is very good and efficient; they will find you a barrister very quickly and send you a list of counsel who are available." "Lee Johnson, the senior clerk, is very quick to come back to you and does so when you haven't chased him." "Lee is always very accommodating, but at the same time is open and honest with us in terms of what can or cannot be done."

Strengths:

Adrian Hopkins QC
Adrian Hopkins QC is a well-known healthcare specialist with vast experience in the professional discipline field. He is held in particularly high regard for his finely tuned advocacy before the GMC, where he regularly represents individuals. Another area of expertise is disciplinary proceedings arising out of clinical trials.
"Very able and understated, and has a good sense of humour."

Strengths:

Alan Jenkins
Alan Jenkins is an exceptionally experienced and knowledgeable advocate in the field of medical regulation. He continues to be instructed in high-profile, significant GMC and GDC cases. He is adept at disciplinary cases involving parallel criminal investigations.
"A very experienced advocate who is hard-working, approachable and well liked by his clients." "He has an absolutely charming manner and clients love him."
Recent work: Acted for a consultant paediatrician in defence of allegations he had made false diagnoses suggesting a number of children had cancers.

Strengths:

Alexander Dos Santos
Alexander Dos Santos undertakes an impressive volume of disciplinary work, particularly in the health and care professions. He routinely represents the regulators and the regulated in fitness-to-practise proceedings, appeals and judicial reviews.
"It is a real pleasure to be against him; he works really hard for his clients."
Recent work: Acted for a nurse in an inquest relating to the death of a resident who had died when his medication ran out and his condition worsened.

Strengths:

Andrew Hockton
Andrew Hockton is an acknowledged professional discipline specialist who is habitually instructed in the most serious regulatory cases arising in the medical and dental fields. He often defends medical practitioners in complex disciplinary proceedings and significant criminal cases. His capabilities include appeals in the Administrative Court.
"A very senior and experienced barrister with extensive knowledge of the workings of the GMC and GDC. He has a calm and professional approach in the most difficult cases." "He has a wealth of experience of both professional discipline and criminal prosecution."
Recent work: Acted in GMC v Dr A, a case concerning allegations of sexual misconduct and clinical failures against a hospital doctor.

Strengths:

Angus Moon QC
Angus Moon QC is an esteemed practitioner who is particularly well regarded for his standout representation of healthcare professionals before the MPTS. He has been called upon to handle the most high-profile, precedent-setting cases in the sector, including appellate proceedings considering the scope of regulators' powers. He is joint head of chambers.
"He's impressive, bright and incredibly hard-working."
Recent work: Defended a doctor in an appeal by the GMC against a decision merely to suspend him for an inappropriate affair with a patient.

Strengths:

Anthony Haycroft
Anthony Haycroft is a highly respected barrister with a vast knowledge of disciplinary proceedings in the medical profession. He is an accomplished representative of doctors and dentists, regularly appearing on their behalf in complex regulatory and criminal cases. He acts in first-instance cases as well as appeals and judicial reviews.
"He is a shrewd and tactical barrister with a forensic, meticulous and extremely well-prepared approach to cases. He prepares well ahead of deadlines, putting the client at ease and making them confident in his grasp of the case as a whole. His retention of the detail is phenomenal, and his straightforward communication style endears him to the most difficult of clients." "Experienced, well prepared and user-friendly. Always provides clear and uncompromising advice."
Recent work: Successfully defended a doctor in a remote fitness-to-practise hearing alleging over 100 clinical deficiencies and dishonesty.

Strengths:

Claire Watson QC
Claire Watson QC regularly acts on behalf of medical professionals in proceedings before the MPTS and other disciplinary bodies. She also accepts instructions on behalf of police officers in misconduct hearings.
"Takes a very pragmatic approach and is very good in tricky inquests." "A very down-to-earth yet extremely able adviser and advocate with a nuanced approach. Ideal for the more sensitive cases."

Strengths:

Clare Hennessy
Clare Hennessy is well regarded among her clients and peers in the professional discipline field. She acts for police forces in misconduct proceedings, including those concerning high ranking officers, and is also instructed in medical matters of various kinds.
"She didn't make any assumptions about what she could or couldn't do, but approached the case in a fresh and creative way."
Recent work: Acted for the Appropriate Authority in respect of the former Chief Inspector of Merseyside Police, who historically had made sexual advances towards a vulnerable victim. The officer was dismissed.

Strengths:

David Morris
David Morris provides unquestionable expertise in disciplinary and regulatory cases arising in the healthcare sector. He focuses his practice on the representation of medical practitioners, regularly appearing before disciplinary bodies such as the GMC and GDC, and in the Administrative Court. He also acts in inquests, and in matters dovetailing with serious criminal proceedings.
"Probably the most experienced junior counsel specialising in professional discipline work. There will be very few types of cases that David will have not dealt with very ably before – at least ten times."
Recent work: Acted in GDC v Sayoud, a case involving dishonesty allegations against a dentist, concerning the fabrication of evidence following a complaint.

Strengths:

Edward Pleeth
Edward Pleeth is deeply experienced in disciplinary cases involving the police and medical professionals. He regularly presents in sensitive misconduct hearings on behalf of a number of police forces.
"He has a very common-sense approach; I can send him a huge amount of documentation and he'll pull out the fundamental point and provide the advice in a really concise and clear manner." "Very good at cross-examination, clients love him. He's brilliant counsel and good to deal with."
Recent work: Defended PC McCormack against 17 charges relating to failures to carry out patrols at the Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield.

Strengths:

Elliot Gold
Elliot Gold acts in professional discipline matters including police misconduct work, in addition to related judicial reviews and civil actions. His clients in these matters include police forces, senior officers and the IOPC.
"A very able barrister." "Brilliant, intellectual and fearless."
Recent work: Acted for both the Chief and Deputy Chief Constable of Kent Police in seeking to bring a novel judicial review of the force's own misconduct determinations, in order to permit reinvestigation of the matter.

Strengths:

Gerard Boyle QC
Gerard Boyle QC is a standout practitioner in the professional discipline sphere. He is recognised as a specialist in medical and police law. He acts for and against regulatory bodies and frequently handles disciplinary proceedings involving barristers.
"A robust barrister who commands the attention of the tribunal, secures great results and can skilfully deal with challenging clients." "He provides very detailed submissions; his attention to detail is excellent."
Recent work: Acted for the Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police in proceedings brought against a superintendent and two junior officers for engaging in sexual activity on police premises while on duty.

Strengths:

Ian Skelt QC
Ian Skelt QC is a new silk with a strong practice in police disciplinary work, acting for both the prosecution and the defence. He has experience dealing with allegations such as abuse, misconduct and dishonesty.
"He's got a good breadth of knowledge and experience from the public law, criminal and misconduct sides. He is independently minded and principled, and he's got a very calm, effective and well-judged advocacy style."
Recent work: Acted for West Yorkshire Police in misconduct proceedings against three senior detectives relating to an investigation into the murder of a child.

Strengths:

James Berry
James Berry has a broad range of expertise in disciplinary and regulatory practice. He regularly acts in cases and judicial reviews arising in the police, the fire service and the medical professions.
"He's an extremely talented barrister and is well thought of in the professional discipline field." "Extremely proactive and quick to come back." "A very able practitioner in the field of police law."
Recent work: Acted for Sussex Police Professional Standards in the prosecution of PC Harris for dangerous driving resulting in the death of a pedestrian.

Strengths:

John Beggs QC
John Beggs QC is a renowned advocate with a wealth of experience in police disciplinary proceedings. He specialises particularly in prosecuting and defending senior police officers in complex, high-profile cases. He is also sought after for representation of barristers in disciplinary proceedings.
"His knowledge on discipline is second to none, he is extremely intelligent and his advocacy is of the highest standard. Strategically he is incomparable." "Widely considered to be at the top of his game and an authority on police misconduct. He is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the National Police Chiefs Council in the case of Officer W80, who shot dead Jermaine Baker in 2015. The Court of Appeal considered the appropriate test for self-defence in police misconduct proceedings.

Strengths:

Jonathan Holl-Allen QC
Jonathan Holl-Allen QC is a prominent and highly respected barrister who regularly appears in GMC and GDC proceedings in defence of professionals. He is also highly experienced in employment law cases that involve a crossover with professional discipline.
"Careful, methodical, well prepared and I think a really classy and considered counsel."
Recent work: Acted for the surgeon Simon Bramhall in a judicial review challenging the GMC's decision to reopen his prosecution when the parallel criminal charges against him were lowered. Additionally represented Dr Bramhall in the subsequent tribunal hearing.

Strengths:

Malcolm Fortune
Malcolm Fortune is an exceptionally experienced barrister who frequently appears before the fitness-to-practise panels of the GDC, GMC and other professional regulators. He is also capable of representing medical professionals in the coroner's court.
"Very impressive in a case in which he was instructed at late notice. He picked it up quickly and got on top of the detail. He was supportive of the client and communicated well with me."
Recent work: Acted in the Medical Practitioners Tribunal in a matter arising from allegations a doctor and pharmacist had downloaded indecent images of children on his personal computers. Although acquitted of criminal charges, the allegations were found proved by the tribunal.

Strengths:

Mark Ley-Morgan
Mark Ley-Morgan is an experienced professional discipline barrister who regularly offers expert advice to police forces in connection with misconduct hearings. He has considerable experience of appearing before Police Appeals Tribunals and regularly handles cases involving allegations of assault and domestic violence.
"He's a pleasure to deal with. He has a really incisive and carefully considered approach to evidence and the presentation of it."
Recent work: Acted for Cambridgeshire Police in a case against PC Crimes, accused of failing to take appropriate steps in a missing person inquiry and lying about his actions.

Strengths:

Matthew Holdcroft
Matthew Holdcroft is a dynamic barrister who is well known for his representation of police forces in disciplinary hearings. He offers strong expertise in matters involving the use of excessive force and assault. He has also presented a number of cases concerning officers' behaviour off duty.
"He's done some really quite impressive work."
Recent work: Acted in a police misconduct hearing relating to TikTok posts containing offensive language, made by two officers while in uniform, on police premises and utilising police vehicles.

Strengths:

Michael Mylonas QC
Michael Mylonas QC frequently represents doctors facing the most serious, career-threatening allegations. His capabilities include appeals to the First-tier and Upper Tribunals.
"Proper and practical, very constructive." "An exceptional advocate with extensive experience of professional discipline work."

Strengths:

Oliver Williamson
Oliver Williamson is a barrister with significant experience acting for police forces in disciplinary actions. He is particularly adept at cases involving allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct. He also acts for dentists and doctors.
"He has a lovely advocacy style: it's very low-key and measured, and the judges really like it. He is thoughtful, smart and switched on."
Recent work: Acted for the Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police in a case relating to an office pursuing an inappropriate relationship with a member of the public and accessing a police computer.

Strengths:

Ranald Davidson
Ranald Davidson has significant expertise in representing doctors and dentists in disciplinary proceedings. He has experience appearing before all the different panels and committees of the GMC, GDC, General Optical Council and Health and Care Professions Council.
"Very smooth, well prepared and an excellent advocate with really good judgement." "He's brilliant. Very meticulous, spots what matters in a case and focuses on that, without wasting time on extraneous issues."
Recent work: Acted for a doctor in a fitness-to-practise hearing concerning an allegation of substandard clinical care and record keeping.

Strengths:

Richard Partridge
Richard Partridge is an esteemed barrister who regularly appears in landmark GMC cases. He is dual-qualified as a surgeon and barrister, which makes him a strong choice to represent medical practitioners and their regulators.
"He's exceptionally easy to work with, great at managing clients and always exceptionally well prepared."

Strengths:

Sarah Clarke QC
Sarah Clarke QC is an experienced practitioner in professional discipline matters, with a particular focus on the police sector. She is adept at matters involving fraud, corruption and covert policing.
"Excellent with enforcement cases, extremely knowledgeable. Someone you want on your side." "She has excellent experience of regulatory matters. She is calm, responsive, knowledgeable, positive and very user-friendly." Particularly strong in cross-examination and conveys gravitas without being aggressive."
Recent work: Acted in a disciplinary case against senior police officers in the Area 1 Territorial Support Group concerning multiple incidents of serious misconduct.

Strengths:

Simon Cridland
Simon Cridland is a barrister with an enviable reputation in the field of medical regulation, who possesses significant experience in GMC and GDC proceedings. In addition to fitness-to-practise hearings, he has experience challenging the decisions of regulators in the Administrative Court.
"He's an unflappable barrister and calm in a crisis." "Has an excellent grasp of complex issues and difficult cases."
Recent work: Defended a GP against accusations of professional misconduct relating to the alleged failure to send for histology skin lesions excised during a minor surgery clinic.

Strengths:

Stephen Morley
Stephen Morley regularly acts on behalf of police forces across the country in complex disciplinary cases. He is experienced in a wide range of matters, including allegations of dishonesty and the use of excessive force.
"He has an excellent understanding of the police misconduct regime, and always gives us balanced and objective advice. He is also very personable and approachable, which makes working with him effortless."
Recent work: Acted for the Commissioner of City Police in misconduct hearings directed by the IOPC against PC Alston, who was alleged to have injured Alfie Meadows with a baton strike at the 2010 student protests.

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Professional Discipline


Adrian Hopkins QC
Band 1
Angus Moon QC
Band 2
Claire Watson QC
New Silks
Gerard Boyle QC
Band 2
Ian Skelt QC
New Silks
John Beggs QC
Band 1

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