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Defence Lawyers for Professionals

Specialist Defence Solicitors for Regulatory, Disciplinary, Criminal, Employment,

Negligence Claims and other legal proceedings

Eastwoods is a niche firm of defence solicitors which acts on behalf of individuals and their insurers, and we have a wealth of experience defending regulatory/disciplinary, criminal, clinical negligence and personal injury cases, as well as in employment claims, sports law, Judicial Review, appeals and representation at Coroner’s Inquests.

Eastwoods has been ranked as a leading firm for many years in “Chambers and Partners UK” and “The Legal 500”. We deal with cases countrywide - our base is in Blackfriars, London, and we have a facility in Manchester which enables us to operate effectively in the North as well.

As a small, niche firm all of our lawyers are defence specialists. With our range of expertise we understand the potential for overlap between different investigations of the same matters (for example regulatory and criminal often overlap). We also understand the issues that arise for our clients on a personal as well as legal level. Being a small, specialist firm we are particularly focused on providing a service tailored to our clients’ needs, providing pragmatic advice in a cost-efficient way to get through what are often unfamiliar and stressful proceedings.

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Overview of our work

We are experienced in the defence of individuals facing a range of different types of case – click on the links here to see more details of our expertise

All Our Expertise

Our Expertise

Professional Discipline/Regulation

Eastwoods has a well-established reputation as a specialist, leading firm for defence work in the regulatory/disciplinary field, particularly (but not confined to) the healthcare regulators. We were specialists in regulatory work long before the explosion in regulation and as such we have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of it.

Find out more about our experience

We have been involved in many high-profile cases and have significant experience over the years of handling cases before the

  • General Medical Council (GMC) / Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS)
  • General Dental Council (GDC)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)
  • Other regulators

Crime

We are experienced in defending individuals facing a range of criminal allegations, including sexual offences, fraud, manslaughter, bribery and common assault. We can assist you from the outset of an investigation, attending the police station with you for interview, right through to a trial in the Crown Court or Magistrates’ Court, and if appropriate an appeal.

Civil Claims

We are also experts in defending civil claims, particularly in clinical negligence and personal injury. Again, we are involved in these cases from the earliest stage (prior to proceedings being issued) through to trials (not a common occurrence now, with the majority of cases resolved out of court), including securing discontinuance of a claim where possible or negotiation of an advantageous settlement where appropriate. The claims team has experience of defending a wide range of cases, from high-value (multi-million pound) claims to low-value fast track claims.

Sport

Eastwoods has been involved in advising in a number of high profile sports law cases, including the bringing of high value claims in the Employment Tribunal as well as sports regulatory matters, advising on anti-doping and selection issues and other sports matters such as defence of amateur sports persons and clubs in personal injury claims.

Employment

Our team of lawyers provides advice and assistance to clients across a range of employment- related matters, from internal investigations (including under “MHPS”, the procedure unique to the NHS) to Employment Tribunal Proceedings.

"They're a really fantastic niche practice; they've all got huge...

"They're a really fantastic niche practice; they've all got huge experience."

“Just a brief note to say a very big thank you for all of your highly professional and skilled advice during the last 5 months not forgetting the day of the inquest itself….Many thanks once again for your excellent and superb...

Medical Client

“Just a brief note to say a very big thank you for all of your highly professional and skilled advice during the last 5 months not forgetting the day of the inquest itself….Many thanks once again for your excellent and superb service.” Medical Client

“As a specialist niche firm they impress me; they know professional discipline really well, and are flexible, sensible and committed to the cause.”

Chambers & Partners

“As a specialist niche firm they impress me; they know professional discipline really well, and are flexible, sensible and committed to the cause.”
Chambers & Partners

"An outstanding niche firm specialising in medical defence work."

Chambers & Partners

"An outstanding niche firm specialising in medical defence work."
Chambers & Partners

Many thanks to you…for your great efforts in guiding [our Dr member] through this complex maze and keeping him on board often during taxing and distressing circumstances....

Medical Defence Organisation

Many thanks to you…for your great efforts in guiding [our Dr member] through this complex maze and keeping him on board often during taxing and distressing circumstances. Medical Defence Organisation

I am very grateful for your support and professionalism throughout, which made a potentially traumatic and stressful experience considerably less...

Medical Client

I am very grateful for your support and professionalism throughout, which made a potentially traumatic and stressful experience considerably less so.
Medical Client

The type of cases they deal with are quite significant, and they are superb at handling criminal aspects.

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Chambers & Partners

The type of cases they deal with are quite significant, and they are superb at handling criminal aspects.

Chambers & Partners

Eastwoods has evolved into a very highly regarded firm that has established its reputation by defending doctors and dentists in court and before the disciplinary panels of the GMC and GDC. More than one market source said they...

Chambers & Partners

Eastwoods has evolved into a very highly regarded firm that has established its reputation by defending doctors and dentists in court and before the disciplinary panels of the GMC and GDC. More than one market source said they recommended the firm to doctors unaffiliated with an indemnifier: "Occasionally I'm asked by doctors who they should go to, and if they're not a member of a defence organisation I recommend Eastwoods.
Chambers & Partners

Eastwoods is widely acknowledged for its representation of medical professionals and defence organisations in investigations, disciplinary hearings and allegations of medical-related criminal offences. The team is also...

Chambers & Partners

Eastwoods is widely acknowledged for its representation of medical professionals and defence organisations in investigations, disciplinary hearings and allegations of medical-related criminal offences. The team is also increasingly accomplished at acting in football, sports and police disciplinary proceedings.
Chambers & Partners

This niche outfit made its name in the healthcare defence sector and, despite its smaller size, is deemed to be on par with some of the larger market players in terms of work quality.

Chambers & Partners

This niche outfit made its name in the healthcare defence sector and, despite its smaller size, is deemed to be on par with some of the larger market players in terms of work quality.
Chambers & Partners

‘Fabulous leader’ Simon Eastwood heads the team, which includes Adam Smith and the ‘highly experienced’ Surjit Dubb, who is noted for his ‘excellent client care’. Dubb and Stephen Hooper – an ‘imaginative’...

Legal 500

‘Fabulous leader’ Simon Eastwood heads the team, which includes Adam Smith and the ‘highly experienced’ Surjit Dubb, who is noted for his ‘excellent client care’. Dubb and Stephen Hooper – an ‘imaginative’ associate with a ‘refreshing approach to legal problems’ – acted for a dentist facing allegations concerning a cosmetic dental treatment; the dentist was allowed to continue in unrestricted practice.
Legal 500

Eastwoods Solicitors is a niche firm comprising ten fee-earners, and is renowned in the healthcare sector, acting predominantly for doctors and dentists.

Legal 500

Eastwoods Solicitors is a niche firm comprising ten fee-earners, and is renowned in the healthcare sector, acting predominantly for doctors and dentists.
Legal 500

The firm has a well-established reputation in healthcare work.

Legal 500

The firm has a well-established reputation in healthcare work.
Legal 500

I would like to thank you for your help and for recommending Eastwoods Solicitors to us as they have been most professional and helpful in their advice to us during this most stressful and traumatic time. I would highly...

Sports Client

I would like to thank you for your help and for recommending Eastwoods Solicitors to us as they have been most professional and helpful in their advice to us during this most stressful and traumatic time. I would highly recommend Eastwoods Solicitors to anyone as their service has been excellent.
Sports Client

I look back and feel very privileged that you were my lawyer. The attention to detail, your devotion to your job and your ability to focus at all times on the crucial points was outstanding…Words cannot describe the depth of...

Medical Client

I look back and feel very privileged that you were my lawyer. The attention to detail, your devotion to your job and your ability to focus at all times on the crucial points was outstanding…Words cannot describe the depth of gratitude I owe to you. You were professional, kind and determined.
Medical Client