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Nigel Pleming QC is a barrister at 39 Essex Street Chambers, a role taken up in 1974. In January 2000 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in law by Kingston University. He was called to the bar in 1971 and admitted to Silk in 1992. His roles, outside practice at the Bar, have included Vice Chairman of the Mental Health Act Commission, membership of the DH expert group to report on mental health law in England and Wales, and membership of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics – Working Party on the Genetics of Mental Health Disorders. In 2003/2005 he chaired the Inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse by psychiatric patients – The Kerr/Haslam Inquiry, Cm 6640-1.
He has also sat as a Deputy Judge of the High Court, sitting as a judge appointed to determine cases in the administrative court list.
He was Counsel to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and Privileges (96 to 97) and has represented and advised medical regulatory bodies (including the GMC) on research misconduct issues.