Professional regulatory

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Regulators continue to face increasing pressure to quickly deal with cases of alleged failures by professionals, often under public scrutiny. Matters are more complex than ever and we understand you need to avoid catastrophic events prevailing. Blake Morgan can help you confront these challenges, whilst reaching decisions that are legally sound. 

As the largest dedicated regulatory team in the UK, we provide expert advice and representation in relation to all types of regulatory investigations, appeals and judicial review, as well as advocacy before all forms of professional regulatory tribunal.

Underpinning our expertise is a deep understanding of the capacity in which regulators operate. We recognise that your responsibility is the protection of the public and that you will be measured by the efficiency and consequences of cases. You have a right to take for granted our legal expertise and the fact that we will investigate and present your cases in a fair, proportionate, robust and cost effective way. Where we differentiate is that we genuinely see ourselves as an extension of your in-house team and would work with you to understand the challenges and opportunities you face. 

Main areas of practice

Our lawyers are leaders in their field and work with clients to provide a bespoke and comprehensive legal service. Our team act for regulators, firms and practitioners at each stage of the regulatory process. We have a well-earned reputation in the industry for acting quickly and decisively in cases of suspected misconduct.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Investigations – we work with some of the UK's leading regulators to lead and manage investigations regarding alleged misconduct, lack of competence and health-related matters. This includes cases with multiple registrants, allegations spanning over a number of years and dealing with sensitive and vulnerable witnesses.  
  • Tribunal advocacy – our clients benefits from specialist advocacy from our in-house barristers and solicitors before interim orders committees, professional conduct committees, competence committees, fitness to practise panels, registration appeals panels and the Care Standards Tribunal. Our regulatory barristers and solicitors appear before tribunals on a weekly basis, in the healthcare, accountancy, legal and other sectors.
  • Appeals and judicial reviews – we provide support and representation before appeals to internal review panels, first tier tribunals and appeals to the High Court.
  • Statutory framework, drafting and governance – access to specialist advice on drafting for regulators, Codes of Conduct, manuals for use by in-house teams, protocols, indicative sanctions guidance, disciplinary rules, primary and secondary legislation.
  • Legal Adviser services to Committees – our team regularly act as Legal Adviser to Fitness to Practise Panels and Conduct and Competence Committees.
  • Training – we provide bespoke training to in-house teams and Committee and panel members on case law updates, structured decision-making and drafting reasons for decisions.
  • Auditing of decisions and processes – conducting reviews of decisions of Investigating Committees and Fitness to Practise Panels to assess compliance with procedural requirements and public interest principles.
  • Information Law advice – provide guidance on matters relating to the Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act and confidentiality issues generally.

Clients 

We investigate, prosecute and defend regulatory cases before regulators in the healthcare, education, legal, accountancy, construction and engineering sectors.

Some of the Professional Regulators we act for include:

Architects Registration Board General Pharmaceutical Council
Association of Accounting Technicians General Teaching Council for Wales
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants  Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Bar Standards Board Intellectual Property Regulation Board
Care Council for Wales National College for Teaching and Leadership
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants NHS England
Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants Nursing and Midwifery Council
Environment Agency Society for Education
General Dental Council Solicitors Regulation Authority
General Optical Council Training and National Counselling Service
General Osteopathic Council  

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“Their main selling point is understanding the different types of regulation and what regulatory bodies need and want.”

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Guy Micklewright, a barrister and senior associate in Blake Morgan's Professional Regulatory Team, is celebrating after being shortlisted in the national Bar Council Employed Bar Awards.

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