John studied law at Cambridge University at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and holds the degrees MA LLM. He qualified as a solicitor in 1980 and has specialised in medical and other healthcare work throughout his long career. He joined Weightmans in 2006, having previously been a partner in Hempsons and Clyde & Co. Early in his career, John was for several years a part-time tutor in Medicine, Ethics and Law at Cambridge University, and he also worked for six months in Zimbabwe for the lawyers for the Medical Defence Union.

John specialises in healthcare regulatory and disciplinary law, including GMC, GDC and HCPC tribunal and committee hearings: Hospital MHPS and NHS England disciplinary and performance procedures and proceedings; the defence of criminal allegations in the healthcare context, including in particular investigations and prosecutions for gross negligence manslaughter, and for fraud, perjury and assault; statutory and other Inquiries; Judicial Review; and HFEA regulation.

John has been instructed in numerous leading and high-profile cases, and in particular many significant and long-running GMC cases, not formally reported, on instructions received from the medical defence organisations. John's other notable cases have included the Cleveland Child Abuse Inquiry; the Bristol Children's Heart Surgery Inquiry; the Shipman Inquiry; the Richard Neale Inquiry; the Diana, Princess of Wales, Inquest; the Porton Down criminal investigation; H (A Healthcare Worker) v N (A Health Authority) (2002) EWCA Civ 195; Attorney General’s Reference 2 of 2003 (Criminal provisions in HFE Act); R (on the application of Cavanagh) v Health Service Commissioner (2005) EWCA Civ 1578; Kircher v Hillingdon PCT (2006) EWHC 21 [2006] Lloyd’s Rep. Med. 215 (post-dismissal injunctive relief); Palmer v East and North Herts NHS Trust (2006) (enforcement of agreement to refer to NCAS); R v Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust (2006) (HSWA prosecution); Radeke v General Dental Council [2015] EWHC 778 (Admin); R v Thomas (2016).

John is recommended as a leading practitioner in his field and is listed in Band 1 in Chambers Directory.

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Insights Do you need a motive for dishonesty?

A review of Alam v General Medical Council in which a doctor faced allegations of dishonestly providing false documentation.

Insights IOP Appeal: D v. General Medical Council [2015] EWHC 847 (Admin)

Dr D, a general practitioner, appealed an MPTS decision to impose an interim order of suspension on his registration.

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"Sources say John Mitchell is "absolutely meticulous in his analytical and legal approach, which is particularly useful when dealing with regulators." He focuses on healthcare disciplinary and regulatory work and is recognised for his proficient representation of dentists and doctors."

Chambers & Partners 2016

"John Mitchell has decades of experience of advising clients on discipline and regulatory matters. He frequently appears before the GMC and GDC. Clients commend Mitchell as “outstanding in terms of his specialist knowledge of medical law, and his commitment to service and delivery for his clients.”"

Chambers and Partners 2017
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