Our client, Dr MK, approached Kings View Chambers very close to the original fitness to practise listing in a matter which was, at that stage, almost inevitably going to lead to erasure by the MPTS.

We intervened and secured a postponement of the hearing in order to implement a strategy focused on minimising damage. Following months of work including legal submissions and a focus on winning the impairment argument, the Dr MK avoided erasure and received a short suspension.

Speaking about the case, fitness to practise defence barrister, Stephen McCaffrey, said:

“It is the same message as always – get early specialist advice. Agree a strategy for the case as a whole and make decisions based on that strategy.


“In this case, real and serious issues were going to be missed. Thankfully Dr MK worked with us and remained true to the agreed course, meaning that they will, in fairly short order, be able to return to their career in medicine.”


Speaking after their case, our client said:

“I was in a very difficult situation professionally. I got in touch with Stephen McCaffrey, and he got back to me very quickly with an honest, professional and objective opinion. This is what I needed during such an emotional time.


“He helped me navigate the whole process by excellent preparation and submissions.  We achieved the best possible outcome for me, even better than I expected.


“Astonishingly, just after a few weeks he was ale to grasp me and my situation in such a sensitive, profound and non-judgemental way I did not expect.  I fully recommend Stephen and Catherine for their integrity, talent and professionalism.”

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