We’re delighted to once again be sharing our regular update on key legal decisions and developments for professional regulators. We know you’ve been under extreme pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic, so took a break from sharing communications with you. As we are now looking forward to a post-lockdown way of working, we think it’s time for us to re-start our regular updates.

In this month’s edition…

Scottish Court considers evidence of good character

In McLennan v General Medical Council, a Scottish Court dismissed an appeal by a doctor who had acted dishonestly in preparing an expert report. The Scottish Court made some observations on good character evidence. Read more.

Panel failed to properly apply the Sanctions Guidance

In General Medical Council v Saeed, the Court allowed an appeal by the General Medical Council on the basis that a panel had failed to properly apply the Sanctions Guidance. Read more.

Decision not to put relevant Court of Appeal judgment before panel was wrong

In General Medical Council and Professional Standards Authority v Zafar, a joint appeal by the GMC and PSA, the Court held that it had been wrong for the GMC and doctor to agree not to put a relevant decision of the Court of Appeal before the panel. Read more.

Reminder that only in exceptional circumstances will time for appeal be extended

In Gupta v General Medical Council, the Court provided a reminder that only in exceptional circumstances will the time for bringing an appeal be extended. Read more.

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