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)

NewsView all

  • 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. ”
  • Chambers UK 2019
    “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.”
  • 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.”