Tracy is an expert in healthcare litigation which comprises claims, regulatory, advisory, criminal, inquest and inquiry work. In terms of her claims expertise, it includes advising on complex and high-value clinical negligence claims spanning the medical specialities. She has done a particularly significant number of brain injury and spinal surgery cases as well as orthopaedic, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, neurology and neurosurgery claims, brought against surgeons and physicians working both in the NHS and in their private capacity. She has vast experience of defending GPs and out-of-hours organisations, as well as care homes, hospital groups and agencies working in these environments.
In her regulatory work, Tracy defends doctors, dentists and other healthcare practitioners whose registration is called into question by the General Medical Council (GMC) and other healthcare regulatory bodies (GDC, NMC, GOC, HCPC). Practitioners also turn to Tracy for representation in independent inquiries, including serious untoward incident inquiries and complex inquests, including deaths in custody. Tracy has defended many practitioners in fitness-to-practise hearings before their regulators as well as dealing with appeals arising from those proceedings.
Tracy is well regarded when it comes to healthcare litigation and often represents doctors in Maintaining High Professional Standards (MHPS) NHS disciplinary proceedings and private hospital investigations. She has particular expertise in representing practitioners who face proceedings, often consecutively, in numerous different arenas (criminal, inquest, regulatory, disciplinary and claims).
Judicial Review challenges are also a specialism of Tracy’s. She advises Medical Royal Colleges and professional bodies. She has been involved in a prominent case for the General Optical Council, including the prosecution of the remitted hearing. She has defended a number of different regulators in PSA and Judicial Review challenges.
In addition to the above, Tracy also acts for insurers, defence organisations and private clients and is fluent in both French and English, and speaks German.
Tracy's skill set in regulatory, crime, disciplinary and inquest law lends great weight and a holistic approach to her claims practice.
Tracy Sell-Peters … always goes the extra mile for her clients.
Tracy Sell-Peters performs wonders for clients.
The Legal 500
- Clinical negligence litigation
- Regulatory law
- Criminal cases involving medical professionals
- Healthcare advisory work
- Inquest law
- Disciplinary cases
- Dispute resolution
- Successfully defended a GP before a Medical Practitioners Tribunal in a 10-day listed case of alleged digital and metal speculum instrument intimate (vaginal) examination, with every allegation not proven, no misconduct found and the GP’s fitness to practise found not to be impaired.
- Acting on behalf of the General Optical Council (GOC) in a challenge brought by the Professional Standards Authority against a decision made by the GOC’s own Fitness to Practise Committee against a Registered Optometrist charged charged with gross negligence manslaughter in 2013 in connection with the death of a 7-year-old patient from papilloedema (swelling of the optic nerve). This is an important case for the optometry profession – arguably as important as Bawa-Garba was for doctors.
- Successfully defended a registered nurse in criminal proceedings charged with the wilful neglect of a care home resident who suffered from dementia. Also instructed to represent the nurse’s interests in the regulatory investigation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
- High-value orthopaedic claim (£5+million) representing a surgeon in respect of a patient who underwent a right total knee replacement in 2016 under the care of an orthopaedic surgeon, and the private hospital where the surgery and aftercare took place.
- Acted on behalf of the owner of an out-of-hours service provider in a claim by a claimant who was aged 9 months at the date of the alleged negligence (delay in diagnosis and treatment of pneumococcal meningitis).
- Representing a medical indemnity insurer and its insured gynaecologist, on a joint retainer to defend a substantial clinical negligence claim involving alleged mismanagement of the claimant’s abdominal mass which turned out to be a very rare ovarian cancer.
Recognised by Chambers UK for Clinical Negligence: Mainly Defendant (2023-2024)
Recognised by Chambers UK for Professional Discipline (2022-2024)
“Tracy is a true all-rounder – she’s responsive, commercially aware and delivers results.” Chambers UK 2024
“She’s straight to the point and able to be very factual. She gives me all the options I need.” Chambers UK 2024
“She is a force of nature and is enormously hard-working with fantastic judgement. She’s built up an interesting expertise in the plastic surgery field.” Chambers UK 2024
“Tracy is a fantastic lawyer.” Chambers UK 2024
Recognised by the Legal 500 2024 for Commercial litigation
“Tracy Sell-Peters goes the extra mile for all of her clients.” Chambers UK 2023
Recognised by The Legal 500 2022 for Insurance – Clinical Negligence: Defendant
“Under the leadership of Tracy Sell-Peters a ‘pragmatic‘ approach to a wide range of neurological, orthopaedic and paediatric claims.. regularly leverages its expertise in regulatory, criminal, disciplinary and inquest law to successfully resolve claims.” The Legal 500 2022
Recognised by The Legal 500 2022 for Dispute Resolution: Professional Discipline
“She’s excellent to work with and has good experience and knowledge.” Chambers UK 2022
Recognised by The Legal 500 2021 for Clinical Negligence
“Tracy Sell-Peters regularly acts for defendants in neurological, cerebral palsy, ophthalmology and paediatric claims, and ‘performs wonders for clients.” The Legal 500 2021
Tracy qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1996. She is also qualified in Ontario, Canada, as a Barrister and Solicitor. Prior to joining Keystone Law in 2022, she worked at the following firms:
- Radcliffes Le Brasseur