Healthcare Regulatory Services

We have an in-depth and highly specialised understanding of the key issues faced within the healthcare sector and advise both individual healthcare professionals and organisations on all aspects of professional regulation and discipline. 

Within the team, we appreciate the profound consequences of being subject to investigation by your regulatory body. We believe in fighting hard for our clients whilst also reducing legal spend by providing expert, pragmatic and sensitive advice to guide you through every stage of the process.

Our experience includes acting on behalf of many doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, a large number of public and private sector healthcare providers and some of the most renowned independent hospitals in the country.  

Free 24 hour helpline

We understand the urgency with which legal advice can be required within the healthcare sector and therefore operate a 24-hour legal helpline for the benefit of our clients, allowing you to access expert legal advice from qualified solicitors whenever you need it. Our solicitors can be reached on 0800 804 8186, day or night.

Our experience

Fitness to Practise

We defend healthcare professionals from the outset of all fitness to practise investigations, including Interim Orders Panel hearings, before the following bodies:

Our service extends to advising healthcare providers on thresholds for involvement of NCAS and/or regulatory bodies, as well as advising healthcare professionals in management positions on their obligations and protection of their own professional positions whilst discharging their management responsibilities.

Professional Registration

We are experts in the complex area of professional registrations law and can advise in relation to:

  • Applications for registration, including Registration Appeals Panel and former PMETB hearings
  • Applications for specialist registration (for example, CESR and CEGPR)
  • Revalidation
  • Licence to Practise
  • Employment of IMGs (international medical graduates) and visiting specialists
  • EU rights
  • Care Quality Commission issues (including registration, responding to statutory requirement notices, defending applications for urgent closure and prosecutions)
  • Deanery investigations and disputes, particularly ARCP appeals 


Inquests & Inquiries

We have extensive experience acting at Coroners' Inquests and Public Inquiries and have represented healthcare professionals at numerous hearings, including:

  • Complex Human Rights Act Article 2 Inquests
  • Inquests before juries
  • Inquests arising from deaths in prison
  • Inquests arising from death of patients detained under the Mental Health Act
  • Inquests arising from maternal deaths
  • Inquests arising from neonatal deaths
  • Statutory Inquiries including The Francis Inquiry and The Redfern Inquiry 

Investigations, Disputes, Market Entry & Complaints

We represent healthcare professionals in relation to disputes, including:

  • NHS England Local Area Team (formerly Primary Care Trust) investigations and disputes
  • Performers List disputes
  • FHSAU(Family Health Service Appeals Unit) appeals
  • NHS investigations and disputes
  • NCAS (National Clinical Assessment Service) investigations
  • PALS and Dental Complaints Service
  • SIRI/SUI investigations and reports
  • Market entry, including applications for inclusion in pharmaceutical, medical or dental performers lists and related disputes/appeals

As some of these issues cross over into the area of employment law, we work closely with the JMW Employment Law Department to ensure you receive comprehensive legal advice.

Healthcare Advisory

We advise on a wide range of healthcare-related legislation, including:

  • Information Governance (Data Protection and Freedom of Information)
  • Consent
  • Mental Capacity
  • Court of Protection
  • Human Tissue Act
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Criminal Proceedings

Working with the Business Crime & Regulation Team, we defend healthcare providers and professionals in relation to criminal investigations concerning their work, including allegations of:

  • Substance misuse
  • Corporate manslaughter
  • Health & Safety breaches
  • Motoring offences
  • Financial misconduct
  • Sexual offences

Contact Us

For healthcare regulatory advice or to discuss any matter in this area, please contact us on 0161 8281804. For urgent advice outside office hours, please telephone our 24 hour free-phone helpline on 0800 804 8186. Alternatively, please complete our online enquiry form at the top of this page. We have vast experience in this area, and have assisted clients in Manchester, London and throughout the UK.

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