Guy Micklewright Senior Associate and Barrister

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“He's very pragmatic and very resourceful.”

Chambers and Partners 2018
A leading practitioner with recognised expertise in prosecuting and defending before a wide variety of disciplinary tribunals in the healthcare, accountancy, legal, teaching and engineering sectors.

Main areas of practice

Guy specialises in prosecuting and defending fitness to practise cases before a wide variety of professional regulators. He has particular expertise in cases in the healthcare and accountancy sector. Many of these cases are complex and sensitive in nature.

Clients

Guy has presented cases before the various fitness to practise committees of the majority of healthcare regulators, in particular the General Dental Council and General Osteopathic Council, and also has significant experience across the accountancy regulation sector. In addition, he has experience in the professional regulation of engineers and is regularly instructed as a prosecutor by the Bar Standards Board.

Guy defends a variety of professionals in proceedings brought by the Health and Care Professions Council, as well as the General Medical Council and the General Chiropractic Council.

Guy has acted in appeal proceedings arising from decisions of Performers List Decision Panels. 

Guy sits as a Legal Advisor to Professional Conduct Panels of the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Significant experience

  • Appeared for the GDC in R (on the application of Rothschild) v General Dental Council [2015] EWHC 1632 (Admin), successfully defending proceedings to overturn an immediate suspension order imposed by the Professional Conduct Committee.
  • Appeared on behalf of a paramedic before the Health and Care Professions Council defending misconduct allegations arising from the death of a patient.
  • Acted for an accountancy regulator defending judicial review proceedings challenging the compatibility with Article 6 ECHR of the regulator's costs provisions in its Disciplinary Tribunal rules.
  • Extensive experience of prosecuting complex NHS fraud and multi-patient clinical misconduct allegations before healthcare regulators.

Other experience

Inquests: 

Instructed in a number of inquests, including being instructed to represent a former director of a travel company following the death of a teenage girl on a sailing holiday, a case which attracted substantial media attention.

Training/seminars:

Provides training to regulators in fitness to practise law and procedure, including members of disciplinary panels, as well as being a regular speaker at national seminars on subjects such as disclosure and evidence.

Information Law:

Guy regularly advises professional regulators on the effect of the Data Protection Act 1998 and associated legislation.

Career

Having previously trained and practised at the criminal Bar, Guy moved in-house at the General Dental Council in 2007, where his work focussed on presenting cases before the conduct, competence and health committees of the GDC.

Guy joined Blake Morgan in 2009, where he has been an integral part of Blake Morgan's Professional Regulatory Team's rise to being one of the leading teams of professional regulatory lawyers in the country. 

Expertise

Articles by Guy

BSB Change in Standard of proof

Article

Currently, where a barrister is referred to a Disciplinary Tribunal for professional misconduct and the matter is not disposed of under the Determination by Consent procedure.

General Medical Council v (1) Nwachuku; (2) Professional Standards Authority [2017] EWHC 2085 (Admin)

Article

Dr Nwachuku was a full-time trainee GP in a surgery. He was also undertaking several shifts as a locum, in various capacities, he submitted a timesheet with the incorrect times that led to the legal proceedings. Our expert looks at the case.

PSA v HCPC & Doree [2017] EWCA Civ 319

Article

In March 2015 the PSA appealed under section 29 of the NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002 against the HCPC’s decision to impose a five-year caution order in respect of a registered prosthetist.

Related Knowledge & Resources

General Medical Council v Stone [2017] EWHC 2534 (Admin)

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 [2017] 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.

GMC v Krishnan [2017] EWHC 2892 (Admin)

This decision of the Queen's Bench Division, supports Ivey as good law and as the correct approach to be applied in regulatory proceedings.