Andrew Colman

Andrew Colman

"He's a genius - he has the brain the size of a planet and is great at going into the crux of the issues. He's also very calm and measured on his feet." "Excellent paperwork and advocacy."

Chambers UK Bar 2021
Year of call: 1980
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Professional Discipline

Andrew has specialised in Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law for the past ten years. He formerly prosecuted some of the GMC’s most serious and substantial cases (for example, he was entrusted with the presentation of the GMC’s 10-week case against a previous Chairman of the BMA) but now deploys his expertise in the defence of doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. He is regularly instructed in lengthy and complex Fitness to Practise cases.

He also acts for and advises regulators (for example, the GOC and the teaching regulator, the NCTL) and registrants in other professions, such as solicitors. He is currently instructed as lead counsel for the NCTL in the cases arising out of the ‘Trojan Horse’ enquiry into Birmingham Schools.

Andrew appears regularly in the High Court, on statutory appeals and judicial reviews and ancillary matters. He is well equipped for such work by his previous experience of appellate advocacy, up to the highest levels (Privy Council/ House of Lords) and his past history of practice in extradition.

Andrew also lectures and publishes articles on the subject of professional discipline and has provided training in the field to FTP Panelists, expert witnesses and other advocates.

Notable Cases:

MPTS v Karim

Andrew successfully defended top robotic assisted urological surgeon  Omer Karim. Mr Karim is acknowledged as an innovative leader in his field and was voted to be one of the top ten prostate cancer surgeons in the UK. He faced allegations of intimidating and threatening behaviour, dating back over four years and originating from a dispute within his NHS Trust, after Mr Karim was a whistle-blower to Monitor. All of those contested allegations were found not proved.

GDC v Kumar

Andrew appeared on behalf of the dentist.

He represented a leading Harley Street provider of Invisalign orthodontic treatment accused of misconduct by providing substandard treatment and misleading information. The dentist was cleared of the probity allegations and no impairment was found.

GMC v Dr Pandya

Andrew appeared on behalf of the doctor.

Allegation of misconduct by performing a cosmetic labia reduction with a result equivalent to female genital mutilation (FGM). After an extended hearing, the doctor was cleared and his fitness to practice found not impaired.


Andrew appeared on behalf of the doctor.

Representing a leading transplant surgeon accused of marking his initials on a patient’s liver, Andrew persuaded the Interim Orders Panel to make no order in the face of a submission that he should be suspended. The novel urgent High Court application to terminate an immediate order for conditional registration and subsequent successful appeal against the finding of misconduct. allegation had attracted worldwide media attention.

Bhavsar v GDC

Andrew appeared on behalf of the dentist.

Novel urgent High Court application to terminate an immediate order for conditional registration and subsequent successful appeal against the finding of misconduct.

NCTL v West

Andrew appeared on behalf of the NCTL.

Presented the case against a teacher accused of telling a class that he was ‘allergic to Mohammedans’ and that all Muslims worshiped the devil. The case raised sensitive issues about freedom of expression as the teacher was a parliamentary candidate for the BNP. He has now been prohibited from teaching.

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