FAQs about Doctors Defence Service

Doctors Defence ServiceOn this page, we seek to answer some of the questions you may have about Doctors Defence Service (DDS) in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. If the answer to your question does not appear below, our clerks or barristers may able to answer your questions. You can ask a question on any matter concerning doctors regulatory and legal responsibilities or the law governing doctors, a commercial or personal matter.

Scroll down to see further information and FAQs on our speciality areas of legal practice.

General FAQs:

FAQs on DDS Services relating to GMC Law:

FAQs on DDS Services relating to other Medico-Legal Matters:

To discuss any legal matter with a specialist lawyer at Doctors Defence Service, call in confidence, without obligation, on: 0800 10 88 739

A Word of Caution: There is now a number organisations and lawyers that claim to have the relevant experience and expertise to represent doctors in a variety of legal forums, especially before the GMC. Whether or not a doctor chooses to use Doctors Defence Service, we would recommend that doctors ensure that the organisation they use has a track record in representing doctors. DDS has on numerous occasions been instructed by doctors who are justifiably unhappy with their previous legal defence arrangement. Doctors on occasions have asked DDS to take over their case, which we are happy to do in most instances.

On some occasions DDS lawyers have had to appeal cases because of poor representation by other organisations or lawyers, who have caused a detriment to the doctor through poor research, poor drafting, or poor representation. Where DDS takes over a case, it is not possible in all cases to overcome the damage that has been caused by previous legal representatives. It is therefore of paramount importance to get things right from the outset. It is often difficult for a doctor to assess a particular organisation or lawyer’s abilities when shopping around. At Doctors Defence Service we can demonstrate a track record in the field of regulatory, civil, and criminal law. Our lawyers represent doctors across the UK in a variety of legal specialisms and have a particular strength in GMC law. Our lawyers frequently appear in published cases. To see whether DDS is the best fit for you, call us on 0800 10 88 739 to discuss your legal issue, in confidence, without obligation.

Return to Top