Nick Leale Partner

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Contact Details

“He's always approachable and offers a great deal of leadership. He's incredibly resourceful.”

Chambers UK 2018
Nick is a specialist professional regulatory case manager/advocate and oversees the firm's contracts with a number of professional regulatory bodies. He also acts as team manager for those specialising in professional regulatory advice in the firm's London and Hampshire offices.

Main areas of practice

Recognised as a leader in his field, Nick advises clients in the healthcare, accountancy, architecture, engineering and education sectors. He manages and presents complex fitness to practise cases and operationally manages a number of significant contracts with professional regulators following appointment of the firm in competitive procurement processes.

Nick also lectures on professional regulatory law and sits as a Legal Advisor to professional conduct committees. He also manages the team's seminar and workshop programme for clients.

Clients

Nick's time is devoted entirely to the management of relationships with professional regulators, advocacy before Professional Conduct and Competence Committees and managing complex cases.  

Significant experience

  • Nick has widespread professional regulatory advocacy experience and has appeared before the Conduct Committees of the General Dental Council, Architects Registration Board, General Osteopathic Council, General Optical Council, Nursing & Midwifery Council, General Pharmaceutical Council, Institute for Learning, General Teaching Council and Solicitors Regulation Authority.
  • Nick operationally manages Blake Morgan's investigations, case management and case presentation for the General Dental Council, General Osteopathic Council, Architects Registration Board, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, often as part of a panel of external legal providers.
  • He is a respected adviser in relation to professional regulatory related appeals, judicial reviews and cases suitable for reconsideration by Investigating Committees.   

Other expertise

Nick lectures on professional regulatory law on issues such as rules of evidence and disclosure requirements and in 2013 sat as Chair of the Central Law Training annual conference on Professional Disciplinary Tribunals.

He also sits as a Legal Adviser to professional conduct and competency committees.

Nick manages the team's seminar and workshop programme, which provides topical talks to all those involved in the professional regulatory sector and bespoke training to in-house legal teams on complex issues such as disclosure, Information Law and charge drafting. 

Expertise

Articles by Nick

Professional Regulatory newsletter - December 2017

News

Our Professional Regulatory newsletter is a monthly round-up of the latest cases from the disciplinary sector.

Professional Regulatory newsletter - September 2017

News

Welcome to the September edition of our Professional Regulatory newsletter.

Blake Morgan's Professional Regulatory bulletin - June 2017

Article

Welcome to our latest update on all the relevant case law and important news in the Professional Disciplinary legal sector.

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.