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UK Guide

Professional Discipline — UK-wide

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Pre-eminent team with deep experience in professional discipline, particularly in the health and social care sectors. Work includes advising on investigations, regulatory conduct, disciplinary proceedings and judicial reviews. Specific expertise in the legal sector where lead partners act for major regulators, such as the SRA and BSB.

Strengths 

"The good thing is that they cut through the detail and they get to the heart of the case so that they provide clients with an efficient, economical service while also being high-quality."

Work highlights Appointed by the SRA to advise on and ultimately prosecute a series of linked cases against various firms of solicitors that had been involved in significant and complicated conveyancing frauds.

Advised the BSB's working party on drafting its Disciplinary Panel Regulations.

Notable practitioners  

Rosemary Rollason is an experienced practitioner who advises on regulatory matters across a range of sectors, including healthcare, financial and legal. She receives acclaim for her "very good judgement and client-handling skills."

Peter Steel has a varied practice, representing various regulators in complex matters. One commenter admires the way Steel "knows the regulatory environment backwards," and others say he is “client-focused, clever and accomplished as a regulatory solicitor.”

Significant clients ARB, GOC, AAT, Intellectual Property Regulation Board, FSCS.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Southampton, Cardiff 

What the team is known for Distinguished team that acts for a broad range of regulators, with a particular focus on the healthcare and education sectors. The firm also undertakes its own advocacy and advises several major regulators, such as the GDC and the NMC.

Strengths 

"They are very approachable, very experienced and provide excellent value for money; we trust their advice.”

“They have a happy and useful habit of telling me the answer as I ask the question, and always have half an eye on the hearing, which I find really useful.” 

Work highlights Acted for the GDC in high-profile fitness to practise proceedings involving multiple agency witnesses and experts.

Assisted the SIA on bringing the management of appeals in-house. Work included the production of a report on all issues to be considered by the SIA. 

Notable practitioners  

Bradley Albuery specialises in healthcare matters, representing regulators such as the General Optical Council and General Osteopathic Council. He is described by sources as “one of the cleverest advocates in healthcare regulation” who is “at his peak when dealing with complex emotional matters.”

Sources say that Nicholas Leale “is very knowledgeable and always comes up with pragmatic solutions,” adding that he is “client-oriented.” His experience covers the regulation of numerous areas, including the teaching and healthcare professions.

Graham Miles is a vastly experienced regulatory solicitor with a particular focus on the education and healthcare sectors. A source remarks that “his knowledge is second to none; he has so much experience in regulation, I feel confident in any advice given by him.”

Robin Havard advises on discipline matters for the regulators of solicitors and teachers. Market commentators praise him for his "hard-working, effective approach," adding: "You wouldn't want to be prosecuted by him - he's tough!"

Eve Piffaretti advises on regulatory matters in the the education and healthcare sectors, with recent work including matters for the NCTL and Care Council for Wales.

Guy Micklewright is "technically astute and has a flair for advocacy." He is an approved prosecutor for the BSB and a legal assessor to panels of the National College for Teaching & Leadership.

Stephen Murfitt possesses "an absolutely massive breadth of knowledge," which he brings to bear across a wide range of professional sectors.

Significant clients GDC, NMC, NCTL, Care Council for Wales, GOC.

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From the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for An eminent practice group which deals with regulatory and disciplinary matters for a range of clients, primarily healthcare professionals before the GMC, GDC and NMC. Noted for its impressive depth of knowledge across related areas, such as inquests, criminal proceedings and regulatory investigations.

Strengths 

“They are phenomenally popular in healthcare and hugely experienced in acting against regulators; they will drop everything to get the best possible outcome for their client and know the regulators inside out.”

“They are friendly, professional and with a diverse knowledge of different sectors.”

Work highlights Successfully defended a doctor member of the MPS in an inquest into the death of a minor who had been diagnosed with an eating disorder and subsequently committed suicide.

Notable practitioners  

Clare Chapman is the head of the professional discipline and regulatory practice group. She has significant medical and dental regulatory experience. Sources highlight her “brilliant judgement, preparation and client management.”

Jane Lang regularly represents healthcare professionals before regulators such as the GMC, GDC and GPhC, as well as at inquests and public inquiries. Interviewees say she has a "thorough and incredibly tactical mind."

Juliette Mellman-Jones has a well-established practice specialising in representing healthcare professionals on behalf of professional defence organisations, insurers and healthcare providers. Sources comment that “she shows a lot of initiative and has a way of working out where the real weaknesses in the case lie before coming up with solutions.”

Katie Costello has extensive experience acting for healthcare professionals, including on negligence claims, regulatory and disciplinary hearings, police interviews and criminal trials. Interviewees are impressed with her, saying: "Katie was extremely thorough and persistent in the way she prepared the case. She adopted a sensitive approach and ultimately secured a very good result."

Adam Weston regularly appears before regulators representing doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. Market sources praise him for being “extremely professional and level-headed, with a maturity that is beyond his years; he's very good at seeing potential arguments and utilising them.”

Judith Duffin continues to impress commentators, who deem her a "conscientious individual with a good eye for detail in difficult cases." She regularly represents doctors and dentists before the GMC and GDC, and in criminal investigations and coroner's inquests.

Laura Smith has a varied practice, spanning representation of both individual and business registrants before the GOC, as well as doctors and dentists before their respective regulators. 

Ewan Bright represents doctors and dentists before the GMC and GDC and is described as being "very well prepared, incredibly enthusiastic and with a solid grounding in tactics."

Significant clients MPS, Dental Protection, MDDUS, Boots, VisionExpress.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Birmingham

What the team is known for First-rate team held in high regard for its expertise in professional discipline matters in the healthcare and legal sectors. Undertakes fitness to practise hearings, High Court appeals, rule drafting and judicial reviews for numerous major regulators. 

Strengths 

“I think they're outstanding in every sense; the quality is incredible. Even when we have high demands of them, they always come back with a pragmatic response. They really go above and beyond.”

“Their client service is the best that I have received out of any firms in this area: proactive, forward-thinking and always coming up with new ways to make our lives easier. They are by far the best firm we use at the moment."

Work highlights Acted for PSA for Health and Social Care in a successful appeal to the High Court following an NMC fitness to practise hearing relating to a nurse who failed to disclose a conviction for armed robbery. The PSA argued that a four-month suspension was too lenient.  

Notable practitioners  

Mark Whiting is a key contact for the GDC, overseeing matters as well as presenting cases before fitness to practise panels and interim order committees. In particular, it is his "phenomenal level of knowledge in complex cases" which impresses some sources, with others adding that "he is able to absorb all the information and take the correct strategic approach."

John Witt is the head of the regulatory team, and oversees the firm's work with the GDC, GPhC, PSA and SRA. Market commentators say they are "staggered at his ability to identify and address key issues in a case."

Nimi Bruce frequently acts as a prosecutor on behalf of regulators, such as the GPhC and PSA. Sources "single her out as exceptional," highlighting her "careful analysis of the law, which is invariably spot-on, and her superb forensic instincts.” 

Daniel Purcell specialises in regulation of the legal profession, frequently acting for the SRA, and also represents the Intellectual Property Regulation Board. Impressed sources call him an "extremely effective solicitor with excellent judgement."

James Penry-Davey specialises in GDC representation at hearings, High Court appeals and judicial reviews. Interviewees hold him in high regard, stating: “He's got it all – he knows the law, has good attention to detail, doesn't lose sight of the big picture and is able to make sound and sensible decisions.”

Mark Rogers draws praise from interviewees for his work before multiple healthcare regulators. One impressed commentator states: “He is quite simply one of the most intelligent solicitors I've ever come across, with the most extraordinary attention to detail – nothing is ever overlooked.”

Adelita Thursby Pelham represents professionals in fitness to practise hearings in the health and social care sector. Clients comment that “she really understands regulation and has a very precise and thorough approach to whatever she does."

Kate Steele is described by sources as "sharp, knowledgeable, thorough and proactive in her cases." She is regularly involved in investigations and hearings for major healthcare regulators.

Significant clients GDC, GPhC, Intellectual Property Regulation Board, PSA, SRA.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Manchester

What the team is known for Highly acclaimed practice with specialist experience in the health and social care sectors. Well known for its criminal expertise which supports its strength in the disciplinary field.

Strengths 

“They are brilliant - real specialists in healthcare who provide a professional, personal service. They are well informed, very considerate, extremely good value for money and very supportive; I can't speak highly enough of them.”

“As a firm they are excellent, providing superb service with a first-rate turnaround. They were always available and nothing was too much trouble. I was very impressed.”

Work highlights Acted on behalf of the British Dental Association in a successful judicial review of a GDC decision to increase the annual retention fee for dentists.

Acted for St Jude's Women's Hospital and its medical director in parallel regulatory actions by HFEA and GMC. Advised on the investigations and media attention, and represented the medical director before an interim orders panel.

Notable practitioners  

As the head of the professional regulatory group at Hempsons, Chris Morris has developed an esteemed practice representing healthcare practitioners, with a particular focus on dental matters. Sources say that “his attention to detail and risk management is unsurpassed – he has real insight into our practice area.”

Anne Ball is acknowledged by interviewees as "an extremely impressive individual" who is “hugely experienced and spot-on with her strategy.” She has particular expertise in GMC investigations.

Tania Francis often represents clinicians in proceedings before their regulatory bodies. One impressed commentator endorsed her abilities, saying: “She skilfully sorted out a settlement, bringing a huge amount of acumen to the case.”

The "personable and thorough" Ravi Gupta receives praise for being adept at "identifying and dealing with the important issues in a case effectively.”

Angela Pilling continues to operate in the field of healthcare regulation. Interviewees say she is “hard-working and a real team player" and "gets to the point incredibly quickly."

Significant clients MDU, NHS England, CQC, Dental Defence Union, London Women's Hospital.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Renowned team that both defends professionals in disciplinary hearings, and prosecutes and investigates for regulatory bodies. Advises individuals and regulators across a range of areas including health and social care, education and finance.

Strengths 

"The team working on my case was first-rate: they gave lightning-fast responses and possessed unparalleled expert knowledge of my profession, its regulatory bodies and the law relating to professional discipline."

“The firm has strength in depth. It benefits from a stable of very effective and hard-working lawyers and a leadership team who are not afraid to innovate and anticipate the needs of the market going forward.”

Work highlights Representing the GDC in a matter concerning a practitioner facing allegations of dishonestly failing to disclose a police caution and conviction; failure to co-operate with his PCT and NCAS, and failure to maintain appropriate standards of behaviour.

Continues to represent the IFoA on all professional discipline cases and advises on regulations, procedure and guidance for members.

Notable practitioners  

Julie Norris leads the team responsible for defending individuals, organisations and regulators. Sources say that she is "razor-sharp" and "her knowledge and expertise concerning professional discipline is unrivalled."

Melinka Berridge is the firm's relationship partner for the EWC, GDC and NCTL. Clients say she is "in command, utterly organised and entirely efficient.”

Nicola Hill is the strategic lead and client principal for the HCPC, with responsibility for advisory, defence and fitness to practise prosecutions. She leads the firm's regulatory and professional discipline team.

The experienced Stephen Parkinson is the group head for the criminal and regulatory teams at Kingsley Napley. He specialises in matters that cross over between crime and professional discipline and is described as "one of the most talented solicitors around."

John Harding is described as “a man of immense experience in police discipline, with fantastic judgement.” He specialises in high-profile matters relating to senior police officers.

The "incredibly impressive" Julie Matheson receives praise from market commentators who say she is "personable, incisive and knows the factual area and legislation back to front.” She has particular expertise in financial services regulation.

Lucy Williams frequently undertakes complex clinical matters for the HCPC and GDC. She is described by market sources as “bright and articulate," and is praised for the way that she "always gets stuck in and deals with things effectively.” 

Iain Miller has continued his esteemed practice in the field of legal regulation, notably sitting as a member of the SRA's panel of prosecutors. Commentators refer to him as a "fountain of all knowledge" and “probably one of the top solicitors in this sphere.” 

Significant clients GDC, HCPC, EWC, SIA, RICS.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Leeds, Cardiff

What the team is known for Impressive team of highly experienced lawyers. Well known for its strength in advising on regulatory matters in the health and legal sectors. Offers a comprehensive range of advice on regulatory and disciplinary matters.

Strengths 

“They are extremely well versed in all issues which might arise in a case; they know every strategy and pitfall, as well as why cases lose or win on appeal. I consider them a top-draw medical firm.”

“They are excellent, tactically astute operators who will give everything for their client.”

Work highlights Successfully represented a solicitor accused of lack of integrity regarding conveyancing matters before the SDT.

Notable practitioners  

Sam Flew's practice centres around the defence of medical practitioners. Clients regard him as "extremely thorough and very effective," with other commentators adding that "in terms of experience and gravitas, he is excellent."

Alex Leslie continues to be held in high regard by commentators, with one individual referring to him as “very creative, thoughtful, efficient and a real fighter - one of the best lawyers in the business.”

Richard Privett maintains his high standard of representation in the field of medical practitioners regulation. "He impresses us with his canny ability to look through cases and analyse them in such a way that he picks up points that others might miss,” comments an impressed source.

“Astute tactician” Nigel West receives praise from market sources for his "sound commercial judgement." He applies this judgement to the area of solicitors' disciplinary law, where he has decades of experience.

According to interviewees, William Childs possesses a “huge work ethic, as well as an amazing ability to handle heavy caseloads with aplomb and stay calm in the face of heavy fire.” He focuses on advising medical practitioners facing disciplinary proceedings. 

Susanna Heley is active in solicitors' regulation, principally the representation of firms facing intervention proceedings.

Simon Gommersall represents medical professionals, primarily doctors and dentists, in regulatory proceedings. One impressed source describes him as "very personable and eloquent, incredibly bright and reassuring with clients.”

The "tactically astute" Ian Sadler draws particular praise for his approach to cases, which is known to be "intelligent, cerebral and effective." He has considerable experience in proceedings related to the discipline of medical practitioners.

Clients say Anne Green is “extremely thorough, very effective and easy to work with.” She advises healthcare professionals, with regular work representing doctors and dentists before the GMC and GDC respectively.

Stewart Duffy is a specialist in regulatory and disciplinary matters for doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. Sources say he "prepares his cases with a fine-tooth comb and always knows every detail.”

Since publication, Nicholas Rawson has retired from this practice.

Since publication, Ralph Shipway has retired from this practice.

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From the Chambers UK guide

What the team is known for Standout team recognised for its representation of practitioners before the GMC. Also prosecutes on behalf of major regulators in the education and healthcare sectors.

Strengths  

“The quality of their client care during malpractice hearings is exceptional. They are responsive and helpful throughout.”

“The thing that struck me was their innovation and the seamless service they provide through to the conclusion of a case.”   

Notable practitioners  

Market sources say Rachel Cooper is “very thorough and detailed" and "considers all angles of a case and takes a fantastic approach with clients.” She is heavily involved in the investigation and presentation of cases before the NCTL’s Professional Conduct Committee.

Chris Horsefield is an experienced practitioner responsible for the defence of doctors before the GMC, and the investigation of cases on behalf of the NCTL. Interviewees regard him as a "leader on strategy" with a particularly personable approach.

Significant clients MDU, NCTL, GOC.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Dedicated team recognised for its expertise in matters of healthcare regulation. Specialises in the representation of clinicians facing disciplinary proceedings.

Strengths 

“As a specialist niche firm they impress me; they know professional discipline really well, and are flexible, sensible and committed to the cause.”

Notable practitioners  

Simon Eastwood provides "robust advice combined with tactical awareness and a good client manner." He is well regarded in the marketplace for his representation of medical professionals facing disciplinary proceedings.

Adam Smith is described by interviewees as “a real thinker." Market commentators further note: "If you have a problem case, he can find a way to tackle it.”

The highly experienced Surjit Dubb receives praise for his proficiency in "managing the case and the anxiety of the doctor."

Stephen Hooper is described as “a very astute and thoughtful tactician" with sources commending his ability to "identify the real issues and consequences of problems and devise the appropriate strategy.”

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners & 3 legal directors
- 21 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Highly respected practice that undertakes investigation and prosecution work, as well as general advisory work for whole regulatory systems. Acts for a variety of regulators across numerous sectors, including health, sport, finance and law.

Strengths 

“They are always totally on top of the law, analysing difficult and complex cases in a way that is extremely rigorous and thorough.”

"They are professional, accessible, responsive and provide high-quality legal services. "

Work highlights Advising the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy on its disciplinary procedures, including reviewing its central complaints process.

Continues to act for the SIA bringing private statutory prosecutions to the Magistrates' Courts.

Notable practitioners  

Sarah Ellson heads the public and regulatory law group at Fieldfisher, and regularly advises major healthcare and social care regulators. Clients remark that “she's fantastic, both accessible and concise. She absolutely understands what we need and provides not only advice but realistic solutions to problems.”

Senior partner Matthew Lohn works with a broad range of regulators in an advisory capacity, drawing upon his many years of experience in regulatory matters. He is described as a "real expert with a lot of authority."

Tom Rider remains a major name in the area of healthcare regulation, in both a contentious and non-contentious context. Clients regard him as "very thorough and assertive in a perfectly charming way.”

David Northfield is involved in the regulation of professionals from numerous sectors, including healthcare and policing. One client praises him for his ability to "think holistically about a problem and not just consider the legal side,” and another considers him “a good person to have in your corner when involved in stressful litigation.”

Significant clients PSA, FRC, GDC, NMC, RICS.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Specialist firm held in high esteem for its proficiency in regulating the financial and accountancy sectors. Acts for professional bodies such as the FRC and the ACCA, as well as individuals and firms involved in disciplinary proceedings.

Strengths 

“They tell you what you need to hear, rather than what you want, going straight to the heart of the issues and giving you a straightforward assessment of what you can and can't do.”

Work highlights Instructed by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants to act as presenting officers, pursuing numerous separate disciplinary proceedings against individuals.

Advised the Financial Reporting Council in a judicial review challenge brought by Baker Tilly about the Executive Counsel's decision to refer a complaint to the FRC's Conduct Committee concerning how Baker Tilly carried out the 2007 statutory audits of Tanfield Group.

Notable practitioners  

Rod Fletcher is a committed practitioner with decades of experience in professional disciplinary cases. He acts for regulators as well as senior executives, and receives praise from interviewees for his "calm, measured, charismatic and sensible approach.”

Andrew Lidbetter is a senior practitioner with years of experience prosecuting, defending and advising in disciplinary cases. “He's incredibly clever and understands not just what we do but also the value of the framework we operate in,” state impressed clients.

Solicitor advocate Nusrat Zar specialises in prosecuting disciplinary proceedings and advising on disciplinary schemes related to accountancy. Sources say she is "an excellent lawyer" and “really knows her stuff and understands what we want."

Significant clients ACCA.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice that contains a team of respected advocates who prosecute in a number of areas. Standout expertise on matters concerning veterinarians and legal and health professionals. Also works with regulators on audits and training.

Strengths 

“They respond very quickly to requests I make of them and look beyond the question I've asked, answering subsequent questions I should have asked.”

“They were absolutely value for money, incredibly helpful, well informed and a nice security blanket.”

Work highlights Undertook a prosecution on behalf of the SRA regarding a practitioner who misappropriated over £1 million through invoices addressed to the estate of a deceased client.

Advised on the prosecution of a vet for failings in animal welfare and clinical care of patients, health and safety failings in the management of the practice, and acting in conflict of interest in relation to certification of said vet's own livestock.

Notable practitioners  

Geoffrey Hudson is vastly experienced in numerous fields of regulation, with regular work for the SRA and RCVS. Clients enjoy working with him due to his “pleasant, easy-going manner" and "great depth of knowledge and experience."

Nicole Curtis receives acclaim from clients for being "absolutely fabulous in terms of intellect and advocacy," and other impressed commentators say she is "steeped in all things regulatory." She undertakes advocacy on behalf of numerous regulators, particularly the RCVS.

Katrina Wingfield continues to be well thought of for her work on behalf of legal and healthcare regulators. Sources say: “She is unflappable; an incredibly thoughtful, measured and intellectually strong individual."

Hein Le Roux works extensively on SDT cases on behalf of the SRA, as well as acting for the RCVS. A source describes him as “incredibly diligent and hard-working; one of the most thorough associates I've ever come across.”

Significant clients GDC, FRC, CNHC.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Held in high esteem for its regulatory work in the legal, financial and healthcare sectors. Frequently assists with investigations, evidence-gathering, and regulatory and enforcement action.

Strengths 

“They were good at dealing with document-heavy cases in a timely way. They were very helpful and very knowledgeable; I couldn't have asked for more.”

Work highlights Represented the SRA in an SDT case arising from the collapse of Axiom, a Cayman Islands-based litigation finance fund providing litigation funding to a number of UK law firms. The case concerned the receipt and misapplication of £4.8 million and other serious breaches of professional rules.

Representing CILEx on disciplinary matters brought against a member as a result of sexual abuse and diversity issues. 

Notable practitioners  

John Gould is regarded as a "guru on Law Society interventions." Clients regard him as "unsurpassed in terms of intellect and knowledge" and say that he "makes it his business to know our business."

Peter Cadman frequently represents both regulatory bodies and individuals before regulatory tribunals. Sources describe him as “genuine and confident, with an intelligent approach.”

Matthew Bosworth is particularly experienced in SRA and ARB disciplinary matters. Sources say he "possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge" and that "he knew every detail of our case."

Paolo Sidoli receives particular acclaim from clients for being “thorough, proactive, knowledgeable about his area and easy to work with.” He deals with a substantial number of highly contested intervention and enforcement matters for the SRA.

Significant clients FRC, TDB, ARB, BSB, BIS.

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From the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Recognised for its regulatory work across the veterinary, legal and healthcare sectors. Experienced team adept at advising in complex, sensitive and high-profile disciplinary cases.

Strengths 

"A very high-quality operation. Combines great support for clients and counsel with a friendly and efficient atmosphere."

Work highlights Successfully defended disciplinary proceedings brought by the RCVS against a veterinary surgeon facing charges for failing to disclose a pony’s full veterinary history to a purchaser.

Notable practitioners  

Former dentist Richard Creamer utilises the knowledge gained in his previous career to advise dental professionals facing hearings before the GDC. Market sources say that Richard is “a master of his area" and "incredibly thorough, proactive and utterly meticulous.”

Tony Wilson is renowned for his experience in veterinary disciplinary matters, regularly representing individuals subject to disciplinary hearings at the RCVS. According to commentators, he has "very sound strategic and tactical knowledge."

Significant clients Bar Mutual, MPS, Dental Protection, VDS, Aviva.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- Office locations: Liverpool, Oxford

What the team is known for Respected specialist firm with a focus on advising law firms in disciplinary matters. Represents firms before the SDT and is particularly accomplished in advising on SRA compliance matters.

Strengths 

“Very discreet and extremely knowledgeable, as well as being efficient, contactable and responsive. It is comforting knowing that I am going to a specialist in the field.”

"I think very highly of Legal Risk. They provide concise, definitive responses which are invaluable when we are up against it." 

Notable practitioners  

Frank Maher provides law firms and their insurers with advice on regulatory matters and disciplinary proceedings. He is described by interviewees as "one of the very best in his area" and “knowledgeable, straightforward and robust; a very good lawyer indeed.”

Susan Mawdsley possesses particular expertise on anti-money laundering procedures. She also frequently advises law firms on regulatory compliance and claims prevention. Clients "can't praise her enough" and call her "extremely responsive, precise and definitive in her advice."

According to clients, Francis Dingwall is “thorough, to the point and provides good holistic advice.” He advises law firms on a range of regulatory issues and is described as being "at the top of his game."

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第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Niche team specialising in solicitors’ professional discipline, acting exclusively in the defence of solicitors. Particular expertise in SDT proceedings, SRA forensic investigations and voluntary practice closures.

Strengths 

“You'd think I was their only client, so quick was their turnaround. In terms of meticulousness, efficiency and compassion, I can't speak highly enough of them.”

“They were absolutely wonderful; delightfully dedicated and very good lawyers who make you feel like you're the only client that matters."

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Blatt has particular expertise in managing voluntary practice closures, as part of a broad solicitor-focused practice. He earns praise from clients for his "professional, supportive and thorough" approach.

Robert Forman's practice is focused on defending solicitors in SDT proceedings. One client notes: "It is clear that tribunal members respond positively to his well thought-out and clearly presented arguments. In what was a very difficult time, it was reassuring to know that my case was being dealt with by an expert in this field."

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Manchester

What the team is known for Manchester-based firm dealing with a range of healthcare-related regulatory and disciplinary matters. Particular expertise in medical defence work.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Ryan is “excellent with clients and sees the bigger picture,” according to market sources. He heads the disciplinary offering at Ryan Solicitors.  

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Manchester, London

What the team is known for Respected team that advises individuals within the legal and financial services sectors, as well as regular work with police officers. Additional expertise in the regulation of sports professionals.

Strengths

“They are steeped in knowledge and experience of police misconduct. It is reassuring to be working with them, as you know that they have been there before and have the relevant experience.”

“They are uniformly impressive, knowledgeable, hard-working and well prepared. They possess excellent judgement and I can't speak highly enough of them.”

Work highlights Represented the FRC in disciplinary proceedings against Deloitte and a corporate finance partner on two corporate finance deals undertaken for MG Rover. All allegations were proven against both parties and a record £14 million fine was imposed.

Represented a police officer facing misconduct allegations following an IPCC investigation relating to the 'Plebgate' incident.

Notable practitioners  

Scott Ingram is highly acclaimed by market commentators, who praise him for his “unparalleled experience and excellent judgement." He is experienced in dealing with police disciplinary matters.

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第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Recognised for its strength in advising on regulation and compliance issues for solicitors and significant experience acting for medical defence organisations. Also does regular work on behalf of barristers facing misconduct hearings. Serves both regulated professionals and their regulators.

Strengths

“They stand out for their understanding and their advice, which is very clear.”

Work highlights Acted for the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund on an appeal before the Court of Appeal regarding a barrister who had been disbarred. The court found there to have been unfairness in the original hearing following a failure to disclose important evidence.

Notable practitioners  

John Mitchell has decades of experience of advising clients on discipline and regulatory matters. He frequently appears before the GMC and GDC. Clients commend Mitchell as “outstanding in terms of his specialist knowledge of medical law, and his commitment to service and delivery for his clients.”

Simon Turner advises both medical practitioners and medical defence organisations. He is described as "very hard working and methodical" by commentators.

Significant clients PSA, CQC, Metropolitan Police, NHS England North West London Area Team, NHS England Wessex Area Team.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Recognised for its expertise in regulation across a range of sectors, particularly accountancy, healthcare and social care. Acts for individual registrants as well as regulators, providing advice and representation.

Strengths

“We have found them to be patient and persistent; they know and understand our needs and the issues we face.”

“I have always found their service exemplary; they are always accessible, their advice is timely and always provided in a format to suit me. In short, they are customer-focused, affable and professional.”

Work highlights Advised the Public Fundraising Authority on a potential challenge to Newport City Council on a public space protection order, which proposed excluding street fund-raising from the city centre.

Advised the Institute of Fundraising on multimillion-pound changes to its code for individual fund-raisers.

Notable practitioners  

Melanie Carter draws praise from market sources for "her legal knowledge, attention to detail and first-class drafting skills." She frequently represents both regulators and individuals in disciplinary hearings across a range of sectors.

Significant clients GDC, ICAEW, International Psychoanalytic Association, MRS, Legal Services Board.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Known for its adept representation of regulated individuals and regulators, as well as affected members of the public. Deep expertise in law, finance, health and public law. Noteworthy experience acting for whistle-blowers in various professions.

Strengths 

“I particularly liked their modern approach and their handling of my case, which was always in my interest.” 

Notable practitioners  

John Halford uses his considerable experience of regulatory matters to advise both regulators and individuals. Clients consider him "a decent, thoughtful and highly skilled lawyer whose advice is impeccable."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Respected team of experienced practitioners, best known for its representation of pharmacists facing disciplinary action. Also has expertise in sports disciplinary proceedings, representing governing bodies, leading clubs and sportspeople.

Strengths

“I found them to be incredibly contactable and efficient, with a straightforward way of operating. They have an expertise in pharmacy, particularly the crossover between inquests and criminal proceedings, and are cognisant of the need for a cohesive approach across all proceedings.”

“They have been consistently excellent, with high levels of preparation. They are particularly experienced, possessing insight into how to frame cases and, in terms of efficiency, they could not be better.”

Work highlights Represented a pharmacist before the GPhC who had been accused of dishonestly claiming payment for medicines that had been supplied but not purchased. The committee found no instance of misconduct by the individual. 

Notable practitioners  

The "very experienced and incredibly professional" David Reissner is praised for his advice to individual pharmacists, with one source mentioning his "very engaging advocacy style." He also has experience representing other individuals in the healthcare sector.

Head of the healthcare regulatory team Noel Wardle has comprehensive experience of representing pharmacists and other healthcare professionals on a range of matters. Sources say: “His legal analysis of a range of issues is superb."

Rachel Warren frequently represents professionals before the GMC, GPhC and NHS fitness to practise panels. Interviewees praise her for the way she "meticulously works out all the options and consequences, then acts quickly and efficiently" and for her "insightful contributions" that always "aid the development of the case."

Significant clients National Pharmacy Association, Welsh Rugby Union, The FA, The British Horseracing Authority, Premiership Rugby. 

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London

What the team is known for Skilled team of practitioners with the capacity to handle civil and disciplinary proceedings. Also works on regulatory matters for individuals in the healthcare, education and legal professions. Regularly acts for insurers and clinical defence organisations.

Strengths 

“They are very efficient with experience in this area of law, ensuring they know which avenues to pursue and which not to.”

Work highlights Successfully represented a dentist facing allegations of financial dishonesty in proceedings before the Professional Conduct Committee of the GDC.

Acting for insurer ACE Europe in ongoing GMC proceedings and resultant individual claims against an insuree consultant urologist. 

Notable practitioners  

Sarah Clover and Claire Petts are key contacts for the team.

Significant clients MPS, DDU, MDU, Law Society of Scotland, RICS.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Bristol, London, Manchester

What the team is known for Frequently acts for both individuals and regulators in the health and finance sectors. Respected for its defence of various professionals, such as doctors, accountants and surgeons. Regularly works with large insurers and their insured clients.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Highley is a key contact for the practice.

Significant clients MDU, Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, Chartered Institute of Building.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Niche professional discipline and regulatory firm with standout experience in the health sector. Well known for advising individuals, as well as for its expertise on matters that have criminal law cross-over elements.

Notable practitioners  

John Williams advises clients in a range of situations including regular work for medical professionals and those working in the financial services industry. Sources say: "If I had a problem, I'd go to him. He's a very good defence lawyer."

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Nottingham

What the team is known for Respected practice known for its expertise in the healthcare and education sectors. Represents numerous regulators, providing them with advocacy, advice on investigations and training.

Strengths

“They are very professional and exceptionally helpful, offering excellent advice regarding which course of action to take and which to avoid. This has been invaluable, helping us to secure a successful outcome.”

Work highlights Instructed by RICS to investigate disciplinary issues concerning RICS-regulated firms and members who appeared in the Channel 4 Dispatches documentary 'From Russia with cash'.

Successfully acted for NHS England in defending an appeal against a decision to disallow a Portuguese ophthalmologist onto the NHS Performers List, because of a lack of competency in the English language.  

Notable practitioners  

Fiona Butler has a broad professional discipline practice and acts for a range of regulators. Clients say she is “thorough, approachable, informative and friendly" and applaud her "stellar advice that takes potential pitfalls into account.”

Significant clients PSA, NCTL, SIA, CIB.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Cardiff, Nottingham

What the team is known for Recognised for its work with regulators in the healthcare and education sectors. Provides expertise in public inquiries, investigations and regulatory disputes.

Strengths

“A very impressive team, able to combine approachability with an extraordinary depth of experience.”

“They really know their stuff – the breadth of their knowledge is excellent. They are very helpful when I get in touch, both prompt and accessible.”

Work highlights Continues to advise the NMC on a large number of claims relating to the alleged impaired fitness to practise of nurses and midwives.

Investigated claims of child abuse by establishing Independent Jersey Care Inquiry into the sensitive, serious allegations regarding the Jersey care system.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Jones leads Eversheds’ professional discipline practice and is responsible for numerous regulatory clients, including the NMC. Interviewees consider him to be "very good with strategy."

Significant clients NCTL, Education Workforce Council.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Skilled team of lawyers known for its focus on the defence of solicitors in SRA investigations. Also adept at handling matters where criminal and disciplinary investigations are conducted in parallel.

Work highlights Successfully secured the renewal of a General Civil Restraint Order against an individual who had brought a series of failed claims against members of the judiciary and legal profession.

Assisted with an application to restrain the GMC, by way of judicial review, from proceeding to the interim orders panel with an urgent application concerning a colorectal surgeon's fitness to practise.

Notable practitioners  

Ian Ryan advises solicitors’ firms and individual solicitors under investigation by the SRA at all stages of the process, with expertise in advising on money laundering issues. He is regarded by clients as “pragmatic, commercial, highly responsive and proactive."

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Sheffield, London

What the team is known for Broad practice group that advises financial service professionals facing disciplinary proceedings. Also experienced in advising professionals from a range of other areas, including the social care, education and legal sectors.

Work highlights Acted for a client in a fitness to practise proceeding after allegations of racism were investigated by the HCPC. The case was concluded with a caution order.

Notable practitioners  

Sarah Wallace is "generous with her time, brave and tactically very shrewd," according to market sources. She frequently defends complex criminal or regulatory prosecutions by bodies such as the FCA and SFO.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Bristol

What the team is known for Specialist defence-focused practice with experience of matters in the insurance market. Advises on regulatory investigations, tribunal representation, internal governance advice and consultancy services.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Burger is particularly known for his defence work, acting for insolvency practitioners and chartered accountants in professional disciplinary investigations. Commentators say that he "leaves no stone unturned" and is very "solution-focused." 

Significant clients BOA, BPAS, Mazars LLP, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability. 

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Particular strength in the field of financial sector regulation, advising in high-profile regulatory proceedings against accountants. Frequently acts for major professional service firms.

Strengths

“Taylor Wessing has a well-respected professional disciplinary practice.” 

Work highlights Acted for PwC in defending a claim for £1.6 billion arising out of the collapse of the subprime lender Cattles and its trading subsidiary, Welcome Financial Services, following the discovery of a shortfall in its bad debt provision.

Advised PwC regarding disciplinary complaints raised by FRC following its investigatory audit of Connaught.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Howell is a key contact for the team

Significant clients Deloitte, KPMG, RSM, Mazars, BDO. 

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Senior Statesmen

Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Murfitt possesses "an absolutely massive breadth of knowledge," which he brings to bear across a wide range of professional sectors.

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Senior Statesmen

Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Katrina Wingfield continues to be well thought of for her work on behalf of legal and healthcare regulators. Sources say: “She is unflappable; an incredibly thoughtful, measured and intellectually strong individual."

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Eminent Practitioner

Fieldfisher

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior partner Matthew Lohn works with a broad range of regulators in an advisory capacity, drawing upon his many years of experience in regulatory matters. He is described as a "real expert with a lot of authority."

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Star Individuals

Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Iain Miller has continued his esteemed practice in the field of legal regulation, notably sitting as a member of the SRA's panel of prosecutors. Commentators refer to him as a "fountain of all knowledge" and “probably one of the top solicitors in this sphere.” 

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Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Bradley Albuery specialises in healthcare matters, representing regulators such as the General Optical Council and General Osteopathic Council. He is described by sources as “one of the cleverest advocates in healthcare regulation” who is “at his peak when dealing with complex emotional matters.”

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BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Clare Chapman is the head of the professional discipline and regulatory practice group. She has significant medical and dental regulatory experience. Sources highlight her “brilliant judgement, preparation and client management.”

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Eastwoods

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Eastwood provides "robust advice combined with tactical awareness and a good client manner." He is well regarded in the marketplace for his representation of medical professionals facing disciplinary proceedings.

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Fieldfisher

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Ellson heads the public and regulatory law group at Fieldfisher, and regularly advises major healthcare and social care regulators. Clients remark that “she's fantastic, both accessible and concise. She absolutely understands what we need and provides not only advice but realistic solutions to problems.”

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Rod Fletcher is a committed practitioner with decades of experience in professional disciplinary cases. He acts for regulators as well as senior executives, and receives praise from interviewees for his "calm, measured, charismatic and sensible approach.”

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

Sam Flew's practice centres around the defence of medical practitioners. Clients regard him as "extremely thorough and very effective," with other commentators adding that "in terms of experience and gravitas, he is excellent."

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Russell-Cooke

From the Chambers UK guide

John Gould is regarded as a "guru on Law Society interventions." Clients regard him as "unsurpassed in terms of intellect and knowledge" and say that he "makes it his business to know our business."

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Andrew Hopper QC - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers UK guide

Sole practitioner Andrew Hopper QC is respected by market sources, who say that “the word 'oracle' is overused, but not if you're referring to Andrew." He is a specialist in solicitors' regulation.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Geoffrey Hudson is vastly experienced in numerous fields of regulation, with regular work for the SRA and RCVS. Clients enjoy working with him due to his “pleasant, easy-going manner" and "great depth of knowledge and experience."

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Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say that Nicholas Leale “is very knowledgeable and always comes up with pragmatic solutions,” adding that he is “client-oriented.” His experience covers the regulation of numerous areas, including the teaching and healthcare professions.

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

Alex Leslie continues to be held in high regard by commentators, with one individual referring to him as “very creative, thoughtful, efficient and a real fighter - one of the best lawyers in the business.”

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Lidbetter is a senior practitioner with years of experience prosecuting, defending and advising in disciplinary cases. “He's incredibly clever and understands not just what we do but also the value of the framework we operate in,” state impressed clients.

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Legal Risk

From the Chambers UK guide

Frank Maher provides law firms and their insurers with advice on regulatory matters and disciplinary proceedings. He is described by interviewees as "one of the very best in his area" and “knowledgeable, straightforward and robust; a very good lawyer indeed.”

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Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Graham Miles is a vastly experienced regulatory solicitor with a particular focus on the education and healthcare sectors. A source remarks that “his knowledge is second to none; he has so much experience in regulation, I feel confident in any advice given by him.”

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Weightmans

From the Chambers UK guide

John Mitchell has decades of experience of advising clients on discipline and regulatory matters. He frequently appears before the GMC and GDC. Clients commend Mitchell as “outstanding in terms of his specialist knowledge of medical law, and his commitment to service and delivery for his clients.”

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Hempsons

From the Chambers UK guide

As the head of the professional regulatory group at Hempsons, Chris Morris has developed an esteemed practice representing healthcare practitioners, with a particular focus on dental matters. Sources say that “his attention to detail and risk management is unsurpassed – he has real insight into our practice area.”

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Julie Norris leads the team responsible for defending individuals, organisations and regulators. Sources say that she is "razor-sharp" and "her knowledge and expertise concerning professional discipline is unrivalled."

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Bevan Brittan

From the Chambers UK guide

Rosemary Rollason is an experienced practitioner who advises on regulatory matters across a range of sectors, including healthcare, financial and legal. She receives acclaim for her "very good judgement and client-handling skills."

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Howard Kennedy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Ryan advises solicitors’ firms and individual solicitors under investigation by the SRA at all stages of the process, with expertise in advising on money laundering issues. He is regarded by clients as “pragmatic, commercial, highly responsive and proactive."

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Bevan Brittan LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Steel has a varied practice, representing various regulators in complex matters. One commenter admires the way Steel "knows the regulatory environment backwards," and others say he is “client-focused, clever and accomplished as a regulatory solicitor.”

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Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Whiting is a key contact for the GDC, overseeing matters as well as presenting cases before fitness to practise panels and interim order committees. In particular, it is his "phenomenal level of knowledge in complex cases" which impresses some sources, with others adding that "he is able to absorb all the information and take the correct strategic approach."

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Jayne Willetts & Co Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Solicitor advocate Jayne Willetts of Jayne Willetts & Co Solicitors specialises in professional regulation for law firms, advising on SRA disciplinary investigations. Her clients are full of praise for her, saying that she "impresses with her depth of experience in regulatory matters and her ability to assess the underlying direction of a given course of questioning."

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Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

John Witt is the head of the regulatory team, and oversees the firm's work with the GDC, GPhC, PSA and SRA. Market commentators say they are "staggered at his ability to identify and address key issues in a case."

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Hempsons

From the Chambers UK guide

Anne Ball is acknowledged by interviewees as "an extremely impressive individual" who is “hugely experienced and spot-on with her strategy.” She has particular expertise in GMC investigations.

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Melinka Berridge is the firm's relationship partner for the EWC, GDC and NCTL. Clients say she is "in command, utterly organised and entirely efficient.”

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Murdochs Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Blatt has particular expertise in managing voluntary practice closures, as part of a broad solicitor-focused practice. He earns praise from clients for his "professional, supportive and thorough" approach.

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Russell-Cooke

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Cadman frequently represents both regulatory bodies and individuals before regulatory tribunals. Sources describe him as “genuine and confident, with an intelligent approach.”

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Hill Dickinson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Former dentist Richard Creamer utilises the knowledge gained in his previous career to advise dental professionals facing hearings before the GDC. Market sources say that Richard is “a master of his area" and "incredibly thorough, proactive and utterly meticulous.”

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Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicole Curtis receives acclaim from clients for being "absolutely fabulous in terms of intellect and advocacy," and other impressed commentators say she is "steeped in all things regulatory." She undertakes advocacy on behalf of numerous regulators, particularly the RCVS.

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Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Robin Havard advises on discipline matters for the regulators of solicitors and teachers. Market commentators praise him for his "hard-working, effective approach," adding: "You wouldn't want to be prosecuted by him - he's tough!"

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BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Jane Lang regularly represents healthcare professionals before regulators such as the GMC, GDC and GPhC, as well as at inquests and public inquiries. Interviewees say she has a "thorough and incredibly tactical mind."

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Legal Risk

From the Chambers UK guide

Susan Mawdsley possesses particular expertise on anti-money laundering procedures. She also frequently advises law firms on regulatory compliance and claims prevention. Clients "can't praise her enough" and call her "extremely responsive, precise and definitive in her advice."

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Privett maintains his high standard of representation in the field of medical practitioners regulation. "He impresses us with his canny ability to look through cases and analyse them in such a way that he picks up points that others might miss,” comments an impressed source.

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Fieldfisher

From the Chambers UK guide

Tom Rider remains a major name in the area of healthcare regulation, in both a contentious and non-contentious context. Clients regard him as "very thorough and assertive in a perfectly charming way.”

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

The "tactically astute" Ian Sadler draws particular praise for his approach to cases, which is known to be "intelligent, cerebral and effective." He has considerable experience in proceedings related to the discipline of medical practitioners.

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Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nimi Bruce frequently acts as a prosecutor on behalf of regulators, such as the GPhC and PSA. Sources "single her out as exceptional," highlighting her "careful analysis of the law, which is invariably spot-on, and her superb forensic instincts.” 

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Bates Wells Braithwaite

From the Chambers UK guide

Melanie Carter draws praise from market sources for "her legal knowledge, attention to detail and first-class drafting skills." She frequently represents both regulators and individuals in disciplinary hearings across a range of sectors.

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Legal Risk

From the Chambers UK guide

According to clients, Francis Dingwall is “thorough, to the point and provides good holistic advice.” He advises law firms on a range of regulatory issues and is described as being "at the top of his game."

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients say Anne Green is “extremely thorough, very effective and easy to work with.” She advises healthcare professionals, with regular work representing doctors and dentists before the GMC and GDC respectively.

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Keystone Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Greensmith of Keystone Law is an experienced practitioner specialising in representation before the SRA. Sources would "definitely recommend him for his intelligent approach."

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Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

John Halford uses his considerable experience of regulatory matters to advise both regulators and individuals. Clients consider him "a decent, thoughtful and highly skilled lawyer whose advice is impeccable."

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicola Hill is the strategic lead and client principal for the HCPC, with responsibility for advisory, defence and fitness to practise prosecutions. She leads the firm's regulatory and professional discipline team.

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Kennedys

From the Chambers UK guide

Angela Horne of Kennedys is well known for her representation of individuals in the healthcare sector. Interviewees speak favourably of her “impeccable drafting and all-round excellent interpersonal skills.”

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Chris Horsefield is an experienced practitioner responsible for the defence of doctors before the GMC, and the investigation of cases on behalf of the NCTL. Interviewees regard him as a "leader on strategy" with a particularly personable approach.

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BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Juliette Mellman-Jones has a well-established practice specialising in representing healthcare professionals on behalf of professional defence organisations, insurers and healthcare providers. Sources comment that “she shows a lot of initiative and has a way of working out where the real weaknesses in the case lie before coming up with solutions.”

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The experienced Stephen Parkinson is the group head for the criminal and regulatory teams at Kingsley Napley. He specialises in matters that cross over between crime and professional discipline and is described as "one of the most talented solicitors around."

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Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

James Penry-Davey specialises in GDC representation at hearings, High Court appeals and judicial reviews. Interviewees hold him in high regard, stating: “He's got it all – he knows the law, has good attention to detail, doesn't lose sight of the big picture and is able to make sound and sensible decisions.”

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Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Daniel Purcell specialises in regulation of the legal profession, frequently acting for the SRA, and also represents the Intellectual Property Regulation Board. Impressed sources call him an "extremely effective solicitor with excellent judgement."

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Ryan Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Ryan is “excellent with clients and sees the bigger picture,” according to market sources. He heads the disciplinary offering at Ryan Solicitors.  

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Eastwoods

From the Chambers UK guide

Adam Smith is described by interviewees as “a real thinker." Market commentators further note: "If you have a problem case, he can find a way to tackle it.”

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

“Astute tactician” Nigel West receives praise from market sources for his "sound commercial judgement." He applies this judgement to the area of solicitors' disciplinary law, where he has decades of experience.

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Bankside Law

From the Chambers UK guide

John Williams advises clients in a range of situations including regular work for medical professionals and those working in the financial services industry. Sources say: "If I had a problem, I'd go to him. He's a very good defence lawyer."

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Russell-Cooke

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Bosworth is particularly experienced in SRA and ARB disciplinary matters. Sources say he "possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge" and that "he knew every detail of our case."

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

According to interviewees, William Childs possesses a “huge work ethic, as well as an amazing ability to handle heavy caseloads with aplomb and stay calm in the face of heavy fire.” He focuses on advising medical practitioners facing disciplinary proceedings. 

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BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Katie Costello has extensive experience acting for healthcare professionals, including on negligence claims, regulatory and disciplinary hearings, police interviews and criminal trials. Interviewees are impressed with her, saying: "Katie was extremely thorough and persistent in the way she prepared the case. She adopted a sensitive approach and ultimately secured a very good result."

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

John Harding is described as “a man of immense experience in police discipline, with fantastic judgement.” He specialises in high-profile matters relating to senior police officers.

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Slater and Gordon Lawyers

From the Chambers UK guide

Scott Ingram is highly acclaimed by market commentators, who praise him for his “unparalleled experience and excellent judgement." He is experienced in dealing with police disciplinary matters.

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Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Jones leads Eversheds’ professional discipline practice and is responsible for numerous regulatory clients, including the NMC. Interviewees consider him to be "very good with strategy."

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Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Eve Piffaretti advises on regulatory matters in the the education and healthcare sectors, with recent work including matters for the NCTL and Care Council for Wales.

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Hempsons

From the Chambers UK guide

Angela Pilling continues to operate in the field of healthcare regulation. Interviewees say she is “hard-working and a real team player" and "gets to the point incredibly quickly."

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Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very experienced and incredibly professional" David Reissner is praised for his advice to individual pharmacists, with one source mentioning his "very engaging advocacy style." He also has experience representing other individuals in the healthcare sector.

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Reynolds Dawson

From the Chambers UK guide

Colin Reynolds of Reynolds Dawson is a specialist in police discipline, frequently representing officers accused of misconduct. Commentators consider him to be “seemingly omniscient” and praise him for his “ingrained understanding of how the police work.”

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Irwin Mitchell

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Wallace is "generous with her time, brave and tactically very shrewd," according to market sources. She frequently defends complex criminal or regulatory prosecutions by bodies such as the FCA and SFO.

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Band 5

RPC

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Burger is particularly known for his defence work, acting for insolvency practitioners and chartered accountants in professional disciplinary investigations. Commentators say that he "leaves no stone unturned" and is very "solution-focused." 

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Band 5

Browne Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Fiona Butler has a broad professional discipline practice and acts for a range of regulators. Clients say she is “thorough, approachable, informative and friendly" and applaud her "stellar advice that takes potential pitfalls into account.”

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Market sources say Rachel Cooper is “very thorough and detailed" and "considers all angles of a case and takes a fantastic approach with clients.” She is heavily involved in the investigation and presentation of cases before the NCTL’s Professional Conduct Committee.

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Band 5

Eastwoods

From the Chambers UK guide

The highly experienced Surjit Dubb receives praise for his proficiency in "managing the case and the anxiety of the doctor."

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Band 5

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

Stewart Duffy is a specialist in regulatory and disciplinary matters for doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. Sources say he "prepares his cases with a fine-tooth comb and always knows every detail.”

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Band 5

Hempsons

From the Chambers UK guide

Tania Francis often represents clinicians in proceedings before their regulatory bodies. One impressed commentator endorsed her abilities, saying: “She skilfully sorted out a settlement, bringing a huge amount of acumen to the case.”

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Band 5

Jonathan Goodwin Solicitor Advocate

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Goodwin of Jonathan Goodwin Solicitor Advocate regularly represents the SRA in disciplinary proceedings concerning legal professionals. 

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Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Guy Micklewright is "technically astute and has a flair for advocacy." He is an approved prosecutor for the BSB and a legal assessor to panels of the National College for Teaching & Leadership.

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Band 5

Russell-Cooke

From the Chambers UK guide

Paolo Sidoli receives particular acclaim from clients for being “thorough, proactive, knowledgeable about his area and easy to work with.” He deals with a substantial number of highly contested intervention and enforcement matters for the SRA.

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Band 5

Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the healthcare regulatory team Noel Wardle has comprehensive experience of representing pharmacists and other healthcare professionals on a range of matters. Sources say: “His legal analysis of a range of issues is superb."

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Band 5

Hill Dickinson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tony Wilson is renowned for his experience in veterinary disciplinary matters, regularly representing individuals subject to disciplinary hearings at the RCVS. According to commentators, he has "very sound strategic and tactical knowledge."

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Up and Coming

BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Judith Duffin continues to impress commentators, who deem her a "conscientious individual with a good eye for detail in difficult cases." She regularly represents doctors and dentists before the GMC and GDC, and in criminal investigations and coroner's inquests.

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Up and Coming

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Gommersall represents medical professionals, primarily doctors and dentists, in regulatory proceedings. One impressed source describes him as "very personable and eloquent, incredibly bright and reassuring with clients.”

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Up and Coming

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

Susanna Heley is active in solicitors' regulation, principally the representation of firms facing intervention proceedings.

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Up and Coming

Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "incredibly impressive" Julie Matheson receives praise from market commentators who say she is "personable, incisive and knows the factual area and legislation back to front.” She has particular expertise in financial services regulation.

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Up and Coming

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Solicitor advocate Nusrat Zar specialises in prosecuting disciplinary proceedings and advising on disciplinary schemes related to accountancy. Sources say she is "an excellent lawyer" and “really knows her stuff and understands what we want."

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Star Associate

Murdochs Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Forman's practice is focused on defending solicitors in SDT proceedings. One client notes: "It is clear that tribunal members respond positively to his well thought-out and clearly presented arguments. In what was a very difficult time, it was reassuring to know that my case was being dealt with by an expert in this field."

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Star Associate

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Rogers draws praise from interviewees for his work before multiple healthcare regulators. One impressed commentator states: “He is quite simply one of the most intelligent solicitors I've ever come across, with the most extraordinary attention to detail – nothing is ever overlooked.”

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Star Associate

BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Adam Weston regularly appears before regulators representing doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. Market sources praise him for being “extremely professional and level-headed, with a maturity that is beyond his years; he's very good at seeing potential arguments and utilising them.”

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Associates to watch

Ward Hadaway

From the Chambers UK guide

According to interviewees, Rachel Birks of Ward Hadaway has “great attention to detail, is on the ball, and is good at putting forward practical solutions to challenging issues.” She has a broad practice, acting for numerous regulators, with recent work for the PSA.

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Associates to watch

BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Ewan Bright represents doctors and dentists before the GMC and GDC and is described as being "very well prepared, incredibly enthusiastic and with a solid grounding in tactics."

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Associates to watch

Hempsons

From the Chambers UK guide

The "personable and thorough" Ravi Gupta receives praise for being adept at "identifying and dealing with the important issues in a case effectively.”

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Associates to watch

Eastwoods

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Hooper is described as “a very astute and thoughtful tactician" with sources commending his ability to "identify the real issues and consequences of problems and devise the appropriate strategy.”

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Associates to watch

Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Hein Le Roux works extensively on SDT cases on behalf of the SRA, as well as acting for the RCVS. A source describes him as “incredibly diligent and hard-working; one of the most thorough associates I've ever come across.”

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Associates to watch

Fieldfisher

From the Chambers UK guide

David Northfield is involved in the regulation of professionals from numerous sectors, including healthcare and policing. One client praises him for his ability to "think holistically about a problem and not just consider the legal side,” and another considers him “a good person to have in your corner when involved in stressful litigation.”

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Associates to watch

BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Laura Smith has a varied practice, spanning representation of both individual and business registrants before the GOC, as well as doctors and dentists before their respective regulators. 

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Associates to watch

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kate Steele is described by sources as "sharp, knowledgeable, thorough and proactive in her cases." She is regularly involved in investigations and hearings for major healthcare regulators.

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Associates to watch

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Adelita Thursby Pelham represents professionals in fitness to practise hearings in the health and social care sector. Clients comment that “she really understands regulation and has a very precise and thorough approach to whatever she does."

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Associates to watch

Weightmans

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Turner advises both medical practitioners and medical defence organisations. He is described as "very hard working and methodical" by commentators.

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Associates to watch

Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

Rachel Warren frequently represents professionals before the GMC, GPhC and NHS fitness to practise panels. Interviewees praise her for the way she "meticulously works out all the options and consequences, then acts quickly and efficiently" and for her "insightful contributions" that always "aid the development of the case."

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Associates to watch

Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Lucy Williams frequently undertakes complex clinical matters for the HCPC and GDC. She is described by market sources as “bright and articulate," and is praised for the way that she "always gets stuck in and deals with things effectively.” 

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