Psychologists

Jonathan has considerable experience representing psychologists registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) who are facing a complaint.

Jonathan undertakes a wide range of HCPC cases when a complaint is made against a psychologist. He has particular expertise in sensitive and complicated matters which involve highly vulnerable complainants.

Jonathan represents psychologists at all stages of proceedings from the initial complaint, through the Investigating Committee stage to the Conduct and Competence Committee hearings and beyond. It is important to get good legal representation from the outset. This is particularly important in HCPC cases as many registrants face interim suspension hearings early on. What you say and probably more importantly what you do not say can come back to “bite” you later.

Case Example

Jonathan represented the psychologist in the case of Lovett, instructed by Bankside Law solicitors as junior counsel and led by Michael Horne QC. This case took almost ten years to conclude and comprised of four different sets of legal teams. It concerned a senior consultant clinical psychologist who was treating three siblings for PTSD following a fatal road traffic incident.

HCPC psychologist complaint

The Registrant became ill part way through his cross-examination and never recovered sufficiently to participate in proceedings again. By the time our team became involved, the client was unable to represent himself. As a result, the Court of Protection appointed the Registrant’s wife to act on his behalf. This was a complicating feature of the case as one of the primary issues was whether it was fair to proceed in his absence.

The case eventually concluded in the Administrative Court Lovett v HCPC [2018] EWHC 1024 (Admin). The Court set down some important principles for professional disciplinary committees considering proceeding in the absence of a practitioner. These principles cover situations where the practitioner is too unwell or lacks the capacity to participate.

If you are an HCPC registered psychologist and a complaint has been made against you please contact Jonathan for an initial free telephone consultation. Please call 020 7526 4825 or email at info@regulatorydefencelawyer.co.uk