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University sues scientist for £400000 for undeclared fees

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 29 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:268
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Simon Fishel, one of Britain's leading infertility experts, is being sued for£400000 ($640000) by his former employers, Nottingham University, which alleges that he earned substantial “secret profits” from treating private patients abroad using university staff and facilities.

    The case, in its second week of trial in the High Court in London, has implications for academic staff who top up their salaries by doing private work.

    Legal costs are thought to have reached £500000 before the case reached trial, and Dr Fishel, who has taken out a second mortgage on his …

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