Both a medical doctor and a solicitor, Bernard specialises in medico-legal issues, acting for a wide range of healthcare professionals including doctors, dentists, nurses and physiotherapists in proceedings before the Medical Council, clinical negligence claims, Coroner's Court, and Department of Health investigations. Bernard also acts for hospitals and other institutional and corporate healthcare providers in a comprehensive array of healthcare legal matters. Bernard's healthcare practice also extends to advising veterinary surgeons on proceedings before the Veterinary Surgeons Board (VSB) and advising veterinary practices in relation to complaints, claims and regulatory/legislative issues. Bernard was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2004 and in England and Wales in 2005. His legal career began with Richards Butler Hong Kong.
Before qualifying as a lawyer, Bernard practised medicine for more than ten years, the majority of that time in Hong Kong and China. During and following his medical training, Bernard worked as a doctor in NHS hospitals in the UK as a house physician and house surgeon. He was commissioned into the British Army in 1989 and worked as an army doctor until 1994. After leaving the army, Bernard worked in the field of emergency medical evacuation in China and Hong Kong between 1995 and 1999. He has also worked in private medical practice in Hong Kong.
An Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Bernard lectures on healthcare legal issues for the Chinese University Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine. He has also presented lectures/workshops for doctors' medical practices, public and private hospitals the Chinese University School of Public Health, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Department of Physiotherapy.