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Success for Adam Smith as client acquitted of bribery charges

On Friday 4 March, Mr Staunton was acquitted of the two bribery charges brought against him, related to the placement of medicines within the NHS. Assisted by trainee solicitor Clara Gogarty, and instructing Fiona Horlick QC of Outer Temple Chambers, this was the culmination of a six-week trial at Southampton Crown Court.

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One slip gets you in a lot of trouble

We all know that we live in an increasingly regulated world, and particularly so in the healthcare sector. But have you ever thought about just how many sets of regulatory proceedings a doctor may face out of one incident?

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Can denying the allegations against you be held against you?

Interesting decision in the case of Al Nageim v General Medical Council (Admin) this week. Mr Justice Knowles considered the issue of whether a doctor’s denial of allegations which are then found against them should be used against them when deciding whether their fitness to practise is impaired. 

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Newsflash: GOC Guidance

Hempsons' Regulatory and Crime Team have put together a comprehensive summary of the guidance provided by the General Optical Council in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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