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.


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.

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Related Knowledge & Resources

Professional Regulatory newsletter - December 2017


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

Professional Regulatory newsletter - October 2017


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

Professional Regulatory newsletter - September 2017


Welcome to the September edition of our Professional Regulatory newsletter.

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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

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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.

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.

R(on the application of Rothschild) v GDC [2015] EWHC 1632

This case is significant in two respects. First, it confirms that section 40 of the Dentists Act 1984, which precludes unregistered persons (which encompasses suspended dentists) from receiving payment for dentistry carried out by other people...