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“He showed great expertise in questioning… He was, in short, everything you could wish from an advocate. I firmly believe he went above and beyond in his preparation. This was evident in the result and I cannot thank him enough.”
Nurse, represented at the NMC.
“I admire your professionalism and grasp of the subject… I would highly recommend you if I come across family or friends who need such services.”
Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon, represented at the MPTS.
Douglas is a Crime and Regulatory Law specialist. He began his career at chambers in London, which included a year on full-time secondment to the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). He was later in-house counsel within the Professional Regulatory team of a leading law firm, ranked Band One by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Douglas lived in South Korea, Turkey and Russia, and worked for human rights groups in Africa and India. He has lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate law courses and taught advocacy with the Inns of Court.
He is public access qualified, meaning he can accept instructions directly from members of the public.
Douglas has been instructed in over 200 contested professional disciplinary hearings. His clients have included leading practitioners and most of the main healthcare regulatory bodies. He has acted in the full-range of professional disciplinary hearings across the UK, (including Scotland and Northern Ireland). He is often instructed on lengthy misconduct and competence hearings and in cases with disputed expert evidence.
Douglas has been instructed in contested hearings at the following regulatory bodies:
- Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS)
- Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
- General Dental Council (GDC)
- General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
- General Optical Council (GOC)
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Ofsted appeals at the First Tier Tribunal
In addition, he has been instructed in the Coroner’s Court and is also instructed in High Court proceedings (including appeals and interim order extensions).
Douglas also acts in licensing law matters, where recent cases have included advising a council on taxi regulations and representing a driver appealing the loss of his private hire licence. He is also instructed to represent operators before Traffic Commissioner Public Inquiries.
Selected Regulatory Cases
NMC v H: Successful defence of a male nurse charged with sexual misconduct. Following the evidence of 13 prosecution witnesses, all 10 sexual misconduct charges were found not proven. The panel also cleared the client of abusing patients and harassing a colleague. See the news report for further details.
NMC v B: Successful defence of nurse accused by colleagues of abusing patients. All 11 allegations of abuse found not proven. Panel persuaded to impose light-touch conditions in regard to admitted record keeping charges. See the news report for further details.
NMC v V: Persuaded the panel to impose a caution, rather than the lengthy suspension proposed by the NMC, following a suspended prison sentence for multiple criminal convictions.
GMC v X: Successfully opposed the imposition of an interim order against one of the UK’s leading consultant orthopaedic surgeons.
GMC v U: 11-day misconduct hearing. A&E doctor accused of sexual misconduct.
GMC v A: 6-day misconduct hearing. Consultant surgeon accused of dishonesty.
GDC v Z: 8-day hearing, with disputed expert evidence, involving a dentist accused of deficient professional performance.
GPhC v B: 5-day misconduct hearing. Pharmacist accused of dishonesty.Book BarristerBack to top
Douglas has particular expertise in Road Traffic Law. He previously undertook a 6-month secondment to the CPS in London where he often prosecuted busy traffic court lists. He now defends motorists in both the Magistrates’ Court and Crown Court, and has an excellent record of successfully arguing exceptional hardship and special reasons not to disqualify.
He is an experienced Crown Court advocate instructed on serious Criminal cases, including Death by Dangerous Driving, GBH (s.18 & s.20), sexual offences (inc. Rape), Class A drug offences (importation, production and supply), Robbery and Firearm offences.
Douglas is often instructed in cases involving expert evidence and complex legal issues, such as Public Interest Immunity and orders under the Mental Health Act. He has worked on cases at the Court of Appeal and, as a pupil, the Supreme Court.Book BarristerBack to top
Douglas is accredited to receive instructions directly from members of the public through the Public Access Scheme.
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