Tania Francis

What Tania can do for you

Tania advises doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals with all sorts of issues – GMC/GDC/GOC/GPhC/HCPC registration and regulatory issues, criminal investigations, specialist registration/specialist lists, litigation, CQC registration, difficulties with NHS England and more.

Tania is a qualified doctor and therefore offers a unique approach to her clients’ problems. The team regularly contributes to Independent Practitioner Today and offers training and seminars to our clients. Tania is also on the council of the Medico-Legal Society.

Tania is the Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP) for Hempsons.

Main areas of expertise

The clients she works with

  • Doctors
  • Dentists, dental nurses, hygienists and therapists
  • Opticians
  • Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
  • Paramedics, physiotherapists, psychologists
  • Medical and dental defence organisations
  • Healthcare providers

Professional memberships

  • BMA
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Medico-Legal Society – Member of Council
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Tania writes for Independent Practitioner Today on a regular basis, contributing to blogs and articles. She is also a regular webinar speaker, for publications such as Pharmacy In Practice as well as Hempsons webinars.

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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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  • If in doubt – declare!

    In the case of Dad v GDC, [2021] EWHC 1376 (QB), the Honourable Mrs Justice Collins Rice considered the issue of declarations to the GDC in an application for restoration to the register.

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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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  • Clinical negligence: duty and breach

    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:

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  • How to avoid a GMC referral

    There is probably nothing anyone can do to entirely eliminate the risk of a GMC referral.  Sometimes, it is down to just plain bad luck.  It is certainly often nothing to do with your abilities as a doctor, and that’s important to remember if you are unlucky enough to receive the dreaded GMC letter.

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  • Indemnity cover – what you need to know

    All doctors and other healthcare professionals should be aware of the need for insurance or indemnity cover, but from time to time I am referred a client who, for one reason or another, doesn’t have cover for a case – be it civil litigation, regulatory (GMC) proceedings or a criminal investigation. This can be a disaster for many reasons.

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  • Revalidation – a trap for the unwary?

    All doctors will be aware of the need to revalidate and the GMC’s responsibilities in this regard. Revalidation is the process by which doctors are required to demonstrate that they are up to date and fit to practise.  Doctors must revalidate every five years, and in order to do so they must have annual appraisals based on the GMC’s guidance, Good Medical Practice.

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  • Chambers UK 2017
    “Tania Francis skilfully sorted out a settlement, bringing a huge amount of acumen to the case. ”
  • Chambers UK 2019
    “She's fantastically diligent, extremely hard-working and very tough in not letting her clients be pushed around.”
  • Legal 500 2016
    “Tania Francis is very able, highly intelligent and very supportive.”
  • Legal 500 2017
    “Sharp, thorough, expert in Professional Discipline”
  • Legal 500 2019
    “Commits herself to clients' cases, while her previous professional experience as a doctor gives her particular insight into which points are worth pursuing.”