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Bernard Murphy
Bernard Murphy
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+852 2803 3606
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+852 9645 3773
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+852 2803 3608

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 Coroner's Court, the Medical Council, clinical negligence claims and Department of Health investigations. He was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2004 and in England and Wales in 2005. Bernard also acts for hospitals and other institutional and corporate healthcare providers in a comprehensive array of healthcare legal matters. 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.

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Experience
2011
Reed Smith Richards Butler
2008
Richards Butler in Association with Reed Smith LLP
2002
Richards Butler Hong Kong
Education
2002
University of Hong Kong, Postgraduate Certificate in Law
2001
Manchester Metropolitan University, Postgraduate Diploma in Law
1988
University of Aberdeen, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Professional Admissions / Qualifications
2005 England and Wales
2004 Hong Kong
MB ChB (Aberd) MFFLM
Professional Affiliations
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Foundation Member, Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians
Member, Law Society of England and Wales
Member, Law Society of Hong Kong
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