Speakers: Nicola Newbegin (Old Square Chambers) Martin Forde QC (1 Crown Office Row) and Richard Coleman QC (Fountain Court)
Chair: Clare Chapman, Partner, BLM Solicitors
Description: Our latest seminar will consider complexities in regulatory cases resulting from parallel proceedings, including double jeopardy, dual qualified registrants and case management in multiple investigations.
This seminar, will take place remotely on an appropriate platform. Those signing up will be provided with a link in advance of the seminar. Please note that the seminar is open to members only and you are asked to confirm that you are a member before joining the event.
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Nicola Newbegin, Old Square Chambers
Nicola specialises in professional discipline and employment law. She has a particular interest in the healthcare sector and represents healthcare professionals before the major regulators as well as on appeal. She has particular experience of the overlap between regulatory and employment issues and has appeared in a number of the leading High Court breach of contract cases relating to doctors and dentists. Drawing on her previous experience as a solicitor, Nicola also represents legal professionals before their regulators and on appeal.
Led by Mary O’Rourke QC, Nicola represented Dr Sastry in his appeal against the GMC’s decision to strike him off the UK medical register as a result of his treatment of a patient in India whilst registered with the Maharashtra Medical Council and the Medical Council of India – see Sastry v GMC  EWHC 390 (Admin). Nicola also recently represented a solicitor on appeal to the Divisional Court (Martin v SRA  EWHC 3525 (Admin)).
Nicola is ranked in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for both Professional Discipline and for Employment law. Her directory write-ups include the following:
“Nicola is incredibly knowledgeable in this particular area of work. She is a very safe pair of hands and no issue is too large for her to deal with. Cases are a real team effort. Her knowledge knows no bounds and she is a perfect choice of counsel to help steer clients through tricky procedural issues.” (Legal 500 – 2021)
“She is absolutely excellent – very bright, hard-working and charming. She inspires a lot of confidence in clients.” “She is fantastic with clients and really good at building a rapport with them and earning their trust.” (Chambers & Partners – 2021)
Martin Forde QC, 1 Crown Office Row
Martin has a practice which covers all aspects of Health Law. He appears regularly in all the Regulatory and Disciplinary tribunals predominantly for practitioners including doctors, dentists, osteopaths, chiropractors and optometrists. He is currently acting as the Independent Advisor to the Windrush Compensation Scheme.
Martin has acted for the General Medical Council and the General Dental Council. He has appeared in a number of major cases in the Privy Council and has been involved in medical related judicial review hearings in the Administrative Court as well as judicial review hearings involving mental health and immigration issues. His clinical negligence and personal injury practice is exclusively undertaken in the High Court involving injuries of maximum severity. His experience of Inquests is extensive particularly in cases involving a mental health element. He has appeared on many occasions in the Employment Tribunal acting for NHS Trusts and medical practitioners. He has appeared in internal Trust and PCT hearings.
In 2021 and 2020, the Powerlist named Martin as one of the most influential people for their impact on Politics, Law & Religion. He was listed in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 lawyers of 2019. In June 2020, Counsel Magazine interviewed Martin about Windrush, citizenship and diversity at the Bar as their front cover feature (here).
The Forde Inquiry – Martin has been appointed to undertake an independent investigation into the circumstances and contents of a report into antisemitism within the Labour Party by the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party.
Martin has been recognised as a band 1 practitioner by Chambers & Partners since 2010.
Richard Coleman QC, Fountain Court Chambers
Richard is a leading practitioner in the fields of commercial dispute resolution, banking, financial services and professional discipline.
Recent disciplinary cases include acting for the Financial Reporting Council in the ongoing proceedings against KPMG and David Costley-Wood, acting for a respondent solicitor in the Baker McKenzie case, acting for the SRA in Wingate & Evans v SRA and acting for Clifford Chance in the SDT proceedings arising from the Excalibur litigation.
Clare Chapman, Partner BLM
Clare is a partner and head of the professional discipline and regulatory practice group at BLM and has practised in this field since 2001. She routinely represents healthcare practitioners in regulatory and disciplinary matters and also provides advice and assistance in criminal investigations, inquests and public inquiries.