Stephen Murfitt Consultant
“He knows a lot about this field.”
Stephen specialises in all aspects of professional disciplinary tribunals, construction, engineering and commercial disputes.
Main areas of practice
As well as professional disciplinary tribunals Stephen has a wide experience of disciplinary committees, High Court cases and arbitrations.
He also advises on commercial litigation, with particular reference to all aspects of construction and engineering disputes, intellectual property law, information technology and computer law, and commercial disputes.
Stephen's clients include professional regulators, commercial companies and railway sector clients.
Over the last decade Stephen has worked with others to develop the firm’s Professional Regulatory practice. Stephen acts for a number of professional regulators in the presentation of cases before conduct and fitness to practise committees. He has also sat as a legal adviser to the General Optical Council, the General Teaching Council, the Clergy Discipline Panel, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the General Dental Council and the Chartered Institute of Surveyors. He is a chairman of National Rail Access Dispute Panel. He has conducted a number of judicial reviews on behalf of regulatory bodies.
In addition to presenting conduct cases and sitting as a legal adviser, Stephen has assisted regulators with the setting up of a regulatory regime. This has included the drafting of a code of practice together with the underpinning policies, disciplinary rules, guidance policies, and systems. He has trained committee and panel members and has written their guidance manual. He has been instructed with regard to the amendment of primary legislation and the drafting of subsequent secondary legislation.
Education: Stephen acts for a number of HEIs in relation to the regulation of students. He has appeared as a regulator at the Combined College Appeal Tribunal [CCAT] at Oxford University.
Seminars: Stephen has written, lectured and presented seminars on professional regulation.
Construction: experienced in dealing with the High Court, and the Technology and Construction Court. He also has experience of adjudication and both domestic and international arbitrations.
“... has experience sitting as legal adviser to a number of councils and national societies.”
“Stephen has a real understanding of our organisation and the people who work in it.”
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.