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Joseph Sinclair wins the John Collins Pro Bono Excellence Award at the Advocate Bar Pro Bono Awards 2024


We are delighted to announce that Joseph Sinclair has won at the Advocate 2024 Bar Pro Bono Awards in the category, John Collins Pro Bono Excellence Award.

This esteemed award is in memory of John Collins, who dedicated his life to Pro Bono work, with nominees put forward by Advocate‘s casework team.

Joseph Sinclair

Joseph joined Advocate’s panel of volunteers in March 2023. He was one of the top 3 most active members on Advocate’s panel last year and has assisted on 12 pieces of work, one of which was regarding a vulnerable adult who sought assistance following a Crown Court appeal. This was a long-term dispute with ongoing issues where the applicant could have been evicted and lost her home. Joseph provided advice and represented the applicant in court.

He also assisted on another matter which concerned an applicant who was erased from the medical register in 2017 following concerns regarding his clinical ability whilst in practice as a junior doctor. The summary letter indicated that the applicant’s fitness to practice may have been impacted by his route to qualification, having pursued medical studies in the Czech Republic and later in Romania. The applicant undertook various training placements in the UK, in readiness for restoration, and was seeking advice as to restoration of his registration following the elapse of the relevant period. Joseph provided robust and thorough advice.

A recent case that Joseph helped with concerned an applicant who sought representation at his remote Health and Care Professions Council final hearing. The applicant is a physiotherapist who has been suspended by the HCPC since April 2020. In 2015, he was accused of rape but was acquitted after trial in 2017. In 2019, an allegation of sexual assault was made against him. Although initially he was not charged, the applicant has subsequently been charged and bailed before the CPS offered no evidence in December 2022. Joseph provided extensive advice to the applicant.

The awards, sponsored by LexisNexis took place on Wednesday 8th May 2024. The virtual brochure can be viewed here.


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