Law students advise doctors without representation

Law students are advising doctors who face being struck off at tribunal but who lack legal representation.

Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) students from BPP and the University of Law are offering their assistance via a telephone service. Advice will focus on how to prepare for hearings and what to expect on the day.

The scheme, currently in its pilot stage, is being coordinated by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS). Currently, around 15 per cent of doctors who face a fitness to practice hearing represent themselves.

BPP’s pro bono manager for the North West Lucy Wildig said: “We’ve never had a project like this before. It’s wholly unique and it highlights just how far-reaching the need for pro bono services can be.”