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Regulatory Law and Professional Discipline

Regulatory matters are more complex than ever. We will provide a clear path through the most complex regulatory issues.

What are regulatory proceedings?

Many professions, such as solicitors, doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives and teachers are regulated by an official regulatory body. Those bodies can investigate individuals for breaches of regulations, legislation and professional discipline. Such proceedings may have very significant consequences including preventing individuals from continuing to work in their chosen profession.

It is vital that you receive advice as soon as you are notified that an issue or complaint has arisen. The complaint may relate to fitness to practise, professional misconduct or a criminal conviction. We are able to advise you throughout the process. Often, receiving advice at an early stage can mean that matters are resolved more quickly and with a better outcome.

How we can help

We approach every case with the same high standards. We can submit representations on your behalf, prepare robust defences, liaise with third parties, instruct experts and provide expert advocacy where that is needed.

We understand that proceedings of this nature, with your professional registration, reputation and personal life in jeopardy, are extremely distressing.  We will work tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome.

We have experience of dealing with clients from a wide variety of professions and have advised solicitors, teachers, social workers and medical professionals in relation to matters that may affect their professional status.

We have particular experience of representing nurses and midwives who have been referred to the Nursing & Midwifery Council and have developed significant experience in this area.

We also understand the significance of a criminal caution or conviction for professionals and our extensive knowledge of both criminal law and regulatory procedure enables us to provide expertly tailored advice.

In serious cases a regulatory investigation may be linked to proceedings before the Coroner’s Court and, with our wide experience of inquests, we are uniquely positioned to offer you advice that will anticipate all the issues that may arise .

Our People

Jared McNally is the Partner dealing with regulatory and professional discipline. He has a wealth of experience in this area and is instructed by clients across the UK.   He has a well-earned reputation for his detailed preparation, tactically astute advice and he offers a first class service to all his clients.  He has excellent contacts amongst leading barristers in this field and is very well respected in the legal community.

 

  • Notable Regulatory & Disciplinary Cases

     

    We advised a number of Midwives, Nurses and Health Care Trust Managers in relation to the police inquiry arising out of the death of JT whilst in the care of Barrow in Furness Hospital.  The police inquiry arose out of the recommendations of the Coroner following an inquest. A subsequent inquiry was set up by the Secretary of State chaired by Dr Bill Kirkup.  We represented a clinical supervisor and supervisor of midwives who faced significant criticism.  We have been subsequently instructed in respect of ongoing proceedings before the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

    NMC v K – successfully represented a Supervisor of Midwives in relation to matters before Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

    NMC v J – successfully represented a nurse who had been accused of fraud.

    NMC v MC – successfully represented nurse who had recently been convicted of fraud.

    NMC v T – successfully represented mental health nurse accused of sexual abuse.

    NMC v S –currently represent a former Head of Midwifery.

    NMC v G – currently represent a former Risk Manager/Supervisor of Midwives from Guernsey.

    We have represented and advised a number of professionals, including Doctors, Dentists, teachers and prison officers.

     

Need some professional advice?

Do you have any issues that you are worried about? Contact our professional team for a free, no-obligation informal discussion, where we can discuss your particular requirements in greater detail.