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Surjit Dubb

Partner

Surjit originally joined Simon Eastwood’s team at Winckworth Sherwood in 1998 and was one of the three founding solicitors at Eastwoods when it was established in 2004. He became a partner in December 2010. Surjit is ranked in both Chambers & Partners UK and Legal 500 for professional discipline and crime.

Surjit’s work portfolio covers a wide range of healthcare regulatory, crime and disciplinary work, including: clinical negligence claims; inquests; NHSE investigations; but with a particular emphasis on crime in regard to sexual allegations and matters relating to fraud.

In recent years Surjit has represented a number of professionals in the defence of criminal allegations including serious sexual offences, fraud and assault of patients.

EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE

Criminal Defence

Surjit has extensive experience in representing clients facing criminal proceedings, particularly doctors and other healthcare professionals facing allegations including serious sexual offences; gross negligence manslaughter; NHS counter-fraud and investigations by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Surjit frequently attends police interviews and he has successfully defended clients in both Magistrates Court and Crown Court trials. Over the years, Surjit has achieved particular success in defending serious sexual offences, many of which have been high profile and have attracted considerable press interest from the outset.

Regulatory Defence

Surjit is known for his professional discipline expertise, having represented professionals in regulatory and disciplinary matters at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) / General Medical Council, General Dental Council, Care Quality Commission, Royal Pharmaceutical Society and NHS Trust Disciplinary matters. Surjit appears before the Interim Orders Tribunal at the MPTS on a regular basis. Surjit has also represented doctors at internal disciplinary proceedings and appeals to the First Tier and Upper Tribunals.

Clinical Negligence

Surjit has defended medical and dental professionals in clinical negligence claims throughout his career. This has covered a wide range of matters, including catastrophic brain injuries, cancer misdiagnosis and cases involving injuries as a result of negligent orthopaedic surgery.

Inquests

Surjit has represented several clients at inquests over the years. Notable cases include representing a doctor at a four-week inquest into the death of a young woman who died of methadone toxicity whilst in police custody.

Judicial Review/Appeals

Surjit has considerable experience of assisting clients with statutory appeals and judicial review claims against decisions of regulatory bodies, with particular expertise in advising clients on appeal following Crown Court trials.

DIRECTORY ENTRIES

“Surjit is a cool, calm strategist who inspires confidence in his clients and fear in his opponents.”
Legal 500 2020

“He’s a very thoughtful solicitor who thinks strategically and tactically.”
Chambers & Partners 2019

“He has an excellent manner with clients. He’s very realistic and very down-to-earth.”
Chambers & Partners UK 2018

“Has unmatched client care and attention to detail.”
Legal 500 2018

“The highly experienced Surjit Dubb receives praise for his proficiency in “managing the case and the anxiety of the doctor.””
Chambers & Partners UK 2017

“Huge commitment and passion for the job without being unrealistic about what can be achieved.” “ [He is] entirely straightforward, and he fights very hard for his client. He’s the ideal solicitor.”
Chambers & Partners UK 2013

TESTIMONIALS

Thank you so much for fighting for me, for your professionalism and for your patience. I cannot thank you enough. (Criminal client)

“Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to your team for all of the hard work, kindness and patience that you have shown me over the course of what has been a testing 5 years.” (Medical Client)

“Just a big thank you for all of your help, support, advice and guidance over the last 2 years. I was delighted to receive the news that the GMC will be closing their investigation with no further action. I am grateful to you. In you I had the best defence team. Surjit – you are an excellent, caring, compassionate and very supportive solicitor and simply the best. I would recommend you to anyone. ” (Medical Client)

NOTABLE CASES

R v Dr T (2017)
Successfully defended a cardiologist / general physician who was charged with 10 sexual offences against three patients. The doctor denied the charges and was unanimously acquitted by the jury following a three-week trial at Woolwich Crown Court.

R v Dr F (2016)
Successfully defended a consultant physician who faced an allegation of a serious sexual assault against a male patient after conducting an intimate examination. The patient had recorded their post-examination discussion and went to the Police the following day. The doctor denied the charge and following a one week trial at Isleworth Crown Court, was acquitted by the jury.

R v Dr S (2016)
Successfully defended a middle-grade doctor in trauma and orthopaedic surgery at Willesden Magistrates Court. The doctor was charged with one count of common assault and one count of assault by beating, both against his wife. The doctor denied the charges and was found not guilty on both counts.

R v Dr C (2016)

Successfully defended a male GP accused of sexual assault by a male patient at Basildon Crown Court. The GP was charged with one count of sexual assault arising from a consultation with the patient. The GP denied the allegation against him and was found not guilty.

The CPS made a number of bad character applications before the trial commenced which were successfully resisted by the defence.

GDC v Dr H (2016)
Surjit represented a general dental practitioner in proceedings before the Professional Conduct Committee of the General Dental Council. The practitioner faced a range of charges relating to his care of a single patient and the case also considered a number of allegations of dishonesty, all of which were found not proved at the fact-finding stage. The Committee concluded that the practitioner’s fitness to practise was not currently impaired, given the extensive remediation he had undertaken.

R v Dr A (2016)
Surjit secured the acquittal of a GP charged with two counts of sexual assault against a female patient. The GP denied the allegation and, following a trial at Woolwich Crown Court, the jury unanimously found him not guilty on both counts.

General Medical Council v Dr O (2014-2016)
Surjit represented a GP who faced a number of charges relating to his care of patients and alleged sexually-motivated consultations. The matter was considered by a Medical Practitioners Tribunal over a period of almost four weeks, and culminated in the doctor’s fitness to practise being found not to be impaired.

R v Mr S (2016)
Surjit successfully defended a male physiotherapist charged with nine counts of sexual assault against eight female patients. The physiotherapist denied the allegations and was acquitted on all counts.

R v Dr O (2015)
Surjit successfully defended a GP who was charged with 15 counts of sexual assault against six female patients who claimed that the doctor had performed improper, sexually-motivated examinations, including recto-vaginal examinations. The doctor’s defence case was largely based on the assertion that the examinations described were clinically justified. The jury took just two hours to reach a not guilty verdict on all 15 counts.

Dr Robin Lawrence v General Medical Council [2012] EWHC 464 (Admin)
Appeal against the decision of a GMC Fitness to Practise Panel to erase the name of a consultant psychiatrist from the medical register, where it was concluded that the rules of natural justice precluded members of specialist tribunals, including experts, from giving evidence to themselves which the parties had no opportunity to challenge. It was held that the Panel had erred in relying upon expertise which it did not possess and reaching conclusions on particular issues without first identifying those issues or giving the parties an opportunity to adduce evidence or make submissions on them.

R v Tildsley ( 2004)
Successfully defended a Dentist at a Crown Court trial following allegations of dental fraud.

Parviz Seyedi v General Medical Council (2003) UKPC 67
Privy Council appeal against decision of a General Medical Council Professional Conduct Committee to impose conditions on a doctor’s registration, following a finding of Serious Professional Misconduct.

Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry (1999 – 2000)
Inquiry into Bristol paediatric cardiac surgery.

EDUCATION

1983 – 1988 Lordswood Boys School, Birmingham
1992 – 1995 LLB (Hons), London Guildhall University
1995 – 1996 LPC, London Guildhall University

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

1997 – 1998 Paralegal, Wiseman Lee
1998 – 2000 Paralegal & Trainee Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood
2000 – 2004 Solicitor, Winckworth Sherwood
2004 – 2010 Solicitor, Eastwoods
2010 – date Partner, Eastwoods

INTERESTS

Surjit in his spare time has a passion for Formula 1 and cricket and enjoys playing chess. Surjit is a long time supporter of Liverpool F.C.

Direct Line:
(020) 3137 4803

Direct Fax:
(020) 3137 4821

Email:
surjit@eastwoodslaw.co.uk