Professional regulation

 

For over 10 years Keith has conducted High Court statutory appeals in regulatory law matters for professionals and has advised nurses, doctors, social workers, and teachers in proceedings before disciplinary and regulatory bodies. These include the NMC, GMC, HCPC, GDC, GTC / NCTL.

This has included appeals in the Court of Appeal that have developed the law on hearsay evidence in fitness to practise cases and the impact of the Human Rights Act on ‘strict’ time limits.

In the 2017 appeal Lusinga v Nursing & Midwifery Council he brought greater clarification in dishonesty cases and the balance of public interest in keeping good nurses in work.

In two Judicial Reviews that are unreported having settled minutes before the final hearing, Keith successfully challenged the denial of legal aid to two nurses to fight their appeals against the NMC.

His experience in appeals for professionals who have been struck off or suspended as nurses, doctors, social workers and so on, provides expertise for people facing panels of the Nursing & Midwifery Council, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal, and other panels that decide on fitness to practise and sanctions.