Laura Stephenson

Laura Stephenson

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, Nursing and Midwifery Council and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in both preliminary and substantive hearings.

Some recent examples of Laura’s recent work include; the defense of a nurse in an 8-week NMC hearing involving the death of a patient following surgery in a private hospital; cross-examining a vulnerable complainant on behalf of a doctor in MPTS proceedings, the allegation of sexual assault was found not proved; the defense of a doctor before the MPTS who had a number of drink driving convictions and 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: she has detailed knowledge of healthcare disciplinary law and has built up extensive experience of defending nurses in fitness to practice proceedings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council. She has appeared in several long-running cases involving patient fatalities.

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

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

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