General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Barrister

Stephen McCaffrey | General Pharmacutical Council LawyerI am a leading General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Defence Barrister vast experience defending pharmacists and pharmacy technicians facing fitness to practise proceedings before the GPhC.

Because of my experience as a criminal defence barrister in the criminal courts and other adversarial tribunals my special expertise is at contested hearings. However good strategy has meant that more often my clients are not even reaching that stage of proceedings.

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What my clients say

“Absolutely fantastic. I am so grateful. Thank you very much for your immense understanding and representation and believing in me. Best wishes always.”

Because of my experience as a criminal defence barrister in the criminal courts and other adversarial tribunals my special expertise is at contested hearings. However good strategy has meant that more often my clients are not even reaching that stage of proceedings.

I have acted on behalf of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians facing fitness to practise proceedings before the GPhC.

I can act and represent pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in all matters and stages relating to:

  • Applications for professional registration and appeals against decisions
  • Advising on investigations and, where appropriate, interviews under caution
  • Representation at interim orders hearings
  • Written submissions to the investigating committee
  • Representation before the fitness to practise committee
  • Appeals against fitness to practice committee decisions

Understanding General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) investigations

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) regulates pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and registered pharmacy premises in England, Scotland and Wales ensuring that all pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are, and continue to be fit to practise.

Any complaints and/or allegations relating to the fitness to practise by pharmacists or pharmacy technicians could be referred to the GPhC for investigation and eventually formal action.

Investigating Committee

At the conclusion of an investigation, your case may be referred to the GPhC’s Investigating Committee. The Investigating Committee has wide ranging powers which include:

  • taking no further action;
  • issuing a warning;
  • accepting undertakings;
  • referring your case to the Fitness to Practise Committee; and
  • directing that criminal proceedings should be commenced.

Fitness to Practise Committee

The GPhC’s Investigating Committee can refer your case to the GPhC’s Fitness to Practise Committee.  If the Fitness to Practise Committee finds an allegation to be true, a pharmacist or pharmacy technician can face a number of sanctions:

  • written warnings;
  • conditions of practice;
  • suspension from the GPhC register; or
  • removal from the GPhC register

As an experienced General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Defence Barrister, I understand the stress and serious implications for pharmacists or pharmacy technicians when facing a GPhC investigation.

I have extensive experience is acting for and representing pharmacists or pharmacy technicians during all stages of the GPhC fitness to practise process.

If you have been notified by the GPhC that you’re under investigation or are facing difficulties with your registration, contact me today for an initial free and no obligation consultation on 0207 060 1983 or Stephen.McCaffrey@kingsviewchambers.com.

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If you are facing a fitness to practise or other GPhC issue contact me today for a free no obligation case assessment.

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Recent Blog & Publications

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3 Jan

In recent months, the debate on the legalities of cross-border hiring has seen no abating. There have been several judicial decisions on the matter and of course the taxi finish and task group has made recommendations to Government to legislate in order to address concerns and close the “loop”.

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6 Dec

A paper to “Critically assess the issues faced by whistle-blowers in safeguarding adults from abuse or neglect and the protection afforded to them under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.”

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6 Dec

Taxi and private hire drivers, operators and proprietors should always give serious consideration to appealing a decision by a licensing authority to refuse, revoke or suspend a licence.

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6 Dec

They way Clean Air and Ultra Low Emission Zones operate may cause taxi and private hire licence holders some difficulty in relation to their ability to strictly comply with certain statutory obligations that are placed upon them.

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3 Dec

There has recently been a raft of announcements from various Government departments about proposed future changes & plans relating to the taxi & private hire sector. In this article, I will be looking at the Government proposals and what the implications are for the sector.

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22 Jun

Critical discussion on the notion of the "vulnerable adult" used in safeguarding law and policy and the shift to adult at risk.

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