Doctors, Dentists, Optometrists & Pharmacists
Change is an ever-present feature in primary care services, as new laws add new layers of complexity, services are rationalised, and Commissioning Boards and trusts react to severe financial problems.
My specialist knowledge and experience in this complex area enables me to add value and provide an unrivalled service to clients. Expert advice is vital. I provide clients with specialist legal advice and support from the early stages of the dispute to enable the matter to be brought to a satisfactory conclusion.
I have appeared in numerous leading cases in this highly specialised area of law and work closely with a number of leading law firms, corporate bodies and individuals.
I regularly undertake the following work:
Care Quality Commission
After a registered person has been served a Notice of Proposal, I draft written representations to the CQC on matters such as limiting the way an activity is carried on or managed, suspending a registered person’s registration, or cancelling a registered person’s registration. This includes appearing in the Magistrates’ Court (cancellation hearings) and the High Court of Justice (judicial reviews).
I also appear on behalf of practitioners and companies on appeals before the First-tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) against notices of decision, notices served under the urgent procedures, urgent cancellation orders.
I am frequently instructed on behalf of practitioners concerning contract disputes under PMS Agreements, GMS Contracts, PDS Agreements, GDS Contracts, GOS Contracts, and Pharmaceutical Contracts.
My work includes UDA values, performance issues, breach notices, remedial notices, stratified sampling issues, competition issues, breach of confidence, professional negligence and procurement challenges.
This includes conducting the litigation in the civil courts, before an arbitrator, or before an adjudicator appointed by the Secretary of State for Health (NHSLA).
First-tier Tribunal (Primary Health Lists) – Performers Lists
I represent practitioners in relation to refusals to add a practitioner to a performers’ list, removal of a practitioner from the list, and challenging conditions for inclusion on the list.
Freezing Injunctions & Interim Injunctions
The High Court has the power to issue freezing injunctions and interim injunctions with wide ranging power over assets. In both cases, a respondent may be required to make disclosure under penalty of contempt. This can include requiring a party to disclose assets.
The ramifications of a freezing injunction or interim injunction can be catastrophic for a company or individual. I have been instructed on a number of applications to prevent a party dissipating assets, to protect assets and to require the contracting parties to proceed with the contract pending resolution of the dispute.
The rules public bodies must comply with when carrying out their public functions are complex. However, many of the rules are universal, i.e. they are the same for a large government department developing a major new policy as they are for a local council making a decision about a planning application.
My expertise lies in my knowledge of the rules public bodies must comply with, coupled with my extensive experience of using judicial review court proceedings to challenge unlawful decisions and failures to act.
I regularly advise both remaining and departing partners and members in professional partnerships and LLPs.
Disputes include rights and liabilities of the parties following a partner’s or member’s retirement or expulsion from the partnership or LLP or the dissolution or winding-up of the organisation.
Protecting The Individual
Tort is a branch of the civil law which protects the interests of individuals. It concerns the basic duties one person owes to another outside of a contract. It enables a person to pursue a remedy where his interests are infringed.
My work on behalf of practitioners includes harassment, interference with economic interests, invasion of personal interests, protecting interests in business and trade, malicious falsehood, misfeasance in pubic office, misuse of private information, negligent interference with personal, business and economic interests, nuisance, and wrongful interference with goods.