Paul McGough - DAC Beachcroft

Paul McGough



Paul is an Associate in our Healthcare Regulatory Team in Leeds. He specialises in the areas of mental capacity, consent to medical treatment, the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, the Mental Health Act 1983, health commissioning, resource allocation and judicial review.

Paul regularly represents NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups in Court of Protection proceedings concerning the care, treatment and deprivation of liberty of incapacitated service users. He acted for the Primary Care Trust in the case of W v M and others (2011) EWHC 2443 (COP), a leading case on the withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration from patients in low awareness states. He regularly advises mental health trusts on the application of the Mental Health Act 1983, the interface with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and challenges to First Tier Tribunal decisions. He has extensive experience of representing NHS bodies and healthcare professionals at inquests and has represented doctors in proceedings before the GMC. 

In addition, he advises NHS and private sector health organisations in relation to the conduct of clinical trials and regulatory matters under the Human Tissue Act 2004 and Human Medicines Regulations 2012.

Paul is a regular speaker at professional conferences and training events. He has delivered training to healthcare professionals on mental capacity, deprivation of liberty, mental health, the Care Quality Commission, professional accountability and responsibility, confidentiality, corporate manslaughter and legal issues relating to the prescribing of medicines.

Paul is a member of the Law Society's Mental Health and Disability Committee.



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