ProfileI am a lawyer and consultant with a proven track record of success and years of experience in regulatory defence. I operate in the areas of professional discipline, healthcare and compliance and licensing.
I always focus on:
- EARLY, CLEAR, DIRECT ADVICE.
- FIXED FEES IN ALL CASES
MEDICAL REGULATION AND REPRESENTATION: NMC, GMC/MPTS, HCPC, GPhC, CQC and NHS England.
I specialise in healthcare law and regulation. As a leading regulatory law barrister, I have vast experience in defending all healthcare professionals in all courts and tribunals ranging from doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals.
I am the architect and founder of gmcdefencebarristers.co.uk, nmcdefencebarristers.co.uk, hcpcdefeencebarristers.co.uk and fitnesstopractise.uk.
As a leading regulatory and healthcare barrister, I have vast experience in defending all healthcare professionals in all courts and tribunals ranging from doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare professionals.
My experience includes defending and representing healthcare professionals including issues with registration, complaints, professional competence, health issues and allegations of misconduct.
I am a specialist healthcare barrister and consultant with a proven track record of success and years of experience in regulatory defence.
As a leading regulatory law barrister and with experience as a former NMC case presenter I have vast experience in defending all healthcare professionals in all courts and tribunals ranging from doctors, nurses, midwives, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals including paramedics and social workers to include:
Performers list and NHS England issues
GMC / NMC/ HCPC/ GPhC Defence and Fitness to Practise matters.
Care home law and care standards
Regulatory and Disciplinary Tribunal
Governance issues and related compliance
My cases have included:
Investigations by GMC, NMC, GPhC, GDC, HCPC, CQC
MPTS and Fitness to Practise Hearings
NHS England investigations and tribunals
Performer List issues
Interim Order Representation
Appeal Against Refusal of Registration
Appeal Against Conditions of Practise, Suspension and Strike Off
Restoration to the Medical Register
Healthcare professionals facing investigations for alleged issues relating to fitness to practise face the prospect of losing their career and having their professional reputation tarnished. Each health regulatory body has its own processes and procedures to investigating and responding to healthcare professionals’ fitness to practise. The process will often be complex and daunting for even the most experienced healthcare professionals.
Through my extensive experience, I have gained an understanding and appreciation of the complexities of these processes and the stress and upset this can cause healthcare professionals. Through my extensive experience of defending and representing healthcare professionals, I have gained an excellent reputation for my approach to defending healthcare professionals before regulatory hearings.
I take care of all the case management, preparation and liaison with the regulatory body on your behalf to minimise any unnecessary stress and upset.
When faced with the prospect of a fitness to practise investigation and hearing, early instruction of a competent legal advisor is essential to ensure the best outcome for you. My early intervention can result in your case being dropped at an early stage in the investigation by your regulatory body. If not, expert legal representation and meticulous case preparation can often result in much better outcomes for healthcare professionals than had they not been properly represented.
If you are a healthcare professional facing difficulties with your registration or ability to practise, call me today for a free initial consultation.
LICENSING ADVICE AND REPRESENTATION: Premises licence issues, SIA, taxi and private hire issues.
I have dealt with all forms of licensing work from taxi drivers to SIA to alcohol and entertainment licences. I have worked in licensing in one form or another for over twenty years having managed pubs, clubs and hotels myself. This experience is unparalleled among barristers and gives my clients a huge advantage when dealing with Local Authorities and Regulators.
I have detailed and expert knowledge of the Licensing Act 2003 and its provisions and all other relevant licensing legislation including those relating to taxi licensing and SIA accreditation and registration. I am a lead contributor to PHTM magazine and have been quoted in The Times and The Sun in relation to licensing matters. I was counsel for interim head of regulatory compliance for Taxify during their London transition.
Over almost ten years I have represented hundreds of clients throughout the entire UK before Councils and Local Authorities or their regulatory bodies in relation to licensing reviews and appeals including TfL. Much of my success has come from getting the decisions reviewed and overturned before the appeeal hearing.
I set up both www.taxidefencebarristers.co.uk and www.licensingdefencebarristers.co.uk to give expert advice in these fields and am widely regarded as a leader in the field. We have just opened our Scottish office.
I advise on and assist in proper pre-application strategies, drafting applications for a licence, handling of objections, full negotiations with the relevant authorities and preparation for hearings including sub-committees.
I have represented applicants and licensees at sub-committee hearings and at all other hearings. I can assist in making sure you and your case are properly prepared to maximise your chances of success in avoiding suspension or revocation. I have dealt with personal as well as premises licences.
I regularly assists those facing a reviewand possible revocation.I can advise on your approach to the review and draft the necessary paperwork/application. My 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. My experience places my advocacy at the heart of representation at any hearing.
My experience is most appreciated however at appeals where my understanding of strategy and advocacy are integral. I draft any and all necessary paperwork, assist in explaining court procedure and prepare clients for court. I also handle any negotiations on your behalf and if needed prepare your case to maximise the chances of success. I have had considerable success in securing agreement with Local Authorities and regulators through negotiation saving the time and expense of contested hearings.
Contact me for a free initial conference. It does not cost you so why not ask me?
WHAT MY CLIENTS SAY -
“If you are looking for a plain speaking, intelligent, direct and effective barrister to represent your interests and deliver on promises then stop looking because you have just found him. Seriously – don’t bother wasting time looking any further. Stephen was absolutely fantastic at a time when I was in jeopardy of losing my career and possibly even my liberty. He dealt with the criminal side and then the disciplinary side and I cannot fault a single aspect of his representation. I owe him a great deal and will be sending others his way.” - AL, Birmingham.
"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.
“Hi Stephen, Thanks very much for today – and indeed the last 4-weeks – you really did perform extremely well at short notice. I’m not sure if you like receiving compliments (I certainly don’t), but here goes anyway…
I’m very rarely impressed, but your general oratory and quick thinking in court are a pleasure to observe. Not once did you miss a subtle discrepancy or an opportunity to reinforce your central message, and I genuinely had confidence in you.
Thank you for everything you have done for me.”
-AM, Social Worker, HCPC Fitness to Practise Hearing
“I really do not know what to say. I managed to dig myself into a terrible hole and without your help I was going to lose my registration. Thank you so much Mr McCaffrey. You were direct, clear and got me to take it seriously. I am so grateful and cannot tell you what this means to me. I had given up on nursing. Now I am back doing a job I love.”
-MD, Nurse, Fitness to Practise Hearing
“Stephen, I know we have not finished yet but without you I was going to be struck off. I cannot believe how bad my previous advice was and the outcome you got for me. I will be telling all of my colleagues. Thank you to you and your team.”
-MS, Doctor, GP, NHS England Performers List matter and CQC Referral
“Thank you Stephen for everything. I am delighted with the outcome. Will definitely recommend you.”
-KM, Radiologist, HCPC Fitness to Practise Appeal
“Dear Stephen, Thanks for your ongoing support. I hope we could find an ongoing relationship with your chambers. Kind regards and thanks for your help. You are one of the best lawyers I have ever come across.”
-JR, Doctor, GP Practice, CQC Warning Notice and Inspection
“Hello. Yes I will send feedback of course as I am ever so grateful for your support. I will wish for Mr McCaffrey to represent me at a future hearing. Thank you for everything.”
-NG, Social worker, HCPC Interim Order and Fitness to Practise Hearing
“Hi Stephen, Thank you so so much for supporting me through this. I really would have struggled alone. I cannot believe the allegations were dismissed following your intervention. I have my career and good name back.”
-JR, Social worker, HCPC Investigation and Internal Investigation
“Stephen, This is to let you know that HCPC has revoked the Interim Order on 11th May 2018. Thanks for your help. I am very grateful. Could not have done it without you and your team.”
-RB, Social worker, HCPC Interim Order and Fitness to Practise Hearing
“Stephen – I can honestly say that I am fully satisfied by the service that you have offered. I have a clear feeling that the result achieved is the best that we could ever have hoped for and even better, under the circumstances. You have been very supportive, professional and very effective in your approach during the whole process of dealing with my case, from start to finish. You have an obvious ability to absorb a case in its entirety to then produce a clear analysis to pull out very useful elements, strengths and weakness alike. I believe your very sound and methodical approach has strongly contributed to reach the positive outcome that we have reached. I shall never thank you enough for that. Beyond financial considerations, I could clearly see that to you, this field is your passion and that you will always do all that you can to be of service to your client, even to protect me from myself at times, when required. And one needs to be honest and say that your fees are reasonable and lower than the average on the market. I am very aware that your very competent support and your passion even have been a great part to my success, our success. I am very clear that should I need a lawyer again in future, you would definitely be my first port of call every time.
Please feel free to use my comment for marketing purposes.”
-DB, Social Worker, HCPC Fitness to Practise Hearing
"I cannot speak highly enough - will never forget what he did for me. Absolutely fantastic. I had every confidence he would deliver what he promised." - GM, North London.
“He made everything easy and understandable.” - OM, Derby.
“Firstly, and once again I would like to thank you for your sterling defence of my position today, the result was better than anticipated and a massive relief to all the family, not least of which myself.” - BC, Reading.
“Glad it’s all over. Thanks for your help. Could not have done it with you.” - SK, Uxbridge.
“Stephen, thank you so much. You have no idea how grateful we are for your patience and hard work. Please stay in touch.” - GP, Manchester.
“You are absolutely superb. I was not sure it would work but I should never have doubted. And I am getting money back. I will refer anyone else in trouble.” - IF, London.
“You did what I asked of you and very professionally as well I'd recommend you to anyone in my circumstances.” - JM, Redhill.
“Thank you so much. You promised to get it resolved before a hearing and actually delivered. So grateful to you.” - OM, Wakefield.
“Hi sir, thank you very much sir. I'm so very very happy with how you worked on my case and you got me out of big problems.” - MIR, Guildford.
ICSA Institute of Governance, AdvCert in Health Service Governance (2018-2019)
Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences, Dip in Forensic Medical Sciences (2018-2019)
Keele University, MA in Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy and Practice(2017 – 2019)
Keele University, Dip in Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy and Practice - Distinction (2017 – 2018)
City University, London, Bar Vocational Course - Outstanding (2005 -2006)
University College London, LLB Law – Honours (2:1) (2001 – 2004)
Head of Chambers at Kings View Chambers - (www.kingsviewchambers.com)
Own website - (https://www.stephenmccaffreybarrister.com)
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