Cassandra Scarbrough Senior Associate

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Contact Details

Cassandra is a Senior Associate in the Professional Regulatory team based in our London office. She frequently prosecutes serious cases such as those involving allegations of sexual misconduct, dishonesty and complex clinical failings and deficient professional performance. She appears in the High Court frequently and has also handled many Interim Order extension applications and substantive appeals. She is a specialist in the registration appeal process.

Main area of practice

Cassandra specialises in professional discipline and regulation and is regularly instructed to appear at all hearings before the Fitness to Practise Committees and in the High Court by a number of regulators and public bodies. She regularly prosecutes multi-faceted and multi-handed clinical cases involving expert evidence, and also represents regulators in Specialist List appeals and registration appeals. She has, in the last year, successfully prosecuted a 3-week hearing involving the theft and supply of drugs to a vulnerable service user, resulting in the removal of the registrant’s registration. She has also successfully prosecuted cases involving child cruelty, violent offences and dishonesty. In addition to this, Cassandra sits as a Legal Adviser and has advised international companies on compliance with regulatory standards, with a healthcare focus.

Clients

Cassandra is regularly instructed to appear at all hearings before the Fitness to Practise Committees and in the High Court by the General Dental Council, the General Optical Council and the General Pharmaceutical Council. In the past year she has  represented, and sat as Legal Adviser, on behalf of NHS England in Performers' List hearings. 

Significant experience

  • Ferguson v NMC [2011] EWHC 1456 (Admin)
  • Held v General Dental Council [2015] EWHC 669 (Admin)

Expertise

Articles by Cassandra

General Medical Council and others v Michalak (Solicitors Regulation Authority and others intervening) Supreme Court [2017] UKSC 71

Article

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.

Case Commentary: The Queen on the Application of Solicitors' Regulation Authority v Imran Judgment

Case study

In line with other recent cases, this case reminds us that a striking off order is not inevitable in all cases of dishonesty.

Case Summary – The Queen on the Application of Solicitors' Regulation Authority v Imran [2015] EWHC 2572 (Admin)

News

An appeal brought by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority following a two day hearing at which Mr Imran was suspended from practice as a solicitor for a period of two years, following a finding of dishonesty.

Related Knowledge & Resources

General Medical Council v Stone [2017] EWHC 2534 (Admin)

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 [2017] 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.

GMC v Krishnan [2017] EWHC 2892 (Admin)

This decision of the Queen's Bench Division, supports Ivey as good law and as the correct approach to be applied in regulatory proceedings.