Medic Law - Supporting Fairness

Rajendra Chaudhary

MS FRCS(Ed) FRCS DipUrol MSc (Comp) GDipLaw Dip-Bar



Rajendra (‘Raj’) Chaudhary qualified as a doctor from New Delhi and worked as a General & Urological Surgeon in the NHS. His 13-year stint in the NHS (from trainee to locum Consultant) gave him an in-depth knowledge of the workings of the medical establishment and personal & professional dilemmas that doctors face.

Progression of Raj’s medical career was met with injustices and legal obstacles which compelled him to challenge various relevant authorities; some of the judgments have been widely reported in the press and also cited as reported case law[1].

Thereafter, it was natural for Raj to enter into the arena of medicolegal law. Armed with a wealth of personal experience and knowledge of law, he unselfishly embarked on helping doctors facing a variety of legal issues with regard to their clinical practice and employment. Despite his increasing commitments, Raj successfully graduated in law (Graduate Diploma in Law) and went on to obtain a barrister’s qualification (Dip Bar) in 2007. Subsequently, Raj formed the niche medicolegal practice ‘Medic-Law’ in Manchester, and up to now, has been supporting doctors in an array of legal cases from employment tribunals, General Medical Council to the High Court.

Through his experience Raj discovered that the empirical distinction of legal issues as ‘employment’ or ‘regulatory’ and subsequent representation by two separate organisations (trade union and medical defence organisations) increases the risk of an adverse outcome against doctors. Raj conceptualised a model defence organisation where the member was defended in employment as well as regulatory matters by the same representative, i.e. the ‘one-representative for both’ model, and based on the same, helped launch Medical Defence Shield (‘MDS’). Raj successfully followed this model in setting up Doctors and Dentists Protection Union.

Raj is passionate about doctors’ well being and supports doctors with all aspects of professional practice. A substantial amount of his work consists of representing doctors who are being investigated by the General Medical Council and he is all to familar with the stress that medics go through while being subjected to investigations that threaten their professional career and reputation.

Raj never hesitates in thinking ‘out of the box’ to understand a client’s position and does not just restrict himself to conventional wisdom. He is known for standing up for his clients and fighting fearlessly and tenaciously whenever necessary.

[1] Chaudhary v Royal College of Surgeons

Chaudhary v British Medical Association (1)

Chaudhary v Specialist Training Authority

Chaudhary v Secretary of State for Health (1)

Chaudhary v Secretary of State for Health (2)

Chaudhary v British Medical Association (2)