James Danks Senior Associate

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James is a Senior Associate in the Professional Regulatory team with nearly a decade of experience in advising regulators and respondents to disciplinary proceedings.

Main areas of practice

James has extensive experience in advising healthcare regulators in relation to Fitness to Practice, disciplinary matters and investigations into the same including representations before Interim Order Committees in urgent matters.

James has also considerable experience in representing Respondents before their regulators, including solicitors, legal executives and accountants, including negotiating settlements to avoid disciplinary proceedings. He has also been retained to draft responses to the Information Commissioner regarding DPA breaches and has advised corporate clients as to their responsibilities and repercussions of the Bribery Act 2012.


James predominantly manages proceedings on behalf of the General Dental Council (GDC) including those matters before the Conduct, Health and Performance Committees. In addition, he is also involved with matters involving the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the General Pharmaceutical Society (GPhC).

James is also retained by individuals for representation before the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) and, in the past, by corporations including FTSE-100 companies for bespoke, tailored advice on a case-by-case basis.

Significant experience

James has been heavily involved in matters from tribunals of first instance through to appeals to the Supreme Court and European Courts of Justice. These matters have been widely reported including some described as 'landmark'.

Additional expertise

For over 7 years, James was one of the main solicitors undertaking nationwide, criminal prosecutions to protect the commercial rights interests of his clients. He also has experience of representing sports persons and organisations before their Disciplinary Panels. 


Articles by James

R (on the application of the British Medical Association) v General Medical Council [2017] EWCA Civ 2191


A renewed application for permission to appeal from a decision of Hickinbottom J in May 2016 was refused by the Court of Appeal in December 2017.

Malins v SRA [2017] EWHC 835 (Admin)


The certainty regarding the meaning of integrity created following Newell-Austin v SRA [2017] EWHC 411 (Admin) has been swiftly dispatched as a result of Mr Justice Mostyn's judgment in this case.

Newell-Austin v SRA [2017] EWHC 411 (Admin)


Ms Newell-Austin appealed against the decision of the SDT that she be struck off the roll and ordered to pay £85,000 having found her to have acted dishonestly and without integrity.

Related Knowledge & Resources

PSA v NMC and X [2018] EWHC 70 (Admin)

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.

General Medical Council v Bawa-Garba [2018] EWHC 76 (Admin)

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.

Yussouf v SRA [2018] EWHC 211 (Admin)

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.