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Professional Discipline - UK-wide

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 12 other fee earners
- Recommended office locations: London, Bristol, Birmingham

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice. Acts for a range of regulators on complex disciplinary matters. Celebrated for its legal sector expertise.

What's new? Rosemary Rollason is a new addition to the firm's professional discipline team, adding depth to its healthcare expertise.

Work highlights Advised the Solicitors Regulation Authority on its FinStab project concerning the financial difficulties encountered by regulated law firms.

Notable practitioners  

Iain Miller heads the firm's regulatory and disciplinary group and is highly regarded for his advice in the legal services sector. He is noted for his role prosecuting for the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Sources report that "his legal brain is unsurpassed and his knowledge is second to none."

Rosemary Rollason is a highly experienced professional discipline lawyer. Sources say she is "hugely knowledgeable," especially in reference to healthcare regulation. 

Peter Steel is recognised for his regulatory knowledge across a range of sectors. Sources note his prominence as a prosecutor.

Margaret Bromley has broad regulatory experience in sectors ranging from healthcare to legal services and teaching.

Significant clients Architects Registration Board, Audit Commission, Care Quality Commission, Bar Standards Board, Ofgem.

Band 1 | Blake Morgan

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London, Southampton, Cardiff

What the team is known for Significantly expanded practice that prosecutes for a range of healthcare regulators. Noted for its work in a variety of sectors, including architecture.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very efficient, keen and customer-focused." 

What's new? The firm is the product of a recent merger between Blake Lapthorn and Morgan Cole.

Work highlights Advised the General Dental Council (GDC) in relation to the investigation of a dentist who was alleged to have committed a number of serious clinical failings, including failing to maintain appropriate levels of hygiene or infection control.

Successfully acted for the General Pharmaceutical Council in relation to a fitness to practise hearing concerning a £27,000 alleged prescription fraud.

Notable practitioners  

Bradley Albuery is known for representing healthcare regulators. Sources describe him as "a real tactician with a mastery of this area of law," and respect his "great knowledge, charisma and excellent advocacy."

Nicholas Leale is noted for his work for regulators in sectors including healthcare and accountancy. He described as "forward-thinking" and client-focused.

Stephen Murfitt has expertise in a variety of sectors, including healthcare and surveying. His clients include the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Christopher Alder advises a number of regulators, including the Nursing & Midwifery Council. He is noted for his "deft touch" and knowledge of the law.

Barrister Guy Micklewright is praised for his knowledge of a broad range of regulatory matters. His experience ranges from healthcare to legal services.

Robin Havard is experienced in legal services regulation and regularly prosecutes on behalf of the SRA. Sources say he is "extremely hard-working, conscientious and realistic."

Graham Miles advises regulators on disciplinary matters in the teaching and healthcare sectors. Clients are extremely complementary, with sources noting that "his recall of facts and issues is unbelievable."

Eve Piffaretti acts for a plethora of regulators, including the Care Council for Wales. Clients appreciate her ability to provide "straightforward and clear advice."

Significant clients Nursing & Midwifery Council, General Pharmaceutical Council, General Optical Council, General Osteopathic Council, Architects Registration Board.

Band 1 | BLM

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Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton

What the team is known for Large team with broad UK coverage. Noted for its work defending dentists and doctors in disciplinary proceedings. Provides regulatory advice to a breadth of medical practitioners.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are good at nipping the investigations in the bud and providing responses that prevent the regulator from pursuing the matter further."

"They are very thorough and set out the case very well."

Notable practitioners  

Vicki Swanton is highly regarded for her role in representing medical practitioners before both the GDC and the General Medical Council (GMC). Sources are particularly complimentary of "her manner with clients and ability to assimilate large quantities of information." 

Clare Chapman is instructed by medical defence organisations and individuals on regulatory matters in the healthcare industry. She is praised for her "client management skills and attention to detail."

Gary Allison leads the firm's London healthcare department and is especially knowledgeable about professional discipline matters in this area.

Michael Brown is regularly instructed by medical defence organisations to act for doctors in disciplinary tribunals.

Mark Shaw represents a range of healthcare professionals in disciplinary tribunals, including doctors, dentists and opticians.

Katie Costello regularly acts for doctors in disciplinary proceedings before the GMC. She is also noted for her expertise in advising doctors accused of criminal wrongdoing.  

Jane Lang heads the firm's department in Cardiff and regularly receives instructions from medical protection organisations.

Juliette Mellman-Jones leads the firm's professional discipline team and represents healthcare professionals in disciplinary proceedings. Sources praise her ability to "grasp a brief very quickly."

Rosie Shapiro is noted for representing a range of healthcare professionals in disciplinary tribunals.

Well-regarded associate Judith Duffin focuses on professional discipline in the healthcare sector. Clients consider her a pleasure to work with.

Associate Laura Smith is regularly involved in complex and difficult cases in the healthcare regulatory sphere.

Andrew Truby is recognised for defending healthcare professionals. Sources report that "he is very good at handling the more complex cases."

Significant clients Medical Protection Society, Abbey Legal Protection, Dental Protection, Government Litigation Panel.  

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London, Birmingham

What the team is known for Maintains an excellent reputation for representing regulatory bodies. Acts predominantly for the healthcare industry, but is also noted for its work on behalf of legal services regulators.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are excellent. They're very good client-facing lawyers." 

"They are outstanding. Their strength is in their breadth and they have some excellent partners."

Notable practitioners  

John Witt leads the firm's regulatory team and acts for a number of regulators in the healthcare and legal sectors. Sources note that "he is phenomenally hard-working and experienced."

Daniel Purcell is recognised for advising legal regulators on complex disciplinary and regulatory proceedings. The Solicitors Regulation Authority is one of his major clients.

Nimi Bruce is highly regarded for her role prosecuting on behalf of a range of healthcare regulators. Sources describe her as "an excellent, panel-friendly advocate."

Annie Sorbie advises a range of regulators in the healthcare sector on both prosecution and procedural matters. Her clients include the General Chiropractic Council.

Mark Whiting manages the majority of the firm's work with the GDC. Clients note that "he is very good at explaining risk, both legally and financially."

Jane Barker regularly acts for regulators prosecuting healthcare professionals in a range of disciplinary tribunals.

James Penry-Davey is known for his regulatory work on behalf of the GDC. He is praised for his ability to see things "from a macro perspective." 

Kate Steele acts for an array of regulatory bodies in matters such as investigations and fitness to practise proceedings. Sources admire her thorough research and conscientious approach.

Adelita Thursby Pelham advises a range of regulators on professional discipline matters. She is described as a "good client-facing lawyer, with rock-solid technical knowledge."

Significant clients GDC, Solicitors Regulation Authority, General Optical Council, General Chiropractic Council, General Pharmaceutical Council.

Band 1 | Hempsons

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London, Manchester, Harrogate

What the team is known for Maintains an outstanding reputation for advising medical defence organisations. Regularly defends individual practitioners in investigations and regulatory tribunals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They give very good advice and they think of all the angles and pitfalls before they happen."

Work highlights Advised NHS England on a hearing concerning a doctor who had failed to engage with appraisals and was practising without insurance.  

Notable practitioners  

Former dentist Chris Morris is best known for representing dental practitioners in regulatory proceedings. Sources report that he "is very effective and cares passionately about what he's doing."

Anne Ball is frequently instructed by the Medical Defence Union to act on behalf of doctors in disciplinary proceedings. Sources say: "She has her finger on the pulse and knows what needs to be done for her clients."

Former doctor Tania Francis receives praise for her work on behalf of healthcare professionals. She is praised for her industry knowledge and is noted for being "very conscientious about the cases she gets involved in."

Significant clients Medical Defence Union, Dental Defence Union, NHS England, Care Quality Commission, British Dental Association. 

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers 
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Market-leading practice that prosecutes for a range of healthcare regulators. Noted for its growing involvement in the education and financial sectors, and for its developing defence team.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They investigate their cases properly and efficiently, and present them well."

"They have a robust knowledge of regulatory procedures and are also very good communicators." 

Work highlights Prosecuted two paramedics on behalf of the Health and Care Professions Council concerning the mistreatment of a patient and subsequent dishonest collusion to the amend the patient's clinical record. This resulted in the individuals being struck off.  

Represented the National College of Teaching and Leadership in a hearing against a head teacher for failing to comply with safeguarding procedures by employing a teacher who subsequently committed 36 sexual offences against pupils.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Caplan QC is highly respected for his knowledge of professional discipline in a range of sectors. He regularly works with the General Pharmaceutical Society as deputy chair to its fitness to practise committee.

Stephen Parkinson heads the firm's criminal and regulatory team. He is described as "astute and extremely personable." 

John Harding is noted for his focus on regulatory matters involving the police and regularly acts for the Chief Police Officers Staff Association.

Nicola Hill has expertise in the healthcare sector and regularly acts on behalf of the Health and Care Professions Council. Sources describe her as "extremely knowledgeable."

Julie Norris is noted for expanding the firm's remit in defence work. Sources comment that "she has excellent communication skills."

Melinka Berridge has experience in acting for regulators in the healthcare and teaching sectors. She is described as "outstanding in terms of preparation and presentation."

Elizabeth Taheri regularly represents regulators in healthcare and teaching disciplinary matters. Sources praise her advocacy, noting that "she is a forceful cross-examiner."

Lucy Alicea has a growing defence practice. Sources characterise her as an "organised, cool-headed" and "client-friendly" lawyer.

Significant clients GDC, Security Industry Authority, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Chief Police Officers Staff Association.

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Basic facts about the department:
Recommended office locations: London, Leeds

What the team is known for Prominent practice in the fields of healthcare and legal services regulation. Advises organisations and individuals on disciplinary and compliance matters.

Notable practitioners  

Ralph Shipway has extensive experience in medical disciplinary matters.

Sam Flew is renowned for his healthcare disciplinary defence work. Sources describe him as "one of those people who takes control of the case right at the outset, with the result that any problems are minimised."

Richard Privett is frequently instructed by medical defence organisations to act for healthcare professionals in disciplinary proceedings.

Alex Leslie leads the firm's healthcare team and regularly represents practitioners before the GMC. Sources admire his tenacity and insight in fighting legal points.

Nicholas Rawson is recognised for his expertise in healthcare regulatory matters.

Ian Sadler represents a range of healthcare professionals in disciplinary tribunals, including doctors and dentists. Sources appreciate his ability to be "clear and concise" and to "communicate well with his clients."

Anne Green represents medical and dental practitioners in disciplinary proceedings.

Nigel West heads the firm's solicitors regulation practice, and regularly advises solicitors and law firms on professional regulatory matters.

William Childs is often called upon to assist healthcare professionals facing prosecution.

Kate Williams represents a range of medical practitioners in hearings and inquests. Her regulatory practice is informed by her employment law expertise.

Susanna Heley is respected for her knowledge of solicitor disciplinary matters.

Band 2 | Eastwoods

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Basic facts about the department
Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Maintains a good reputation for advising healthcare professionals on a variety of regulatory and disciplinary matters.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Eastwood is admired for his healthcare defence expertise. Sources describe his as an "absolutely determined" practitioner "who fights every inch for his clients."

Adam Smith advises healthcare professionals on a range of disciplinary matters, including fitness to practise tribunals.

Adam Weston is frequently instructed by medical defence organisations to act for healthcare professionals in fitness to practise proceedings.  

Band 2 | Fieldfisher

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 1 legal director
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London 

What the team is known for Broad professional discipline practice, with sector expertise in healthcare, education and sport. Advises regulators on disciplinary proceedings and the development of regulatory frameworks.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are pragmatic in finding solutions to problems." 

Work highlights Advised the Professional Standards Authority on the use of its powers to appeal decisions on the ground of leniency on the part of the nine healthcare professional regulators.  

Advised the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in relation to judicial review claims arising over certain disciplinary hearings.

Notable practitioners  

Sarah Ellson heads the firm's public and regulatory law team and is particularly noted for her advice to healthcare regulators.

Matthew Lohn is the firm's senior partner and advises a range of regulators on both disciplinary proceedings and non-contentious matters. His expertise encompasses a breadth of sectors, including healthcare, sport and accountancy. Sources praise his "good judgement and focus on the best interest of his clients."

Tom Rider represents a range of regulators in disciplinary proceedings. Sources state that "he sees the issues from all angles and retains a commercial perspective."

Caroline Jaggard has broad professional discipline experience. Sources praise her ability to be "thorough and sensible in very difficult circumstances."

David Northfield acts for a range of regulators. Clients appreciate that "he takes a lot of care to anticipate the committee and is good with witnesses."

Significant clients GDC, General Osteopathic Council, Security Industry Authority, UK Council for Psychotherapy, Bar Standards Board.

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Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for City-oriented practice, regularly instructed to prosecute on behalf of regulatory bodies. Defends individuals from the accountancy and financial sectors.

Work highlights Advised the Executive Counsel to the Financial Reporting Council on a professional conduct investigation and disciplinary proceedings concerning the collapse in share price and AIM delisting of Worthington Nicholls.

Notable practitioners  

Rod Fletcher advises on disciplinary matters in the financial sector, with a particular focus on cases with criminal aspects. Sources admire his depth of knowledge and praise his flexible approach.

Andrew Lidbetter is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer noted for his regulatory advice in the financial sector. "He's clever, has a good eye for detail and is a very good team organiser and leader," say interviewees. 

Significant clients Association of Charter 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
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London, Sheffield.

What the team is known for Experienced in representing doctors in hearings before the GMC. Advises on cases concerning the misconduct of teachers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have both a very good eye for detail and good judgement." 

Notable practitioners  

Chris Horsefield heads the firm's professional and regulatory risks department. He is noted for his representation of doctors in professional discipline cases.

Associate Victoria Lord is recognised for her expertise in the healthcare sector. Sources highlight her "excellent attention to detail." 

Rachel Cooper acts for regulators and regulated individuals from the healthcare and teaching sectors. She is described as a "very energetic and very positive lawyer who has a lot of drive to get things done." 

Yvonne Screene is regularly instructed by medical defence organisations to represent healthcare professionals in disciplinary cases.

Significant clients Medical Defence Union, National Council for Teaching & Leadership.

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London 

What the team is known for Advises regulators on disciplinary matters across a range of sectors, including healthcare, veterinary and legal services. Active in associated judicial reviews and appeals.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very easy to deal with, very co-operative, prompt and thorough." 

Work highlights Acted for the Solicitors Regulation Authority in disciplinary proceedings and a subsequent appeal against Andersons Solicitors. The case concerned the provision of misleading and inadequate cost information to clients.

Represented the Solicitors Regulation Authority in a disciplinary tribunal involving a solicitor who was alleged to have failed to act in the best interest of four elderly clients in the sale of their properties.

Notable practitioners  

Katrina Wingfield has broad regulatory experience and is especially noted for her role as a panel solicitor for the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Sources note that she is "highly experienced" in this sector.

Geoffrey Hudson is particularly highlighted for his breadth of regulatory expertise in a range of sectors, including healthcare and legal services. Clients appreciate that "he is a very calm character who inspires a lot of confidence." 

Nicole Curtis is praised for the breadth of her prosecution experience in the healthcare and veterinary sectors. Sources note that she "has a very thorough prosecution style."

Significant clients Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, General Optical Council, General Pharmaceutical Council, Farriers Registration Council.

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Represents regulators and regulated individuals. Particularly noted for its expertise in the legal sector. Additional expertise includes architecture.  

Work highlights Represented the Solicitors Regulation Authority in a disciplinary tribunal involving a professional who faced numerous allegations of misconduct including falsely witnessing a mortgage deed.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Cadman defends regulated individuals in the legal services sector. Sources say he is "very approachable, pragmatic and easy to get on with."

John Gould frequently acts for regulators in disciplinary proceedings. He is particularly knowledgeable about legal services regulation, but is also active in other sectors, including financial services. Sources describe him as an "effective litigator."

Matthew Bosworth represents solicitors and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in disciplinary proceedings. He is experienced in sports disciplinary matters. 

Significant clients The Institute of Legal Executives, 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 Acts for regulators and regulated individuals in disciplinary proceedings. Noted for its expertise in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, sport and accountancy.

Work highlights Successfully defended two nurses in a Fatal Accident Inquiry concerning a man who died from septicaemia after phoning NHS 24 on three different occasions.

Notable practitioners  

Catriona Watt represents regulators and regulated individuals from sectors ranging from healthcare to teaching. Sources report that she is "very user-friendly and good at client care."

Significant clients Scottish Social Services Council, GMC, GDC, General Teaching Council for Scotland, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission. 

Band 3 | Bankside Law

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Basic facts about the department
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Boutique defence practice representing professionals from the healthcare, financial and legal services sectors in disciplinary matters.

Notable practitioners  

John Williams is head of the firm's regulatory department and defends a range of professionals in disciplinary cases. He is described as "very able, tenacious and straightforward."

Band 3 | Bindmans LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London  

What the team is known for Advises regulators and professionals on disciplinary matters. Broad expertise covers the healthcare, financial and legal services sectors. 

Work highlights Advised the Association of Child Psychotherapists on the revision of its code of ethics and its application to obtain Professional Standards Authority registration.

Advised a broker in relation to Serious Fraud Office and Financial Conduct Authority investigations concerning the alleged manipulation of Libor.

Notable practitioners  

John Halford advises on regulatory issues and provides representation in disciplinary cases. Sources report that "he leaves no stone unturned."

Significant clients The Law Society, Guild of Psychoanalysts, British Association of Dermatologists. 

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Belfast

What the team is known for Represents a range of healthcare professionals in professional discipline matters, including pharmacists and dentists. Regularly acts for practitioners on a private basis and following instructions from indemnity organisations.

Notable practitioners  

Leigh Linton is called upon to represent doctors and dentists in disciplinary cases. Clients appreciate her calm organisation.

Roger McMillan heads the firm's healthcare team and is regularly instructed by professional indemnity organisations to defend healthcare practitioners in disciplinary matters.  

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
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Acts for healthcare professionals on a range of regulatory matters. Strong reputation for handling disciplinary matters in the pharmaceutical industry.

Notable practitioners  

David Reissner is recognised for his professional discipline expertise in the pharmaceutical industry. Sources note that he is "excellent in terms of interpreting NHS regulations, and very reassuring." 

Noel Wardle is noted for his professional discipline knowledge in relation to pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. He is noted for his strength in "summarising back to you the key elements that are the risks of the incidents."

Rachel Warren advises clients in the pharmaceutical and healthcare professions on disciplinary investigations and hearings.

Significant clients National Pharmacy Association.

Band 3 | Clyde & Co LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London 

What the team is known for Broad international practice. Advises clients on disciplinary proceedings and investigations in a range of sectors, including healthcare, accountancy and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very good, impressive and hard-working." 

Work highlights Engaged by Bar Mutual to act for a barrister in disciplinary proceedings brought by the Bar Standards Board due to failed litigation.

Notable practitioners 

Sarah Clover is a key contact at the firm.

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London, Liverpool, Manchester

What the team is known for Called upon by professionals in the healthcare industry to advise on professional disciplinary matters. Noted for its expertise in the legal services sector.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very authoritative in their field and astute in finding their way through complex issues." 

What's new? Richard Creamer has joined the practice from Hempsons, strengthening its professional discipline offering for dentists.  

Work highlights Instructed by the Veterinary Defence Society on behalf of a vet subject to an investigation and hearing concerning allegations that she dishonestly submitted inaccurate insurance forms.

Acted for the Veterinary Defence Society on behalf of a vet alleged to have incorrectly discharged a dog that subsequently died.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Creamer is known for representing dental professionals in disciplinary proceedings. Sources comment that his previous career as a dentist enables him to "understand the industry and the challenges facing the profession." 

Jenny Cummin is regularly instructed for dentists in regulatory proceedings. Clients appreciate her thorough approach, which enables her to "look for the pitfalls and head them off before she gets there."

Tony Wilson receives regular instructions from the Veterinary Defence Society in professional discipline cases. He is described as a "very senior litigator with very good judgement."

Significant clients Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund, Medical Protection Society, Dental Protection, Aviva, W R Berkley.

Band 3 | Legal Risk

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- Recommended office locations: Liverpool

What the team is known for Represents solicitors and law firms in disciplinary proceedings and investigations. Provides compliance advisory services to clients in the legal sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are very easy to contact and responsive, and they provide sound advice."

Notable practitioners  

Frank Maher is noted for his knowledge of regulation in the legal services industry. Sources report that he is "a master in technicalities and advises with confidence."

Susan Mawdsley provides regulatory compliance advice to clients in the legal services industry and is recognised for her knowledge on money laundering issues. Clients say that "she is very responsive and provides sound, practical advice."

Francis Dingwall has a broad understanding of the legal services regulatory framework. He is noted for his knowledge of retainer and conflict issues.

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Basic facts about the department
 - Recommended office locations: Manchester 

What the team is known for Regularly instructed by the Medical Defence Union to act on behalf of doctors in disciplinary proceedings before the GMC.

Notable practitioners  

Angela Pilling has significant experience in working for the Medical Defence Union, and is well respected in the healthcare field.

Michael Ryan is recognised for his knowledge of regulatory matters in the healthcare sector. He regularly represents doctors in disciplinary proceedings.

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London, Manchester

What the team is known for Advises clients on disciplinary issues arising in a range of sectors, including healthcare and financial services. Notable experience in representing individuals in police disciplinary hearings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They know what they're talking about." 

Work highlights Acted for the Financial Reporting Council in relation to an investigation and hearing concerning Deloitte's alleged breach of regulations during its involvement in corporate finance deals within the MG Rover Group.

Acted for a former in-house solicitor for the Times Newspaper in a disciplinary tribunal relating to allegations that he misled the court in the Nightjack civil proceedings.

Notable practitioners  

Scott Ingram is regarded as a go-to practitioner for police disciplinary matters. He regularly advises officers on misconduct hearings.  

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 associates
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Advises clients in the healthcare, legal and financial services sectors on regulatory proceedings and investigations. Impressive experience in judicial reviews.

Work highlights Advised the Professional Standards Authority on a statutory referral concerning whether a decision of the GDC should be sent to the High Court on the ground of undue lenience.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Cassels heads the firm's administrative and public law team and advises on professional discipline matters in a range of sectors. Sources say: "He is very experienced in the area and inspires confidence."

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Experienced in a range of sectors, including healthcare, sport and accountancy. Highlighted for its representation of regulators.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their style, while businesslike, always has a personal aspect."

"They respond really quickly, are personable and provide fair value." 

Work highlights Acted for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority compliance officer in relation to an appeal made by a Labour MP regarding the refusal of his expenses claims.

Advised the Press Standards Board of Finance on the establishment and implementation of the new press regulatory body following the Leveson Inquiry. 

Notable practitioners  

Melanie Carter heads the firm's professional discipline practice and advises regulators from a range of sectors, including healthcare and media. Clients appreciate her ability to "draw upon her experience to provide reassurance, insight and context."

Significant clients Institute of Charter Accountants in England and Wales, GDC, Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, International Psychoanalytic Association, Market Research Society.

Band 4 | Brodies LLP

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Focuses on advising regulators and public bodies on disciplinary matters. Experienced in a range of sectors, including legal services, social care and policing.

Work highlights Represented the General Teaching Council for Scotland in a fitness to teach hearing involving a registered teacher.

Acted for the Scottish Police Authority on a misconduct tribunal involving a senior police officer.

Notable practitioners  

Christine O'Neill is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Scottish Social Services Council, Lothian and Borders Police, Law Society of Scotland, Professional Standards Authority, Glasgow Caledonian University.

Band 4 | bto

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Advises healthcare industry clients on professional disciplinary matters. Regularly defends dentists and doctors in fitness to practise hearings and interim order proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are extremely sensitive to the needs of the individual concerned at a stressful time in their life."

Notable practitioners  

Laura Donald is often instructed by medical defence unions to act for doctors and dentists in disciplinary proceedings. Sources note that "she has sound judgement and a feel for her cases."

Douglas Jessiman represents a range of healthcare practitioners in disciplinary tribunals. Sources admire his ability to relate to his clients.

Duncan Mawby has expertise in healthcare regulation. Interviewees say he is "very intelligent, articulate and thoughtful about his cases."

James Stewart regularly receives instructions to defend dentists and doctors in fitness to practise proceedings.

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

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London, Bristol, Manchester

What the team is known for Defends healthcare professionals in regulatory matters. Noted for its experience in disciplinary matters in the public and financial sectors.

Work highlights Acted for a doctor in a GMC fitness to practise hearing following allegations that she failed to have due regard for a patient's safety.

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Briggs concentrates his practice on healthcare regulation. He is regularly instructed by the Medical Defence Union to act for doctors in fitness to practise tribunals.

Stephen Hocking is known for his expertise in the financial sector. Sources identify him as a persuasive advocate.

Significant clients Medical Defence Union, Chartered Institute of Building, Family Health Services Appeal Authority, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Handles professional discipline matters relating to the legal services sector. Defends solicitors in disciplinary tribunals and investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very commercial people who take a practical and hands-on approach."

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Blatt is hailed for his expertise in legal services regulation, especially in relation to voluntary closure matters. Sources appreciate "his deep understanding of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and his personable nature." 

Robert Forman regularly defends lawyers in disciplinary tribunals. Sources note that he is "very adept at getting directly to the heart of complex legal issues."

Band 4 | RPC

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London, Bristol

What the team is known for Advises on contentious and non-contentious disciplinary matters. Experienced in the healthcare, financial and legal services sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are friendly and have a no-nonsense approach." 

Work highlights Defended three registered European lawyers in a disciplinary tribunal.

Defended an educational psychologist in disciplinary proceedings before the Health and Care Professions Council.

Notable practitioners  

Clare Jaycock has a frequent involvement in healthcare regulatory work and provides both representation in disciplinary cases and ad hoc advisory services. She led in the disciplinary case before the Health and Care Professions Council. 

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

Band 4 | Weightmans

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Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Liverpool, London, Birmingham

What the team is known for Respected for its regulatory defence work in the healthcare and legal services sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very responsive and very flexible." 

Work highlights Acted for the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund in an application for judicial review on behalf of a disbarred lawyer. This related to procedures used by the Bar Standards Board in disciplinary proceedings.  

Notable practitioners  

John Mitchell handles complex misconduct cases arising in the healthcare and legal sectors. Sources praise his conscientious approach.

Tim Lang handles healthcare disciplinary matters. He is described as "collegiate and intellectually strong."

Significant clients Professional Standards Authority, Care Quality Commission, Isle of Wight Primary Care Trust, Metropolitan Police.

Band 5 | Edwards & Co

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Belfast 

What the team is known for Regularly defends police officers in misconduct tribunals. Well regarded for its healthcare disciplinary expertise.  

Notable practitioners  

Dorcas Crawford acts for professional bodies in a range of healthcare disciplinary matters, as well as prosecuting and investigating on behalf of regulators. She has recently defended a number of healthcare practitioners.

Michael May is noted for his representation of police officers in misconduct cases. He regularly works with the Police Federation of Northern Ireland.

Band 5 | Howard Kennedy

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Handles regulatory issues arising in the legal services sector, in addition to representing police officers and accountants in disciplinary proceedings.

Notable practitioners  

Ian Ryan heads the firm's professional discipline team and has a very good reputation for acting for solicitors facing prosecution. This expertise is enriched by his background in criminal law.

Band 5 | Irwin Mitchell

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Basic facts about the department
- Recommended office locations: London, Sheffield

What the team is known for Defends individuals working in financial services and accountancy in disciplinary proceedings. Offers additional expertise in healthcare matters.

Notable practitioners  

Sarah Wallace focuses her practice on financial regulatory matters. She regularly advises individuals facing investigation by bodies such as the Financial Conduct Authority.

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Basic facts about the department
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Defends police officers in disciplinary proceedings. Well placed to advise on cases involving issues of criminal liability.

Notable practitioners  

Colin Reynolds is praised for his work on behalf of police officers in misconduct tribunals.

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Edinburgh 

What the team is known for Broad regulatory expertise includes defending medical practitioners and lawyers in disciplinary proceedings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide very organised and clear legal advice." 

Work highlights Instructed by the Dental Defence Union to act for a dentist who faced multiple charges before the GDC.

Represented a nurse before the Nursing & Midwifery Council, who faced allegations of force feeding elderly patients.

Notable practitioners  

Duncan Batchelor regularly appears before healthcare regulators in disciplinary proceedings. Sources say he is "very personable and thorough."

Significant clients Medical Protection Society, Dental Protection, Law Society of Scotland, Scottish Social Services Council, Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

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Basic facts about the department
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Advises major accountancy firms on business-critical regulatory matters.

Notable practitioners  

Julian Randall is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Deloitte, Baker Tilly.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Andrew Hopper is an independent consultant and is extremely experienced in solicitors regulatory matters. Peers report that he "has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the rule book."

Charlotte Ellis of Burton Copeland LLP advises on regulatory matters in the healthcare industry.

Peter Fitzpatrick of Enyo Law LLP is an experienced commercial litigator with experience in GMC cases.

Luisa Gibbons of Eversheds LLP is experienced in conducting professional discipline cases and regularly advises the GMC and the Care Council for Wales.

Peter Jones heads Eversheds LLP's inquiries and investigations team. He is highlighted for his knowledge of fitness to practise matters and the recent effect of public inquiries in this area.

Jayne Willetts of Jayne Willetts & Co Solicitors advises legal services clients on a range of regulatory issues. Clients report that "she is a great strategist in terms of knowing her way around the regular pitfalls."

Robert Drury of Kennedys is noted for his developing practice in solicitors regulatory matters.

Jonathan Greensmith of Kennedys is a former prosecutor for the Solicitors Regulation Authority. He now acts exclusively for solicitors in disciplinary proceedings. Sources note that "he gets very good results and knows how to argue cases effectively."

Angela Horne of Kennedys represents individuals from the legal and medical professions in range of proceedings, including tribunals and associated judicial reviews.

Peter McCormick of McCormicks represents solicitors in disciplinary tribunals. He is a prominent figure in the sports disciplinary arena and advises clients such as The Premier League and Leeds United.

Kevin Duce of Mills & Reeve LLP is an associate with a broad range of litigation experience. He has extensive expertise in healthcare regulatory matters and is adept at dealing with related criminal matters.

Matthew Lawson of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP handles disciplinary matters arising in the financial services industry. His clients include PwC and Grant Thornton.

Simon Willis of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP advises clients in the financial services industry on regulatory and disciplinary investigations.

Natasha Durkin of Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP has extensive experience in advising regulators.

Carl Johnson of Stephensons is described as a "rising star" in the professional discipline field, and is noted for his broad regulatory practice. He represents professionals working in sectors ranging from healthcare to teaching.  

Andrew Anthony of Belfast-based Tughans represents doctors and dentists in disciplinary proceedings. He also advises on associated employment and negligence issues.

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