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 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
On 30 October 2015, following a disciplinary hearing, the General Dental Council's Health Committee ("the Committee") imposed a Conditions of Practice Order upon AB, a dentist ("the Dentist").
Related Knowledge & Resources
The GMC successfully appealed a suspension order imposed against a General Practitioner for engaging in a sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient.
General Medical Council and others v Michalak (Solicitors Regulation Authority and others intervening) Supreme Court  UKSC 71
Professionals who wish to bring a discrimination claim against their regulator can do so in the Employment Tribunal – they are not prevented from doing so by the availability of judicial review - unless there is a specific statutory right of appeal.
This decision of the Queen's Bench Division, supports Ivey as good law and as the correct approach to be applied in regulatory proceedings.