Gemma Hobcraft - Healthcare and Serious Medical Treatment

Year of Call: 2006  

Gemma’s practice is focused on legal issues relating to health and regulation, this includes health care regulatory and fitness to practice cases (from referral through to review and appeal) as well as work in allied areas of health-related law including work in the Court of Protection.  

In her regulatory work she is very adept at understanding and analyzing large volumes of medical records, and witness handling of health care professionals and experts on clinical matters.   

Gemma spent three years in academia teaching medical law and ethics (as well as criminal law which often cross cuts issues of necessity, consent and capacity). Her research focused on examining ethical issues with a focus on health, human rights and regulation. A key focus of her practice and research relates to Article 8 and the right to privacy.   

Gemma was a lay member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority between 2008 – 2015. Her roles during this time included a term as Deputy Chair and being Chair of the Ethics and Standards Committee, which gave her considerable opportunity to develop and demonstrate her decision making and judgment on finely balanced ethical and medical issues.   

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