Professional regulators

Blake Morgan is the national leader in providing a full range of legal services for Professional Regulators.  

The highly respected team are ranked top tier in Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession and The Legal 500 UK. Seven experts in Professional Discipline, within the team, are also recognised independently as 'leaders in their field'.

Main areas of practice

Services and advice that we regularly provide for our Professional Regulator clients include:

  • Investigations 
  • Tribunal Advocacy
  • Appeals and Judicial Reviews 
  • Statutory framework, drafting and governance 
  • Legal adviser services to committees
  • Training
  • Auditing of decisions and processes 
  • Information law advice 

For further detail on each of these areas please visit our Professional Regulatory expertise page.

Clients 

With an unparalleled depth of experience and the largest specialist team in the UK, it is no surprise that their client base includes an impressive range of regulators across the sector. Just some of the Regulators that we currently advise and act for include:

Architects Registration Board General Osteopathic Council
Association of Accounting Technicians General Pharmaceutical Council
General Optical Council Education Workforce Council  
Care Council for Wales National College for Teaching and Leadership
General Dental Council Nursing and Midwifery Council
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants  Solicitors Regulation Authority
Bar Standards Board Institution of Mechanical Engineers

 

Significant experience 

The highly experienced team have a well-earned reputation in the industry for acting quickly and decisively in cases of suspected misconduct. 

Our highly skilled advocates have extensive experience of appearing on behalf of clients before Courts and Regulatory Tribunals.

Examples of this include:

  • Investigations:  Assisting our clients in some of the most high profile and complex investigations they have undertaken, including cases with multiple registrants, allegations spanning over a number of years and dealing with sensitive and vulnerable witnesses.  
  • Advocacy and Representation:  Our regulatory barristers and solicitors, all of whom specialise in presenting cases before Fitness to Practise Panels and Conduct and Competence Committees, appear weekly before tribunals in the healthcare, accountancy, legal and other sectors.  We have received particular praise for the depth and quality of our in-house advocacy resource.
  • Legal Advisers:  Our team regularly sit as legal advisers to Committees and panels of several professional regulatory bodies. This includes advising panels assessing suitability for registration in addition to Investigating Committees and panels hearing allegations of impaired fitness to practise.
  • Drafting: On behalf of our professional regulatory clients, we have assisted in the drafting a range of key documents. concerning professional standards and training in addition to those relating to investigations and hearings. Examples include Codes of Professional Conduct and related guidance, protocols for exchange of information, disciplinary rules and procedures and indicative sanctions guidance.

Additional expertise 

Professional Regulator clients of Blake Morgan also benefit from the other specialists within the firm in Public Law, Data Protection and FOI and Judicial Reviews.

Related expertise

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Related Knowledge & Resources

Blake Morgan's Professional Regulatory bulletin

News

The Williams review into gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare was published on 11 June 2018.

Blake Morgan's Professional Regulatory Bulletin - June 2018

News

Welcome to another of our professional regulatory case law updates.

Recent Developments in Dishonesty in the Professional Regulatory Sector

News

A Professional Regulatory newsflash e-bulletin from top 50 UK law firm, Blake Morgan. Dishonesty has been one of the subjects found at the centre of some important appeals; this edition will explore this theme.

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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.

GOC v Clarke [2018] EWCA Civ 1463

This case provides guidance on whether and in what respect a registrant having retired can be taken into account when considering whether fitness to practise is impaired.

Ogunlola v NMC (Admin Court, 19 October 2016, unreported)

The Appellant did not have strong grounds to bring an appeal and it is of note that a significant ground was instantly rejected, as it had not been pursued via the correct route.

Anwar and Ahmed v National College for Teaching & Leadership (1) The Secretary of State for Education (2) [2016] EWHC 2507 (Admin)

A timely reminder for all prosecutors of their disclosure obligations, especially in proceedings where there are a number of hearings arising from the same facts.