Laura Stephenson

Laura Stephenson

"Decisive and thorough, she defends clients with tenacity. Excellent at handling witnesses and at delivering unwelcome information in a firm but empathetic manner."

Legal 500 UK 2021
Year of call: 2012
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Professional Discipline

Laura prosecutes and defends in a range of professional disciplinary settings, particularly specialising in healthcare matters. She is instructed to defend registrants before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service at interim and final hearings. She also defends at the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Some recent examples of Laura’s work include;

  • The defence of a nurse in an 8-week NMC hearing involving the death of a patient following surgery in a private hospital;
  • Cross-examination of a vulnerable complainant on behalf of a doctor in MPTS proceedings, following which the allegation of sexual assault was found not proved;
  • Representing a doctor before the MPTS in respect of a number of drink-driving convictions. He was able to retain his registration.

Early on in her practice Laura undertook a secondment at the legal headquarters of the Royal College of Nursing, developing detailed knowledge of healthcare disciplinary law from a very early stage in her career. She has appeared in several long-running MNC cases involving patient fatalities.

Laura prosecutes on behalf of the General Osteopathic Council in fitness to practice proceedings involving misconduct and clinical competence. She recently prosecuted the case of a well-known osteopathic academic, who was struck off after findings that he had inappropriate sexual relations with a patient.

She prosecuted at the National College of Teaching and Leadership (now TRA) in cases concerning misconduct and dishonesty, and involving questioning of child witnesses. She has also presented cases on behalf of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

Laura’s experience across coronial and criminal proceedings enables her to approach professional discipline cases in a holistic manner and seek pragmatic solutions for clients.

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