Appointment of Legal Assessors 2007

Various journals - Monday 30th April 2007

The General Medical Council (GMC) appoints legal assessors to advise its Investigation Committee, Fitness to Practise Panel and Interim Orders Panel on questions of law arising in the proceedings before them and to advise on the drafting of decisions in accordance with Paragraph 7 of Schedule 4 to the Medical Act 1983, as amended. The Act provides that legal assessors shall be barristers, advocates or solicitors of at least 10 years’ standing.

The GMC is looking to increase its pool of legal assessors. Applicants should have a sound knowledge of the criminal law in England and Wales, the Human Rights Act and other relevant legislation and current knowledge of Privy Council and High Court decisions. Previous service as a legal assessor, chair of a tribunal or a Recorder, experience of professional regulation and an understanding of the healthcare system is desirable.

Legal assessors may not represent any parties in the proceedings before the Investigation Committee, Fitness to Practise Panel or Interim Orders Panel nor in any proceedings relating to an appeal against a decision by the Committee/Panel.

The time commitment varies but applicants should expect to commit to 30 days a year. Hearings take place in London and Manchester and applicants must be prepared to sit in both locations.

Applications are welcomed from both men and women but are particularly welcome from women, individuals from minority groups and the disabled as they are under represented in the current pool of legal assessors.