Andrew Hockton wins sensational overseas conviction case in GMC
19th May 2015
On 19th May 2015, at the conclusion of a sensational case at the GMC, the careers of two promising young doctors were saved.
The doctors had obtained overseas convictions in Spain for an offence of assault, arising from events during a stag weekend in Barcelona. Under the rules of the Fitness to Practise Panel they were unable to go behind the overseas convictions. The panel, however, heard compelling evidence that threw serious doubt upon the fairness of the proceedings giving rise to the convictions and concluded that the fitness to practise of neither doctor was impaired.
The panel further concluded that, in the exceptional circumstances of the case, a warning was neither necessary nor appropriate.
The case received widespread publicity in the national and local press.
The doctors were represented by Andrew Hockton, instructed by Katie Costello of BLM, Manchester and Kate Williams of RadcliffesLeBrasseur, Leeds.
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