GPhC announces new Chair of Fitness to Practise Committee

The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has announced the appointment of Michael Caplan QC as Chair of the Fitness to Practise Committee with effect from 20 December 2016.

Michael Caplan QC was a senior partner at the international law firm Kingsley Napley for 30 years until his retirement in April, where he remains a consultant. He is one of the few solicitors to have been appointed Queen’s Counsel. He has extensive experience in the regulatory and criminal practice areas and has been engaged in a number of high-profile cases. 

He has been a Recorder in the Crown Court for many years, is authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge and is a Chair of the Police Appeals Tribunal. He has recently been appointed as the Chair of the newly formed Independent Regulatory Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has also been the solicitor member of the Sentencing Council and the Criminal Procedure Rule Committee.

Mr Caplan has been a deputy chair of the GPhC Fitness to Practise Committee since 2010. 

Commenting on the appointment Nigel Clarke, Chair of the GPhC, said:

“I would like to congratulate Michael on his appointment. He brings a wealth of experience to the role and I very much look forward to working with him.

“The work done by the Fitness to Practise committee is an important part of the GPhC’s regulatory framework and I am sure Michael will make a vital contribution through chairing the Committee.” 


  • Michael Simon, who was appointed in September as Chair of the Fitness to Practise Committee, has subsequently been appointed as a circuit judge and has had to resign from the role.