Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) Defence Barrister

Stephen McCaffrey | General Medical Council (GMC) Defence Barrister

I am a leading barrister specialising in healthcare law and regulation. I have vast experience in defending and representing all healthcare professionals in all courts and tribunals.

Recent Cases

Recent testimonials

Mr McCaffrey and his team are beyond excellent.. I cannot thank them enough for their sheer dedication, expertise and efforts which went above and beyond their call of duty in my case.

Due to their hard work and I am now back to work and I cannot thank Stephen McCaffrey enough for his support during my difficult and traumatic time.

Quite frankly, the service they provide is extremely good value. I am sincerely grateful to both of them and cannot recommend them highly enough.

My case was dealt with speed and efficiency, highly recommend the service provided by Stephen McCaffrey

Stephen, I know we have not finished yet but without you I was going to be struck off. I cannot believe how bad my previous advice was and how good the outcome you got for me. I will be telling all of my colleagues. Thank you to you and your team.

With my vast experience in healthcare regulation comes an understanding of the complexities of working in health and social care. I can provide health and social care professionals with high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services.

If you are a health or care professional facing issues with registration or have been referred to the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) for investigation I can help. I can defend and represent you at hearing and will take care of preparing your case.

If you have been notified by the HCPC 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

Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

The Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) is the regulatory body for a variety of health care professionals covering 16 professions including:

  • Arts Therapists
  • Biomedical Scientists
  • Chiropodists / Podiatrists
  • Clinical Scientists
  • Dietitians
  • Hearing Aid Dispensers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Operating Department Practitioners
  • Orthoptists
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Practitioner Psychologists
  • Prosthetists/Orthotists
  • Radiographers
  • Social Workers in England
  • Speech and Language Therapists

I understand the anxieties faced by professionals facing HCPC hearings and sanctions. I pride myself in the pro-active approach I take to ensure I achieve the best possible outcome for you.

As a public access barrister you can instruct me directly to represent you. I also take instructions from a variety of defence professional associations and legal expenses insurers. If you have been referred to the HCPC, contact me today for an initial free and no obligation consultation on 0207 060 1983 or

I can help with:

  • HCPC fitness to practise referrals
  • HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee Hearings
  • HCPC Health Panel Hearings
  • HCPC Panels regarding fraudulent entry
  • Appeals against a HCPC Panel determination
  • Interim Order hearings
  • Appeals against an Interim Orders Panel determination
  • Preparing your case for the Investigating Committee
  • Registration advice
  • Appeal against refusal of registration or re-registration
  • Restoration to the Register
  • Investigation and disciplinary hearings at work
  • Criminal investigation and proceedings
  • Police cautions
  • DBS [Disclosure and Barring Service] issues

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Recent Blog & Publications


9 Jan

Stephen McCaffrey successfully persuade medical practitioners’ tribunal that doctor’s fitness to practise is not impaired as hearing is closed at stage 1.


9 Jan

Doctors are entitled to legal representation at a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) hearing. Does legal representation pay? We look at what is involved in preparing for a MPTS hearing and the value of legal representation.


3 Jan

Can a registered doctor voluntarily come off a Register at a time when the Medical Council is actively considering whether to re-open a complaint?


20 Dec

2021 has been another significant year for fitness to practise. This is our overview of fitness to practise in 2021.


12 Dec

In a recent High Court appeal case, the Court clarified the right approach that must be adopted by the GMC when it interferes with a doctor’s Human Rights.


5 Dec

What is ‘strengthening practice’ that ‘remediation’ is not, and what does this change in terminology mean for registered nurses and midwives?