James Wilkinson is a litigation assistant in the professional misconduct team based in Thompsons Solicitors’ Manchester office, covering Wales and the north west of England.

James deals with employees who have been accused of a serious act, or failure to act, at work. Sometimes an allegation involves a death in custody.

James helps to manage cases on behalf of regulated professionals and assists them through the investigation and hearing process. He started his current role at Thompsons in 2017, having been an administration assistant at the firm for a year previously.

James derives satisfaction from helping clients to defend themselves so they can maintain their professional careers. Thompsons is the first law firm he has worked for.

He uses his spare time to maintain his health and fitness and he enjoys listening to music.

JAMES’S CASE EXPERIENCE

A psychiatric patient, who had been granted a degree of independence, left a hospital grounds and deliberately crashed his car into a tree killing himself. One of the ward nurses was accused of keeping inadequate records about the patient and of failing to raise concerns after he left the ward. The nurse accepted failing to check or to record information that would ordinarily have been kept, but denied misconduct. Having heard the evidence, the fitness to practice committee decided the charges were not proven and where the allegations were accepted by the nurse, they did not amount to misconduct.

Another nurse faced a range of allegations concerning inappropriate communication with colleagues and a lack of competency. Having heard evidence from both parties the panel at the final hearing determined the communication concerned was not sexually motivated and the remaining allegations were not proven. As a result the panel decided there was no misconduct.

A social worker was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a service user. It transpired the service user had used coercive and threatening behaviour in an attempt to manipulate the client. Following a three-day hearing the panel concluded that the social worker’s actions did not amount to misconduct and no order was made.

TESTIMONIALS

“Just a quick message to thank you for all the hard work you put in to my case and for getting Darren to work his magic with the information you gathered for him, he was brilliant, could not have had anyone better looking after me.”

“I would like to say a 'Thank you' to you, James, as I have always found you very friendly, helpful and professional.

Many thanks for all your help.”