Antonia Dowgray Senior Associate
“Antonia Dowgray (‘accurate’, ‘conscientious’ and deserving of a ‘special mention’)”
Antonia has practiced for over 17 years, and is dual qualified in New Zealand and the UK. Antonia has worked on professional disciplinary cases for the majority of key health care regulators including the General Medical Council (GMC), the General Dental Council (GDC), the General Optical Council (GOC), (then) General Social Care Council (GSCC), and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).
Main area of practice
Antonia has prepared numerous professional conduct cases for professional regulators including complex, multifaceted cases involving dishonesty, health and misconduct matters. Antonia has also provided legal advice to regulatory bodies on the interpretation of statutory provisions and rules, and has advised on High Court appeals from decisions of first instance committees. Antonia presents cases before professional Conduct Committees including substantive fitness to practice matters and interim orders.
Antonia predominately manages the conduct of disciplinary proceedings before the GDC, the GOC, the GPhC and the ACCA.
Antonia has significant experience of preparing disciplinary cases for first instance tribunals through to cases before the High Court.
Antonia practised for nine years in New Zealand before moving to the UK. The majority of her time in New Zealand was at a private law firm, Meredith Connell, doing the equivalent of Crown Prosecution work, and conducting medico-legal litigation. Antonia has presented numerous cases before the equivalent of the Magistrates Court (the District Court) and High Courts of New Zealand.
Articles by Antonia
The Respondent had appeared before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal ("the MPT") for dishonesty charges arising out of his conduct as a Locum Paediatric Registrar on 13 December 2014, when he was dealing with Patient A.
The Appellant regulator appealed a decision of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, dismissing three allegations of misconduct on the part of the Respondent solicitor.
Professional regulators will be assisted by this decision relating to robust case management orders when dealing with appeals involving voluminous, document heavy cases and Appellants raising issues which are "quintessentially" case management decisions
Related Knowledge & Resources
An appeal by the Professional Standards for Health and Social Care against the decision of the NMC not to pursue allegations that a Registrant was responsible for non-accidental injuries to her son and/or a failure to protect Baby A from harm.
The Divisional Court allowed the GMC’s appeal against the decision of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal (“MPT”) to suspend Dr Bawa-Garba’s registration for 12 months and substituted the sanction of erasure from the Medical Register.
This case concerns an appeal against the Respondent SRA’s Adjudication Panel, on the grounds that the panel’s finding of dishonesty were based upon a two-stage test of dishonesty, namely the objective and subjective test.