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Tracy Sell-Peters

Partner // Head of Healthcare Litigation, London

Tracy has over 18 years' experience in all aspects of healthcare litigation, having conducted cases for medical defence organisations, insurers, the NHSLA, PCTs, private clients, regulators and Royal Colleges.


Her expert areas of law include clinical negligence litigation, regulatory law (including cases before most of the healthcare regulators), inquest law, medico-legal advisory work, dispute resolution and personal injury.

Tracy has advised and represented medical and dental defence organisations, private clients, private hospital groups, private hospitals, insurance companies, PCTs, the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) and all three medical defence organisations.

Her cases have included large numbers of complex and high value clinical negligence claims spanning the medical specialities and including claims in relation to neurology, cerebral palsy, spinal and orthopaedic, plastic surgery, ophthalmology and paediatric. She has dealt with periodical payment orders (PPOs) and structured settlements.

She has extensive experience of regulatory work, defending doctors and other healthcare practitioners whose registration is called into question by the General Medical Council (GMC) and other healthcare regulatory bodies (GDC, NMC, GOC, HCPC). She has been involved in serious untoward incident inquiries and have represented doctors at independent inquiries. She has advised in relation to numerous medico-legal issues including harassment, defamation, capacity, consent, confidentiality and the Data Protection Act. She has also acted for doctors at employment tribunals and for healthcare professionals in injunction and judicial review proceedings. She has represented medical professionals as an advocate at numerous complex inquests, including deaths in custody. Those inquests have often developed into both regulatory and civil proceedings.

Tracy has also advised medical regulators in relation to Judicial Review challenges brought against them, including by the Professional Standards Authority. She has advised Royal Colleges in relation to similar challenges brought by way of Judicial Review in relation to their examination and accreditation procedures. She has advised doctors on applications for Specialist Accreditation by the GMC and in relation to employment issues including those being conducted under the auspices of Maintaining High Professional Standards in the Modern NHS. She has advised doctors subject to Royal College of Surgeons' Independent Review Mechanism (IRM) investigations.

Tracy has lectured and trained in relation to the entire spectrum of healthcare law.

Tracy is bilingual (French and English), speaks German and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, having qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in Ontario in 1995.