Bradley Albuery Partner
“He's well known for his advocacy skills; he is a charismatic advocate.”
Bradley heads the firms Professional and Business Regulatory group which advises regulators, statutory bodies and organisations.
Main areas of practice
Recognised as a leader in his field by Chambers, Bradley heads a team which advises clients in the healthcare, accountancy, education and architecture sectors. He manages some of the team's most complex investigations and presents cases before Fitness to Practise and Conduct and Competence committees.
Bradley also lectures on regulatory law, trains committee members and advises regulators in relation to reputational risk, legislative reform and developments in the sector.
His time is devoted exclusively to the management of relationships with regulatory clients, advocacy before Professional Conduct and Competence committees and managing complex cases.
- Bradley has managed some of the firm’s most complex cases including multi-witness, long running and high profile investigations and advocacy. He has appeared before the conduct committees of the General Optical Council, the General Osteopathic Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the General Teaching Council, the Institute for Learning, General Pharmaceutical Council and the General Dental Council.
- His analytical and forensic skills have been praised by clients for whom he has prepared skeleton arguments and advices in cases in which he is often appearing against senior Counsel.
- Advising and presenting on behalf of a regulator a case raising a number of issues including data protection, abuse of process, inequality of arms between regulator and registrant and advising on the likelihood of successful judicial review proceedings. This case involved an argument concerning freedom of speech which attracted national media attention. Bradley advised the regulator in relation not just to the law but the management of the media.
- The successful “prosecution” before a Fitness to Practise Committee of a case involving individual registrants and a registered corporate body concerning the meaning of “supervision” in the healthcare sector. This case involved the collation of complex and expert evidence from a number of sources and managing reluctant (and in one case, potentially hostile) witnesses.
- Advising a regulator in a complex healthcare fraud case involving hundreds of patients and allegations over several years. This involved the preparation of a complex case plan, all of which was done without using counsel. The case included a successful application that a committee member should stand down for perceived bias.
Advising committees: Client relationship partner for the General Dental Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council and the General Optical Council. In his advisory role, Bradley has assisted committees in the drafting of their rules, policies and protocols. He has worked for the last 18 months as interim line-manager of a team of internal regulatory advocates. This role has informed his understanding of clients’ perspective and needs.
Training/seminars: Bradley has developed and presented training programmes for regulatory lawyers and committee members and has been a regular speaker on regulatory issues at the CLT national conferences on professional regulation.
“The ‘fabulous’ Bradley Albuery (who is ‘undoubtedly a leader in the field’) heads the regulatory practice group from Eastleigh.”
“A recognised expert with huge experience. Doubt if you could get better advice anywhere else.”
“A real tactician with a mastery of this area of law," "great knowledge, charisma and excellent advocacy.”
“Quickly emerging as the godfather of professional discipline.”
Articles by Bradley
Openness and transparency in the NHS : the new duty of candour and fit and proper person test explained
The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014 , Regulation 5 and 20, which impose a fit and proper person’s test and duty of candour on health service bodies came into force last week.
Blake Lapthorn's response to the Law Commission's report on the regulation of health care and social care professionals
The Law Commission today published its much awaited report on the future regulation of health care and social care professionals.
A look at Djorajiwala v General Pharmaceutical Council 2013] EWHC 3821 (Admin).
Related Knowledge & Resources
The GMC successfully appealed a suspension order imposed against a General Practitioner for engaging in a sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient.
General Medical Council and others v Michalak (Solicitors Regulation Authority and others intervening) Supreme Court  UKSC 71
Professionals who wish to bring a discrimination claim against their regulator can do so in the Employment Tribunal – they are not prevented from doing so by the availability of judicial review - unless there is a specific statutory right of appeal.
This decision of the Queen's Bench Division, supports Ivey as good law and as the correct approach to be applied in regulatory proceedings.