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Consultant Gynaecologist – GMC Investigation – November 2016

I am emailing to recommend Mr. Bill Wilson for his remarkable help, exceptional patience, candid advice, thorough approach and immediate attention during the General Medical Council Investigation I have been through over more than 3 years.

He was always available for discussion beyond the expected role, even when not at the office and even when at home or on leave. He was flexible enough to accommodate my preferences, whilst making his own opinion clear.

He has been extremely supportive, and consistently so, during a very difficult time, which helped me getting though the lengthy process. I am most grateful to him for this beyond description and would wholeheartedly recommend him for those unfortunate enough to have to go through a similar investigation.

Social Work Manager on speedy Finding of No Case to Answer

I was totally traumatised by the allegations made against me and after safeguarding children for over 20 years I genuinely thought this may be the end of my social work career.  I did some research, wanting to find someone who was experienced to see through the allegations and support my innocence and eventually found John Williams and was very impressed by reviews regarding his supportive approach. John has. throughout this crippling experience, supported me fully. having the knowledge, experience, compassion, empathy and I genuinely would not be writing this review now if John had not taken on my case.  Fortunately my life is now back on track allowing me to do what I do best which is safeguarding children - Thank you so very much John.

General Medical Practitioner – Indemnity Cover – Bill Wilson.

Professional Medical Indemnity cover held by all GP's is ever more at risk as MDO's react to escalating liability exposure. Unexpected loss of cover for the individual GP may be individually unfair but who can help you with remedying the situation? How do you represent yourself regarding complex issues to a MDO. The process can be an opaque one at times.

Mr Bill Wilson is an experienced lawyer in the field of regulatory healthcare including General Practice.

His quick grasp of complex issues, understanding of the regulatory environment, sharp eye for detail and talent for spotting the important areas to address are very reassuring qualities that are not so easy to find. Discussing your situation with Bill may find a way forward which others have overlooked.

Incorporating Bill's ideas into my approach resolved an unfairness, the remedy for which had stalled for nearly a year with other approaches.

Consultant – GMC Interim Orders Tribunal – Bill Wilson.

I wanted to express my gratitude for your efforts and dedication for my case. It is really hard to make someone who doesn’t know you believe that you are innocent but you still put all your efforts in clearing my name. I am grateful to you that you took all the stress and restored everything out for me. Your faith, knowledge and determination were something that solves my worries.

Teacher in NCTL case

“ From my initial approach you have proved yourself to be the best choice by far for me. Your reasonable fees and accommodating payment structure enabled me to engage your services.
 
Your personable but professional manner made me feel comfortable and I was made completely aware of the best outcome that you believed we could attain. Having you as my direct point of contact was a big factor. You were always available when I needed you and you retained the information I imparted to you excellently and, at no point did I need to correct anything I had told you or repeat myself.
               
Before I instructed you, I was pretty sure I was going to lose my registration. But, I'm very pleased to say that that is no longer even remotely the case. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, my professional career of 25 years is secure, and I'm looking forward very much to the future.
 
I would not hesitate ever to recommend you to defend someone in a situation such as mine.”

Money laundering case

"You hear many horror stories about Solicitors, however I can truly say that Bill Wilson was professional, easy to talk to and explained things in an everyday language without using legal jargon. Bill conducted his work in a timely manner and always communicated the facts with the minimum amount of fuss. I would have no hesitation in recommending Bankside Law to anybody who needed legal assistance.

I must also mention Miss Sarah Wood, Barrister from 5 St Andrews Hill, concerning how excellent she put the case over to the Judge. At the end of the trial, the Judge complimented Sarah on how well she had presented her case.  

Bill, “Out of the depths of a battle a warrior is forged but heroes and friends are found in many unlikely places!” Thank you, again"

Doctor in Criminal Prosecution for sexual assualt on Patient

“As a client of Bill's in my recent very serious case, I felt tremendous support from him even on our first meeting and this has remained until this day. Nothing was a bother to him and he was always available to answer any fears or queries no matter how small .He explained every step of the legal process in a very reassuring and calm way and left no stone unturned to achieve the positive result for a very complex case. I would thoroughly recommend Bill to be your guiding light in what may be the darkest journey of your life .Thanks again Bill”.

GMC Fitness to Practice Investigation

“Just thought I'd pass on my thanks again for the help you've given. I'm well and truly back on my feet and enjoying a new life, wouldn't have been possible without help from yourself and Dr ** at the MDU.”

Doctor in a Coroner’s case

“My case was handled efficiently, and I felt reassured that the advice was timely, thorough and supportive. Just what I needed during a stressful time dealing with a Coroner’s Inquest.”

Chiropractor in a GCC investigation

“Bankside Law have my confidence that they can deliver the best outcome for my case. THANK YOU!”

GCC Defence

"Going up against the GCC allegations was always going to be trying however what helped was knowing I could rely on Bankside Law. They were swift, knowledgeable and kept me in the loop at all times with regular communication. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again should the occasion ever arise"

SFO defence

"Your firm were thorough, diligent and approachable. You explained everything clearly and left nothing to chance.  Thank you."

GCC Defence

"I have used Bankside law on two occasions and have found them to be incredibly knowledgeable about the GCC and their complaints and knew the exact way to handle them.  I had complete confidence in their approach and have had both cases dismissed.  I would highly recommend them."

GCC Defence

"When your professional career and livelihood is called into question you'll want the best legal support available. In my experience Bankside Law care as much about your license as you do. They have a well established reputation for providing the right advice at the right time and getting the right result. I wouldn't trust my career and reputation with anyone else"

Accountant in ICAEW case

"John and Alex were able to give me exactly what I needed at what was a very distressing time for me. John was able to help me choose a strategy that would most likely entail a successful outcome at the least amount of cost to me. Alex then quickly put that strategy into action and their knowing, supportive and well-considered approach meant that I always felt I was in good hands and being looked after. I’m so pleased I chose Bankside Law to act on my behalf and to help me secure the outcome I deserved."

Social Worker in HCPC Investigation no case to answer finding

We were asked to assist with a further response after the Investigation Committee of the HCPC put the case back for further consideration. The case resulted in no further action. The social worker commented “I was very grateful for the time John gave me, it really did help me with my second submission. He really was an informed voice of reason and helped me put things in context which was really valuable to me at a time when I felt I was drowning and I do thank him for this I will remember John and recommend him to people should the opportunity arise."

Social Worker in a case where the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee dismissed all allegations on findings of no case to answer

"It is such a relief that this case is over as it was impacting on my life. It was reassuring to meet John as he was immediately supportive, knowledgeable and insightful into the detail of my case and as a result I felt reassured that someone of his experience was prepared to fight my corner.".

Paramedic following Conduct and Competence Committee of the HCPC dismissing all allegations against him

“The LAS and HCPC had put me through hell for 3 years, in my opinion the police officers lied, purely as they didn't like me, Our job is difficult enough without fellow members of the emergency services making it more difficult and stressful. I can't thank John & Rad enough. They were both brilliant, I cant recommended them highly enough,I am now looking forward to continuing my career as a paramedic….”

Social work manage; Speedy Decision of No Case to Answer

I was totally traumatised by the allegations made against me and after safeguarding children for over 20 years I genuinely thought this may be the end of my social work career.  I did some research, wanting to find someone who was experienced to see through the allegations and support my innocence and eventually found John Williams and was very impressed by reviews regarding his supportive approach. John has. throughout this crippling experience, supported me fully. having the knowledge, experience, compassion, empathy and I genuinely would not be writing this review now if John had not taken on my case.  Fortunately my life is now back on track allowing me to do what I do best which is safeguarding children - Thank you so very much John

Chiropractor acquitted on all allegations including excessive treatment

I would like to thank Bankside's John Williams and my barristerJonathan Goldring for their upmost professional expertise and experience which has proved invaluable to me. The support and confidence that is gained from having the most experienced team behind you has helped to carry me through the mental stress of one of toughest years in my life.
It is very clear that these guys care passionately about the people they represent.

Social Worker in successful HCPC hearing where all allegations dismissed on findings of no case to answer

It is such a relief that this case is over as it was impacting on my life. It was reassuring to meet John as he was immediately supportive, knowledgeable and insightful into the detail of my case and as a result I felt reassured that someone of his experience was prepared to fight my corner.

Social Worker in HCPC Investigation

I was very grateful for the time John gave me, it really did help me with my second submission. He really was an informed voice of reason and helped me put things in context which was really valuable to me at a time when I felt I was drowning and I do thank him for this I will remember John and recommend him to people should the opportunity arise."

SFO investigation

"I met John Williams of Bankside Law, through another very close friend, also a Solicitor of some repute in his own well known Legal firm, where he is a Senior Partner.  That introduction was inspired.  I was caught up in a complicated issue in which I was implicated by association only, but it took patience, deep research and a calming and caring guidance, all qualities and more, displayed by John Williams.  Surprisingly costs/expenses were really fair. Charges were faultless.  Thank God for John’s presence, as the matter was unravelled and concluded, with my eventual complete exoneration. Bankside Law is all one would wish for in a Law Firm.”

Doctor in a GMC Investigation

“John Williams was incredibly hard working, thorough and very sincere. I really felt he understood my case which was of medical nature. I felt I was in safe hands and his communication with me was excellent. I would really like to thank him for all the support he provided to me.”

Doctor in a Coronor's Case

“I just wanted to let you know how enormously grateful I am to the MDU in general and to you in particular for choosing John Williams as the solicitor to represent my interests in the recent matter of the coroner’s inquest. I do not know whether or not you routinely get feedback on “out of house” solicitors, but I thought you should know that in my opinion John was absolutely marvellous in the way he dealt with the case. He appeared to be beyond thorough in looking at every single possible angle and he was always courteous professional and perhaps most importantly available to me. As I am sure you know at least half the job of the legal representative is to provide psychotherapy and I am pleased to say that John was supremely expert at this aspect of it without ever making me feel stupid or inadequate. He would appear to be a real gem from my limited exposure to dealing with these sorts of matters.”

Osteopath in GOsC Case

"It is one year today since the beginning of what was quite comfortably the worst week of my life before the PCC at the General Osteopathic Council. I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for all the hard work and support you both gave to me during those difficult days. I have never forgotten it or the high level of professional acumen I had behind me. I am enjoying the busiest time ever in Practice which would have seemed wishful thinking a year ago and more importantly am settled and happy in personal and professional life like no other time in the last 25 years!

Once again I cannot express my gratitude enough to you both for helping me achieve that possibility and I continue to sing your praises."

Chiropractor in GCC Case

"When your professional career and livelihood is called into question you'll want the best legal support available. In my experience Bankside Law care as much about your license as you do. They have a well established reputation for providing the right advice at the right time and getting the right result. I wouldn't trust my career and reputation with anyone else"

Consultant Gynaecologist – GMC Investigation – November 2016

I am emailing to recommend Mr. Bill Wilson for his remarkable help, exceptional patience, candid advice, thorough approach and immediate attention during the General Medical Council Investigation I have been through over more than 3 years.

He was always available for discussion beyond the expected role, even when not at the office and even when at home or on leave. He was flexible enough to accommodate my preferences, whilst making his own opinion clear.

He has been extremely supportive, and consistently so, during a very difficult time, which helped me getting though the lengthy process. I am most grateful to him for this beyond description and would wholeheartedly recommend him for those unfortunate enough to have to go through a similar investigation.

Consultant – GMC Interim Orders Tribunal – November 2016 – Bill Wilson .

I wanted to express my gratitude for your efforts and dedication for my case. It is really hard to make someone who doesn’t know you believe that you are innocent but you still put all your efforts in clearing my name. I am grateful to you that you took all the stress and restored everything out for me. Your faith, knowledge and determination were something that solves my worries.

General Medical Practitioner – Indemnity Cover – October 2016 – Bill Wilson.

Professional Medical Indemnity cover held by all GP's is ever more at risk as MDO's react to escalating liability exposure. Unexpected loss of cover for the individual GP may be individually unfair but who can help you with remedying the situation? How do you represent yourself regarding complex issues to a MDO. The process can be an opaque one at times.

Mr Bill Wilson is an experienced lawyer in the field of regulatory healthcare including General Practice.

His quick grasp of complex issues, understanding of the regulatory environment, sharp eye for detail and talent for spotting the important areas to address are very reassuring qualities that are not so easy to find. Discussing your situation with Bill may find a way forward which others have overlooked.

Incorporating Bill's ideas into my approach resolved an unfairness, the remedy for which had stalled for nearly a year with other approaches.

Money Laundering Case

"You hear many horror stories about Solicitors, however I can truly say that Bill Wilson was professional, easy to talk to and explained things in an everyday language without using legal jargon. Bill conducted his work in a timely manner and always communicated the facts with the minimum amount of fuss. I would have no hesitation in recommending Bankside Law to anybody who needed legal assistance.

I must also mention Miss Sarah Wood, Barrister from 5 St Andrews Hill, concerning how excellent she put the case over to the Judge. At the end of the trial, the Judge complimented Sarah on how well she had presented her case.  

Bill, “Out of the depths of a battle a warrior is forged but heroes and friends are found in many unlikely places!” Thank you, again. "

Doctor Defence on a Criminal Crown Court Case involving an allegation of a sexual assualt on a patient

“As a client of Bill's in my recent very serious case, I felt tremendous support from him even on our first meeting and this has remained until this day. Nothing was a bother to him and he was always available to answer any fears or queries no matter how small .He explained every step of the legal process in a very reassuring and calm way and left no stone unturned to achieve the positive result for a very complex case. I would thoroughly recommend Bill to be your guiding light in what may be the darkest journey of your life .Thanks again Bill”.

Doctor Defence in a GMC Investigation

"Having just been through the torrid experience of a GMC investigation which seemed to go on forever I must praise Bill Wilson and Bankside Law for the consummate professionalism and humanity granted to me in a successful defence of all allegations made. It was a very difficult time for me and made much easier by the support, attention to detail and realistic predictions of the likely outcome at every stage of the procedures. I shall be eternally indebted and grateful for all of the kindness, understanding, thoroughness, advice and care at the highest level."

Speech and Language Therapist before Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)

“Bill thank you, for all the help and support in achieving a remarkable result!” (Client) Our Client’s mother also commented:  “I wanted to thank you for your assistance and professionalism in regard to this case. I know she felt encouraged by your manner and had confidence in your ability to assist her in obtaining a positive outcome. Thank you also for instructing Rad (Kohanzad, Serjeants Inn) to represent her at the hearing. His warm manner and softly, softly approach struck the right balance, allowing her to place her trust in him”

Doctor Defence in a GMC Investigation

“I think without your tireless efforts and genuine concern it would not have been possible to have the result we desired! I cannot thank you enough for your dedication and hard work and right from beginning found it very comfortable working along you. You have been a great support and even a friend in many ways and I shall be grateful to you for all my life. I am sure you are busy helping many other doctors now .Good luck and I know they are very lucky to have you on their side.”

Doctor in a Coroner's case

“I would just like to thank both yourself and Jeremy for the excellent support and clarity of your advice, this would have been an entirely different process without your help and input, thank you.”

Managing Director of an international oil company

"I was introduced to the criminal Justice system and all of its complexity, anachronistic and oft draconian consequences, in a structured, caring way by Bill Wilson – Solicitor, Bankside’s Senior Partner and his appointed Counsel. Over a 3.5 years investigation, they were able to guide me through the mire and, by preparing me and my family for the ultimate likely outcomes, minimise my trauma when subsequently being acquainted with Her Majesty’s penal system. By grasping very quickly that the sentencing Judge had made serious errors in law, inter alia biased and misinformed guidance to the Jury, Bankside’s Team was able to secure leave to an appeal hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice. Counsel Peter Lodder Q.C. successfully won the legal argument, which resulted in a substantial reduction of sentence and almost immediate eligibility for my release on license. In addition, by a structured process conducted over several months in HMP’s Wandsworth and Brixton, which involved a diligent defence preparation supported by meticulous collation of supporting documents, an initial preposterous “Benefit Confiscation Calculation” by the Crown was reduced by a million pounds. This assistance and support continued post-release, including dealing with Ministry of Justice support organisations such as probation and other outsourced service providers, which was exacerbated during a period of internal turmoil. This total experience has cumulated into an expansive awareness during a novice’s five year experience of a process which encompassed police and CPS investigations, conditional bail, pre-trial, sentencing, incarceration, then eventual release on license. The result was both psychologically manageable and informative, while dismissing immediately any thoughts of retribution, re-offending or self-harm. I thank and would thoroughly recommend Bankside Law to any individual or corporate client needing legal counsel, personal guidance and / or a roadmap, of how to navigate through the potential minefield that is the British Criminal Justice system.”

Doctor Defence of criminal case

"I want to acknowledge Mr Bill Wilson of Bankside Law my diligent, efficient and learned solicitor  for his professionalism while handling my sexual assault case. The period of time was an extremely uncomfortable and stressful one for me but Mr Wilson made me feel very comfortable and kept me informed about the case every step of the way. His wealth of experience made me feel re-assured each time we discuss the case, and he was always understanding of what I was going through. I found him to be very approachable and he never even once complained that I was always seeking to speak to him. He made the period of the trial as bearable as possible for me. Mr Wilson's choice of barrister was also excellent. I could not have asked of anything or anyone better. I would be proud to refer my family, friends, colleagues and even strangers to him, and I am sure they will be happy with his legal expertise."

Company Director acquittal on large scale arson allegation 

"Now I have had a chance to catch my breath after two and a half years of hell, I wanted to write to thank you for your professionalism, commitment to detail and personal support. I couldn’t have made it through without your constant support and encouragement, over and above what your role required. I shall be forever grateful!

Looking back on my court case, after my acquittal with its unanimous jury verdict of ‘not guilty’, I am more than ever impressed by how you brilliantly steered my case through the procrastinations of the CPS and navigated the incipient and deeply stressful effects of the repeated postponement of the court case. Each time the prosecution sought yet more evidence and although new Prosecution Barristers were instructed to represent them, you worked with our own expert witnesses and Barrister (Jeremy Barton) to address the situation. I am extremely impressed by how you kept on top of the minute detail and specialist forensic evidence, and the way in which you motivated our whole team throughout. Likewise, such was the professionalism of the team that you put together, when the case finally reached court, even the Judge and Prosecuting Barrister requested guidance because of the complexities the case threw up.

As we know, the Prosecution were able to dedicate far more resources than we were at the case and I will always be grateful to you for the way you fought our corner. Without your personal dedication, care and sheer hard work, the outcome may well have been different. I will always be grateful to you."

GCC Defence

"Alex Lane handled my case from the offset and I could not have asked for better. She was always on hand when I needed her to be so, was thorough, professional and got the job done to a very high standard. Highly recommended."

GCC Defence

"When I found out that there was a case filed with the GCC I went through the range of emotions that would be expected. A friend told me that Jonathan was the best. I am glad I listened to him! Alex took a lot of the fear out of the process. And she stopped me from going berserk! Jonathon played to game perfectly - even though I wanted to go for the kill! It was pitched so perfectly that the panel basically read Jonathan's closing statement as their reasons for their verdict! I am forever grateful for the work those two did and the recommendation to hire them. They are the team you want in your corner!"

Doctor Criminal and GMC Defence

"I cannot thank you enough for all the work you did for me and for being so kind and compassionate with me.  This has been the worst experience of my life but no one could have made it more bearable than you! My experience with Alexandra Lane and the rest of the team at Bankside Law was absolutely stellar!  The whole team were very warm, very informative and always responded promptly.  I have never dealt with a lawyer that I would rate higher than Alexandra Lane.  When having to face the bleak prospect of defending yourself in the legal system, it makes all the difference in the world to have a lawyer working for you whom you immediately develop a good personal rapport with.  She always took the time to explain everything as often as I needed reassuring and always was kind and made me feel understood and was empathetic.  Alexandra Lane is the model lawyer and I would not think twice about seeking her appointment again should I need legal assistance again in the future!”

Confiscation

"I really have been so impressed with your work and more than your work, you are the first lawyer who understands and empathises with the human side of a problem and I hope that as you get more and more successful as you surely will, you never lose that quality.  If the others in your firm are half as good as you, I will be content."

GCC Defence

"Going up against the GCC allegations was always going to be trying however what helped was knowing I could rely on Bankside Law. They were swift, knowledgeable and kept me in the loop at all times with regular communication. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again should the occasion ever arise."

GCC Defence

"Alex Lane handled my case from the offset and I could not have asked for better. She was always on hand when I needed her to be so, was thorough, professional and got the job done to a very high standard. Highly recommended."

“I have used Bankside law on two occasions and have found them to be incredibly knowledgeable about the GCC and their complaints and knew the exact way to handle them.  I had complete confidence in their approach and have had both cases dismissed.  I would highly recommend them!”

“When your professional career and livelihood is called into question you'll want the best legal support available. In my experience Bankside Law care as much about your license as you do. They have a well established reputation for providing the right advice at the right time and getting the right result. I wouldn't trust my career and reputation with anyone else"

"Bankside Law provide an excellent and highly professional service in dealing with GMC related matters. They have extensive experience and knowledge in dealing with fitness to practise issues and put clients at ease from the start. I would highly recommend their services!"

“I cannot thank you enough for all the work you did for me and for being so kind and compassionate with me.  This has been the worst experience of my life but no one could have made it more bearable than you!” 

“My experience with Alexandra Lane and the rest of the team at Bankside Law was absolutely stellar!  The whole team were very warm, very informative and always responded promptly.  I have never dealt with a lawyer that I would rate higher than Alexandra Lane.  When having to face the bleak prospect of defending yourself in the legal system, it makes all the difference in the world to have a lawyer working for you whom you immediately develop a good personal rapport with.  She always took the time to explain everything as often as I needed reassuring and always was kind and made me feel understood and was empathetic.  Alexandra Lane is the model lawyer and I would not think twice about seeking her appointment again should I need legal assistance again in the future!”

“I really have been so impressed with your work and more than your work, you are the first lawyer who understands and empathises with the human side of a problem and I hope that as you get more and more successful as you surely will, you never lose that quality.  If the others in your firm are half as good as you, I will be content.”

"Your firm were thorough, diligent and approachable. You explained everything clearly and left nothing to chance.  Thank you."

It is one year today since the beginning of what was quite comfortably the worst week of my life before the PCC at the General osteopathic Council.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for all the hard work and support you both gave to me during those difficult days. I have never forgotten it or the high level of professional acumen I had behind me. I am enjoying the busiest time ever in Practice which would have seemed wishful thinking a year ago and more importantly am settled and happy in personal and professional life like no other time in the last 25 years!

Once again I cannot express my gratitude enough to you both for helping me achieve that possibility and I continue to sing your praises.