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GMC Defence Barristers

GMC Defence Barristers is a subsidiary of Kings View Chambers, a leading medical and healthcare law firm specialising in GMC fitness to practise cases and is headed up by barristers Catherine Stock and Stephen McCaffrey.


GMC Defence Barristers is open for business and uniquely setup to continue to support clients.

Although fitness to practise hearings have been cancelled or postponed, healthcare regulators will continue to investigate and act on concerns raised.

We explained our position in or Covid-19 statement and, to support healthcare workers and professionals, we have setup a Covid-19 fitness to practise resource. We are also offering free regulatory advice for NHS staff during this extraordinary time.

Covid-19 & Fitness to Practise

Latest fitness to practise advice, news and commentary during this extraordinary time.

Recent Case Studies

GMC Defence Barristers successful in lifting suspension in GMC case

GMC Defence Barristers’ lead counsel Catherine Stock has successfully argued for the lifting of a suspension order for a doctor accused of dishonestly.

GMC Defence Barristers successfully defend doctor before MPTS

Head of chambers, Stephen McCaffrey and Catherine Stock, have successfully defended a foundation doctor before the GMC’s Fitness to Practise Panel.

GMC Defence Barristers achieve “case closed” decision in GMC case

GMC Defence Barristers’ lead counsel Stephen McCaffrey achieve yet another case closed for doctor facing multiple allegations of fraudulent dishonesty.

GMC Defence Barristers secure case closed with no further action conclusion

MG approached us after an interim orders hearing at the MPTS with restrictive conditions on his licence resulting in him being unable to obtain suitable employment.

GMC Defence Barristers secures no case to answer in GMC case

GMC Defence Barristers’ lead counsel Stephen McCaffrey has secured no case to answer at the close of the GMC case.

Doctor happy with MPTS outcome for prescribing for family members

GMC Defence Barristers were successful in persuading the MPTS to impose a conditions of practise order for a short period for a doctor who had prescribed for himself and family members on 3 occasions.

Amazingly helpful barristers, who, as they are GMC specialists. Highly and unreservedly recommnended.

After struggling through over two years of protracted GMC investigations. I can honestly say calling GMC Defence Barristers was the wisest decision I have ever made.

The service l received from was exceptional. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone going through legal advice etc.

Insightful, very thorough, makes cases effortless and the team use simple language to assist Doctors.

The service l received was exceptional.

I would without reservation recommend GMC Defence Barristers to medical, dental and nursing personnel who require representation with their regulatory organisations

What we do

General Medical Council (GMC) research has shown that doctors who lacked legal representation tended to receive more serious outcomes.  

In contrast, the research concluded that there was no association between the seriousness of tribunal outcomes and a doctor’s age, race, sex, or whether they gained their primary medical qualification in the UK or abroad. 

The research conclusively showed that one of the most important factors for doctors facing fitness to practise proceedings is legal representation and engagement.


GMC fitness to practise referrals


MPTS Interim Order hearings


Help with voluntary removal


Appeal against refusal of registration


GMC fitness to practise hearings


Preparing your case before the Case Examiners


Registration advice


Investigation and disciplinary hearings at work


Appeals against a MPTS Tribunal determination


Help with the decision of the Case Examiners


Restoration to the Register


Criminal investigation and proceedings

Speak to us today

Contact us today to discuss your fitness to practise issues and difficulties with a GMC defence experts.

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