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UK Guide

Professional Discipline — Scotland


Anderson Strathern - Professional Discipline Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Respected practice offering professional disciplinary services across a range of sectors, including healthcare, education and social care. Also advises sports bodies on regulatory and disciplinary matters. Clients include regulatory groups and public bodies.

Strengths Sources say: "They know the business and the nuances of Scottish law," adding that "they're very efficient, effective and prompt."

A client says: "They're an excellent firm with a well-deserved reputation in this field."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of the Scottish Social Service Council in a highly publicised case against a social worker who failed to act on a report of abuse against a child, who was later murdered by his mother and her partner.

Instructed by the RCN in an appeal against a decision of the Nursing and Midwifery Council to strike an individual's name off the register after proceedings were held in her absence.

Significant clients GMC, General Teaching Council for Scotland, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, Sports Resolutions (UK), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Notable practitioners

The "calm and capable" Gary Burton regularly advises on regulatory issues in the health and social care sector. A source relates that "panels tend to respond positively to him and appreciate the manner in which he approaches, prepares and conducts his cases."

"Acknowledged expert" Catriona Watt "knows her business and gets straight to the nub of the issue; she's efficient and on the ball." Watt is also "really steeped in regulatory work" and advises on matters relating to a wide range of professionals.

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BTO Solicitors LLP - Professional Discipline Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Renowned practice focusing on private practice clinical defence. Regularly represents doctors and dentists before the GMC and General Dental Council in relation to misconduct, deficient professional performance and criminal convictions. Also advises on matters involving architects and accountants.

Strengths Sources say: "They're a strong team and are very well regarded, in particular for being extremely knowledgeable and skilful in the regulatory field."

A source says: "BTO have a small but very effective health services team which provides effective and efficient management of cases before a regulator. They're very good at engaging and supporting doctors and dentists."

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

Notable practitioners

The "extremely experienced" Douglas Jessiman "deals with difficult, technical cases in a highly competent fashion." He specialises in representing clinicians in regulatory matters, where he gives "very plain and clear advice" and "inspires confidence."

Laura Donald is praised for "going the extra mile-plus for her clients." Her professional discipline practice is boosted by her complementary expertise in relation to clinical negligence matters.

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Clyde & Co LLP - Professional Discipline Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Skilled team of practitioners with the capacity to handle parallel civil and disciplinary proceedings. In particular, the team is well known for its strength in healthcare, representing members of the Medical Protection Society, Medical Defence Union and Dental Defence Union. The team is also adept at representing professionals in the legal, construction and finance industries.

Strengths A client says: "I'm very happy with the service they provide and the quality of work undertaken."

Work highlights Represented a dentist facing charges of misconduct related to alleged inappropriate comments to colleagues, in a disciplinary proceeding before the General Dental Council.

Acted in a judicial review challenge to a fatal accident inquiry determination on behalf of the Medical Protection Society.

Significant clients RSA, Educational Institute of Scotland, Hiscox, Scottish Social Services Council, Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life.

Notable practitioners

Sources say Duncan Batchelor is "someone you would want on your side" because "he is experienced, efficient and personable." He focuses on defending healthcare professionals on disciplinary and regulatory matters.

Graeme Watson is "very measured, diligent, reliable and has a firm knowledge of the work he's undertaking." He is "excellent at professional discipline and regulatory stuff, and he's knowledgeable about what judicial reviews and challenges should be raised."

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Balfour+Manson LLP - Professional Discipline Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Impressive practice with experience advising on professional discipline matters across a number of areas, including in the legal and healthcare sectors. Work includes investigating and prosecuting conduct complaints, reviewing decisions of regulatory bodies and advising in relation to specific complaints. Well equipped to advise both individuals and professional disciplinary bodies.

Strengths One client says: "They gave the impression that my case was important to them and I was more than happy with the service I received."

Another source praises the team's "very high-quality service and expertise acquired over many years," adding: "You can't put a price on that degree of expertise."

Work highlights Acted for The Law Society of Scotland in relation to the prosecution of a solicitor before the Scottish Solicitors' Discipline Tribunal in relation to failure of practice regarding accounting rules and clients.

Represented a teacher, registered with the Educational Institute of Scotland, in relation to a decision of a procedural hearing of the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Significant clients Scottish Social Services Council, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, British Airline Pilots' Association.

Notable practitioners

Sources say Elaine Motion is the "go-to solicitor for the Law Society of Scotland and also does defence work for medical professionals." Commentators add that she "has a very good grasp of cases, is very good on her feet and listens, coming back with reasoned and thoughtful arguments."

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The firm is best known for its extensive experience of providing legal services and advice to both individuals and professional disciplinary bodies across a number of regulated sectors in cases which often feature novel and complex aspects. We have acted in ground-breaking cases which have been at the cutting edge of professional discipline, human rights and public law in Scotland.

We have expertise across the full spectrum, from the perspective of the prosecution, defence, independent legal assessor/adviser, independent legally qualified chair and in a judicial capacity, across a wide range of sectors including legal, education and social services.

Three of our professional discipline lawyers are qualified as solicitor advocates (civil).

Our work is varied:

Investigating and prosecuting conduct complaints, Drafting charges, statements and associated documents, Defending individual professionals at fitness to practise hearings, Providing legal advice on issues that arise in specific complaints and in general, Acting on behalf of parties in actions in the Court of Session and the Sheriff Court including appeals and judicial review proceedings, Auditing and reporting on panel decisions, Reviewing decisions of regulatory bodies, Drafting memoranda of understanding and responses to consultation papers, Training panel members on legal and other matters, including judicial skills, Corresponding with the Government on regulatory matters.

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Brodies LLP - Professional Discipline Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Advises on disciplinary matters in a number of different professional fields, including education, law and social care. Experience includes representation at conduct proceedings, advising on complex regulatory matters and supporting investigations. Regularly works with both individuals and professional bodies.

Strengths A source describes the team as "very client-focused and knowledgeable about the wider picture in health regulation," going on to say: "They have a very good grasp of case law both north and south of the border."

Work highlights Represented Pauline Cafferkey in disciplinary proceedings brought by the Nursing and Midwifery Council, in respect of an incident that occurred during an airport screening process following her return from treating victims of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.

Significant clients The Law Society of Scotland, Scottish Qualifications Authority, Professional Standards Authority, Scottish Social Services, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.

Notable practitioners

The "highly respected" Duncan Mawby "deals with cases extremely efficiently and in a realistic but sensitive fashion." He regularly advises doctors, dentists and pharmacists faced with disciplinary hearings.

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Band 1

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Laura Donald is praised for "going the extra mile-plus for her clients." Her professional discipline practice is boosted by her complementary expertise in relation to clinical negligence matters.

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Band 1

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "extremely experienced" Douglas Jessiman "deals with difficult, technical cases in a highly competent fashion." He specialises in representing clinicians in regulatory matters, where he gives "very plain and clear advice" and "inspires confidence."

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Band 1

Balfour+Manson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say Elaine Motion is the "go-to solicitor for the Law Society of Scotland and also does defence work for medical professionals." Commentators add that she "has a very good grasp of cases, is very good on her feet and listens, coming back with reasoned and thoughtful arguments."

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Band 1

Anderson Strathern

From the Chambers UK guide

"Acknowledged expert" Catriona Watt "knows her business and gets straight to the nub of the issue; she's efficient and on the ball." Watt is also "really steeped in regulatory work" and advises on matters relating to a wide range of professionals.

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Band 2

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources say Duncan Batchelor is "someone you would want on your side" because "he is experienced, efficient and personable." He focuses on defending healthcare professionals on disciplinary and regulatory matters.

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Band 2

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "highly respected" Duncan Mawby "deals with cases extremely efficiently and in a realistic but sensitive fashion." He regularly advises doctors, dentists and pharmacists faced with disciplinary hearings.

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Band 2

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Graeme Watson is "very measured, diligent, reliable and has a firm knowledge of the work he's undertaking." He is "excellent at professional discipline and regulatory stuff, and he's knowledgeable about what judicial reviews and challenges should be raised."

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Associates to watch

Anderson Strathern

From the Chambers UK guide

The "calm and capable" Gary Burton regularly advises on regulatory issues in the health and social care sector. A source relates that "panels tend to respond positively to him and appreciate the manner in which he approaches, prepares and conducts his cases."

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