5 Essex Court

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

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Building on our widely recognised expertise in the field of police misconduct, Chambers has a strong presence in the wider regulatory context.

Members of the Professional Discipline & Regulatory Law team represent regulators, companies and individuals in all manner of proceedings concerning Regulatory Law issues. These include professional discipline, civil claims, public inquiries and inquests

The Professional Discipline & Regulatory Law team recognises the importance of carefully judged advocacy in the regulatory context, particularly when the hard won reputation of an individual or company is at stake. Our in depth understanding of the core issues in both Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law enables us to quickly assimilate specific regulatory provisions and consider their application in different contexts.

In addition to our extensive practice in the police disciplinary field, the work of the team includes representation of individuals and companies in Health and Safety prosecutions. Our instructions encompass drafting “Friskies” schedules, appearing in contested hearings and, where necessary, securing the best outcome under the, still relatively recent, sentencing regime. Such work is often complemented by Chambers’ significant strength in Inquests, Inquiries and Personal Injury.

Members of the team are instructed in Regulatory and Professional Misconduct/Disciplinary issues on behalf of a diverse range of clients including:

  • Healthcare
  • the Ministry of Communities 
  • the Highways Agency 
  • the Competition and Markets Authority
  • the Bar Standards Board
  • the Church of England
  • Ofgem
  • the Financial Reporting Council

We recently assisted in conducting interviews for panel members to sit in regulatory hearings for CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants). A  number of our team are accredited and regularly act as legal assessors in the Nursing and Midwifery Council and General Dental Council.

Recent examples of the work of the Professional Discipline & Regulatory Law team include:

  • Renewable Heat Incentive Inquiry­ – Leading Counsel for Ofgem;
  • Defending a civil claim concerning regulatory issues in the energy sector;
  • Competition and Markets Authority operations;
  • Healthcare including hospitals, care homes and mental health providers;
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council proceedings;
  • General Dental Council proceedings;
  • Trading Standards proceedings.

For more information, contact our clerking team.