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Professional Discipline - UK-wide

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Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London, Bristol

What the team is known for Strong legal disciplinary focus. Also covers other areas, such as health and social care. Often acts on behalf of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

What's new? Peter Steel joined from Capsticks early in 2013, bringing considerable experience of healthcare regulatory and SRA proceedings.

Recent panel appointments include Ofgem and IPReg.

Notable practitioners  

Iain Miller is a leading figure in SRA matters and is praised for his advocacy skills. Sources describe him as "a calm, clever and considered advocate."

Peter Steel joined Bevan Brittan as a lead partner. He is a highly regarded practitioner in this field, and handles complex and high-profile cases.

Associate Margaret Bromley is recognised for her experience as an SRA advocate. 

Rosemary Rollason  is a highly experienced practitioner in the professional discipline field. Sources say: "She has lots of experience acting for doctors and dentists, and has fantastic advocacy and client care skills." She joined the firm from Slater & Gordon Lawyers in 2013. 

Significant clients Care Quality Commission, SRA, Bar Standards Board, The Teaching Agency, Audit Commission.

Band 1 | Blake Morgan

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Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 11 associates
- Recommended office locations: Southampton

What the team is known for Strong prosecution firm. Represents regulatory bodies within the healthcare sector, and also covers other areas of professional discipline.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They get the work done on time and to budget, and keep people happy."

Client service: "All the individuals we have worked with have always gone the extra mile for us."

Industry knowledge: "Their main selling point is understanding the different types of regulation and what regulatory bodies need and want."

What's new? New clients include the Architects Registration Board, the Teaching Agency and the Bar Standards Board.

Work highlights Successfully acted for the Teaching Agency on proving allegations of dishonesty against a headteacher in terms of inflated performance.

Acted for the GDC on having a dentist removed from the register following a number of dishonest claims for remuneration.

Notable practitioners  

Bradley Albuery leads the regulatory practice group. Sources say he is "quickly emerging as the godfather of professional discipline."

Nicholas Leale leads the professional regulation team. Sources say: "He has the skills of a criminal advocate and the attention to detail of a civil lawyer."

Stephen Murfitt is a recognised practitioner in the field. Clients say he gives "very clear guidance on what is required of clients, and assists in understanding what is best for them and how to reach that decision."

Christopher Alder works closely with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Clients say "he is extremely good at client relations."

Guy Micklewright is an advocate for the Bar Standards Board. Sources describe him as a "rising star," and clients say "he is technically astute, very clever and charming, which is helpful as an advocate."

Robin Havard is an established figure with the SRA. Sources say: "He is a highly proficient advocate, very experienced and very sensible." 

Graham Miles works closely with the NMC and Teaching Agency. Clients say: "He has good client care and is extremely knowledgeable and experienced within the field."

Eve Piffaretti is recognised for her work with the NMC, and for her expertise within the education sector.

Significant clients GOC, General Pharmaceutical Council, General Osteopathic Council, Association of Accounting Technicians, Architects Registration Board.

Band 1 | BLM

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Basic facts about the department

- 12 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Manchester, London, Cardiff, Southampton

What the team is known for One of the largest teams in the market. Offers expertise within the healthcare sector. Handles both disciplinary and regulatory work. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "We really trust the work they do and they bring a lot of specialist skills from the healthcare perspective."

Efficiency: "They work very closely together and share knowledge, which is good for us and our members."

Client service: "They are very willing and very professional in their approach, and members like them."

What's new? New client wins include NHS Wales. 

Notable practitioners  

Vicki Swanton is a key practitioner for medical organisations and insurers, and is noted for her ability to handle large General Medical Council (GMC) and General Dental Council (GDC) matters. Sources say she possesses "the knowledge and experience to deal with both regulatory and civil cases."

The "dynamic" Clare Chapman is acclaimed for her regulatory knowledge and is rated highly by her peers. Clients characterise her as "excellent," saying she is "easily contactable, providing timely responses with detailed and accurate advice."

Mark Shaw has extensive experience in appearing before the GDC and General Optical Council (GOC). Clients praise his "good legal mind" as well as his responsiveness, and trust him to act on their more complex cases.

London office senior partner Gary Allison is a celebrated practitioner in the field, and is highly regarded for his breadth of knowledge within healthcare.

Cardiff-based Jane Lang is praised for her local knowledge and her reputation with health boards. "I can't fault her," said one client; "she is absolutely superb. She is fantastic with members. She takes on discipline cases with trusts and she won't let go of issues – she won't let them get away with anything."

Juliette Mellman-Jones is commended for running such a successful team, and is very experienced in handling both claims and regulatory work. Sources say she "is hard-working, sees it all and cuts to the point."

Rosie Shapiro appears frequently in fitness to practise hearings at the GMC and GOC. Clients say she is "meticulous," with "a good eye for spotting what's important."

Michael Brown is a senior partner with a wealth of experience in the field, and is highly regarded by defence organisations. Clients say: "Nationally, he is very impressive. He's down-to-earth and gets straight to the point with clients. He doesn't beat about the bush, which is extremely helpful."

Katie Costello is frequently involved with more complex and difficult cases on behalf of the defence organisations.

Rachel Margetts handles high-value healthcare cases and is highly praised for her GMC inquest work. Market sources say: "She is insightful. She picks up on the nuances and knows what can be contested and what cannot."

Associate Judith Duffin handles both regulatory and disciplinary healthcare cases and disputes involving primary care trusts. Clients say she is "very good analytically," and are impressed with her work on complex cases.

Associate Laura Smith is recognised for her regulatory work and client management skills. In the words of one client: "She is excellent – she's responsive and gives sound advice that is reliable."

Associate Andrew Truby is astute in dealing with GMC issues. He is considered to be a strong litigator.  

Significant clients Medical Protection Society, Dental Protection, SMAE Institute, HealthTrust Europe, Ultralese.

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Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 4 associates
- 2 in-house barristers
- 20 other qualified lawyers 
- Recommended office locations: London, Birmingham

What the team is known for Healthcare regulatory-focused team developing a reputation in legal services discipline. A large group with a range of resources at its disposal.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "What Capsticks has always had is a very strong team. The quality is consistent across the board.

Market standing: "Capsticks is ahead of the game – a major player on the trust side."

Technical ability: "Capsticks has been doing it for years and knows exactly what the regulator needs. Exceptionally thorough."

What's new? New clients include the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Work highlights Prosecuted two pharmacists alleged of dishonesty on behalf of the General Pharmaceutical Council, resulting in the individuals being struck off.

Notable practitioners  

John Witt leads the regulatory group and is commended for running a good team. Clients say he is "reliable, consistent and approachable," with "incredible attention to detail."

Daniel Purcell handles large-scale and complex cases across a range of sectors. He handles the majority of the General Chiropractic Council work.

Mark Whiting is the key contact for the GDC and is characterised as "an exciting performer whose skills are developing beyond his years."

Nimi Bruce is a barrister at the firm and acts for a number of the healthcare regulators. Clients praise her as "a very strong advocate," and say that "committees really like her – they respond very well to her."

Annie Sorbie is recognised for her experience in the field, and is a lead contact for the General Pharmaceutical Council. Sources say she is a "strong performer" and "very professional."

Adelita Thursby Pelham acts for the General Social Care Council, the SRA and the GDC. Clients say she is "well prepared, clear and a good all-rounder."

James Penry-Davey focuses on GDC work. "You are always comfortable that he is on top of it and that his contribution will be valuable," say interviewees.

Kate Steele works across the different regulatory bodies. She is also an experienced advocate, and regularly appears before the interim committees of the GDC and GOC. Clients say: "She is good at presenting cases and adjusting them in changing timeframes."

Jane Barker has a professional discipline-focused practice and acts for a number of the regulators. Clients enthuse: "She is a very strong performer."

Significant clients The Institute of Legal Executives, the Professional Standards Authority.

Band 1 | Hempsons

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Basic facts about the department

- 10 partners
- 3 associates
- Recommended office locations: London, Manchester, Harrogate

What the team is known for Strong healthcare defence team. Acts for individual practitioners as well as defence organisations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "A number of the team have dual qualifications – some have medical healthcare backgrounds – so they intuitively understand issues from a practitioner's perspective."

Work highlights Acted for the Medical Defence Union (MDU) on behalf of a registrant accused of professional misconduct. Successful in disproving serious professional misconduct.

Acted for the MDU on behalf of a doctor, concerning the use of records without patient consent.

Notable practitioners  

Chris Morris is head of the professional regulatory group, and is dual-qualified in dentistry and law. Interviewees note that "the quality of his work is excellent" and he is "very knowledgeable." "He is one of the best in the country for this sort of work," said one. 

Anne Ball is a leading figure in clinical negligence, regulatory and criminal law matters.

Margaret Taylor is a recognised practitioner in the field. She focuses on healthcare litigation.

New partner Tania Francis is dual-qualified in medicine and law, and handles large and complex GMC work. Sources tip her for "a bright future."

Significant clients Dentist Defence Union, British Dietetic Association, Dental Protection, Medical Protection society.

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Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners
- 16 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad expertise in healthcare, finance and legal regulatory matters. An impressive reputation in acting for regulatory bodies. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "The lawyers are able to present cases to an exceptional standard, in terms of both advocacy and legal principles."

Client service: "They understand that there are risks in everything one does and we work together in mitigating the risks."

What's new Won two new clients, the General Chiropractic Council and the Royal College of Nursing.

Work highlights Acted on behalf of the Teaching Agency in a case concerning misconduct on the part of the teacher, which resulted in a conditional registration order.

Acted for the Health and Care Professions Council in a case dealing with the registrant's concealed murder conviction.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Caplan QC is a leading figure at the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and in the pharmaceutical arena. He continues to develop the scope of his practice. Sources say: "He is a sharp and gifted practitioner."

Nicola Hill is recognised for her work in high-level matters concerning the HCPC and legal assessor work.

Melinka Berridge is known for the high calibre of her work. She handles much of the work for the Teaching Agency, as well as GDC matters. Sources describe her as "an unsung hero" and "a heavyweight."

Julie Norris has a strong reputation in the field of legal regulation. Sources say: "She has a mastery of criminal law and procedure and its application to regulatory work – her cross-examinations are truly brilliant."

John Harding handles high-profile matters and is well established in the field of chief police officer discipline. Sources say "he is the practice area leader and the go-to guy for the Chief Police Officers' Staff Association."

Elizabeth Taheri handles fitness to practise hearings for the GDC. Sources note: "She is doing serious and high-profile work and she has consolidated her role." "She is everything you want in a prosecutor," said one interviewee.

Stephen Parkinson is a client partner for the Security Industry Authority, and handles licensing and prosecution matters. He has been involved in some extremely high-value matters over the past year.

Significant clients GOC, Financial Reporting Council, Architects Registration Board, The Law Society, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

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Basic facts about the department

- 14 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London, Leeds, Cardiff

What the team is known for A leading firm for healthcare defence. Also houses practitioners active in legal disciplinary matters. Popular with clients across England and Wales.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Innovation: "If I needed a firm to think outside the box and if there are important, complex legal issues, I would go to them."

Succession planning: "The future of Radcliffes will be absolutely secure because of the quality of the next generation of people."

Experience: "They have been doing this work for years. Their senior people are held in enormous respect."

Notable practitioners  

Ralph Shipway retains his star status, with sources describing him as a "legend in this area" and "the leader of the medical regulatory practice." His personal focus is on doctors who themselves suffer from addictions.

Sam Flew has the ability to handle professional discipline with a criminal crossover. His practice is centred around healthcare. Sources are impressed by his calm handling of high-pressure cases.

Richard Privett is seen as the go-to lawyer for any healthcare cases with a criminal crossover. Sources say: "He is very cool; he has experience and knows his way around the criminal and GMC side of things. Clients can feel very comfortable in his hands."

Alex Leslie has extensive experience in defending medical professionals. "He is a very experienced and astute litigator. He understands the procedures intimately and gives sound, pragmatic guidance," say interviewees. 

Nicholas Rawson has much experience within the healthcare sector. Sources say: "He is extremely good at client care and goes way beyond the call of duty. He is constantly reassuring and very patient with clients."

Ian Sadler has expertise in the criminal prosecution of medical professionals. Sources say: "His analysis of cases is second to none and he is considered to be a safe pair of hands for professional clients."

Partner Anne Green is based in the Leeds office and has expertise in the healthcare sector. Sources say she is "immensely engaging and sympathetic, with an incisive legal mind which is very acute and analytical."

Nigel West is an established practitioner within the field of legal discipline and regulation, and is well acquainted with the SRA. Sources say: "His written advocacy is superb, and he has total mastery of this area of law and practice."

William Childs successfully handles the criminal crossover that coincides with professional discipline cases, and has a particular focus on representing healthcare professionals. Sources say: "He is humorous, immensely personable and highly conscientious without a pompous style, and clients appreciate that."

Kate Williams is recognised for her GMC and GDC work, and regularly represents healthcare professionals. Sources characterise her as "very helpful and patient; she deals very empathetically with clients." 

Associate to watch Susanna Heley is well versed in SRA proceedings. Sources say: "She is extremely effective in all dealings with the SRA on behalf of firms and individuals under investigation who are subject to tribunal proceedings or otherwise involved in regulatory matters."

Band 2 | Eastwoods

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What the team is known for Streamlined team with a big presence in the medical defence arena. A strong reputation for defending healthcare professionals before the GMC and GDC . 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "The type of cases they deal with are quite significant, and they are superb at handling criminal aspects."

Notable practitioners  

Adam Smith has a broad healthcare practice representing medical professionals. According to sources, he "is always well prepared and provides excellent instruction. He has a good reassuring manner with the doctor."

Adam Weston is recognised for his experience and knowledge of the professional discipline field. Sources say: "He does some really good work – he is fantastic on the law and even more fantastic with the clients." 

Joanne Bateman has a wealth of experience from her work with the MDU.

Simon Eastwood is the lead partner at the firm, and handles high-profile and complex cases. Sources say: "His practice is thriving" and "he has a very good team under him."

Band 2 | Fieldfisher

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Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 12 associates

What the team is known for Broad regulatory practice spanning health and social care, legal services, finance, accountancy, sport, police and education.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "The firm is sensitive to the issues surrounding cases, and really helps to draw out the expertise of the panel in addition to supporting us with their own expertise."

What's new? New panel appointments include the GMC and the Teaching Agency. 

Notable practitioners  

Sarah Ellson heads both the public and regulatory teams, and has a particular focus on health and social care issues. Sources say: "She is very good in this area and with wider regulatory matters; she is very solid."

Matthew Lohn is the managing partner, and is dually qualified in medicine and law. He has expertise in the sport, healthcare, finance and education sectors. Sources say: "He engenders confidence and has a great reputation and profile."

Caroline Jaggard is a lead figure in GMC work and is described as "dedicated and highly competent."

James Moreton is a director and advocate in the regulatory group, with extensive experience in SRA disciplinary procedures, particularly matters concerning accusations of business crime or fraud.

Tom Rider is highly regarded in this area, and handles high-profile and challenging cases. Clients say: "He is very reliable and solid, and knows what he's talking about."

Significant clients GDC, SRA, Security Industry Authority, Financial Reporting Council, NMC, Rugby Football Union.

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What the team is known for Expertise in financial services and accountancy regulation. Handles complex and high-profile matters. Acts for regulators, professional organisations and individuals. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "What we look for is a firm with strong experience and understanding of litigation, and Herbert Smith has that."

What's new? Former Russell, Jones & Walker (now Slater & Gordon) business crime and regulation head Rod Fletcher joined the team in February 2013.

Work highlights Advised the former chief executive of UBS's UK wealth management business on misconduct allegations made by the Financial Services Authority. It was found that the chief executive had acted reasonably and the FSA was directed to take no action against him.

Notable practitioners  

Rod Fletcher is highly regarded in the field: "He is Mr Reliable – he is so well respected in this area of work and they are lucky to get him."

Andrew Lidbetter is the leader of the professional discipline team. Sources say: "He is a very good lawyer on judicial review issues, which we always have to be aware of - it is a real advantage to us to have him available."

Significant clients Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Financial Reporting Council, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Band 2 | Nabarro LLP

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Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Sheffield, London

What the team is known for Strong healthcare-focused team that handles wider advisory work for private healthcare providers. 

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Horsefield is the decision maker of the firm and has an established relationship with the MDU.

Rachel Cooper is recognised for her previous regulatory experience and commercial approach to professional discipline. Sources describe her as "a secret weapon – she is very savvy, very switched on."

Victoria Lord has an excellent reputation in the market, and handles a lot of work for the MDU. Sources say: "The quality and seriousness of cases are pretty heavy and she handles them very well - she is trusted with some very important work."

Yvonne Screene has extensive experience in the field and is described as a "top-quality solicitor."

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Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers expertise in legal and veterinary regulation. Handles work for the GOC and the Financial Reporting Council, amongst others. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Proactivity: "They have a take-charge approach and a lot of initiative."

Work highlights Acted for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) against a registrant accused of dishonesty, leading to him being struck off.

Notable practitioners  

Katrina Wingfield is a prominent practitioner in the field. Her practice is centred around the SRA, and she also handles accountancy work.

Geoffrey Hudson is recognised for his SRA and RCVS work. "He is very articulate, unflappable and meticulous in his preparation at tribunal," say clients; "he's prepared to work very hard and give a tenacious performance to achieve his clients' goals."

Nicole Curtis is an established figure with the RCVS and GOC. Clients highlight her as "a very good advocate," and peers say "she is highly respected." 

Significant clients Farriers Registration Council, General Pharmaceutical Council.

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Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly experienced in the legal sector. Acts for the SRA.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "The team is hard-working and very experienced. The firm has been doing this work forever and it does it well."

Work highlights Acted for the SRA in a disciplinary case which led to one partner being struck off and ordered to pay £1.4 million in costs, and to his co-partners being struck off and suspended for 12 months.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Cadman exclusively handles defence work within the legal sector. Sources characterise him as "very experienced and a courageous advocate."

John Gould deals with commercial litigation that arises out of disciplinary and regulatory work. Sources describe him as "a formidable opponent" who is "very experienced in regulatory matters."

Matthew Bosworth regularly advises individual professionals and bodies on complex issues of professional discipline. Clients say: "He is very team-focused and very keen to take on board our views."

Significant clients The Law Society of England and Wales, The Institute of Legal Executives, The Architects Registration Board.

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Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Offers expertise in a wide range of professional discipline and regulatory sectors, including healthcare, finance, legal, sport and police.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They prosecute and are the big players in the Scottish market."

What's new? Won panel appointments to the General Teaching Council of Scotland, the Farriers Registration Council and the Scottish Prison Service.

Work highlights Successfully represented five nurses at a fatal accident inquiry following the death of an elderly resident.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Carr is head of the regulatory, public and healthcare teams, and is a leading UK authority in this area. He specialises in the interpretation of legislation underpinning public bodies facing legal challenges.

Catriona Watt focuses her practice on healthcare and acts for a broad range of clients. She is the only Scottish representative on the committee of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers. Sources say: "She runs things smoothly and is always on top of everything. She gets things done on time and without fuss."

Significant clients Royal College of Nursing, Scottish Social Services Council, GMC, GDC, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, Sports Resolutions.

Band 3 | Bankside Law

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Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 1 associate

What the team is known for A highly regarded niche practice with expertise in defending medical professionals. Popular with chiropractic organisations.

Work highlights Successfully defended 15 chiropractors in disciplinary actions arising from 500 complaints made following the British Chiropractic Association's decision to sue Simon Singh for libel after his condemnation of chiropractic medicine's claims to treat many maladies for which there is no evidence of its effectiveness. 

Notable practitioners  

John Williams "is the powerhouse behind the regulatory team," sources say. "He has a good understanding of the relevant law and can hit the ground running in areas even outside of his comfort zone."

Significant clients United Chiropractic Association.

Band 3 | Bindmans LLP

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Basic facts about the department

- 9 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers expertise in a broad range of healthcare areas. Handles legal regulatory work, and is increasing its foothold in financial services disciplinary matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I felt I was being given appropriate and convincing advice, and that I could trust the firm's judgement."

What's new? Appointed to the legal panel for the charity Birthrights, handling advisory work for midwives and other professionals.

Work highlights Acted in a judicial review claim challenging decisions of the NMC's investigating committee not to refer concerns about a nurse to the committee which oversees conduct.

Notable practitioners  

John Halford is the sole solicitor instructed by the Association of Child Psychotherapists. He handles judicial reviews, and has had a high success rate in that area. One interviewee said: "He is prompt and clear. He really speaks to us in a way we can understand and takes on board the wider political framework."

Stephen Grosz is a recognised practitioner in the healthcare sector. He advises the Guild of Psychotherapists and the Law Society. Clients say: "He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced; he is painstaking and a sensitive listener. He is very supportive."

Significant clients Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, Actions for Victims of Medical Accidents.

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Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Belfast

What the team is known for Extensive experience and expertise in the medical sector, particularly the pharmaceutical field.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They are so good we do not have a second set of panel lawyers."

Notable practitioners  

Leigh Linton is recognised for her medical defence work. Clients say she is "professional, highly efficient and very knowledgeable."

Roger McMillan has an excellent reputation for defending healthcare professionals, and regularly handles high-profile cases.

Significant clients Medical Protection Society, Dental Protection, Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland.

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Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Thought leaders at the forefront of the pharmacy regulatory field. 

Work highlights Acted for a pharmacist convicted of perverting the course of justice, reducing his sentence to a suspension rather than being permanently struck off.  

Notable practitioners  

David Reissner is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced in the fields of pharmacy and healthcare law. Sources say: "He is a pharmacy guru and an effective advocate. He really works on the detail, which is so important."

Noel Wardle focuses his practice on pharmacy law as well as healthcare. He regularly advises pharmacists appearing before the General Pharmaceutical Council and Primary Care Trust fitness to practise panels. Sources say: "He provides meticulous preparation and has good judgement."

Rachel Warren has pharmacy expertise and regularly advises clients appearing before the fitness to practise panels of the General Pharmaceutical Council. Sources say: "She has impeccable judgement and is worth listening to in terms of judgement. She is a delight to work with."

Susan Hunneyball "has such good knowledge of pharmacy law that it makes it easier for us to make technical decisions," sources say. She is an advocate and regularly represents individuals before professional bodies. 

Significant clients The National Pharmacy Association.

Band 3 | Clyde & Co LLP

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Basic facts about the department

- 8 partners
- 8 associates

What the team is known for Cross-practice group drawn from the firm's commercial litigation, regulatory, injury and healthcare departments. Well represented in healthcare, financial services and legal services. 

Notable practitioners  

Sarah Clover is a key contact.

Significant clients Ace, Abbey Legal Protection, Arag, CNA, Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians.

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Basic facts about the department

- 8 partners
- 7 associates

What the team is known for Represents a wide range of professionals, and offers expertise within the veterinary and healthcare professions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "Hill Dickinson has decades of experience working for the veterinary profession – specific experience in what is a narrow field."

What's new? Recent panel appointments include the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund.

Notable practitioners  

Associate Jenny Cummin works closely with Horne, and continues to develop the defence regulatory practice. Clients say: "I would recommend her. She has proved very good over the years."

Richard Creamer is developing a strong reputation in the field. Clients say: "He is an ex-dentist, so really knows his stuff. He can run rings round the other side."

Significant clients Medical Protection Society, Dental Protection, MDU, The Veterinary Defence Society.

Band 3 | Legal Risk

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Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners

What the team is known for A highly specialised boutique firm providing legal advice to law firms on matters of professional discipline and professional liability. 

Notable practitioners  

Frank Maher heads the department and is "excellent and incredibly knowledgeable," according to interviewees; "there is nothing he doesn't know, and he is always available."

Susan Mawdsley is a recognised practitioner in the field. She offers expertise in anti-money laundering and compliance issues.

Francis Dingwall regularly advises in-house legal teams on compliance issues, and handles an array of complex and high-profile matters.

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Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Manchester

What the team is known for Strong reputation for handling MDU work in the North of England.

Notable practitioners  

Firm head Michael Ryan has extensive experience in defending medical professionals.

Angela Pilling is a highly respected practitioner in the medical defence field. Sources say: "She has years of experience defending doctors. She is very good to work with and straightforward, and provides an excellent service to her clients."

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Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London, Manchester

What the team is known for Wide range of expertise spanning a number of professions and regulated industries.

What's new? New client wins include the Financial Reporting Council, Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, NMC, General Pharmaceutical Council.

In February 2013, the firm completed its post-acquisition rebrand, letting go of the name Russell, Jones & Walker.

Work highlights Acted for the Financial Reporting Council in the MG Rover Group matter, which considered a formal complaint issued against Deloitte alleging breaches of fundamental principles.

Notable practitioners  

Scott Ingram is highly regarded within the police misconduct arena. He has a strong track record for advising on shooting cases, and has acted on high-profile cases such as the Raoul Moat incident and alleged assaults connected to the G20 summit.

Significant clients RCVS, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, GOC , General Chiropractic Council.

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Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A medium-sized group offering professional discipline expertise to professionals in the legal services, healthcare and sporting sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "Baker & McKenzie handles high-octane allegations of professional misconduct."

Work highlights Successfully represented the British Olympic Association in its appeal against the World Anti-Doping Agency, which considered WADA's decision to disqualify drugs cheats from Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Cassels heads the firm's administrative and public law group and is highly regarded within this field. Sources say: "He is a great tactician and really good with clients. He is brilliant at running a team and selecting the right strategy as well as managing opponents, which is an underrated skill."

Significant clients Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, FIFA, British Olympic Association.

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Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts on a range of matters within accountancy, sport, and health and social care. Primary advisers to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA).

What's new? New client wins include the Legal Services Board.

Work highlights Advised the IPSA compliance officer on opposing a statutory challenge from a Scottish Labour MP who was denied travel expenses by the authority in the wake of the MPs' expenses scandal.

Advised a chartered accountant who was barred for misconduct in a Court of Appeal hearing to overturn the decision.

Notable practitioners  

Melanie Carter has a wide-ranging practice in professional regulation. She handles a lot of the GOC and GDC work, advising on fitness to practise and corporate governance matters.

Significant clients Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, IPSA.

Band 4 | Brodies LLP

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Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 7 associates

What the team is known for A leading professional discipline firm in Scotland, with broad experience in matters pertaining to a wide range of regulatory bodies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Clarity: "Brodies provides clear, coherent advice, and a superior working knowledge and love of the law borne from cross-sector experience."

Client care: "The firm has a friendly, engaging manner which positively infects its staff and partners."

What's new? New client wins include the Central Scotland Joint Police Board.

Work highlights Acted for the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence in an appeal case which challenged the decision of the Nursing and Midwifery Council not to strike off a nurse who had been guilty of misconduct.

Notable practitioners

Christine O'Neill is the key contact.

Significant clients Scottish Social Services Council, Lothian and Borders Police, The Insolvency Service.

Band 4 | bto

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Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 2 associates

What the team is known for A leader in Scotland for healthcare disciplinary and regulatory work. A strong relationship with the Medical Defence Union of Scotland.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The team is very hands-on and client-oriented. They give a great personal service to the client. They manage expectations and pay attention to detail."

Breadth of services: "bto has expertise it can turn to in a wide variety of areas."

Notable practitioners  

Laura Donald is an established practitioner in the field and regularly appears before the GMC. Sources say: "She has been doing this for a long time and she has the perfect manner to represent doctors - she has a good sense of humour and she prepares cases well. She has a good team of support staff."

Douglas Jessiman heads the practice and is highly regarded by the medical defence organisations. Clients describe him as "effective and approachable."

James Stewart is well known to defence organisations. Clients say: "He has got a steady, reliable and highly professional approach to what can be sensitive and difficult issues."

Partner Duncan Mawby has extensive experience of working with the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland. Clients say: "He is very efficient and knowledgeable, and always responds to problems in a very positive and helpful way."

Significant clients MDU, Medical Protection Society, Dental Protection, Royal College of Nursing. 

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Basic facts about the department

- 9 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Bristol, Manchester, London

What the team is known for Draws specialist knowledge from various departments within the firm. Home to a highly regarded healthcare disciplinary unit. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Consistency: "The quality across its offices in the UK is very good."

Work highlights Successfully represented a psychiatrist accused of inappropriate financial arrangements with a patient, which closed following consideration of written submissions.

Currently challenging a decision of the Interim Orders Panel to suspend a GP accused of malpractice and falsification of documents.

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Briggs is recognised for his work at the GMC and is a regular representative of the MDU. Sources say: "He is superb – an expert in disciplinary and clinical negligence cases."

Stephen Hocking is a recognised practitioner in the field and offers expertise across a broad range of practice areas. He recently advised the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy on investigations into whether local authority finance directors and accountants acted negligently in investing public money in Icelandic banks.

Significant clients Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, Chartered Institute of Building, Family Health Services Appeal Authority, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

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Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong solicitors' discipline practice, routinely appearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Murdochs does a good job for its clients. A key asset of the team is that members are approachable and easy to deal with, and don't take silly points – all factors which explain why they are successful." 

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Blatt is highly regarded within the solicitors discipline arena. Clients say: "The skill that Andrew has is that he empathises with his clients. Because of his understanding of the regulations and his standing in the regulatory community, he is able to empathise with you and also put your case across in the way you wish it to be put across but don't have the skillset to do so yourself."

Robert Forman regularly appears as an advocate at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. "He is quite experienced and I was very impressed by his knowledge and presentation," said one client.

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What the team is known for Strong police defence practice with over 30 years' experience.

Notable practitioners  

Colin Reynolds is highly regarded for his work defending police officers. He is seen as a committed, industrious adviser.

Elizabeth Fox has accrued extensive experience in the police defence field over a healthy and distinguished career.

Band 4 | RPC LLP

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Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 11 associates
- Recommended office locations: London, Bristol

What the team is known for Represents clients from a broad range of regulated professions, including healthcare, the financial services, legal and accountancy firms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I found RPC professional, helpful and understanding, and it provided advice when it was off the clock."

Work highlights Defended members of the law firm Giambrone Law in the first instance of Registered European Lawyers being subject to Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal proceedings.

Notable practitioners  

Clare Jaycock is head of medical regulation at the firm, and regularly defends clients at the GMC and Health Care Professions Council. She recently represented an educational psychologist specialising in assessing autistic children in allegations challenging their fitness to practise.

Significant clients Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, British Pregnancy Advisory Service, British Osteopathic Association, Novae Syndicates, Mazars.

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Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises a wide range of professionals, with strong client relationships in accountancy and financial services. Sought out for technically challenging and reputationally sensitive investigations.

Work highlights Advised trade mark and patent attorneys Urquhart-Dykes & Lord in a complaint made to the Intellectual Property Regulation Board alleging conflict of interest.

Advised Baker Tilly on an investigation into the conduct of auditors and other Baker Tilly personnel, specifically in relation to financial statements made by the AIM-listed Tanfield Group.

Notable practitioners  

Julian Randall heads the department and is highly regarded within the financial services and accountancy fields. His recent highlights include advising Baker Tilly on the Tanfield Group financial statements investigation.

Band 4 | Weightmans

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Basic facts about the department

- 10 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Liverpool, London, Birmingham 

What the team is known for Covers a broad spectrum of professional discipline and regulation. Areas include healthcare, police, solicitors, architects and education.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Weightmans provides an extremely professional service, whomever I speak to. The team is always knowledgeable, friendly and willing to help."

Work highlights Acted for the Metropolitan Police Service in misconduct proceedings arising out of former MPS Commander Ali Dizaei’s criminal convictions for misconduct in office and perverting the course of justice.

Notable practitioners  

The highly esteemed John Mitchell is described as "extremely thorough, conscientious and knowledgeable, with an interest in the medical sphere, as well as a grasp of the clinical dimension."

Tim Lang acts for the GMC, and also on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive and the General Teaching Council. He takes a particular interest in claims related to whistle-blowing.

Band 5 | Edwards & Co

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Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Belfast

What the team is known for Highly regarded Northern Irish team sought out for police misconduct hearings. Also handles health and social care work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are without exception professional, well prepared and informed, and have a clear understanding of the proceedings and issues." 

Notable practitioners  

Dorcas Crawford has extensive experience in acting against social workers and healthcare sector workers. Clients say: "She is a skilful advocate and a quick thinker, and she has a personal approach. She brings enthusiasm and energy to the cases."

Michael May is acknowledged as a leading expert in police disciplinary work in Northern Ireland, and is the main legal adviser to the Police Federation of Northern Ireland. "I find him to be very hard-working and able to draw upon a range of support in advocating client interests," said one client, adding: "He also engages with the disciplinary authority on behalf of clients and is well known in the disciplinary field."

Significant clients Northern Ireland Social Care Council.

Band 5 | Eversheds LLP

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Basic facts about the department

- Recommended office locations: Cardiff

What the team is known for Recognised for its Cardiff-led work in public inquiries affecting professional discipline work.

What's new? Peter Jones has been appointed to the Care Council for Wales panel.  

Work highlights Acted as solicitors to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry. 

Represented the Metropolitan Police Authority in composing its evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.

Notable practitioners  

Inquiries and investigations head Peter Jones is well-known litigator who frequently acts on cases that have great ramifications for professional standards. He was solicitor to the Mid Staffordshire inquiry.

Senior associate Luisa Gibbons handles complex and high-profile cases within the professional discipline sector. 

Significant clients Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, Metropolitan Police Authority, Care Council for Wales.

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Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers expertise in solicitors' defence. Also represents senior police officers in disciplinary and criminal investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I was impressed with the team throughout, especially the amount of hours they worked."

Work highlights Represented former Assistant Commissioner John Yates in respect of his evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.

Notable practitioners  

Ian Ryan is head of the department. Sources say he is "a top-quality advocate who, as a result of combining a criminal practice with representing solicitors, is ideally placed to handle cases with allegations of dishonesty against professionals and allegations made by the SRA."

Band 5 | Irwin Mitchell

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Basic facts about the department

- Recommended office locations: Sheffield, London

What the team is known for Represents a wide range of professionals in legal services, financial services, healthcare and accountancy. 

Notable practitioners  

Sarah Wallace is a key partner at the firm. Sources describe her as "a highly vigorous lawyer who is extremely committed to her cases."

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Basic facts about the department

- Recommended office locations: Birmingham

What the team is known for Has broad experience, and routinely prosecutes before the GDC. Involved in the Mid Staffordshire Inquiry.

Notable practitioners  

Birmingham-based associate Kevin Duce is recognised for his prosecution work before the GDC.

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Basic facts about the department

- Recommended office locations: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Strong presence in the Scottish professional discipline market. Offers expertise in areas such as healthcare and the financial and legal services sectors.

Notable practitioners  

Natasha Durkin has a professional discipline-focused practice. Sources say: "She is very good. She's very focused, pays attention to detail and is attentive to client care."

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Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners
- 8 associates
- Recommended office locations: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Recognised for handling healthcare regulatory work, and regularly appears before medical regulators. Also has experience in acting for solicitors at the Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Simpson & Marwick is highly professional and well organised; a good fit with us. They look the part and deliver a good service."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of the Law Society in a judicial review case which involved a challenge to its handling of the complaints process. 

Notable practitioners  

Graeme Watson heads the team.

Significant clients Medical Protection Society, MDU, Dental Defence Union, Dental Protection, Scottish Social Services Council.

Band 5 | Tughans

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Basic facts about the department

- Recommended office locations: Belfast

What the team is known for Represents medical professionals before the GMC and GDC, and also receives instructions from Irish and Northern Irish regulators.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Anthony is rated highly by peers for his medical defence work.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Sole practitioner Andrew Hopper is recognised for his legal defence work. Sources describe him as "an exceptional advocate" with "a phenomenal knowledge of his work."

Charlotte Ellis of Burton Copeland LLP has experience at the GMC and is recognised for her strong defence practice. Sources say: "She has a sensible overview partly because of her stint in the GMC, so she knows how something is likely to be perceived."

Peter Fitzpatrick of Enyo Law LLP has a track record of GMC work, and is a commercial and fraud litigator of substantial pedigree.

Previously with Mills & Reeve, Fiona Hawker has become an independent consultant. She is recognised for her expertise in healthcare regulatory work.

Jayne Willetts of Jayne Willetts & Co Solicitors is recognised for her knowledge of the regulatory process. Sources say she "gives sound advice in a form which is easily digestible. She is also reliable, she meets deadlines, and she is sympathetic as well as being realistic."

Associate Robert Drury of Kennedys is developing a successful practice within legal professionals regulation. Clients say: "He combines excellent attention to detail with consummate drafting skills."

Kennedys' Jonathan Greensmith has a strong solicitors' defence practice. One client said: "He provides responsive and professional counsel. He is attentive and helpful, and exceptionally knowledgeable on matters relating to professional discipline."

Angela Horne of Kennedys has extensive experience within the professional discipline and regulatory field, and handles extremely complex and high-profile matters. "If I was in trouble with anything she's the solicitor I would go to. She's brilliant," said one interviewee. She recently joined the team from Hill Dickinson LLP.

McCormicks founding partner Peter McCormick is well established within the sports world and has experience in both defending and prosecuting for the SRA.

Matthew Lawson of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP is well established within the commercial regulation and discipline arena.

At Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, Simon Willis is a recognised practitioner in the field.

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