Dentists

Legal representation for dentists Leeds

Our expert employment laws solicitors offer specialist representation for dentists in all cases presented by the General Dental Council (GDC).

The Regulatory Process

The disciplinary process, as outlined by the General Dental Council, is carried out according to the following procedure.

Investigation

A caseworker will carry out the initial investigation, and if the matter is determined liable for further proceedings, an investigating committee will be requested to conduct the examination.

The committee will gather all evidence relevant to the case, including information supplied by the dentist. A full hearing will be presented to the practice committee if the case is considered to hold significant reason.

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The practice committee will be either:

  • The professional conduct committee
  • The professional performance committee
  • The health committee

The dentist may be subject to special conditions outlined by an interim orders committee or suspended until the enquiry is completed.

Hearing

The practice committee will have all evidence presented before them, including that of witnesses wherever relevant. The dentist will be given every opportunity to present evidence in their defence.

Decision

If the dentist’s fitness to practice is proved to be diminished on the balance of probabilities, the following action can be taken:

  • A reprimanding
  • Imposition of conditions on the dentist’s practice
  • Suspension for a set period of time
  • Indefinite dismissal, prohibiting the dentist from working in this field

Appeal

The dentist can appeal against any decision or judgement to the High Court within 28 days of the decision.

Internal disciplinary proceedings

We also represent dentists involved in cases where their employer or line manager has brought internal disciplinary proceedings against them.

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If you are subject to proceedings carried out by the General Dental Council in respect to your role as a dentist, please contact us on 0113 4334 118, or complete the form on our enquiry page. One of our dedicated team will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your case, possible outcomes and all of your available options.

Our Team

Louise Carr

Louise Carr

Our team is headed up by Louise Carr who had specialised in employment law for more than 15 years. She regularly appears in the employment tribunal and has been particularly involved in dealing with complex multi-day discrimination claims.

Craig McCracken

Craig McCracken

Craig McCracken is a Director in our employment team who also specialises in employment law with over 14 years’ experience in dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters.In the most recent Legal 500 clients described Louise as being “accessible and down to earth” providing “clear and concise advice…in an exceptionally personable way”. Craig was described as “very knowledgeable and approachable” giving “sound advice”.