Surjit Dubb

Surjit joined Hempsons in January 2020 as part of our merger with Eastwoods. He is ranked in both Chambers & Partners UK and Legal 500 for professional discipline and crime.

Surjit’s work portfolio covers a wide range of healthcare regulatory, crime and disciplinary work, including: clinical negligence claims; inquests; NHSE investigations; but with a particular emphasis on crime in regard to sexual allegations and matters relating to fraud.  Surjit is also instructed by the Police Federation of England and Wales to represent police officers in both criminal and misconduct/disciplinary proceedings.

In recent years Surjit has represented a number of professionals in the defence of criminal allegations including serious sexual offences, fraud and assault of patients.

Main areas of expertise

  • Professional discipline
  • Criminal defence
  • Regulatory defence
  • Clinical negligence
  • Inquests
  • Judicial review/appeals

Criminal Defence

Surjit has extensive experience in representing clients facing criminal proceedings, particularly doctors and other healthcare professionals facing allegations including serious sexual offences; gross negligence manslaughter; NHS counter-fraud and investigations by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Surjit frequently attends police interviews and he has successfully defended clients in both Magistrates Court and Crown Court trials. Over the years, Surjit has achieved particular success in defending serious sexual offences, many of which have been high profile and have attracted considerable press interest from the outset.

Regulatory Defence

Surjit is known for his professional discipline expertise, having represented professionals in regulatory and disciplinary matters at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) / General Medical Council, General Dental Council, Care Quality Commission, Royal Pharmaceutical Society and NHS Trust Disciplinary matters. Surjit appears before the Interim Orders Tribunal at the MPTS on a regular basis. Surjit has also represented doctors at internal disciplinary proceedings and appeals to the First Tier and Upper Tribunals. 

Police

Surjit defends individual police officers facing regulatory and criminal allegations.  This includes attending interviews under caution with the IOPC and assisting at all stages of gross misconduct and criminal proceedings.  Whilst at Eastwoods, Surjit Dubb and Adam Smith secured a place for the firm on the Police Federation’s panel of solicitors, and this continues at Hempsons, with Surjit regularly assisting Federation members.

Clinical Negligence

Surjit has defended medical and dental professionals in clinical negligence claims throughout his career. This has covered a wide range of matters, including catastrophic brain injuries, cancer misdiagnosis and cases involving injuries as a result of negligent orthopaedic surgery.

Inquests

Surjit has represented several clients at inquests over the years. Notable cases include representing a doctor at a four-week inquest into the death of a young woman who died of methadone toxicity whilst in police custody.

Judicial Review/Appeals

Surjit has considerable experience of assisting clients with statutory appeals and judicial review claims against decisions of regulatory bodies, with particular expertise in advising clients on appeal following Crown Court trials.

Range of clients

  • Professional discipline
  • Professional bodies
  • Individual healthcare practitioners
  • Individual police officers
  • Other professionals

Qualifications

1992-1995: LLB (Hons), London Guildhall University

1995-1996: LPC, London Guildhall University

Professional memberships

Member: Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)

Member: Health & Safety Lawyers Association (HSLA)

Member: Royal Society of Medicine

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  • Chambers UK 2013
    “Huge commitment and passion for the job without being unrealistic about what can be achieved... [He is] entirely straightforward, and he fights very hard for his client. He’s the ideal solicitor.”
  • Chambers UK 2017
    “The highly experienced Surjit Dubb receives praise for his proficiency in "managing the case and the anxiety of the doctor."”
  • Chambers UK 2018
    “He has an excellent manner with clients. He’s very realistic and very down-to-earth.”
  • Chambers UK 2019
    “He’s a very thoughtful solicitor who thinks strategically and tactically.”
  • Criminal Client 2020
    “Thank you so much for fighting for me, for your professionalism and for your patience. I cannot thank you enough.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to your team for all of the hard work, kindness and patience that you have shown me over the course of what has been a testing 5 years.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “Just a big thank you for all of your help, support, advice and guidance over the last 2 years. I was delighted to receive the news that the GMC will be closing their investigation with no further action. I am grateful to you. In you I had the best defence team. Surjit – you are an excellent, caring, compassionate and very supportive solicitor and simply the best. I would recommend you to anyone.”
  • Legal 500 2018
    “Has unmatched client care and attention to detail.”
  • Legal 500 2020
    “Surjit is a cool, calm strategist who inspires confidence in his clients and fear in his opponents.”