March 08 2019
David Hughes successfully appeared on behalf of a vet before the RCVS Disciplinary Committee. David’s client had been convicted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Although the Committee made a finding of unfitness to practise, it made no further order, meaning that she is free to continue practising as a vet.
The committee said of David’s client that she “…made efforts to avoid repetition of the incident by undertaking further driving instruction and recognised that she had displayed full insight and remorse. Furthermore, it also considered the many testimonials from colleagues and clients and that she had received significant support from her employers”, adding “"The Committee came to the conclusion that this was one of those exceptionally unfortunate and sad cases where it is appropriate and proportionate to take no further action. The respondent has insight and is deeply remorseful and has accepted full responsibility for what has happened.
"In the circumstances of this case the Committee determined that the public interest has been met by the finding that the respondent’s conviction renders her unfit to practise. The Committee was of the view that to impose any sanction now would be disproportionate."
David was instructed by Peter Fletcher of Rees Wood Terry.