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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An appeal by the Professional Standards for Health and Social Care against the decision of the NMC not to pursue allegations that a Registrant was responsible for non-accidental injuries to her son and/or a failure to protect Baby A from harm.
The Divisional Court allowed the GMC’s appeal against the decision of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal (“MPT”) to suspend Dr Bawa-Garba’s registration for 12 months and substituted the sanction of erasure from the Medical Register.
This case concerns an appeal against the Respondent SRA’s Adjudication Panel, on the grounds that the panel’s finding of dishonesty were based upon a two-stage test of dishonesty, namely the objective and subjective test.