Christina specialises in fitness to practise (regulatory) law in a clinical context. With an LLM in Medical Law (Distinction) from London University, she acts for health professionals under investigation by regulators such as the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) General Chiropractic Council, General Dental Council (GDC) Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) General Optical Council (GOC) General Osteopathic Council or General Pharmaceutical Council.
Christina has a niche practice in regulatory hearings and would be happy to represent any professional from early investigation to appeal. Experience as a Legally Qualified Chair of Medical Practitioners’ Tribunals provides insight into the approach taken by Tribunals at fact-finding, impairment and sanction stages of hearings.
A background in criminal defence, mental health and human rights law also enables her to represent defendants with a psychiatric diagnosis at Crown Court for sentence. Other work includes delivering seminars for MBLS and publishing articles on law.
Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL) since 2010
Inquest Lawyers Group (ILG) since 2019.
First-Tier Tribunal Judge (Social Entitlement Chamber) since 2011
Legally Qualified Chair, Medical Practitioners’ Tribunals Service (MPTS) since 2017
Legally Qualified Chair (IPs) Health Care Professions Tribunal Service since 2021.
Typical Cases: Fitness to Practise
HCPC v MR – paramedic admitted forgery – short suspension
NMC v MM – one-off error in record-keeping – no interim order
HCPCC v JD – advice to paramedic whose error led to a death – no further action
NMC v JC – nurse who left syringes of diamorphine unattended – cautioned.