Douglas specialises in Criminal and Regulatory Law, with a particular focus on Professional Regulation. He is a much in-demand advocate, popular with instructing solicitors for his straight-forward but comprehensive advice.
Douglas was previously at chambers in London where he built a successful Crime and Regulatory Law practice. He was also previously in-house counsel at Blake Morgan LLP, within their Professional Regulatory team, ranked Band One by Chambers & Partners, and Legal 500.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Douglas lived in South Korea, Turkey and Russia, where he worked as a teacher. He has also worked for human rights groups in Africa and India, working on serious Criminal cases, including torture and rape.
He has a Masters degree in Public International Law, writes about legal issues, and has guest-lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate Law courses at universities throughout the UK.
Douglas specialises in Professional Discipline. He has significant experience in this area having previously been in-house counsel within the Professional Regulatory team at Blake Morgan LLP, ranked Band One by Chambers & Partners, and Legal 500. He has particular experience in Healthcare Regulation, having spent a year on full-time secondment to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
He provides specialist advice and representation to regulatory bodies, and to professionals facing disciplinary proceedings before their respective regulator. He has acted in cases involving a range of professionals, including dentists, pharmacists, opticians, nurses and midwives.
Douglas is instructed on High Court matters, and in the full range of hearings before regulatory bodies, including principal/substantive hearings, interim orders, substantive order reviews, restoration hearings, and consensual panel determinations. He has acted in cases involving allegations of misconduct, ill-health, and deficient professional performance, and has particular experience handling complex cases involving disputed expert evidence.
He is direct access qualified.
GDC v Z
8 day contested hearing involving disputed expert evidence and allegations of deficient professional performance against a dentist.
GPhC v F
Pharmacist accused of dishonest record keeping, involving supply of controlled drugs.
GPhC v B
Pharmacist, with mental health issues, accused of dishonestly submitting false invoices.
GPhC v C
Pharmacy Technician accused of breaching patient confidentiality.
GPhC v M
Locum pharmacist accused of taking medication from pharmacy without a prescription or payment.
GOC v C
Optician accused of failing to identify risk of brain tumour (review hearing).
NMC v W
2 week contested lack of competence hearing involving thousands of pages of evidence.
NMC V H
6 day hearing involving allegations of abuse in a care home.
NMC v A
Nurse accused of sexual assault against colleague.
NMC v S
Nurse accused of theft of medication.
NMC v L
Health impairment case involving a nurse with mental health problems.
NMC v B & R
7 day hearing involving alleged misconduct of two nurses following death of a patientBook BarristerBack to top
Prior to joining Chambers, Douglas practised at the Criminal Bar in London. He is an experienced Crown Court advocate who has acted in trials involving violent offences, such as ABH and GBH; Sexual offences; Robbery; Firearm and Weapon offences; Public Order matters; Arson and Criminal Damage; Burglary; Theft; Fraud; and serious Drug offences.
In addition, Douglas is an expert in Road Traffic Law. He has significant experience arguing exceptional hardship and special reasons not to disqualify.
Douglas can also advise on appeals against conviction and sentence, and has worked on cases at the Court of Appeal and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council at the Supreme Court.
Alongside a busy defence practice, Douglas also regularly prosecutes trials and other hearings in the Crown Court. He is a Level 2 CPS Panel Advocate and direct access qualified.
Fraud and Dishonesty Offences
R v P
Trial at the Central Criminal Court of allegations of a forced entry burglary, involving the home of an elderly, blind woman suffering dementia.
R v H & C
Fraud involving stealing from cash machines, at the Central Criminal Court.
R v I
Successful defence of a Romanian man charged with possession of false ID.
R v X
Allegation of burglary during riots. Successfully applied to exclude confession evidence leading to a successful half-time submission of no case to answer.
Violent and Sexual Offences
R v T
GBH trial at Reading Crown Court, involving allegations of a broken arm and permanent scars following domestic violence.
R v C
GBH arising from a fight in which a man was struck with a pint glass to the face.
R v O
Successful defence of an IPP prisoner accused of assaulting 4 prison officers.
R v K
6 day trial at Basildon Crown Court involving charges of assault and threats to kill with a knife.
R v G & H
7 day ABH and offensive weapon trial at Woolwich Crown Court.
R v C
Secured hospital order rather than imprisonment for a defendant who had repeatedly threatened members of the public with knives.
R v F
Sexual assault of a mother and her daughter.
R v W
Sexual assault of a paramedic.
R v O & O
Husband and wife accused of large scale cannabis production. Trial at Chelmsford Crown Court with legal issues of joint liability.
R v U
Smuggling cocaine into the UK from Africa.
R v B
Successfully argued Special Reasons not to disqualify.
R v S
Successfully argued Exceptional Hardship, resulting in a decision not to disqualify a driver with two convictions for having no insurance.
R v R
Successful appeal against conviction for a s.172 notice offence