Nick Leale Partner

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Contact Details

“Nicholas Leale acts in significant cases for a range of regulators including the Architects Registration Board and the GDC. Sources say: "He is extremely good and effective," adding that "he is good to work with."”

Chambers and Partners 2019
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.


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. 

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

Chambers UK 2018


Articles by Nick

Blake Morgan's Professional Regulatory Bulletin - November 2018


Welcome to another of our professional regulatory case law updates.

Blake Morgan's Professional Regulatory Bulletin - June 2018


Welcome to another of our professional regulatory case law updates.

Professional Regulatory E-Bulletin - February 2018


Our monthly professional regulatory E-Bulletin featuring considered and detailed summaries of all the important recent case law and other sector news.

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Speaking Engagements

Blake Morgan Regulatory Seminar and Summer Drinks

We are delighted to invite you to our evening seminar and summer drinks event, which we are holding in collaboration with Serjeants Inn Chambers on Wednesday 6 June.

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.