David Morris

Call 1976

David Morris | Call 1976

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Overview

For many years David Morris has helped health professionals in trouble with their regulators or employers. Whether medical student or senior consultant he deploys the same friendly, relaxed but rigorous approach. He aims to minimise the stress of a lengthy, lonely, career-threatening process and secure the best possible outcome.  His success has been recognized by Chambers & Partners’ award of Professional Discipline Junior of the Year.

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

“He displays the ability to master complex information coupled with superior advocacy skills and the ability to relate well to, and gain the confidence of, the individuals whom he represents.”
Chambers & Partners

General Dental Council v W
David Morris successfully defended a dentist who had extracted a tooth from an elderly patient who was taking bisphosphonate medication for osteoporosis.
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Experience & expertise

David began specialising in the defence of health professionals in the pre-Shipman era. He has experienced the transformation of professional regulators from their recalcitrant, light touch approach heavily criticised by Dame Janet Smith in her Shipman report to their current rigorous, complainant-centred prosecutorial regimes.

This experience has instilled in him the need for detailed preparation of the case and the client. He is able to persuade clients sensitively but firmly of the need to adopt a realistic approach to the evidence and allegations.

Long experience has honed his courtroom skills in cross-examining vulnerable patients and intransigent experts, and framing submissions so as to appeal to the particular tribunal his client is facing.

This has led solicitors to instruct him for their more challenging cases and clients.

In recognition of this knowledge and skill he was awarded the accolade of Professional Discipline Junior of the Year at the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Awards. The current edition of Chambers describes his practice as follows: “His expertise in disciplinary and regulatory cases in the healthcare sector is unquestionable. He focuses his practice on the representation of healthcare practitioners, regularly appearing before their disciplinary bodies and in the Administrative Court.”

Cases & work of Note

  • General Dental Council v W 2017
    David Morris successfully defended a dentist who had extracted a tooth from an elderly patient who was taking bisphosphonate medication for osteoporosis.
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  • GMC v S 2016
    David Morris successfully represented a consultant in anaesthesia and pain management who was accused of improperly conducting intimate examinations.
    The instructing solicitor wrote: “Thank you for all your hard work on this case with your customary rabbit-out-of-the-hat ending” while the consultant commented “I feel privileged to have had your services and I am 100% satisfied that you were able to represent my point of view in this case”.
  • GDC v T 2016
    David successfully defended a dentist who was the director of a company owning over 10 dental practices. He was accused of knowingly and dishonestly buying counterfeit dental equipment for the practices on  eBay from Chinese websites for prices a small fraction of those paid for genuine items.
    On the face of the evidence about the ludicrously low prices paid a finding of dishonesty seemed inevitable. The Panel accepted his submissions on the need, in accordance with cited legal authority, to look for cogent evidence of dishonesty and to apply both an objective and subjective test. The Panel found that, while the dentist showed a profound level of naivety, he had not been dishonest.

Recommendations

David has long been recommended by the directories as a leading junior in Professional Discipline. In addition to awarding him Professional Discipline Junior of the Year, Chambers & Partners ranked David in its list of Top 100 Juniors.

Directory editorial has included the following:

David is very user-friendly and approachable, and is always on top of the details.’
The Legal 500

“Probably the most experienced junior counsel specialising in professional discipline work. There will be very few types of cases that David will have not dealt with very ably before – at least ten times.”
Chambers & Partners

“He is a very precise and effective advocate.”
Chambers & Partners

“He is extremely experienced and is good with clinicians. He tends to have the ear of the tribunal.”
Chambers & Partners

‘He is measured and reflective, but tough when needed yet with a gentle demeanour – a brilliant combination for a particularly difficult case.’
The Legal 500

“One of the most experienced advocates around for medical disciplinary matters. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the jurisdiction and an assured, empathetic approach. He inspires confidence in his clients.”
Chambers & Partners

‘Unflappable, diligent and charming.’
Chambers & Partners

“David is a barrister whose experience of the GMC and GDC is almost unrivalled, and for whom complex cases are second nature. He’s very thorough and has an incredible eye for detail. He’s excellent on complex, paper-heavy cases and is phenomenally experienced.”
Chambers & Partners

“He has a very effective style of cross-examination.”
The Legal 500

“He displays the ability to master complex information coupled with superior advocacy skills and the ability to relate well to, and gain the confidence of, the individuals whom he represents. He is a wonderful advocate with a superb ability to communicate with different kinds of tribunals: a master of his trade.”
Chambers & Partners

“He is a reliable, experienced and dedicated practitioner.”
Chambers & Partners

“He gets first-class results.”
The Legal 500

“Extremely experienced, and holds the regulatory panels in the palm of his hand.” The Legal 500

“David Morris, who is noted for his sure and confidence-inspiring touch with clients.”
The Legal 500

“His knowledge of the jurisprudence is extensive and his judgement on how to run a case is always very sound. He is persuasive and the tribunal always feels safe in his hands.”
Chambers & Partners

“David Morris is excellent and exhibits fantastic judgement when dealing with problematic cases involving medical professionals.”
Chambers & Partners

“David Morris has an impressive track record in cases where high-ranking doctors face being struck off.”
Chambers & Partners

“David Morris has vast experience in medical disciplinary and regulatory matters.”
The Legal 500

“David Morris regularly represents healthcare practitioners at risk of being struck off, often appearing before the GMC and the GOC. Clients say his approach is affable and smooth, and “absolutely nothing gets past him.”
Chambers & Partners

“Incredibly experienced in GMC cases, has been there, done that and is very good with clients.” 
The Legal 500