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Professional Discipline — UK-wide


Blake Morgan - Professional Discipline

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

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. Possesses a strong presence in the accountancy and actuarial sectors and is noted for acting for accountancy regulators.

Strengths Clients state: "They're an extremely professional and capable firm. The team has excellent knowledge and understanding of regulatory matters and is adaptable to the needs of the individual client."

Others say: "They are all outstanding; they really are a cut above the rest. In terms of engagement they operate at an exemplary standard."

Work highlights Advised the GDC in relation to a dentist who had performed multiple unnecessary tooth extractions at the request of a mentally ill patient with little medical justification.

Investigated and presented a case for the Care Council for Wales (CCW) which established that the CCW has jurisdiction to deal with allegations of misconduct arising from events prior to a practitioner's registration and prior to the establishment of the CCW.

Significant clients IFoA, The FA, GOC, NCTL, ACCA.

Notable practitioners

Bradley Albuery continues to manage and present high-profile cases and represents regulatory bodies such as the GPhC, GDC and GOC. Sources say: "He's well known for his advocacy skills; he is a charismatic advocate."

Nicholas Leale manages complex disciplinary cases for regulatory bodies including the GDC and ACCA. Clients say: "He's always approachable and offers a great deal of leadership," adding that "he's incredibly resourceful."

Graham Miles regularly advises regulatory bodies in the education and healthcare sectors on professional discipline matters. Clients comment: "He's very professional, well informed, thorough, well prepared and approachable."

Robin Havard frequently acts for regulators from a range of areas including the education sector. Sources observe: "He's good with clients; he's very conscientious indeed," adding that "he's a strong and experienced advocate."

Guy Micklewright is a barrister who is regularly instructed as a prosecutor by the BSB. One client notes: "He's very pragmatic and very resourceful," adding that "he has a great deal of expertise."

Stephen Murfitt acts as a consultant to the team and advises on a full range of professional discipline matters. Sources say: "He knows a lot about everything in this field."

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BLM - Professional Discipline

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, London, 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. Also noted for its experience in defending practitioners before the HCPC, GPhC and GOC.

Strengths Sources say: "They're excellent; their knowledge of the sector is second to none."

Others state: "They're brilliant and really go to town with their cases in terms of the amount of work they put in."

Work highlights Successfully acted for the MPS in a judicial review which set an important precedent by denying the GMC the ability to interpret its own rules broadly in order to give itself wide-ranging internal powers of review.

Significant clients Dental Protection, Boots UK, Specsavers Optical Group, FODO, SMAE Institute.

Notable practitioners

Clare Chapman is noted for her wide experience in professional discipline matters, particularly in relation to advising healthcare professionals. Sources state: "She's especially impressive; she has very good judgement."

Jane Lang regularly defends healthcare practitioners and organisations in disciplinary cases, including doctors and dentists before the GMC and GDC. Sources say: "She is fantastically experienced and she has very good judgement."

Juliette Mellman-Jones is widely experienced in representing healthcare defence organisations in a variety of disciplinary work. Clients note: "She's great to deal with," adding that "she has a very thorough understanding of new regulations."

Katie Costello is noted for her experience in acting for healthcare professionals, including representing doctors at the GMC. Sources comment: "There's nothing she doesn't know in this field, and what she doesn't know isn't worth knowing."

Rosie Shapiro frequently represents healthcare practitioners and organisations before regulatory bodies such as the GMC and GOC. Sources observe: "She has an intelligent, excellent grasp of the issues and can always spot the finer points."

Associate Adam Weston is greatly experienced in disciplinary proceedings before the MPTS, GDC and GOC. Sources say: "He's very hard-working and meticulous," adding: "He has excellent client care and communicates well."

Associate Laura Smith assists healthcare clients on a wide range of professional disciplinary issues. Sources state: "She’s amazingly meticulous, tactically astute, and has really first-rate judgement."

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Capsticks Solicitors LLP - Professional Discipline

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

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. Recently appointed by the SRA as sole provider for disciplinary and litigation work, including matters before the SDT and appeals to the High Court.

Strengths Clients state: "They have significant regulatory expertise and provide pragmatic, reliable advice. The team are always approachable and accommodating," adding: "They always strive to remove complications and they are a pleasure to work with."

Sources say: "They are first-rate in terms of expertise and service level, and they're very good at meeting our needs because they're very client-focused."

Work highlights Acted for the GDC on a case which arose from the covert filming of a dentist and dental nurse which showed a breach of cross-infection control resulting in the largest recall of patients in NHS history for the screening of blood-borne viruses.

Represented the SRA in disciplinary proceedings against Alan Blacker, also known as 'Dr The Right Honourable The Lord Harley of Counsel', which related to false statements about academic qualifications and professional accreditations.

Significant clients GPhC, PSA, GOsC, IPReg, NMC.

Notable practitioners

Mark Whiting is experienced in handling disciplinary matters for regulatory bodies such as the GDC, including fitness to practise cases, statutory appeals and judicial reviews. Clients say: "He provides excellent client care," adding: "He has been very proactive in helping establish a good working relationship and providing quick solutions."

John Witt is highly regarded for his work advising regulatory bodies such as the GPhC and PSA in disciplinary cases, including appeals to the High Court. Clients state: "He's got an outstanding knowledge of the overall healthcare system."

Daniel Purcell frequently acts for the SRA in professional disciplinary cases and has expertise in relation to the SDT. A source observes: "I was particularly impressed by him," adding that "he has a very measured and very calm presence."

Nimi Bruce is highly experienced in assisting regulators such as the GPhC and PSA in disciplinary cases. Clients comment: "She's a fantastic advocate, very hard-working, very positive, very quick at turning things around and very professional."

James Penry-Davey is "very personable and very pragmatic, with a very sharp brain and a real eye for detail. He's very good at problem-solving and finding solutions," according to clients. He focuses on advising the GDC, with experience of a full range of regulatory issues.

Associate Mark Rogers is valued for his professional discipline work on behalf of healthcare regulatory bodies. Sources state: "He's doubly qualified as a doctor and a lawyer, so he's a sort of walking encyclopaedia of cases and experience."

Senior solicitor Anna Holdsworth is noted for her preparation of cases on behalf of the GDC. Sources say: "She's a very clever lawyer; she sees the legal points really quickly and she's terrific."

Associate Kate Steele frequently advises regulatory bodies such as the GDC, GPhC and PSA in disciplinary matters. Sources observe: "She's excellent," adding that "with her, everything is in order, all the deadlines are met, and she's completely on top of all the facts and the detail."

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Kingsley Napley LLP - Professional Discipline

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 16 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. Regularly defends practitioners before the GDC and NCTL.

Strengths Sources say: "They are outstanding; they have great depth of experience and knowledge."

A client notes: "The team is professional, highly skilled and approachable. I am impressed with their handling of complex issues and their excellent communication."

Work highlights Successfully defended a teacher before the NCTL in relation to the 'Trojan Horse' scandal.

Acted for the Education Workforce Council in the case of a primary school teacher found guilty of shoplifting from ASDA.

Significant clients ARB, HCPC, SIA, RICS, Ofgem.

Notable practitioners

Iain Miller advises organisations and individuals on a wide range of professional discipline matters, with a focus on work relating to the legal sector. Sources say: "He's one of the most knowledgeable lawyers on legal regulation and the more difficult or specialist areas."

Julie Norris acts for a wide range of regulated practitioners, including healthcare professionals such as psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and doctors. Sources state: "She is exceptional," adding that "she has a mastery of the detail and is a great tactician."

Melinka Berridge represents a variety of regulators in the healthcare and education sectors. Clients note: "Her knowledge of the regulatory process and issues is excellent and her attention to detail is second to none."

Nicola Hill specialises in assisting clients in healthcare regulation, with a particular focus on advising the HCPC. Clients comment: "She understands our business and is responsive."

Julie Matheson frequently defends individual practitioners from the financial services and accountancy sectors in disciplinary proceedings. One client observes: "She's very hands-on, knowledgeable and easy to work with."

Associate Lucy Williams appears in professional discipline cases on behalf of the HCPC and GDC, and is also experienced in representing regulated professionals including doctors, nurses, psychotherapists and teachers. One client remarks: "She is a pleasure to work with and deals with complex cases and witnesses in a calm, professional manner."

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur - Professional Discipline

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

What the team is known for Impressive team of highly experienced lawyers. Well known for its strength in defending practitioners in the health and legal sectors. Offers a comprehensive range of advice on regulatory and disciplinary matters. Noted for the strength of its advocacy at interim hearings of the GMC and GDC, and at interim and substantive hearings before the SDT.

Strengths Clients state: "They are easy to contact, deal with urgent matters well, and are effective."

Others say: "They are all excellent," adding that "they are very professional and very amenable."

Work highlights Acted for Dr Wayne Squier in proceedings before the MPTS and in a successful appeal to the High Court against the decision to erase Dr Squier's name from the medical register.

Acted for a client in a challenge to the High Court relating to the fact that the SRA Suitability Test may prevent the admission to the roll of individuals who have had a CCJ registered against them. The SRA agreed that the decision challenged should be quashed.

Notable practitioners

Sam Flew regularly represents individual practitioners before regulatory bodies such as the GMC. Sources observe: "He has a straightforwardly practical approach, which is often what you need in a short time limit," adding that "he's on the ball, and knows how to practically manage a case."

Alex Leslie often advises NHS practitioners in high-profile disciplinary proceedings, including appeals. Clients remark: "He is incredibly knowledgeable on all regulatory matters," adding that "he is incredibly industrious and understands a file at very short notice; he's a pleasure to work with."

Richard Privett regularly represents a variety of healthcare practitioners in GMC proceedings. Sources say: "He has immense experience and an almost clairvoyant feeling for the good points and the likely prognosis. Nothing gets past him."

Ian Sadler is experienced in advising and representing healthcare professionals in GMC disciplinary investigations.

Nigel West is greatly experienced in defending solicitors and law firms in all disciplinary matters, including SRA proceedings. Sources note: "He is very experienced, hard-working and effective."

Stewart Duffy frequently advises on disciplinary matters for doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. Sources comment: "He is amazing; he has incredible judgement, and as a doctor who requalified as a solicitor he has incredible background knowledge."

Anne Green is experienced in representing healthcare professionals in cases before the GMC, GDC and internal hospital disciplinary proceedings. Clients remark: "She's very thorough, a very good solicitor and a very strong advocate."

William Childs specialises in advising healthcare practitioners facing professional disciplinary proceedings. Sources state: "He's a litigator with wide and deep experience," adding that "he has superb tactical judgement."

Susanna Heley acts for legal professionals on disciplinary matters. Sources say: "She's exceptional and extremely knowledgeable, and you get fast responses from her."

Simon Gomersall is skilled in representing healthcare professionals in disciplinary proceedings before the regulators. Clients comment: "He's very measured and very sensible," with the ability to "provide good forensic analysis of a case."

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur provides legal advice and support across all regulated fields and professions, with specialist departments for corporate regulation, healthcare professionals and solicitors.

Corporate regulation, compliance and investigations

The team advises regulated and non-regulated companies on complying with legal obligations. They also advise companies that are under investigation in all areas of white collar crime, corporate fraud, and tax and financial investigations.

Healthcare professionals

The team, led by Alex Leslie, defends healthcare professionals in a variety of forums when their conduct, health or competence is put in question. They have been involved in this type of work for more than a century.

Solicitors regulation

The team, led by Nigel West, is recognised as one of the leading firms for solicitors regulation. They represent solicitors in SRA enquiries, investigations and adjudications,  defend solicitors in Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal proceedings and represent solicitors on SDT appeals to the High Court.

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CMS - Professional Discipline

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations: Bristol, London, Manchester, Reading, Sheffield

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. The recent merger of CMS, Nabarro and Olswang enables the team to draw upon a wider range of expertise with an expanded client base.

Strengths Sources say: "They are an excellent firm," adding that "they have considerable strength in depth and are all willing to go the extra mile; the culture of efficiency, hard work and friendliness is obvious from dealing with any of them."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of the NCTL in proceedings brought against a teacher as part of the wider 'Trojan Horse' cases. The teacher was banned for life from the profession.

Significant clients MDU, GOC.

Notable practitioners

Chris Horsefield regularly defends doctors in professional disciplinary cases before the GMC. Sources praise his "immense attention to detail," and say that "he is very easy to get along with."

Rachel Cooper is experienced in assisting the NCTL and GOC in disciplinary matters, as well as defending doctors in GMC proceedings. Sources say: "She's incredibly driven and has incredible judgement."

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Eastwoods - Professional Discipline

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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 Sources state: "They're a really fantastic niche practice; they've all got huge experience."

Notable practitioners

Simon Eastwood is an expert in the defence of healthcare professionals in disciplinary investigations. Sources say: "He's very experienced and knows the regulation of medical professionals inside out. He's very thorough and very knowledgeable."

Adam Smith represents doctors and dentists before regulatory bodies such as the GMC and GDC. Sources state: "He's unflappable, calm and level-headed. He's good at managing the stress of the client."

Surjit Dubb represents healthcare practitioners in disciplinary hearings, with further experience of working with doctors accused of criminal matters. Sources comment: "He has an excellent manner with clients. He's very realistic and very down-to-earth."

Associate Stephen Hooper assists healthcare professionals in professional discipline matters involving the GMC and GDC. Sources note: "He's very bright, very clever and works incredibly well with clients, counsel and legal experts."

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Fieldfisher - Professional Discipline

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

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, police and finance. Recent work has included audits of clients' regulatory procedures.

Strengths Clients say: "They're a very professional law firm and very responsive to customer needs."

Others state: "The service they provide is very full and they anticipate things instead of just reacting."

Work highlights Acted for the PSA in statutory appeals to the High Court against a range of decisions.

Instructed by the UKCP in an application for judicial review on the question of the extent to which determinations by one regulator can be relied on by other regulators.

Significant clients FRC, SIA, Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, NMC, PSA.

Notable practitioners

Sarah Ellson offers valued advice to a diverse range of major regulators, primarily in the health and social care sectors. Sources state: "She's very practical and hands-on as well as being very capable and very dynamic."

Tom Rider advises healthcare regulators on a range of disciplinary issues, as well as assisting healthcare organisations. One client says: "He's very approachable, knows his area and is very authoritative."

Matthew Lohn advises regulatory bodies on disciplinary matters, regularly assisting those in the financial services sector. Sources remark that because of the "breadth of his regulatory work he's able to bring a lot of experience of how other regulators act."

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Hempsons - Professional Discipline

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

What the team is known for 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. Focuses on defending practitioners in proceedings involving the GMC, GDC and GOC.

Strengths Clients state: "They are extremely efficient; everything is done to the time you would want."

Clients say: "They are fantastic," adding that "they are professional and knowledgeable and give the right advice without unrealistic expectations."

Work highlights Acted for a dentist on the instructions of Dental Protection in a judicial review claim which resulted in some 400 dental registrants being allowed a review of their warnings going back over a two-year period.

Advising a thoracic surgeon in relation to an investigation into allegations of research misconduct and also of falsifying academic credentials.

Significant clients MDU, NHS England, British Dental Association, CQC, St Jude's Women's Hospital.

Notable practitioners

Chris Morris is highly regarded for his expertise in advising dental practitioners. Sources state: "He specialises in cases before the GDC, and as an ex-dentist himself he brings to bear considerable technical detail."

Anne Ball specialises in defending medical practitioners in GMC investigations. Sources say: "She has huge experience," adding that "she's a class act and she always gets to the issues rather than going round the houses."

Angela Pilling regularly represents doctors, dentists and nurses in disciplinary investigations and related criminal investigations. Sources observe: "She's one of the leading practitioners in medical crime and serious regulatory work."

The "fantastic" Katherine Sheldrick is noted for her work defending healthcare practitioners before their regulatory bodies. "What stands out is her commitment to her clients; she really commits to a case," says a source.

Tania Francis provides advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals on disciplinary issues involving regulators such as the GMC and CQC. Sources comment: "She used to be a doctor so her knowledge of the clinical and legal aspects is fantastic."

Associate Ravi Gupta is experienced in advising healthcare practitioners facing disciplinary proceedings. Sources say: "He knows how to get a case together and he's wise."

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Professional Discipline

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Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Specialist practice held in high esteem for its proficiency advising on regulatory matters relating to the financial and accountancy sectors. Acts for professional bodies such as the FRC and CIMA, as well as individuals and firms involved in disciplinary proceedings. Adept at handling significant matters involving judicial review and before the Court of Appeal.

Work highlights Acted for the FRC against Baker Tilly in a Court of Appeal hearing in a case concerning when judicial review of a regulatory decision should be available.

Instructed by CIMA to act as presenting officer prosecuting numerous separate disciplinary proceedings against individuals.

Notable practitioners

Rod Fletcher is greatly experienced in professional discipline matters, representing regulated individuals and organisations in sectors such as financial services. Clients state: "He has a reassuring, calm manner to him and he brings great insight."

Andrew Lidbetter is skilled in handling disciplinary issues for both regulated organisations and regulators in the financial services and accountancy sectors. Sources say: "He does really high-end work and has great knowledge."

Department profile by Herbert Smith Freehills

We have an unrivalled track record helping claimants, defendants, interested parties or intervening third parties in administrative and public law issues across a variety of proceedings, including judicial review, tribunal proceedings, governmental and other inquiries, disciplinary proceedings involving public bodies and statutory appeal work.

Our expertise in both public law and financial services disciplinary work distinguishes us from other firms. We therefore have continued to have clients on both sides of the fence in professional discipline work, acting for leading professional bodies such as the Financial Reporting Council, ACCA and CIMA as well as individuals and firms involved in disciplinary proceedings. It is notable that we have long - standing clients in this practice area who instruct us repeatedly on various matters, demonstrating not only our experience in this area but also the high standards of our client service. We believe we are the leading firm in large scale disciplinary cases in the accountancy sector. 

We are also active in professional circles in this area our senior partners are members of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers and members of the team regularly attend and speak at external disciplinary conferences. 

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Penningtons Manches LLP - Professional Discipline

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Basingstoke, Cambridge, Guildford, London, Oxford, Reading

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 health professionals. Also works with regulators on audits and training. Experienced in acting for regulatory bodies in judicial review claims and statutory appeals in the Administrative Court.

Strengths Clients state: "They are an extremely competent and accomplished set of people and are very good to work with," adding that "they are highly attuned to the customers' needs."

Others say: "They're very knowledgeable on regulatory matters, they have an in-depth knowledge of our needs and requirements, and they're very approachable."

Work highlights Instructed in relation to a High Court action against a decision of the Farriers Registration Council which began with a member of the governing council being struck off the register because of his bullying of an apprentice.

Acted for the RCVS in a disciplinary hearing against a vet, which confirmed that the vet was guilty of serious professional misconduct even though there was accepted evidence she was suffering from an undiagnosed mental health issue.

Significant clients GDC, Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, GOsC.

Notable practitioners

Geoffrey Hudson regularly works for regulatory bodies such as the RCVS, involving matters such as disciplinary hearings and judicial reviews. Sources state: "He's brilliant at understanding what clients need and also in anticipating what is required," and go on to praise his "encyclopaedic knowledge of the law in this area."

Nicole Curtis is an experienced advocate who acts on behalf of a variety of regulators, notably the RCVS. Sources say: "She's very good at focusing on what the client needs."

Katrina Wingfield assists regulatory bodies on a range of professional disciplinary issues, particularly in the healthcare sector. Sources comment: "She is one of the longest-standing experts in professional discipline. She's very able and a really good advocate."

Associate Neil Wilks has wide experience in assisting regulatory bodies in disciplinary matters, especially in the veterinary and healthcare sectors. Clients say: "His approachability is absolute and he's very good at giving very up-to-date regulatory advice," adding that "he knows what we need and he delivers."

Department profile by Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches is acknowledged as a leader in the field of professional regulation. We have the flexibility to respond to all the case-handling requirements of professional bodies and individual registrants, from initial investigations through to advocacy before fitness to practise panels and conduct of appeals in the higher courts.

We are recognised for our broad regulatory knowledge, having acted for professional bodies and registrants for over 30 years. Our practice covers healthcare, legal, and accountancy disciplines, together with other smaller specialist, professional sectors.

Our team comprises experienced advocates, including in-house counsel, who manage high numbers of fitness to practice cases each year. As a result of our in-house advocacy skills, clients receive a seamless service from initial complaint against a professional through to the final determination of allegations.

We regularly have conduct of appeals and judicial reviews in the regulatory field before the High Court and the Privy Council. Our lawyers are also frequently asked to assist on policy matters affecting regulators. We are experienced in advising on and drafting rules, regulations, policies and codes, for statutory regulators and those with a regulatory regime based on contract.

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Legal Risk - Professional Discipline

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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 on disciplinary matters. Represents firms before the SDT and is particularly accomplished in advising on SRA compliance matters. Admired for its strong defence of individual practitioners in SRA disciplinary proceedings.

Strengths Clients say: "They're very good – very effective and very timely," adding that "they're always very helpful and very prompt."

Notable practitioners

Frank Maher is noted for his advice to solicitors, law firms and other professional organisations concerning disciplinary investigations. Clients state: "He brings an in-depth knowledge of the regulations."

Susan Mawdsley regularly advises law firms on disciplinary issues, particularly in relation to financial matters such as anti-money laundering regulations. One client remarks: "She is incredibly knowledgeable, practical, very focused, and just really helpful."

Francis Dingwall regularly offers advice to solicitors and law firms on matters concerning the SRA. Clients say: "He gives very clear and consistent advice and is focused on the key issues."

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Murdochs Solicitors - Professional Discipline

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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. Experienced in providing advice on interventions and appeals.

Strengths Clients state: "They're very good – easily contactable and responsive."

Notable practitioners

Andrew Blatt frequently advises practitioners on SRA interventions, including handling voluntary practice closures. Clients say: "He's very experienced, highly knowledgeable and empathetic."

Robert Forman specialises in defending solicitors in SDT proceedings and SRA investigations. Clients state: "He has a very impressive forensic ability to go through the evidence, and is obviously a specialist in what he does."

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Russell-Cooke - Professional Discipline

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Commentary 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. Regularly acts on behalf of individual practitioners in disciplinary proceedings.

Strengths Sources say: "They are always incredibly professional and they always provide an incredibly high standard of service."

Clients state: "They're very professional, and a high level of assurance is always offered. They're sufficiently large and diverse to be able to provide expert advice on any number of matters."

Work highlights Acted for the ARB in successfully defending a statutory appeal in the Administrative Court against a decision of the ARB's Professional Conduct Committee to remove an architect from the register.

Significant clients BSB, Taxation Disciplinary Board, CILEx, BACP, GDC.

Notable practitioners

John Gould is the firm's senior partner and provides advice to a range of regulatory bodies. Sources state: "He is incredibly thorough, very knowledgeable and very pragmatic. He's very good at looking at a case from all perspectives."

Peter Cadman assists individual practitioners and regulatory bodies from a range of sectors with professional discipline issues. He has notable expertise advising sporting bodies on regulatory matters.

Matthew Bosworth regularly advises individual practitioners and firms as well as regulatory bodies on disciplinary matters. Sources comment: "The breadth of his legal knowledge and experience in other areas is impressive and means he always gives advice which is both legally sound and refreshingly pragmatic."

Paolo Sidoli is experienced in providing advice on regulation and enforcement work in the legal sector. Sources say: "His strength is that he is incredibly diplomatic and very good at communicating with clients."

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Weightmans - Professional Discipline

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Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Birmingham, Dartford, Knutsford, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester

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 Clients state: "They're absolutely excellent," adding that "they follow up correspondence in a very timely manner with a very fast turnaround."

Work highlights Acting for an insolvency practitioner and its professional indemnity insurer in disciplinary proceedings before the ACCA.

Acted on behalf of the MPS and MDU in relation to a number of Health Service Ombudsman cases primarily arising within general practice and relating to the exercise of clinical judgement.

Significant clients PSA, CQC, NHS England North West London Area Team, Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund, Metropolitan Police.

Notable practitioners

John Mitchell regularly represents doctors and dentists in disciplinary investigations, including those involving the GMC and GDC. Sources say that "he is very experienced in dealing with medical cases" and "very good with clients."

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Bates Wells Braithwaite - Professional Discipline

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 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. Experienced in drafting fitness to practise procedures and corporate governance policies.

Strengths Clients say: "They're really excellent at dealing with tricky areas; they're very tactful and not surprised by anything that comes their way," adding that "they are all unfailingly prompt, polite, knowledgeable and always charming to deal with."

Work highlights Advised the Compliance Officer for IPSA on two appeals under the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009 by Liam Byrne MP.

Advised the Market Research Society on its conduct of disciplinary proceedings against a member, in which they had omitted a stage of the procedure and faced a potential legal challenge.

Significant clients ICAEW, GDC, British Association of Social Workers, Legal Services Board, IPSO.

Notable practitioners

Melanie Carter regularly provides advice to a variety of regulators as well as regulated individuals and organisations from a wide range of sectors. Clients say: "She's good on detail and helping people to understand the detail."

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Bindmans LLP - Professional Discipline

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Commentary 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. Regularly defends practitioners before the FCA, SRA and GMC.

Strengths A client states: "They are an outstanding firm. They have displayed exceptional teamwork during our dealings with them, with everyone being up to speed on the case details."

Work highlights Acted for a leading surgeon in fitness to practise proceedings and a judicial review claim challenging the GMC on the basis of the five-year 'limitation period' for regulatory action.

Significant clients Association of Child Psychotherapists.

Notable practitioners

John Halford provides advice on disciplinary cases to both individual healthcare practitioners and their regulators. One client states: "I would unreservedly rate him as a highly competent, responsive and reliable solicitor."

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Charles Russell Speechlys - Professional Discipline

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Cheltenham, Guildford, London

What the team is known for Respected team of experienced practitioners, best known for its representation of pharmacists facing disciplinary action. Highly experienced in fitness to practise proceedings before the GPhC as well as before the GMC. Also has expertise in sports disciplinary proceedings, representing governing bodies, leading clubs and sportspeople.

Strengths Clients say: "They're very professional and are specialists in the field of pharmacy."

Others state: "Their name carries quite a lot of weight in the pharmacy world."

Work highlights Instructed to act by the National Pharmacy Association for a pharmacist in GPhC proceedings. The individual was accused of dishonestly claiming payment for high-value prescriptions for medication which had not been dispensed to patients.

Acted for the IAAF and IAAF Ethics Board in respect of appeal proceedings brought by three former officials of the IAAF and All-Russia Athletic Federation before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Significant clients Greyhound Board of Britain, The FA, Premiership Rugby, British Horseracing Authority, Hurlingham Polo Association.

Notable practitioners

David Reissner specialises in assisting pharmacy owners and individual pharmacists facing disciplinary action. Sources note his expertise in pharmacy regulation, saying that "he is very strong in his field."

The "exceptional" Noel Wardle advises individual healthcare professionals and pharmacists when issues arise with their regulatory bodies. Sources note that "for pharmacy problems, he covers all areas."

Associate Susan Hunneyball has wide experience of assisting individual practitioners such as pharmacists on a range of disciplinary matters. Clients say: "She has been excellent in terms of her advice and support throughout."

Associate Rachel Warren regularly advises pharmacies and pharmacists in handling all manner of professional discipline issues. Sources comment: "She continues to be excellent, she's very well organised and she knows all the cases inside out."

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Clyde & Co LLP - Professional Discipline

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Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Guildford, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford

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. Also has expertise in relation to veterinary and dental work.

Strengths Sources state: "Their knowledge of the requirements of our fields is beyond measure; there's no one with a better understanding."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of an MPS member in a judicial review of a fatal accident inquiry determination.

Acted in the defence of a veterinary surgeon in respect of seven charges related to animal welfare and alleged inappropriate behaviour before the RCVS Disciplinary Committee.

Significant clients Abbey Legal, DDU, MDU, Hiscox Insurance, RICS.

Notable practitioners

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

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Hill Dickinson LLP - Professional Discipline

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

What the team is known for Experienced team adept at advising on complex, sensitive and high-profile disciplinary cases. Recognised for its regulatory work across the veterinary, legal and healthcare sectors. Particular expertise in cases involving regulatory bodies such as the GDC, NMC, GMC, RCVS and the Farriers Registration Council.

Strengths Sources state: "They are really well regarded, especially in medical regulatory work."

Work highlights Represented a dental practitioner in complex GDC fitness to practise proceedings involving multiple patients and multiple clinical disciplines.

Acted for a farrier who faced five separate charges brought by the Farriers Registration Council, including applying unnecessary force to a horse by striking it with a hammer.

Significant clients Veterinary Defence Society, National Health Service Litigation Authority, RSA.

Notable practitioners

Richard Creamer is a former dentist who is adept at acting on behalf of dentists, doctors and nurses in disciplinary proceedings. An impressed source says: "He was absolutely brilliant," adding that "one reason we got the result we did was that he worked so hard."

Tony Wilson is noted for his adroit representation of veterinary practitioners in professional discipline matters. One client observes: "He's extremely astute and very good at identifying risks."

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Slater and Gordon Lawyers - Professional Discipline

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London

What the team is known for Respected team that advises individuals within the financial services sector, as well as regularly working with police officers. Particularly experienced in acting on behalf of officers in disciplinary proceedings involving allegations of gross misconduct. Additional expertise in the representation of police officers in inquests.

Work highlights Instructed to represent numerous officers in South Yorkshire in connection with alleged failings to investigate child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

Represented the FRC in a disciplinary complaint against PwC and an audit partner, concerning the 2009 and 2010 audits of Connaught.

Notable practitioners

Scott Ingram is a specialist in defending police officers in matters concerning professional discipline. Sources say: "He's one of the big names in this field. He's so hugely experienced and is a calming and sagacious addition to any team."

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Browne Jacobson LLP - Professional Discipline

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London

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. Experienced in the full spectrum of professional disciplinary work, including presenting before panels, conducting cases before the High Court and Court of Appeal, and acting as legal advisers to statutory committees.

Work highlights Assisted the Chartered Institute of Building with a comprehensive review of its rules of conduct and disciplinary regulations.

Instructed by NHS England to respond to an appeal against the removal of a doctor from the Medical Performers List.

Significant clients NCTL, RICS, SIA, The Pensions Regulator, Qualifications Wales.

Notable practitioners

Ros Foster represents healthcare regulators and organisations and is also experienced in advising regulatory bodies in the education sector. Clients appreciate that "she's very practical and incisive."

Department profile by Browne Jacobson LLP

We act for some of the leading public and third sector regulatory bodies in the UK.

Often utilising our team of in-house advocates, we provide support across a range of disciplinary/regulatory matters including disciplinary investigations, presentation of matters before panels, acting as legal adviser to statutory committees, the conduct of matters before the High Court and Court of Appeal and the First Tier and Upper Tribunals and the provision of advice and training as required by our clients.

We have specialist expertise in High Court disciplinary matters including Section 29 referrals brought in relation to fitness to practise decisions of the health and social care regulators and judicial review challenges to the exercise of disciplinary functions.

The variety and nature of our regulatory client base demonstrates our ability to offer comprehensive and specialist advice and support across sectors, territories and jurisdictions.

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DAC Beachcroft LLP - Professional Discipline

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Manchester

What the team is known for Frequently acts on behalf of individual practitioners in the healthcare sector. Respected for its defence of various professionals, such as doctors and surgeons. Regularly works with large insurers and their insured clients. Experienced in GMC matters including investigations.

Strengths A source notes: "I can't fault them; anything I want, they do it, and they're excellent."

Significant clients MDU, New Line, XL Catlin, DAS, Zurich.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Briggs is a key contact for the practice.

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What we do
DAC Beachcroft adopts a highly strategic approach to its professional discipline practice, focussing on practice areas where it excels, such as financial services , healthcare, public law and local government.

What we are known for
Whilst not the largest or most prolific team, our record of handling specialist, sensitive and complex cases speaks for itself, and we use our in-depth knowledge of the financial , healthcare and local authority sectors to the best effect when handling professional disciplinary instructions.

Specialisations
As a team, we are proud of having acquired significant expertise in acting for both regulators and defendants, a key point which helps us provide clients with balanced and well-rounded advice.

Recent work highlights

Key clients include the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting and the Medical Defence Union together with a growing range of complex instructions from commercial insurers who choose us to deal with professional discipline matters arising from professional indemnity cases.

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Ryan Solicitors - Professional Discipline

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Commentary 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 an experienced defender of healthcare practitioners in disciplinary matters. One source says: "He's excellent. He handled the case beautifully and got the most amazing outcome."

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Taylor Wessing LLP - Professional Discipline

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Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Particular strength in the field of financial sector regulation, advising on high-profile regulatory proceedings against accountants. Frequently acts for major professional service firms. Experienced in managing the interaction between large and complex civil claims, disciplinary processes and regulatory inquiries.

Strengths Sources say: "They have a genuine specialism in acting for respondents in high-profile, high-value regulatory proceedings."

Work highlights Represented PwC in relation to an investigation by the FRC into the events leading up to the collapse of the sub-prime lender Cattles and PwC's audit work.

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

Notable practitioners

Andrew Howell is particularly adept at handling financial services disciplinary matters involving the FRC. Sources note: "He's incredibly sensible, very calm and hugely bright," adding that "he's a standout person in this area."

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Senior Statesmen

Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Murfitt acts as a consultant to the team and advises on a full range of professional discipline matters. Sources say: "He knows a lot about everything in this field."

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Katrina Wingfield

Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Katrina Wingfield assists regulatory bodies on a range of professional disciplinary issues, particularly in the healthcare sector. Sources comment: "She is one of the longest-standing experts in professional discipline. She's very able and a really good advocate."

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Eminent Practitioner

Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Bradley Albuery continues to manage and present high-profile cases and represents regulatory bodies such as the GPhC, GDC and GOC. Sources say: "He's well known for his advocacy skills; he is a charismatic advocate."

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Fieldfisher

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Lohn advises regulatory bodies on disciplinary matters, regularly assisting those in the financial services sector. Sources remark that because of the "breadth of his regulatory work he's able to bring a lot of experience of how other regulators act."

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Fieldfisher

From the Chambers UK guide

Tom Rider advises healthcare regulators on a range of disciplinary issues, as well as assisting healthcare organisations. One client says: "He's very approachable, knows his area and is very authoritative."

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BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Clare Chapman is noted for her wide experience in professional discipline matters, particularly in relation to advising healthcare professionals. Sources state: "She's especially impressive; she has very good judgement."

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Eastwoods

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Eastwood is an expert in the defence of healthcare professionals in disciplinary investigations. Sources say: "He's very experienced and knows the regulation of medical professionals inside out. He's very thorough and very knowledgeable."

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Fieldfisher

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Ellson offers valued advice to a diverse range of major regulators, primarily in the health and social care sectors. Sources state: "She's very practical and hands-on as well as being very capable and very dynamic."

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Rod Fletcher is greatly experienced in professional discipline matters, representing regulated individuals and organisations in sectors such as financial services. Clients state: "He has a reassuring, calm manner to him and he brings great insight."

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

Sam Flew regularly represents individual practitioners before regulatory bodies such as the GMC. Sources observe: "He has a straightforwardly practical approach, which is often what you need in a short time limit," adding that "he's on the ball, and knows how to practically manage a case."

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Russell-Cooke

From the Chambers UK guide

John Gould is the firm's senior partner and provides advice to a range of regulatory bodies. Sources state: "He is incredibly thorough, very knowledgeable and very pragmatic. He's very good at looking at a case from all perspectives."

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Andrew Hopper QC - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers UK guide

Sole practitioner Andrew Hopper QC is an expert in defending solicitors in disciplinary proceedings. Sources say: "He is the oracle for solicitors for this type of work," and add that "he is absolutely encyclopaedic on the whole area, it's quite extraordinary."

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Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Geoffrey Hudson regularly works for regulatory bodies such as the RCVS, involving matters such as disciplinary hearings and judicial reviews. Sources state: "He's brilliant at understanding what clients need and also in anticipating what is required," and go on to praise his "encyclopaedic knowledge of the law in this area."

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Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicholas Leale manages complex disciplinary cases for regulatory bodies including the GDC and ACCA. Clients say: "He's always approachable and offers a great deal of leadership," adding that "he's incredibly resourceful."

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

Alex Leslie often advises NHS practitioners in high-profile disciplinary proceedings, including appeals. Clients remark: "He is incredibly knowledgeable on all regulatory matters," adding that "he is incredibly industrious and understands a file at very short notice; he's a pleasure to work with."

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Lidbetter is skilled in handling disciplinary issues for both regulated organisations and regulators in the financial services and accountancy sectors. Sources say: "He does really high-end work and has great knowledge."

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Legal Risk

From the Chambers UK guide

Frank Maher is noted for his advice to solicitors, law firms and other professional organisations concerning disciplinary investigations. Clients state: "He brings an in-depth knowledge of the regulations."

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Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Graham Miles regularly advises regulatory bodies in the education and healthcare sectors on professional discipline matters. Clients comment: "He's very professional, well informed, thorough, well prepared and approachable."

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Iain Miller advises organisations and individuals on a wide range of professional discipline matters, with a focus on work relating to the legal sector. Sources say: "He's one of the most knowledgeable lawyers on legal regulation and the more difficult or specialist areas."

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Weightmans

From the Chambers UK guide

John Mitchell regularly represents doctors and dentists in disciplinary investigations, including those involving the GMC and GDC. Sources say that "he is very experienced in dealing with medical cases" and "very good with clients."

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Hempsons

From the Chambers UK guide

Chris Morris is highly regarded for his expertise in advising dental practitioners. Sources state: "He specialises in cases before the GDC, and as an ex-dentist himself he brings to bear considerable technical detail."

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Julie Norris acts for a wide range of regulated practitioners, including healthcare professionals such as psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and doctors. Sources state: "She is exceptional," adding that "she has a mastery of the detail and is a great tactician."

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Rosemary Rollason

Bevan Brittan

From the Chambers UK guide

Rosemary Rollason of Bevan Brittan regularly acts on behalf of the ARB in disciplinary proceedings, and is also greatly experienced in matters involving the healthcare and financial services regulatory bodies. Clients say: "She has the regulatory knowledge and experience to analyse cases and to determine the main issues and factors of concern."

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Howard Kennedy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Ryan of Howard Kennedy LLP is skilled in advising solicitors and solicitors' firms in all disciplinary investigations, and is also experienced in acting for individuals in the financial services sector. Clients state: "He is pragmatic, commercial, highly responsive and avoids legal jargon."

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Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Whiting is experienced in handling disciplinary matters for regulatory bodies such as the GDC, including fitness to practise cases, statutory appeals and judicial reviews. Clients say: "He provides excellent client care," adding: "He has been very proactive in helping establish a good working relationship and providing quick solutions."

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Jayne Willetts & Co Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Jayne Willetts of Jayne Willetts & Co Solicitors is experienced in defending law firms in SRA disciplinary proceedings and appears as an advocate before the SDT. Clients comment: "She really knows the SRA regulatory landscape and is good at getting under the skin of how the SRA operate in practice."

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Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

John Witt is highly regarded for his work advising regulatory bodies such as the GPhC and PSA in disciplinary cases, including appeals to the High Court. Clients state: "He's got an outstanding knowledge of the overall healthcare system."

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Melinka Berridge represents a variety of regulators in the healthcare and education sectors. Clients note: "Her knowledge of the regulatory process and issues is excellent and her attention to detail is second to none."

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Murdochs Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Blatt frequently advises practitioners on SRA interventions, including handling voluntary practice closures. Clients say: "He's very experienced, highly knowledgeable and empathetic."

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Hill Dickinson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Creamer is a former dentist who is adept at acting on behalf of dentists, doctors and nurses in disciplinary proceedings. An impressed source says: "He was absolutely brilliant," adding that "one reason we got the result we did was that he worked so hard."

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Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicole Curtis is an experienced advocate who acts on behalf of a variety of regulators, notably the RCVS. Sources say: "She's very good at focusing on what the client needs."

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Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Robin Havard frequently acts for regulators from a range of areas including the education sector. Sources observe: "He's good with clients; he's very conscientious indeed," adding that "he's a strong and experienced advocate."

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BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Jane Lang regularly defends healthcare practitioners and organisations in disciplinary cases, including doctors and dentists before the GMC and GDC. Sources say: "She is fantastically experienced and she has very good judgement."

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Legal Risk

From the Chambers UK guide

Susan Mawdsley regularly advises law firms on disciplinary issues, particularly in relation to financial matters such as anti-money laundering regulations. One client remarks: "She is incredibly knowledgeable, practical, very focused, and just really helpful."

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Privett regularly represents a variety of healthcare practitioners in GMC proceedings. Sources say: "He has immense experience and an almost clairvoyant feeling for the good points and the likely prognosis. Nothing gets past him."

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Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Daniel Purcell frequently acts for the SRA in professional disciplinary cases and has expertise in relation to the SDT. A source observes: "I was particularly impressed by him," adding that "he has a very measured and very calm presence."

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Sadler is experienced in advising and representing healthcare professionals in GMC disciplinary investigations.

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Hempsons

From the Chambers UK guide

Anne Ball specialises in defending medical practitioners in GMC investigations. Sources say: "She has huge experience," adding that "she's a class act and she always gets to the issues rather than going round the houses."

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Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nimi Bruce is highly experienced in assisting regulators such as the GPhC and PSA in disciplinary cases. Clients comment: "She's a fantastic advocate, very hard-working, very positive, very quick at turning things around and very professional."

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Russell-Cooke

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Cadman assists individual practitioners and regulatory bodies from a range of sectors with professional discipline issues. He has notable expertise advising sporting bodies on regulatory matters.

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Bates Wells Braithwaite

From the Chambers UK guide

Melanie Carter regularly provides advice to a variety of regulators as well as regulated individuals and organisations from a wide range of sectors. Clients say: "She's good on detail and helping people to understand the detail."

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Legal Risk

From the Chambers UK guide

Francis Dingwall regularly offers advice to solicitors and law firms on matters concerning the SRA. Clients say: "He gives very clear and consistent advice and is focused on the key issues."

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Jonathan Greensmith

Keystone Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Greensmith of Keystone Law aids solicitors and law firms in dealing with SRA investigations and regularly appears before the SDT. Sources comment: "He's very good; he fights hard for his clients."

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Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicola Hill specialises in assisting clients in healthcare regulation, with a particular focus on advising the HCPC. Clients comment: "She understands our business and is responsive."

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Chris Horsefield regularly defends doctors in professional disciplinary cases before the GMC. Sources praise his "immense attention to detail," and say that "he is very easy to get along with."

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Juliette Mellman-Jones

BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Juliette Mellman-Jones is widely experienced in representing healthcare defence organisations in a variety of disciplinary work. Clients note: "She's great to deal with," adding that "she has a very thorough understanding of new regulations."

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James Penry-Davey

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

James Penry-Davey is "very personable and very pragmatic, with a very sharp brain and a real eye for detail. He's very good at problem-solving and finding solutions," according to clients. He focuses on advising the GDC, with experience of a full range of regulatory issues.

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Ryan Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Ryan is an experienced defender of healthcare practitioners in disciplinary matters. One source says: "He's excellent. He handled the case beautifully and got the most amazing outcome."

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Eastwoods

From the Chambers UK guide

Adam Smith represents doctors and dentists before regulatory bodies such as the GMC and GDC. Sources state: "He's unflappable, calm and level-headed. He's good at managing the stress of the client."

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

Nigel West is greatly experienced in defending solicitors and law firms in all disciplinary matters, including SRA proceedings. Sources note: "He is very experienced, hard-working and effective."

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

William Childs specialises in advising healthcare practitioners facing professional disciplinary proceedings. Sources state: "He's a litigator with wide and deep experience," adding that "he has superb tactical judgement."

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Rachel Cooper is experienced in assisting the NCTL and GOC in disciplinary matters, as well as defending doctors in GMC proceedings. Sources say: "She's incredibly driven and has incredible judgement."

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BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Katie Costello is noted for her experience in acting for healthcare professionals, including representing doctors at the GMC. Sources comment: "There's nothing she doesn't know in this field, and what she doesn't know isn't worth knowing."

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Band 4

Eastwoods

From the Chambers UK guide

Surjit Dubb represents healthcare practitioners in disciplinary hearings, with further experience of working with doctors accused of criminal matters. Sources comment: "He has an excellent manner with clients. He's very realistic and very down-to-earth."

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

Stewart Duffy frequently advises on disciplinary matters for doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. Sources comment: "He is amazing; he has incredible judgement, and as a doctor who requalified as a solicitor he has incredible background knowledge."

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Band 4

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

Anne Green is experienced in representing healthcare professionals in cases before the GMC, GDC and internal hospital disciplinary proceedings. Clients remark: "She's very thorough, a very good solicitor and a very strong advocate."

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Bindmans LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

John Halford provides advice on disciplinary cases to both individual healthcare practitioners and their regulators. One client states: "I would unreservedly rate him as a highly competent, responsive and reliable solicitor."

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Kennedys

From the Chambers UK guide

Angela Horne of Kennedys is experienced in representing a wide range of professionals in disciplinary proceedings including barristers, solicitors, medical practitioners and dentists. Sources say she is an "exceedingly able and effective all-round lawyer."

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Hempsons

From the Chambers UK guide

Angela Pilling regularly represents doctors, dentists and nurses in disciplinary investigations and related criminal investigations. Sources observe: "She's one of the leading practitioners in medical crime and serious regulatory work."

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Band 4

Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

David Reissner specialises in assisting pharmacy owners and individual pharmacists facing disciplinary action. Sources note his expertise in pharmacy regulation, saying that "he is very strong in his field."

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Band 4

Reynolds Dawson

From the Chambers UK guide

Colin Reynolds of Reynolds Dawson specialises in defending police officers facing disciplinary as well as criminal proceedings. Sources say: "He works relentlessly hard for the clients."

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Band 4

Irwin Mitchell

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Wallace of Irwin Mitchell is experienced in defending practitioners in the financial services sector and regularly advises those facing FCA investigations. Sources say: "She is somebody who, if you have a really difficult case with the odds stacked against you, will fight and fight. She never gives up."

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Band 4

Bankside Law

From the Chambers UK guide

John Williams of Bankside Law is experienced in assisting a wide range of practitioners facing disciplinary action, including solicitors, accountants and health professionals.

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Band 5

Russell-Cooke

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Bosworth regularly advises individual practitioners and firms as well as regulatory bodies on disciplinary matters. Sources comment: "The breadth of his legal knowledge and experience in other areas is impressive and means he always gives advice which is both legally sound and refreshingly pragmatic."

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Band 5

RPC

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Burger of RPC regularly advises individuals and organisations in disciplinary matters relating to the accountancy and legal sectors. Sources observe: "He is a first-rate regulatory law specialist. He is proactive to his clients' needs and astute at finding the best practical resolution to his client's predicament."

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Browne Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ros Foster represents healthcare regulators and organisations and is also experienced in advising regulatory bodies in the education sector. Clients appreciate that "she's very practical and incisive."

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Hempsons

From the Chambers UK guide

Tania Francis provides advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals on disciplinary issues involving regulators such as the GMC and CQC. Sources comment: "She used to be a doctor so her knowledge of the clinical and legal aspects is fantastic."

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RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

Susanna Heley acts for legal professionals on disciplinary matters. Sources say: "She's exceptional and extremely knowledgeable, and you get fast responses from her."

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Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Howell is particularly adept at handling financial services disciplinary matters involving the FRC. Sources note: "He's incredibly sensible, very calm and hugely bright," adding that "he's a standout person in this area."

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Band 5

Slater and Gordon Lawyers

From the Chambers UK guide

Scott Ingram is a specialist in defending police officers in matters concerning professional discipline. Sources say: "He's one of the big names in this field. He's so hugely experienced and is a calming and sagacious addition to any team."

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Band 5

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Jones of Eversheds Sutherland has wide experience of professional discipline in a range of sectors and regularly advises the NCTL. One client comments: "He's very clear, very analytical and sees the wider picture."

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Band 5

Blake Morgan

From the Chambers UK guide

Guy Micklewright is a barrister who is regularly instructed as a prosecutor by the BSB. One client notes: "He's very pragmatic and very resourceful," adding that "he has a great deal of expertise."

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Band 5

BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Rosie Shapiro frequently represents healthcare practitioners and organisations before regulatory bodies such as the GMC and GOC. Sources observe: "She has an intelligent, excellent grasp of the issues and can always spot the finer points."

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Band 5

Katherine Sheldrick

Hempsons

From the Chambers UK guide

The "fantastic" Katherine Sheldrick is noted for her work defending healthcare practitioners before their regulatory bodies. "What stands out is her commitment to her clients; she really commits to a case," says a source.

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Band 5

Russell-Cooke

From the Chambers UK guide

Paolo Sidoli is experienced in providing advice on regulation and enforcement work in the legal sector. Sources say: "His strength is that he is incredibly diplomatic and very good at communicating with clients."

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Band 5

Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

The "exceptional" Noel Wardle advises individual healthcare professionals and pharmacists when issues arise with their regulatory bodies. Sources note that "for pharmacy problems, he covers all areas."

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Band 5

Hill Dickinson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Tony Wilson is noted for his adroit representation of veterinary practitioners in professional discipline matters. One client observes: "He's extremely astute and very good at identifying risks."

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Up and Coming

Ward Hadaway

From the Chambers UK guide

Rachel Birks of Ward Hadaway advises individuals and organisations on disciplinary matters in the education and healthcare sectors. One client remarks that "she's very good, really knowledgeable" and she "gives expert advice."

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Up and Coming

RadcliffesLeBrasseur

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Gomersall is skilled in representing healthcare professionals in disciplinary proceedings before the regulators. Clients comment: "He's very measured and very sensible," with the ability to "provide good forensic analysis of a case."

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Up and Coming

Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Julie Matheson frequently defends individual practitioners from the financial services and accountancy sectors in disciplinary proceedings. One client observes: "She's very hands-on, knowledgeable and easy to work with."

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Star Associate

Murdochs Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Forman specialises in defending solicitors in SDT proceedings and SRA investigations. Clients state: "He has a very impressive forensic ability to go through the evidence, and is obviously a specialist in what he does."

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Star Associate

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Mark Rogers is valued for his professional discipline work on behalf of healthcare regulatory bodies. Sources state: "He's doubly qualified as a doctor and a lawyer, so he's a sort of walking encyclopaedia of cases and experience."

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Star Associate

BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Adam Weston is greatly experienced in disciplinary proceedings before the MPTS, GDC and GOC. Sources say: "He's very hard-working and meticulous," adding: "He has excellent client care and communicates well."

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Associates to watch

Hempsons

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Ravi Gupta is experienced in advising healthcare practitioners facing disciplinary proceedings. Sources say: "He knows how to get a case together and he's wise."

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Associates to watch

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior solicitor Anna Holdsworth is noted for her preparation of cases on behalf of the GDC. Sources say: "She's a very clever lawyer; she sees the legal points really quickly and she's terrific."

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Associates to watch

Eastwoods

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Stephen Hooper assists healthcare professionals in professional discipline matters involving the GMC and GDC. Sources note: "He's very bright, very clever and works incredibly well with clients, counsel and legal experts."

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Associates to watch

Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Susan Hunneyball has wide experience of assisting individual practitioners such as pharmacists on a range of disciplinary matters. Clients say: "She has been excellent in terms of her advice and support throughout."

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Associates to watch

BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Laura Smith assists healthcare clients on a wide range of professional disciplinary issues. Sources state: "She’s amazingly meticulous, tactically astute, and has really first-rate judgement."

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Associates to watch

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Kate Steele frequently advises regulatory bodies such as the GDC, GPhC and PSA in disciplinary matters. Sources observe: "She's excellent," adding that "with her, everything is in order, all the deadlines are met, and she's completely on top of all the facts and the detail."

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Associates to watch

Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Rachel Warren regularly advises pharmacies and pharmacists in handling all manner of professional discipline issues. Sources comment: "She continues to be excellent, she's very well organised and she knows all the cases inside out."

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Associates to watch

Penningtons Manches LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Neil Wilks has wide experience in assisting regulatory bodies in disciplinary matters, especially in the veterinary and healthcare sectors. Clients say: "His approachability is absolute and he's very good at giving very up-to-date regulatory advice," adding that "he knows what we need and he delivers."

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Associates to watch

Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Associate Lucy Williams appears in professional discipline cases on behalf of the HCPC and GDC, and is also experienced in representing regulated professionals including doctors, nurses, psychotherapists and teachers. One client remarks: "She is a pleasure to work with and deals with complex cases and witnesses in a calm, professional manner."

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