- Regulatory, Healthcare Litigation
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What Chris can do for you
Chris became the firm’s Senior Partner in January 2018. He first qualified as a dental surgeon, and practised dentistry in the UK and overseas for ten years before training as a solicitor. Chris became a partner at Hempsons in 1996 specialising in regulatory law.
Chris has a well established specialist practice in dento-legal matters, covering a wide range of legal issues impacting on dentistry and he heads Hempsons’ National Dental Team and the firm’s Regulatory Team.
He is a regular contributor to the dental press on dento-legal topics, and lectures widely to the dental profession.
Chris has been President of the Dental Law & Ethics Forum since 2001 and an elected member of the ARDL committee from 2015-2018.
Main areas of expertise
- Defendant clinical negligence litigation for dentists, doctors and other healthcare professionals
- NHS regulatory work (e.g. Performers List hearings and FHSAA appeals)
- Defending healthcare practitioners before the GDC, GMC, GOC and HPC
- Specialist List appeals
- Acting in disputes between dentists
- GDC and GMC registration issues
The clients he works with
- Defence organisations
- Professional bodies
- Individual healthcare practitioners (medical, dental, dietitians, opticians and others)
- Dental Law & Ethics Forum
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
- British Dental Association
Examples of external publications
- Commentary on facing the judge and jury (Dental Tribune)
- Performers list declarations (Dentistry)
- Dentists and jury service (Dentistry)
- Business disputes between practitioners (Dentistry)
- Applications to join a performers list (Dentistry)
DP v General Dental Council  EWHC 3181 (Admin)
- British Dental Association -v- General Dental Council
Citation:  EWHC 4311 (Admin)
- General Dental Council -v- Savery
Citation:  EWHC 3011 (Admin);  Med. L.R. 204;
 A.C.D. 11; Official Transcript
- Mohammed Qusim Shiekh -v- General Dental Council (2009)
Citation:  EWHC 186 (Admin)
- R (on the application of Shiekh) -v- General Dental Council (2007)
Citation:  EWHC 2972 (Admin)
This is the first in a two-part series about clinical negligence, in which we will look at the essential components of a claim. In a nutshell, in order for a successful clinical negligence claim to be made, the claimant must show that the defendant healthcare practitioner/provider:
This article summarises the law on foreseeability and causation in clinical negligence cases. It focuses on what a claimant needs to prove and the development of the law in these areas.
Hempsons publishes Fitness to Practise guide for dentists following changes to the GDC’s procedures on 1 November
Hempsons, the largest specialist health and social care legal practice in the UK, has published a guide to the General Dental Council’s (GDC) fitness to practise procedures, including an explanation of the changes which came into force on 1 November 2016.
“Former dentist Chris Morris is ‘very effective and cares passionately about what he’s doing'.”
“Chris Morris has ‘encyclopaedic knowledge’ of dental regulatory matters and is ‘very well connected and demonstrated enormous empathy and pragmatism – a really good collaborative lawyer and guiding hand.”
“Chris Morris' attention to detail and risk management is unsurpassed - he has real insight into our practice area. ”
“Chris Morris is the firm's senior partner and is well known for his expertise in defending medical professionals, particularly dentists, before their regulators. He is praised for his “pragmatic and solutions-focused” approach.”
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“A top-quality lawyer who has vast experience, excellent strategic acumen and an impressive grasp of the detailed legal aspects of this field.”