R (on the application of The British Medical Association) v General Medical Council [2016] EWHC 1015 (Admin)

Posted by Catharine Donnelly on
Although the appointment of legally qualified chairs is already a well-trodden path for some regulators, this decision by the Court of Appeal will no doubt be welcomed by those regulators who are considering amending their own rules in order to secure the fair, economical, expeditious and efficient disposal of FtP hearings.

The exception allowed for in paragraph 6(b) and the circumstances in which it will be 'necessary' for chairs to inform the parties of advice will usually be case specific, however the unease about the provision will be an important reminder that any decision regarding the question of necessity will be heavily scrutinised.

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