Joint head of Kings View Chambers & GMC fitness to practise defence barrister, Stephen McCaffrey, successful at GMC Case Examiners [Rule7] stage in securing no case to answer for this doctor.
The case involved an issue with an allegation of lack of competence which was accepted and had been fully remediated locally and allegations of failing to engage and providing false statements to the coroner which were not accepted.
“The real lessons learned in this case are two-fold.
“Firstly, often insurers for the company or Trust will try and assist you in the early stages of a case or a referral to an inquest however, as the matter progresses there is often a conflict for them between properly representing the company or Trust and properly representing you the individual.
“It is often necessary for you then to have to obtain your own legal team late in the process. Often it is far better if you obtain independent legal advice early so that you can protect yourself.
“The second lesson from this case is about relying on the advice of others and not directly communicating yourself. If you are asked to attend the Coroner’s Court liaise directly and then you can get advice on what your duties and responsibilities are.”
At the conclusion of their case, our client VS said:
“I had prompt response within 24hrs and offered valuable and timely advice over video conference about 60mins by both Catherine and Stephen. I decided without any hesitation after the video conference meeting that my case to be represented by Catherine and Stephen.
“Catherine and Stephen are a great team, two experienced barristers for the price of one and have done a marvellous and splendid job with regards to my GMC investigation process which was extremely stressful and tedious/time consuming.
“I would strongly recommend Catherine/Stephen -Kings View Chambers service.”
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