Simon specialises in healthcare regulatory and disciplinary work with particular focus upon advising medical and dental practitioners for the main dental and medical defence organisations; but he has also advised a wide range of healthcare professionals; statutory bodies including CQC and PSA, NHS Trusts and NHS England. He is ranked in both Legal 500 and Chambers for his work which encompasses health and social care regulatory and disciplinary proceedings including at Appellate level; NHS performers’ list proceedings; Ombudsman investigations and Trust disciplinary investigations and procedures.

He also advises individual healthcare practitioners and NHS Trusts in relation to inquests (including mental health) at which he also undertakes the advocacy. His interests/experience includes national and local level regulatory/disciplinary investigations and proceedings into conduct, competence and health issues involving a broad spectrum of healthcare professionals; judicial review, statutory appeals and registration actions against care homes and private hospitals. He undertakes advocacy across a range of professional disciplinary/regulatory related Tribunals – including the GDC; NMC; GMC/MTPS and First Tier Tribunal, as well as at the Coroner's Court.

His experience has included registration actions against care homes and private hospitals and crime in healthcare context; GP partnership disputes; Hospital Trust disciplinary proceedings pursuant to Maintaining High Professional Standards; local level NHS England investigations of primary care performers including before Performers List Decision-making Panels and Appeals to the First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal; High Court appeals from the decisions of the main health care regulators and challenges to the Health Service Commissioner/Ombudsman.

Notable cases include: R (on the application of Miller) v Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman [2015] EWHC 2981 (Admin) (Challenge to a decision of the Health Service Commissioner for England); Professional Standards Authority v NMC and Chawo-Banda [2014] EWHC 4677 (Admin)Undue leniency challenge to decision of regulator. The Pemberdeen Laser Cosmetic Surgery Clinic Ltd v Care Quality Commission [2014] UKFTT 040 (HESC) (Appeal of decision to remove registration). Professional Standards Authority v NMC and Lloyd-Ferris CO/11387/2013 (Admin – unreported - Interim application for injunctive relief to prevent lapse of registration pending undue leniency challenge to decision of regulator). Dr A K Rauniar v GMC [2011] EWHC 782 (Admin)(Challenge to FTP decision and scope of specialist medical adviser’s advice). R (on the application of the CRHP) v GMC and Khanna [2009] EWHC 596 Admin (“undue leniency” challenge to sanction imposed by regulator).

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