Partner and Head of Regulatory
Sources describe him as "very impressive," highlighting his depth of experience as a particular strength.
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.
Nick gained a BA Hons in Economics & Politics at the University of Exeter in 1996 and went on to study for the Common Professional Examination (Law Conversion) at the College of Law Guildford from 1996 to 1997. He completed the Bar Vocational Course in 1998 and later joined Chambers at 187 Fleet Street and Bridewell Chambers.
Nick joined Blake Morgan in 2005, becoming a Partner in 2008.
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (member of Management Committee)
- 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.
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.
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."
He's always approachable and offers a great deal of leadership. He's incredibly resourceful.