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GMC Barristers

About Us

GMC Defence Barristers understand the complexities of the career doctor.

We provide an excellent service for doctors of all levels working within the NHS and private practise.

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GMC Defence Barristers understand the complexities of the career doctor.

Our barristers have acted on behalf of doctors working in a variety of settings and at a variety of levels from medical students through to consultant level.

We have acted for doctors facing concerns raised about their practice because of health, poor practice or misconduct.

We advise in the early stages of an investigation or referral to the GMC. We  advise doctors facing issues raised by their employer, their Deanery or regulator and understand the complex interface between all three.

Profiles

Catherine Stock

Barrister

  • Joint Head of Kings View Chambers
  • Year of call 2007
  • BVC (very competent)
  • CPE (commendation)
  • BSc Medical Law and Ethics (First Class Honours)
  • BA Health and Nursing Studies
  • University College London (LLB Hons)
  • Inns of Court School of Law (outstanding)

Practice Areas:

  • Healthcare Regulation
  • GMC / NMC/ HCPC Defence
  • Care home law and care standards
  • Coroners Inquests
  • Criminal Defence

    Catherine Stock is the Joint Head of Kings View Chambers. She is an
    experienced barrister in healthcare regulation, care home law and
    coroner’s inquests. Before coming to the Bar, Catherine had an extremely
    successful and varied career in the NHS as a nurse, general manager and
    Director of Clinical Services. She worked in a variety of
    teaching hospitals both in Scotland and England and has a wealth of
    knowledge of the operational functions and strategic direction of the
    NHS. Catherine also acted as a general manager and clinical director and
    was responsible for large numbers of clinical staff. As a consequence,
    she understands better than most what is required of staff working
    in healthcare settings.

    Healthcare Regulation and Fitness to Practice

    Catherine has appeared in a wide range of tribunals and courts with
    particular expertise in healthcare regulation. She has acted in defence
    of a variety of clinicians brought before disciplinary and regulatory
    tribunals for issues including; lack of competence, negligence, ill
    health, dishonesty and fraud. She can advise on how to respond to
    complaints, misconduct and impairment issues, registration issues;
    fitness to practice, interim hearings, restoration to the register and
    preparation of mitigation. Catherine appears regularly before the
    General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care
    Professions Council, General Chiropractors Council and General Dental
    Council. She has represented doctors, nurses and midwives of all levels
    and from all care settings as well as paramedics, social workers,
    dentists, chiropractors and physiotherapists.

    Care Home Law and Care Standards

    Catherine acts for nursing and care homes, GP practices and hospitals
    in all Care Quality Commission matters including assistance and advice
    on registration, reviews and inspections and compliance.  Catherine can
    assist with written representations against notices of proposal and with
    appeals against notices of decision and cancellation orders. Catherine
    regularly carries out mock CQC inspections for care providers such as
    GPs, care homes and specialist community care providers.

    Other Roles

    From 2007-2017 Catherine worked as a freelancer at BPP University, CPD Law School and School of Health. She has also worked as an advocacy trainer for Norton Rose Fulbright and
    provide advocacy training to other “magic circle” firms including Norton Rose Fulbright, Simmons and Simmons, Clifford Chance, Freshfields, Allen and Overy and Jones Day.

    She held a variety of part-time roles including Lead Assessor for Criminal and Civil Higher Rights and as an exam writer for Criminal Higher Rights and the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test. As a lecturer she lectured in the following areas:

    Professional Skills Courses -Advocacy and Communication Skills and Client Care:
    Higher Rights of Audience Criminal Evidence and Litigation
    Higher Rights of Audience Criminal and Civil Advocacy
    Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test Criminal litigation and advocacy
    Witness Familiarisation Training and Expert Witness Training for a variety of organisations including The Metropolitan Police, Trading Standards, Financial Conduct Authority, Computer Aided Modelling Bureau and Sexual Offences Referral Centres

    CPS External Assessor

    From 2012-2017 Catherine carried out numerous assessments for the CPS of their advocates both in the Magistrates and Crown Courts

    Specialist Prosecuting Authority

    Catherine provides training to all three forces on assessing in house advocates.

    She worked with specialist prosecutors on development of a comprehensive assessment tool.

    Previous Career

    Catherine qualified as registered nurse in 1988 and worked in a variety of areas such as general surgical, intensive care, neurology and neurosurgery.

    She became a ward sister in 1992 and then moved into general management. She has held a variety of posts including practice development, deputy director of nursing and clinical director.

    Professional Qualifications

    • BSc Hons Medical Law and Ethics [First Class]
    • BA Health and Nursing Studies [2:1]
    • CPE in Law [Commendation]
    • BVC [very competent]

    Catherine Stock website

    Stephen McCaffrey

    Barrister

    Joint Head of Kings View Chambers
    Year of call 2007
    University College London (LLB Hons)
    Inns of Court School of Law (Outstanding)

    Practice Areas:

    • Criminal Defence
    • Taxi Licensing
    • Alcohol and Entertainment Licensing
    • Regulatory and Disciplinary Tribunal

    Stephen McCaffrey is a busy practising barrister with a proven track record of success and years of experience. I consult and defend in all areas of criminal defence, licensing and regulatory work achieving most successful results in pre-court stages. Experience drawn from involvement in major criminal trials and licensing challenges has acquired Stephen outstanding legal ability and advocacy. 

    Stephen is Head of Chambers at Kings View Chambers. This is recognition of his huge success in his area of work. It also means he has great resources at his disposal. Stephen has several business interests outside of the Bar so is well aware of the need for focus on results and practicalities. The result is all that matters.

    My approach

    “I always focus on the practical implications of everything. Rather than become engrossed in the interesting aspects of the case focus always remains on what the objectives are i.e. what the client wants and needs.

    I like to become involved in a case as early as possible to make sure it has been tailored to suit, as far as possible, the need at a hearing or trial.

    Prior to practice at the Bar I worked in a busy North London criminal defence firm where I quickly established a strong client base and was given responsibility for the most grave and complex cases in the firm. All of this experience means I focus my advice and practice on client needs.

    It is my appreciation for client care and dedication to work which explains my loyal following of direct access clients both in law and business.

    Routinely undertaking top level work I have never failed to exceed all expectations and have become widely respected for this. Renowned for my ‘hands on’ approach to all cases I am fast to meet clients and become involved in case strategy and management from the earliest opportunity. This is the best way to obtain good results.”

    Criminal Defence

    Stephen specialises in criminal defence at all levels from motoring to murder including assault, burglary, theft, robbery, fraud offences, food regulations offences, health and safety matters, environmental offences, public order offences, football banning orders, drug offences, driving offences, violent offences and sexual offences. 

    Stephen also advises businesses on criminal liability and compliance issues. Stephen is a criminal defence barrister with extensive experience in all offences but particularly in business frauds.

    He has been involved in all of the following: diversion fraud, fraudulent trading, advance fee fraud, mortgage fraud, money laundering, MTIC and carousel fraud, VAT fraud, revenue and tax fraud, directors disqualification, restraint orders, pension fraud, confiscation orders, insurance fraud, SFO investigations and prosecutions and among many others.

    Stephen is able to assist and advise prior to court proceedings. He can explain the process and advise on proper strategy in all types of fraud.

    Many of Stephen’s clients also contact him to deal with other matters such as motoring and road traffic offences.

    He is an extremely experienced defence barrister who deals with cases well beyond his years. He is highly sought after and has an extremely loyal following from solicitors and private clients.

    Stephen also regularly advises on appeal against conviction and sentence and has had great success where others advised in the negative.

    Licensing

    Given the overlap with all of the areas above a successful practice in criminal defence has included practice in all these areas too. Regulatory work for licence revocation, hackney carriage licence revocation, NMC and school admission challenges.

    Stephen advises and assists on proper pre-application strategies, drafting applications for a licence, handling of objections, full negotiations with the relevant authorities and preparation for hearings including the sub-committees.

    Stephen will also represent applicants at the sub-committee hearings and at all other hearings. He can assist in making sure you and your case in properly prepared to maximise your chances of success.

    Stephen regularly assists those facing a review. He can advise on your approach to the review and draft the necessary paperwork/application. His forte however is on advising on strategy and the best way to present your case. An integral part of this will be making sure the application is the strongest it can be. His experience places his advocacy at the heart of representation at any hearing.

    His experience is most appreciated however at appeals where his skills in strategy and advocacy are integral. Stephen can draft any and all necessary paperwork, assist in explaining court procedure. He can also handle any negotiations on your behalf and if needed prepare your case to maximise the chances of success. He is of course very experienced in representation at appeals.

    Regulatory and Disciplinary Tribunal

    If you are a nurse, midwife or doctor facing an investigation by the NMC or GMC following a complaint, allegation or a referral Stephen is able to help. The threat of losing your registration on the nursing and midwifery register may mean the loss of your livelihood and hard fought for career. Proper representation from the earliest stages can avoid escalation and could prevent you being struck of the nursing and midwifery register. Stephen offers proper consideration of your case and can assist and guide you through the process from beginning to end. 

    Stephen has also represented teachers, police officers, accountants, lawyers and other professionals in disciplinary arenas. He frequently acts on behalf of Prisoners facing adjudications for breach of Discipline rules and also before Parole Board hearings. He has also appeared numerous times in relation to licensing matters and is willing to undertake all levels of applications and hearings from the grant of first licence at Committee Stage through to appeal in The House of Lords.

    Stephen has successfully represented several persons in Court Martial hearings throughout the UK. He is able to represent British soldiers in the UK and internationally.

    How I can help you with your case

    I am an experienced direct access barrister specialising in criminal, licensing and regulatory law. As a barrister, I am an expert specialist lawyer and advocate. I advise clients on the strengths and weakness of their case with independence and objectivity. The added value to my advice is that I have specialist knowledge in these areas because I practice them every day. This knowledge covers the court room, case presentation and case strategy which often means the difference between winning and losing.

    The earlier you instruct a barrister like myself, the better the result is likely be for you.

    It used to be the case that you would have to see a solicitor and ask them to instruct a barrister for you. Now you do not have to. You can instruct direct access barristers like me yourself with no need to go to a solicitor and incur extra cost.

    Please contact me for a free initial consultation to assess your case.

    What my clients say

    “I can safely say that without representation from Stephen I had no hope at all – I went from solicitor to solicitor – he won my case. No fuss – just expert, professional and affordable advice.” JB, South London, Driving matter.

    “I cannot speak highly enough – will never what he did for me. Absolutely fantastic. I had every confidence he would deliver what he promised.” GM, North London, Fraud matter.

    “Simply superb – nothing else to say”. AO, Hertfordshire, Licensing appeal.

    Professional & academic

    Inns of Court School of Law (Outstanding).
    University College London (LLB Hons)
    Head of Chambers at Kings View Chambers – (www.kingsviewchambers.com)

    Memberships

    Institute of Directors
    Middle Temple
    Criminal Bar Association
    South Eastern Circuit
    Supporter and Patron of many charities.

    Stephen McCaffrey website