Training & Knowledge: Grace Forbes

27th Feb 2019Articles

EL KAROUT and NMC, [2019] EWHC 28 (Admin)

The Critical Distinction Between Weight and Admissibility of Hearsay Evidence In a recent judgment, the High Court firmly denounced the practice of ushering through hearsay evidence in regulatory proceedings under the premise of scrutinising it later by reference to weight. The Background The Nursing and Midwifery Council (‘the NMC’) had brought a number of charges […]

27th Feb 2018Newsletters

Racial Discrimination by a Regulator: O’Connor v Bar Standards Board, 2017

The question of racial discrimination by a regulatory body was indirectly brought before the Supreme Court in O’Connor v Bar Standards Board, 2017 UKSC 78. The context The Bar Standard Board (‘BSB’) Complaints Committee had brought six professional misconduct charges against the appellant barrister, Ms. O’Connor. On appeal it was found that none of the […]

10th Nov 2017Blog

HMICFRS Report Criticises Response to Modern Day Slavery

This month Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (‘HMICFRS) released a highly critical report of the current response to modern slavery in the UK. Government estimates suggested there were up to 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2013. However, the clandestine and highly mobile nature of the offending, […]

10th Nov 2017Articles

Suspension or erasure? High Court rules in professional misconduct case (General Medical Council v Stone)

Grace Forbes contributes to Lexis Nexis’ ‘Corporate Crime Analysis’ Corporate Crime analysis: What criteria should guide a regulatory tribunal in deciding the penalty for serious professional misconduct by a GP? Grace Forbes, barrister at 2 Hare Court Chambers, points out that the High Court’s decision in General Medical Council v Stone is a sharp reminder […]

25th Sep 2017Newsletters

Legislative Overhaul for the NMC: Consolidation and Expansion

The NMC has introduced a raft of new powers[1], designed to divert cases away from a full hearing where appropriate. ‘Warnings’, ‘undertakings’ and ‘advice’ are new strings in the Case Examiners’ bow. In the same stroke, the former ‘Conduct and Competence’ and ‘Health’ committees have been consolidated into a single ‘Fitness to Practice Committee’, and […]