Cassandra Scarbrough Senior Associate
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.
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.
- Ferguson v NMC  EWHC 1456 (Admin)
- Held v General Dental Council  EWHC 669 (Admin)
Articles by Cassandra
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.
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  EWHC 2572 (Admin)
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.
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The High Court dismissed an appeal made by the appellant Doctor against a finding on a second review of a substantive order of current impairment and sanction of a 6-month suspension order.
The Respondent had appeared before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal ("the MPT") for dishonesty charges arising out of his conduct as a Locum Paediatric Registrar on 13 December 2014, when he was dealing with Patient A.