Specialist Barristers at Alexander Chambers
- Lee Gledhill
BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration
Called to the Bar 1998
Lee Gledhill is a medico-legal and regulatory law specialist advocate. He has acted in numerous medico-legal cases to date, and in more than seven hundred professional conduct, fitness to practise and regulatory law cases (including before the MPTS, GMC, NMC, HPC, HCPC, GDC, GSCC). He has appeared before most healthcare regulatory tribunals, many non-medical regulators, and in the civil and criminal courts, coroners courts, the High Court, the Central Criminal Court (The Old Bailey), and the Court of Appeal.
Lee Gledhill has particular expertise in defending senior doctors (Consultants, Registrars, Specialists, Professors, in Fitness to Practise FTP and Interim Orders (IOP) hearings at the General Medical Council (GMC), Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service (MPTS)). He is highly regarded by clients and gets results through working closely with clients in order to maximise a doctors prospects of success. Lee Gledhill has a track record of defending doctors and other registered professionals over a period of more than thirteen years.
Lee Gledhill's practice covers many medico-legal areas, including policy development, Data Protection Act (DPA) matters, and legal areas ancilliary to daily working life for clinicians and clinical establishments. He also undertakes Medical Performers List cases (suspensions, removals), representing doctors, Trusts, GP Consortia, and other clinical organisations.
Lee Gledhill's practice includes: coroners inquest law, mental health law, medical law, clinical negligence, personal injury, medically related crime, care home law, nhs continuing care fees law, care standards law, public law, employment law, clinical regulation, pharmaceutical law and product liability, licensing law, bio-agricultural law and animal welfare health regulation, police regulation and conduct law, healthcare contracts policies and audits law, trading standards law general professional regulation (including professional fitness to practise cases) and reputation management in the media
Lee Gledhill also writes and lectures on medical and regulatory law.
Lee Gledhill comes to the Bar having had a career as a registered nurse in the NHS and in the private sector. His specialist clinical knowledge and experience give him a clear advantage in medico-legal cases. He is highly experienced in regulatory law and regularly represents practitioners at various disciplinary hearings and appeals, regulatory hearings and appeals in the High Court, and in relation to NHS and private contractual matters concerning healthcare provision.
He also advises on data protection and confidentiality.
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Professional Regulation and Fitness to Practise Hearings
Lee Gledhill regularly represents registered professionals before the following regulators: the General Medical Council (GMC) and Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS): IOP, FTP, Health): senior and junior doctors and medics (including Students, FY1, FY2, ST1, ST2 doctors); the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) nurses and midwives; the Health Professions Council (HPC): arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists / podiatrists, clinical scientists, dietitians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists / orthotists, radiographers, speech and language therapists; the General Social Care Council (GSCC): social workers; Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS): vets and veterinary nurses; the General Teaching Council (GTC): teachers; General Dental Council (GDC): dentists; Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA): solicitors; Financial Services Authority (FSA) Fit and Proper Person law - Financial Services and Markets Tribunal Legal Representation; and other non-clinical and clinical regulated professionals. Financial Services Authority (FSA) Applications and Refusals
Lee Gledhill also prosecutes and defends police officers in police misconduct hearings, and advises/represents GPs in relation to performance list suspensions, removals, hearings, and appeals. Lee Gledhill provides legal advice and representation in all regulatory forums.
Lee Gledhill advises on how to respond to complaints, prepare mitigation, on current legal developments, misconduct issues, impairment issues, fitness to practise evidence and procedure, deficient professional performance issues and lack of competence complaints. He has acted in numerous professional conduct hearings, some cases lasting as long as four or five weeks, involving clinical or professional failures, incompetence, inappropriate personal or sexual conduct, child and adult patient deaths caused or contributed to by errors of judgement or negligence, drug use, dishonesty, fraud, mis-prescribing, a lack of integrity, clinical shortcomings, and activities or conduct incompatible with a profession. Lee Gledhill strictly maintains confidentiality in all cases and has significant experience of defending registrants facing allegations of a sexual nature or concerning sexuality, where greater sensitivity is required.
Lee Gledhill also advises on UK and overseas and EU applicant registration issues, fitness to practise issues, restoration to the register following removal, health committee matters, general practice standards, and interim suspension hearings. He also advises on appeals and judicial review from regulators decisions, interpretaion of codes of conduct and practice.
Lee Gledhill, over more than twelve years, has represented several hundred practitioners before their regulators. He is considered by many to be a leading expert in the field of regulatory defence law. He also undertakes PCT Medical Performers List cases (including suspension and removals hearings) and independent legal chair work.
A large part of Lee Gledhill's practice is coronial law.
Lee Gledhill advises on evidence and procedure in coroners' inquests. Lee Gledhill has a detailed understanding of the coroners' rules and procedure. He regularly acts for interested parties at inquests as their representative, including local authorities, families, care homes and commerical organisations.
Lee Gledhill advises local authorities, GPs, GP Consortia, private organisations contracting with the NHS, hospitals, clinics, care homes, and commercial organisations where an unnatural, violent or unexplained death has occurred. Issues of liability, verdicts and evidence can be discussed by telephone or face to face. Alternatively, questions can be answered in written legal opinions and written advices. Judicial Review and Appeal advice is also available.
Lee Gledhill has represented local authorities and families in prison custody death inquests.
Lee Gledhill advises solicitors who are unfamiliar with the coronial process on the steps to be taken in preparation for an inquest.
Care Homes, CQC Care Standards, Monitor Licensing and Approval, ISA Safeguarding and Barring, PoCA and PoVA, Ofsted Law, Continuing Care Nursing Fees Challenges, Special Education Needs Claims
Lee Gledhill also acts for GP practices, hospitals, nursing and care home owners in Care Quality Commission (CQC), and Care Standards Inspectorate for Wales (CSIW CSSIW) matters, including Notices of Cancellation of Registration appeals to the Care Standards Tribunal (CST), and emergency home closures before a justice of the peace (magistrates courts). He also represents practitioners referred to the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Children Barring lists (SVGA), Protection of Vulnerable Adult lists (PoVA) and Protection of Children Act lists (PoCA), List 99, CCfW.
Lee Gledhill advises on challenges to NHS primary health care needs assessments, NHS continuing healthcare assessments, total care nursing fees. He also advises on Registered Nursing Care Contributions (RNCC), as well as challenges to the NHS via the NHS complaints system and the NHS Ombudsman. He also advises on appeals within NHS procedures, and appeals and judicial reviews in the High Court.
Additionally, Lee Gledhill represents the interests of public bodies and commercial organisations regulated by Ofsted, such as schools, children's homes, nurseries and child minders, in challenges of Ofsted reports and Ofsted notices of cancellation, and Ofsted appeals.
Lee Gledhill also advises on and appears in cases related to Special Educational Needs claims for funding and support.
Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence
Lee Gledhill has considerable experience in clinical negligence and personal injury work, acting for both claimants and defendants. He has acted in many personal injury and clinical negligence cases over the years including intensive care unit failures, surgical repair errors, cosmetic surgery errors, pressure sore injury causation - resulting from neglect, health and safety failures (for example: hot water mixer failures) and road traffic accidents (RTAs), all leading to serious injuries. He has represented members of the public, various professionals, local authorities, hospitals, public and private care establishments, in legal actions. His own clinical expertise and experience is an asset in such cases.
Medical Law and Mental Health Law
Lee Gledhill advises on all aspects of medical law and mental health law, health policy and ethics, including issues of consent, detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 & 2007, mental capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, withdrawal of treatment, vegetative state clinical decisions, and care of the terminally ill.
Lee Gledhill provides advice and advocacy for applications in the Court of Protection and appears before Mental Health Review Tribunals (MHRTs), and the Court of Protection.
Lee Gledhill provides Independent Legal Chairing Services for healthcare and other organisations.
Lee Gledhill advises on Public Law Challenges to decisions of public bodies, including local authorities, national bodies and government departments, under the Human Rights Act 1988, and via judicial review.
Also misfeasance in public office claims, claims for damages and costs.
Lee Gledhill provides advice to local authorities undergoing a Serious Case Review in relation to the death of a child, an elderly person, or other individual in their care or ottherwise under local authority responsibility.
Independent co-authorship of Serious Case Reviews available, by arrangement, with Paula Clements of Counsel.
Medically Related Crime
Lee Gledhill also defends in criminal (medical) manslaughter trials at the Old Bailey and other Crown Courts, particularly where there is significant medical evidence, and in trials where top level clinical consultants and academics are to give evidence.
Lee Gledhill is highly competent in cross-examining clinical experts.
Lee Gledhill advises on Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks, and challenges to the information recorded, for all health and other professionals working with vulnerable adults and children, who require special ISA and CRB clearance. He also advises and represents doctors in relation to other criminal allegations, including sexual assualt, speeding and road traffic offences.
Articles and Lecture Services
Lee Gledhill writes on medico-legal issues, with a focus on nursing neglect, pressure sore cases, coroners inquests, and the patient's capacity to consent. In 2005 he won first prize in the British Journal of Nursing Awards, for a published medico-legal article on the prevention of pressure sores and legal implications for nursing neglect.
Lee Gledhill also lectures on medical law, coronial law, clinical negligence, care standards and general regulatory law.
Healthcare Contracts Law, Policies and Audits for bodies contracting with healthcare bodies, including NHS contract interpretation.
Lee Gledhill advises on certain GP, Consortia, Dentist, PCT, and other healthcare provision commissioning contracts and attends hearings (where lawyers are permitted to attend), and mediation hearings.
Reputation Management for Clinicians & Healthcare Establishments
Lee Gledhill advises on reputation management, corrections to media-distortions and 'sensationalist' writing, libel / slander claims, injunctions and damages / compensation claims.
Bio-Agricultural Law, Human Pharmaceuticals, Product Liability and Trading Standards Law
Lee Gledhill also advises on other areas of regulation, including bio-agricultural law, animal welfare law, animal health, human pharmaceutical law and product liability, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory (MHRA) Law and Regulation, applications and appeals, Trading Standards prosecutions and defence.
Police Misconduct Hearings
Lee Gledhill also prosecutes and defends police officers in police professional conduct hearings.
Lee Gledhill advises on all aspects of licensing law and licensing regulations and attends licensing application hearings to represent clients' interests.
A proportion of Lee Gledhill's practice is employment law connected with health care jobs. He advises on disciplinary hearings, appeals and employment tribunal claims - unfair dismissal, discrimination claims, equal pay claims, clinical concerns leading to disciplinary investigation, discrimination and damages claims.
(Past 2007 to 2012) Part-Time Vice-Chairman of the Professional Conduct Disciplinary and Appeals Panel of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Also a member of the RICS Ethics Committee (Current: 2009 to date).
Lee Gledhill is the Head of Alexander Chambers.
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