Regulation of professionals in the health and care sector
Christian regularly represents professionals in the health and care sector in disciplinary proceedings brought by their various national regulators.
He regularly performs advocacy at interim order hearings, where he has secured numerous "no order" outcomes for clients leaving them free to practise unrestricted pending resolution of the remainder of the investigation and adjudication process.
Christian also assists clients in providing formal written responses to allegations, frequently leading to the closure of investigations with no further action. He provides written advocacy in situations where the closure of an investigation is challenged.
Where cases proceed further, Christian has provided representation at all stages of the disciplinary process and related proceedings including:
• NHS England Performers List Decision Panel hearings • First Tier Tribunal hearings • Coroners’ Inquests • Statutory appeals, and • Judicial Review
Christian defended two of the first appeals brought by the GMC against decisions of the MPT, and has also acted as appellant.
He routinely handles matters concerning a wide spectrum of underlying conduct, including allegedly dishonest, fraudulent or sexually motivated activity and a range of clinical competence and health issues. He adopts a team based approach with others to ensure associated concurrent and latent proceedings in other forums, including CQC, criminal, civil and employment tribunal proceedings, are appropriately managed.
Christian has delivered talks to medico-legal advisors and junior doctors in the North West on the fitness to practise regime.
Regulation of medical devices, technology and life sciences
Collaborating with colleagues across the firm, Christian has advised international and domestic clients on the regulatory regimes affecting those in this sector, in contentious and non-contentious contexts. He has a strong interest in regulatory affairs in general and is a registered member of The Organisation for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs.
General Advisory Practise
Christian is pleased to provide ad hoc assistance to private and public sector clients in navigating the myriad legal issues affecting them both in general and in unique factual circumstances that arise from time to time. He has advised on such matters as the regulation of pharmacies; governance issues in implementing remote consultation services; and management of putative claims concerning commissioning arrangements requiring advice on conflicting public and private law rights and obligations.
Christian's approach benefits from significant previous experience of defending complex civil claims for damages on behalf of several major EL insurers, including work at Supreme Court level.