Chris Morris

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
  • Commissioners
  • 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)

Important cases

DP v General Dental Council [2016] EWHC 3181 (Admin)

  • British Dental Association -v- General Dental Council

Citation: [2014] EWHC 4311 (Admin)

  • General Dental Council -v- Savery

Citation: [2011] EWHC 3011 (Admin); [2012] Med. L.R. 204;

[2012] A.C.D. 11; Official Transcript

  • Mohammed Qusim Shiekh -v- General Dental Council (2009)

Citation: [2009] EWHC 186 (Admin)

  • R (on the application of Shiekh) -v- General Dental Council (2007)

Citation: [2007] EWHC 2972 (Admin)

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  • Chambers UK 2013
    “He is one of the best in the country for this sort of work.”
  • Chambers UK 2015
    “Former dentist Chris Morris is ‘very effective and cares passionately about what he’s doing'.”
  • Chambers UK 2016
    “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.”
  • Chambers UK 2017
    “Chris Morris' attention to detail and risk management is unsurpassed - he has real insight into our practice area. ”
  • Legal 500 2016
    “The ‘well-seasoned, calm and pragmatic’ Chris Morris heads the practice'.”
  • Legal 500 2017
    “Wise, experienced, good tactician”
  • Legal 500 2018
    “A top-quality lawyer who has vast experience, excellent strategic acumen and an impressive grasp of the detailed legal aspects of this field.”