Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) Defence Barrister

Stephen McCaffrey | General Medical Council (GMC) Defence Barrister

I am a leading barrister specialising in healthcare law and regulation. I have vast experience in defending and representing all healthcare professionals in all courts and tribunals.

Recent Cases

Recent testimonials

Mr McCaffrey and his team are beyond excellent.. I cannot thank them enough for their sheer dedication, expertise and efforts which went above and beyond their call of duty in my case.

Due to their hard work and I am now back to work and I cannot thank Stephen McCaffrey enough for his support during my difficult and traumatic time.

Quite frankly, the service they provide is extremely good value. I am sincerely grateful to both of them and cannot recommend them highly enough.

My case was dealt with speed and efficiency, highly recommend the service provided by Stephen McCaffrey

Stephen, I know we have not finished yet but without you I was going to be struck off. I cannot believe how bad my previous advice was and how good the outcome you got for me. I will be telling all of my colleagues. Thank you to you and your team.

With my vast experience in healthcare regulation comes an understanding of the complexities of working in health and social care. I can provide health and social care professionals with high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services.

If you are a health or care professional facing issues with registration or have been referred to the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) for investigation I can help. I can defend and represent you at hearing and will take care of preparing your case.

If you have been notified by the HCPC that you’re under investigation or are facing difficulties with your registration, contact me today for an initial free and no obligation consultation on 0207 060 1983 or

Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)

The Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) is the regulatory body for a variety of health care professionals covering 16 professions including:

  • Arts Therapists
  • Biomedical Scientists
  • Chiropodists / Podiatrists
  • Clinical Scientists
  • Dietitians
  • Hearing Aid Dispensers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Operating Department Practitioners
  • Orthoptists
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Practitioner Psychologists
  • Prosthetists/Orthotists
  • Radiographers
  • Social Workers in England
  • Speech and Language Therapists

I understand the anxieties faced by professionals facing HCPC hearings and sanctions. I pride myself in the pro-active approach I take to ensure I achieve the best possible outcome for you.

As a public access barrister you can instruct me directly to represent you. I also take instructions from a variety of defence professional associations and legal expenses insurers. If you have been referred to the HCPC, contact me today for an initial free and no obligation consultation on 0207 060 1983 or

I can help with:

  • HCPC fitness to practise referrals
  • HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee Hearings
  • HCPC Health Panel Hearings
  • HCPC Panels regarding fraudulent entry
  • Appeals against a HCPC Panel determination
  • Interim Order hearings
  • Appeals against an Interim Orders Panel determination
  • Preparing your case for the Investigating Committee
  • Registration advice
  • Appeal against refusal of registration or re-registration
  • Restoration to the Register
  • Investigation and disciplinary hearings at work
  • Criminal investigation and proceedings
  • Police cautions
  • DBS [Disclosure and Barring Service] issues

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Recent Blog & Publications


12 Sep

Doctors face conditions or indefinite suspension for not complying with GMC assessment or request. Here is what you need to know about non-compliance hearings.


5 Sep

I look at the Health and Care Professions Council’s (HCPC) consultation to permanently embed the right to hold remote fitness to practise hearings.


5 Sep

As a doctor you should expect to be referred to the GMC, if you are, prepare for a long & legalistic process but we are here when you need us.


15 Aug

Healthcare regulators take a particularly serious view of breaching professional boundaries. What are personal boundaries and how to avoid the pitfalls.


15 Aug

GMC Performance Assessments are carried out to assess a doctor’s professional performance to obtain an "independent" opinion on their fitness to practise.


1 Aug

Since July 2020 GPhC has taken enforcement action against premises & pharmacists following inspections relating to high sales of codeine linctus.