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Sebastian appeared for the claimant in this 5-day trial concerning paramedic negligence in failing to convey the deceased to hospital in light of cardiac symptoms.  Breach of duty and causation were in issue; HHJ Godsmark QC found for the claimant on both points. Sebastian was instructed by Hayley Smith from Irwin Mitchell.

At a hearing before the Fitness to Practise Panel of the GMC between 2nd and 10th November 2015, the complainant (Patient A), who was a young mother who had just given birth, made an allegation of indecent assault against the Respondent, who was working at the time as a locum SHO in paediatrics. It was alleged that the doctor had rubbed her back and touched/held her breast for 2-3 minutes and that his conduct was deliberate and sexually motivated. Patient A alleged that the assault took place while she was breast-feeding. 

The Fitness to Practise Panel acceded substantially to the application made on behalf of the doctor to throw out the allegations at the close of the Council’s case under rule 17(2)(g) of the FTP Rules.

The panel concluded that the many inconsistencies in Patient A’s various accounts rendered her evidence so weak and inconsistent as to be insufficient for the case, in relation to the main allegations, to proceed. 

A single remaining factual allegation concerning chaperoning, that was not thrown out at the close of the Council’s case, was also found not proved. Accordingly, the case was closed with no adverse finding. 

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Bridget Dolan represented the parents of Sally Mays at the inquest into her death in October 2015.

The Senior Coroner for Hull found that the decision by senior psychiatric nursing staff to refuse Sally a hospital bed when she was in obvious need of admission, was an “unconscionable and quixotic decision” following a “lamentable”, “perfunctory and slipshod assessment” of Sally. 

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We also won Professional Discipline Set of the Year for the second year running and were one of five finalists for Client Service Set of the Year, with Anthony Haycroft a runner up for Professional Discipline Junior of the Year.