Elizabeth Wheeler - DAC Beachcroft

Elizabeth Wheeler



Elizabeth was called to the Bar in 2008. She currently advises and represents Trusts, CCGs and defence organisations on wide variety of matters including inquests, fitness to practise, DOLS, Court of Protection and on policy development.

She has been involved in fitness to practise since 2008 both as an investigator, advisor and advocate, acting for both the regulator and the registrant across a range of healthcare regulators including the GMC, GDC and NMC. 

In the past she has been instructed on high profile and complex cases including (in the past 18 months):

  • NMC v [Nurse A] - Fitness to Practise case arising from Morecambe Bay inquiry into neonatal deaths;
  • NMC v [Nurse B] - Acted for a nurse caught in a "nonce hunters" sting;
  • NMC v [Nurse C] - Acted for nurse in case relating to alleged failings in care for a patient with serious and complex mental health diagnoses who subsequently went on to commit murder;
  • NMC v [Nurse D] - Acted for a nurse accused of 35 counts of lack of competence - all bar two dismissed by conclusion of the case and panel found that there was no lack of competence.

In her self-employed practice, as well as her regulatory work, Elizabeth had a criminal practice across all the levels of courts including trials, mentions, sentences and associated matters such as football banning orders, ASBOs, POCA and extradition.

The Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) recently described submissions as "irresistible".



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