For 15 years Gemma has specialised in healthcare law. She has extensive experience in Coroner’s inquests as an advocate, representing a wide range of clients including hospitals, NHS Trusts, care homes, private companies including those supplying medical services in prison and police custody. She often advises in complex deaths which are heard by a jury, and cases where Article 2 is engaged. As a Coroner, she has conducted inquests into deaths involving construction companies, road traffic incidents, missing persons, deaths after police contact and medication interactions.
Gemma has a passion for the Court of Protection including capacity, consent, ‘best interests’ and deprivation of liberty. She is often instructed to obtain emergency court orders so that life-saving medical treatment can be provided; providing urgent, but practical advice. She advises in relation to healthcare regulatory hearings (having previously worked at the General Medical Council), and in cases where there is criminal investigation in relation to corporate or gross negligence manslaughter, perverting the course of justice, or a Health & Safety Executive investigation.
Gemma undertakes sensitive and serious investigations, and also trains investigators to produce robust medico-legal reports.