Peter Lownds

Peter Lownds

"His advocacy is excellent and he is really superb in terms of cross-examining."

Chambers UK 2024
Year of call: 1998
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Professional Discipline

Peter is currently ranked as a leading junior in Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law in Legal 500.

He is frequently instructed by regulatory bodies and on behalf of individual practitioners. His experience includes representing professionals in tribunals and in associated high court proceedings.

The experience he gained from working as a clinical negligence solicitor, and as a legal adviser to a leading teaching trade union, has equipped him with sensitive client care skills and invaluable insight into the disciplinary and performance problems experienced by professionals.

He has represented NHS England and acted for the regulator in cases against optical professionals, osteopaths, pharmacists, vets, and teachers. His defence practice embraces representing audiologists, doctors, dentists, nurses, police officers and teachers.

Peter has dealt with a wide range of cases including allegations of sexual offending, dishonesty, professional or clinical error, health issues, inadequate service provision, bullying and serious compliance failings, and alleged disgraceful conduct outside work. He is experienced in handling factually complex cases involving voluminous materials and multiple complaints. His criminal defence experience means that he has particular expertise in defending cases concerning allegations of dishonesty and sexual misconduct.

He has acted as the legal adviser at hearings for the Teaching Regulator and for a University School of Medicine.

In addition, he has also served on the Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Standards Board.

Notable Recent Cases:


GMC v Dr S

Representing consultant anaesthetist accused of assaulting a patient during a clinical procedure. (ongoing)

GMC v Dr M

Representing GP accused of multiple acts of dishonesty regarding applications for professional positions. (4-week hearing)

GMC v Dr M

Representing emergency medicine doctor accused of sexually harassing nurses. (2-week hearing)


Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons v Ms A

Representing RCVS against nurse accused of dishonest record keeping. (1-week hearing)

GMC v Dr X

Representing consultant in acute medicine accused of dishonest misrepresentation to facilitate access to a private hospital. (2-week hearing)

General Pharmaceutical Council v Mr A

Representing GPC against pharmacist convicted of supplying controlled drugs. (1-week hearing)

GMC v Dr A

Representing consultant in general medicine accused by his wife of assault and coercive control. (5-week hearing)


GMC x Dr M

Representing surgeon accused of plagiarising the academic work of a colleague. (2-week hearing)

GMC v Dr B

Representing consultant anaesthetist accused of stealing and taking controlled drugs. (1-week hearing)

GMC v Dr M

Representing consultant endocrinologist accused of sexual assault. (3-week hearing)

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