High Court judgement 10th July 2009.
After the FHSAA first allowed, then dismissed his appeal on 17th March 2009, Dr Stephenson appealed to the High Court. Devon PCT opposed this appeal. On 10th July 2009, in the Royal Courts of Justice, London, before the Honourable Mr Justice Burton and after criticism from the Judge, Devon PCT agreed a Consent Order overturning the Contingent Removal. Dr Stephenson was represented by James Leonard in his appeal, and the PCT by Saima Hanif and Bevan Brittan (solicitors).
To see the Sealed Court Order (10th July 2009) reversing the Contingent Removal and ordering Devon PCT to pay costs, please click here (.pdf).
The full official transcript of the hearing can be seen here (.pdf).
Highlights of Judge Burton’s comments taken from the transcript:
In the High Court, the PCT agreed that Dr Stephenson’s proposal that his appeal (against their 18 September 2008 decision to Contingently Remove him) was allowed, but resisted paying his costs. However the judge ordered the PCT to pay Dr Stephenson’s legal fees of £8,508.75 (inc vat) plus their own costs of £10,342.60 (which with vat @15% would make a grand total of £20,402.74).