GOC Fitness to Practice Hearings

Cartwright King has a team of Professional Discipline solicitors with the knowledge and expertise to represent and defend you in disciplinary investigations, proceedings and hearings before the General Optical Council (GOC). Whether you require initial advice or need someone to represent you at a fitness to practice hearing, we are here to help. We have offices across the country and can assist wherever you are based.

Free Initial Telephone Consultation

Our Professional Discipline team are here to take the worry off your hands. We can provide an initial free telephone consultation to see how we can assist in your case. Please call us on 0345 894 1622 or email info@cartwrightking.co.uk and we will contact you.

Who is the General Optical Council?

The General Optical Council (GOC) is a regulatory organisation of dispensing opticians and optometrists (ophthalmic opticians) in the United Kingdom. The GOC sets standards that each registered practitioner must adhere to. If these standards are not met, the GOC can investigate and bring disciplinary proceedings.  

The GOC can investigate a wide range of allegations including (not exhaustive):

  • Failure to diagnose
  • Late diagnosis
  • Loss of vision
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delayed referrals
  • Poor care
  • Negligence
  • Damaging laser eye surgery 


If the GOC decides that a registrant’s fitness to practice is impaired, it has a number of sanctions at its disposal which it can impose including:

  • Erasure from the register – preventing an optometrist/dispensing optician from practicing
  • Suspension from the register – likely to remain in force until a review hearing takes place to decide whether a registrant should remain suspended or if other sanctions should be imposed
  • Conditional registration
  • Financial penalty
  • Warning

What Can We Offer?

At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the stress that a disciplinary investigation or hearing can cause and the potential long term consequences that can affect you and your career. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, explaining the likely outcomes and terminology.

How to make contact

If you require legal advice or if you would like a no obligation free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0345 894 1622. Alternatively you can email the Professional Discipline team on info@cartwrightking.co.uk and we will contact you.  

Our Professional Discipline solicitors can provide advice across the country and are happy to meet at a time and location that suits you. We also have a network of offices in BirminghamBedfordBoltonDerbyLeedsLeicesterLondon TempleLondon Fleet StreetLutonManchesterMiddlesbroughMilton KeynesNewcastleNorthamptonNottinghamOxfordSheffield and Worcester.

For further information please get in touch with our dedicated team.

Andrew Brammer - Head of Regulatory



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