ProfileChristopher is described in Chambers and Partners as, "A really systematic thinker who gets to the heart of a matter quickly and presents persuasively" (2017), and "very commercial, very proactive, and offers very good support" (2017).
His practice is primarily focused on professional disciplinary work. He regularly defends in the General Medical Council, General Dental Council, General Optical Council, General Pharmaceutical Council, General Chiropractic Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. He also has a High Court appellate practice, representing both nurses and doctors. He won an appeal against the General Medical Council on behalf of a doctor alleged to have sexually assaulted a patient (TZ v GMC). This case was conducted on a direct access basis. Last year he won an appeal against a decision of the Nursing and Midwifery Council which turned on whether a single drug overdose could constitute misconduct (NMC v Masih). He is currently instructed to defend a doctor on a direct access basis on one of the first statutory appeals brought by the GMC under its new powers, and is also due to appear in a judicial review against the GMC in relation to same case.
Outside of healthcare, Christopher has appeared before the ACCA’s Disciplinary, Licensing and Appeal Committees. Having prosecuted on behalf of the ACCA, he now defends there. He was recently instructed by Mishcon de Reya to defend the former financial director of Whipps Cross Hospital. All charges were found not proved and an unprecedented £60,000 costs awarded to the defence. He also has regularly appeared before the teaching regulatory body - the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
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