“A strong & reliable advocate in GMC / MPTS law & doctors’ law.”
Lee Gledhill is lead Counsel at Doctors Defence Service. He is a highly experienced barrister specialising in GMC / MPTS regulatory defence law. He is one the most experienced advocates in the regulatory defence law field in the UK, having practised in the area for over 18 years. He represents both doctors and other healthcare practitioners before their regulators. He has acted in over 1000 fitness to practise cases to date and a number of appeals in the High Court and Court of Appeal. He defends doctors who are charged by the GMC with misconduct, performance issues and ill-health matters. He also advises on restoration to the GMC register.
He provides various legal services to doctors, which include providing legal advice and representation in a variety of clinical specialisms and legal fields in the UK. He additionally represents doctors in other areas of law, including: inquest law, partnership law, employment law, CQC law, GMC/MPTS Appeals and Judicial Review law. Lee Gledhill initially qualified as a registered nurse, before qualifying as a barrister. He has worked in clinical practice in both the NHS and the private sector. He is therefore well placed to understand the culture and expectations of working in either environment, and the pressures that doctors are placed under. He also sits on regulatory tribunals, so brings his experience of those roles to bear on cases he appears in.
Lee Gledhill is both an Advocate and Litigator.
Lee Gledhill of Counsel has a track record in defending doctors of all grades and specialisms. He has represented senior consultants, registrars, specialists, surgeons, medical physicians, psychiatrists, middle grade doctors and those at House Officer and; Senior House Officer levels (including FY1 and FY2 trainees) in a variety of cases concerning both professional work-based clinical allegations and private life allegations.
Lee Gledhill has represented doctors who have faced a variety of allegations who have come through the process to continue in clinical practice. Doctors who instruct a lawyer usually wish to retain their medical registration and Lee Gledhill will advise on the steps that need to be taken in order to seek to maximise a doctors prospects of success.
Lee Gledhill has acted in more than one thousand fitness to practise cases. He defends doctors at GMC hearings held in Manchester and London, and anywhere else that the GMC / MPTS chooses to sit to hear a case. He looks after clients who reside across the UK or around the globe. Lee Gledhill represents doctors at interim orders hearings (IOT) and fitness to practise hearings (FTP). He also advises on restoration to the GMC Register. He will advise doctors in face to face conferences and by way of videolink or teleconferencing. He fits around doctors’ schedules and is able to see doctors during weekdays, weekends and evenings.
Lee Gledhill advises doctors on the GMC / MPTS Fitness to Practise FTP and interim orders tribunal IOT legal processes, on issues relating to evidence, on and oral written submissions, on the remedial steps that a doctor should take to demonstrate competence, and on the witnesses, including expert witnesses, that the doctor should call. Doctors Defence Service can interview witnesses (to obtain witness statements) and prepare bundles for hearings and submissions. Alternatively, Lee Gledhill can advise on applications for Voluntary Erasure (VE).
Lee Gledhill regularly defends doctors before the GMC, and his recent defence cases have included allegations of:
- Allegations of clinical misconduct
- Driving offences, domestic abuse, rape
- Inappropriate sexual relationships with patients
- Incompetence in relation to prescribing
- Dishonest acts and omissions
- Surgical errors and oversights
- Recreational drug use
- Causing Death by Accident
Additional Medico-Regulatory Specialisms
Lee Gledhill has wide experience in representing doctors and other healthcare practitioners over many years in a variety of medico-regulatory cases, including: Performers List inclusions, suspensions, and removals (“erasure”) law, clinical negligence law, certain areas of employment law (including NHS and private practice disciplinary hearings), CQC law, GP Consortia law, inquest law, appeals law, judicial review law, partnership law, GMC law, and criminal law.
To speak to Lee Gledhill in confidence or to make an appointment to see him, call us on: 0800 10 88 739