Ranald Davidson

Call 1996


Ranald has considerable experience advising and representing doctors and dentists before the different panels and committees of the General Medical Council and General Dental Council. He has handled the full gamut of cases, including those concerning assisted suicide, dishonesty and sexual impropriety and drug and alcohol addiction.

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

Ranald successfully defends consultant psychiatrist in 6 week GMC case linked to abuse of patients at Winterbourne View Hospital (see BBC Panorama)

“He sees ways through cases that others don’t.”
The Legal 500


Ranald has represented doctors appearing before all the different panels and committees of the General Medical Council; the Interim Orders Panel, Fitness to Practise Panel, Registration Appeals Panel and the Investigation Committee. These hearings have considered cases of misconduct, performance and health on a wide range of issues.

Ranald has also assisted dentists called before the General Dental Council’s Interim Orders Committee and Professional Conduct Committee. These cases have considered matters of dishonesty, supervised neglect of patient care and a failure to diagnose and treat advanced periodontal disease.

Ranald has advised on, and provided representation at, disciplinary hearings before the General Optical Council.

Ranald has represented both doctors and dentists facing local disciplinary proceedings brought by NHS England or Hospital Trusts in England and Wales. He has advised on, and provided representation at, a number of successful appeals to the First – tier Tribunal (Family Health Lists) (formerly the Family Health Services Appeal Unit).


  • GDC v Mr. J – Feb/ March 2015 – lengthy case against general dental practitioner (GDP) facing over 700 charges. Concluded without restriction on registration.
  • GDC v Ms. B – March 2015 – fitness to practise hearing involving GDP who was alleged to have acted beyond her competence in attempting tooth extraction – concluded with no finding of impairment.
  • GDC v Mr. G – June 2015 – allegations against GDP of deficient care of a number of patients – concluded without restriction on registration.
  • GMC v Dr. W – 3 week GMC case (June / July 2015) involving allegations of private practice without funding arrangements and inappropriate patient care. Finding of no misconduct.
  • GDC v Mr. E – GDP alleged to have impaired fitness to practise after care of number of patients criticised by GDC. Concluded without restriction on registration (Jan 2016).
  • GMC v M. McG (January 2012) – representation of orthopaedic surgeon facing charges of dishonestly falsifying reference before GMC Fitness to Practise Panel. Warning imposed.
  • GDC v Mr. J (September 2011) – representation of general dental practitioner facing over 400 charges of misconduct before GDC Professional Conduct Committee. Order of conditions for 1 year.
  • Dr. A v. West Midlands Deanery (July 2011) – appeal by junior doctor against removal of training number following alleged inappropriate contact with patient.
  • GMC v Dr. I (June 2011) – representation of GP facing charges of dishonesty and inappropriate care of child with terminal pneumonia before GMC Fitness to Practise Panel. Warning imposed.
  • GMC v Dr. Z (June 2011) – representation before GMC Fitness to Practise Panel of doctor with prolonged history of substance misuse and subsequent abstinence. Conditions revoked.
  • GMC v Dr. K (April / November 2011) – representation of paediatrician facing charges of dishonesty having undertaken locum work whilst on sick leave. Order of six months suspension imposed by Fitness to Practise Panel in April 2011 revoked at review hearing in November 2011.


Ranald is recommended as a leading junior for professional discipline and regulatory law by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Recent editorial is as follows:

‘Ranald is exceptionally bright and extremely personable. He is always a calming presence, and has a great ability to cut through to the key issues. I can always count on him to give sensible and intelligent advice.’
The Legal 500 2022

“Very smooth, well prepared and an excellent advocate with really good judgement.”
Chambers & Partners 2022

“He’s brilliant. Very meticulous, spots what matters in a case and focuses on that, without wasting time on extraneous issues”.
Chambers & Partners 2022

“A smooth advocate.”
Chambers & Partners 2021

“A consistently safe pair of hands, who is immediately able to grasp the issues at hand and articulate them to a client.”
Chambers & Partners 2021

“He is very good on his feet.”
Chambers & Partners 2021

“Businesslike and efficient, while remaining personable for his clients. He has an advocacy style which is well appreciated by clients and tribunals within the health regulatory field. His judgement is extremely sound and I would have no hesitation in recommending him.”
Chambers & Partners 2020

“Amazing advocacy. He pitches at the right level. Clients find him very reassuring, calm and measured.”
Chambers & Partners 2019

‘Very methodical and responsive: a brilliant barrister to work with.’
The Legal 500

“I would highlight him for his responsiveness. He just picks things up and runs with them.” “Extremely good with sensitive clients.”
Chambers & Partners 2018

“He sees ways through cases that others don’t.”
The Legal 500 2016

“Exudes professionalism and calmness throughout.”
The Legal 500 2015


Ranald is Consultant Editor (formerly a Contributing Editor) of the Medical Law Reports.


Ranald is a member of the Association of Disciplinary and Regulatory Lawyers.