Professional regulatory

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Our professional regulatory team provides expert advice and representation in relation to all types of regulatory investigations, appeals and judicial review, as well as advocacy before all forms of professional regulatory tribunal.

Main areas of practice

As the largest dedicated Regulatory team in the UK, our highly experienced professional regulatory lawyers are leaders in their field and work with clients to provide a bespoke and comprehensive legal service. Our specialists act for regulators, firms and practitioners at each stage of the regulatory process as well as providing sector relevant training, and advice concerning statutory frameworks/interpretation and governance issues. 

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Investigations - working with some of the UK's leading regulators to lead and manage investigations regarding alleged misconduct, lack of competence and health-related matters. 
  • Tribunal advocacy - specialist advocacy from our in-house barristers and solicitors before interim orders committees, professional conduct committees, competence committees, fitness to practise panels, registration appeals panels and the Care Standards Tribunal.
  • Appeals and judicial reviews - providing support and representation before appeals to internal review panels, first tier tribunals and appeals to the High Court.
  • Statutory framework, drafting and governance - specialist advice on drafting for regulators, Codes of Conduct, manuals for use by in-house teams, Protocols, Guidance and primary and secondary legislation.
  • Legal Adviser services to Committees - acting as Legal Adviser to Fitness to Practise Panels and Conduct and Competence Committees for a number of regulators in different sectors.
  • Training - we provide bespoke training to in-house teams and Committee and panel members on case law updates, structured decision-making and drafting reasons for decisions.
  • Auditing of decisions and processes - conducting reviews of decisions of Investigating Committees and Fitness to Practise Panels to assess compliance with procedural requirements and public interest principles.
  • Information Law advice - provide guidance on matters relating to the Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act and confidentiality issues generally.

Clients 

We investigate, prosecute and defend regulatory cases before regulators in the healthcare, education, legal, accountancy, construction and engineering sectors.

Some of the Professional Regulators we act for include:

Architects Registration Board General Osteopathic Council
Association of Accounting Technicians General Pharmaceutical Council
General Optical Council General Teaching Council for Wales
Care Council for Wales National College for Teaching and Leadership
General Dental Council Nursing and Midwifery Council
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants  Solicitors Regulation Authority
Bar Standards Board Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Significant experience 

Our Professional Regulatory lawyers have a well-earned reputation in the industry for acting quickly and decisively in cases of suspected misconduct. We provide support and advice to many different regulators and have a dedicated team specialising in Regulatory and Professional Conduct proceedings. 

Our highly skilled advocates have extensive experience of appearing on behalf of clients before Courts and Regulatory Tribunals.

  • Investigations:  Assisting our clients in some of the most high profile and complex investigations they have undertaken, including cases with multiple registrants, allegations spanning over a number of years and dealing with sensitive and vulnerable witnesses.  
  • Advocacy and Representation:  Our regulatory barristers and solicitors, all of whom specialise in presenting cases before Fitness to Practise Panels and Conduct and Competence Committees, appear weekly before tribunals in the healthcare, accountancy, legal and other sectors.  We have received particular praise for the depth and quality of our in-house advocacy resource.
  • Legal Advisers:  Our team regularly sit as legal advisers to Committees and panels of several professional regulatory bodies. This includes advising panels assessing suitability for registration in addition to Investigating Committees and panels hearing allegations of impaired fitness to practise.
  • Drafting: On behalf of our professional regulatory clients, we have assisted in the drafting a range of key documents concerning professional standards and training in addition to those relating to investigations and hearings. Examples include Codes of Professional Conduct and related guidance, protocols for exchange of information, disciplinary rules and procedures and indicative sanctions guidance.

“Their main selling point is understanding the different types of regulation and what regulatory bodies need and want.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession, 2014

“Their rapid expansion beyond pure healthcare work has not gone unnoticed; there is ‘no shortage of work’ at the firm, and it ‘has become a serious player.”

The Legal 500 UK 2013

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BULLETIN: Professional regulatory law update - Review of September 2014

News

Welcome to our latest edition of the professional regulatory law update, our update of the important case law and news in the field of Professional Regulation.

Professional Regulatory press releases - September 2014

News

Key releases include those from the GMC, NMC, GDC, GPhC, CILEx, General Chiropractic Council, Department of Health and Care Quality Commission.

Professional Regulatory press releases - August 2014

News

Our Professional Regulatory team highlights key press releases from August 2014.

R (on the application of Nursing and Midwifery Council) v Wright [2014] EWHC 3078 (Admin)

The Court refused to grant the NMC's request for a six month extension of an Interim Suspension Order on the grounds that there had been a considerable delay in the proceedings and no due consideration of workable interim conditions of practice was given.

Brett v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2014] EWHC 2974 (Admin)

It had not been open to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal to find that the Appellant had knowingly allowed the Court to be misled, as such a finding was akin to dishonesty. The correct finding was of recklessly allowing the Court to be misled.

Brew v The General Medical Council [2014] EWHC 2927 (Admin)

The appeal was brought on the ground of procedural unfairness resulting in an unfair outcome.The appellant submitted that he had received negligent advice from his Barrister in regards to disputing the dishonesty element of the charges brought against him

Sharma v General Medical Council [2014] EWHC 1471 (Admin)

The appellant appealed against the decision of a fitness to practise panel's decision that he was guilty of misconduct, that his fitness to practise was impaired and to suspend him from practice for a period of 12 months.

Professional Standard Agency for Health and Social Care v General Medical Council [2014] EWHC 1903 (Admin)

The appellant authority appealed against a decision of the GMC's fitness to practise panel (the panel), that a psychiatrist (N) had been found not guilty of misconduct.

Monibi v General Dental Council [2014] EWHC 1911 (Admin)

Patient A, being dissatisfied with the service that M, a dentist was providing referred the matter to the General Dental Council (the council), who found the allegations proved and suspended M for four months.