The Healthcare team at Carson McDowell is the leading provider of legal defence and regulatory services to the healthcare sector in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Healthcare is one of the most complex, fastest growing and heavily regulated fields and requires specialised legal representation.

At Carson McDowell, we have one of the largest teams of healthcare solicitors in Ireland. Our lawyers have unrivalled knowledge and experience in this sector, advising a range of clients, including doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and opticians and through our work with private clinics, health and social care providers, medical defence organisations, medical malpractice insurers and residential & domiciliary care homes.

Carson McDowell is a leader in the field of clinical negligence, with a dedicated team advising on the defence and proactive resolution of clinical negligence claims, management of complaints and serious incident investigations in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

In addition to defending clinical negligence/medical malpractice claims on behalf of practitioners from across the spectrum of health-related disciplines, the team includes healthcare lawyers who are dedicated to defending healthcare professionals and organisations before their regulatory bodies and are independently recognised specialists in healthcare regulation, having practiced in the field for several decades.

We also deal with ethical issues and advise on policy and procedure. Our experience allows us to fully understand and assist with the complex issues surrounding information governance, data protection and freedom of information issues in the healthcare setting.

We take pride in our ability to deal with cases sensitively, protecting reputations and always seek to conclude matters at the earliest possible opportunity. In circumstances where investigations give rise to criminal proceedings, we advise companies and individuals in relation to potential liability and defence options.

We understand the complexities of all clinical practice areas and the daily challenges practitioners and organisations face. Whatever services you require, we will do everything in our power to ensure that you get the best legal advice and representation at every stage.

Our work in this area is highly respected, not only within the legal profession, but also within the medical profession.

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What we do

Management and Defence of Clinical Negligence/Medical Malpractice Claims on Behalf of their Medical Defence Organisations and Insurers
Representation in Fitness to Practise Proceedings before Regulatory Bodies, Including General Medical Council, General Dental Council, Nursing & Midwifery Council Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and Medical Council, Dental Council and Pharmaceutical Society in Ireland.
Representation in Appeals against Healthcare Regulators or by the Professional Standards Authority (‘the PSA’)
Advice in Relation to Enforcement Action by the RQIA and Registration Issues
Assisting with Complaints Handling and Ombudsman Investigations
Disciplinary Investigations by Health and Social Care Trusts, the HSE or Commissioning Bodies
Representation at Inquests
Advice in Relation to Data Protection, Freedom of Information, confidentiality and Subject Access Requests
Reviewing Policies and Procedures and Advising on Legal Position and Departmental Guidance and Circulars specific to Northern Ireland or Ireland
Advice/Representation at Public Inquiries
Assistance with Medicines Regulatory Group investigations
Advice in Relation to Counter Probity and Fraud Investigations
Public Law Advice and Judicial Review Proceedings Advice for Healthcare Professionals Subject to Criminal Investigations
Training on a Range of Medico-Legal Issues

Our dedicated Healthcare team are here to advise you.

If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, please get in touch today.

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