The medical and healthcare professions are perhaps the most highly regulated of all; in ensuring quality, detailed and far-reaching rules are often necessary.
Littleton members have developed a particular expertise in cases with a medical dimension, and an absolute command of the culture, procedures and intricacies of litigation in the NHS or concerning healthcare professionals. We cover the full suite of disciplinary and regulatory work in this field including:
Our barristers regularly act for NHS trusts, national organisations and agencies, surgeries, doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals. They have experience of the major healthcare regulators and representative bodies including the General Medical Council (and Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service), Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwives, General Optical Council and Health Professions Councils. Littleton barristers act as legal advisers to regulatory bodies in healthcare as well as acting as disciplinary officers, appeal chairs and independent investigators. Some of our barristers hold specialist medical and medico-legal qualifications.
Littleton is particularly well regarded for medical injunction cases and for its investigatory offering.
Our silks and juniors have appeared, often together, in some of the leading cases in the specialist area of doctors’ injunctions arising from alleged breaches of the NHS framework on discipline.
What can Littleton offer clients? In short, the highest level of strategic advice and representation encompassing multiple types of claim arising out of one set of facts or problems. Barristers undertaking this kind of work at Littleton are able to give meaningful advice straddling employment disputes, fitness issues, injunctive relief and contractual obligations during, for example, suspensions, restrictions and exclusions, as well as top level knowledge of equalities law.
Examples of recent cases (aside from the many medical injunctions which are mainstream to members of this group) include:
Littleton’s reputation in this area is such that barristers are often against each other in line with our strict information barrier protocol.
We are delighted to offer lunchtime (or after work) talks on all of the above areas