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Regulatory Issues and Fitness to Practise

The number of cases being pursued by regulatory bodies is increasing year on year, meaning that more and more professionals are appearing before disciplinary panels and ‘fitness to practise’ hearings.

If you find yourself under investigation by a professional body for possible breach of their regulations, we provide practical and strategic legal advice to advocate your side of the dispute and minimise the damage to your work and your reputation.

It helps achieve the best outcome cost effectively if you contact us immediately on receipt of any regulators notice of investigation. Often we can draft something for clients to send back themselves which closes the investigation at this preliminary stage.

Deal with Disciplinary Bodies

With the right legal advice, it’s possible to make a significant impact on the decision of a disciplinary panel. Our skilled regulatory law experts are highly experienced in steering all kinds of cases towards a favourable outcome, including many involving high profile and sensitive subjects.

The bulk of our work is career defining. We appreciate this means we need to gain your trust and explain each step to you.

The disciplinary bodies before which we’ve successfully represented professional clients include:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Bar Standards Board (BSB)
  • FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC)
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and its predecessor the Financial Services Authority (FSA)
  • General Medical Counsel (GMC), now known as a Medical Professionals Tribunal Service (MPTS)
  • Health & Care Professions Counsel (HCPC)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Counsel (NMC)
  • Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT)
  • The Football Association (FA)
  • The Football League (FL)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
  • The Rugby Football Union (RFU)

In addition to these well-known organisations, we also deal with smaller regulatory bodies representing specialisms. Often these are Chartered Bodies whose own experience of professional discipline is very limited and the process can be picked apart to secure the right outcome, as they simply do not have sufficient accepted standards of good practice or evidence to justify a finding of professional impairment.

Safeguard your Career

We know that when we represent you, we’re defending your career and your standing in the profession. And we act accordingly. We can be robust or very diplomatic depending on the circumstances and the outcome we are seeking. We focus on what our clients want us to achieve and then focus on how this should be achieved.

Our specialist legal team can advise you how to comply with rules and codes of conduct and can assist with any representation before disciplinary and fitness to practise hearings.

Cases where we have saved someone’s career and reputation include:

  • A barrister accused of misleading a client
  • A doctor accused of misappropriating drugs and taking them in a case of attempted suicide
  • A doctor whose illness led to ‘drug driving’ offence driving convictions
  • A radiographer incorrectly suspected of fraud and drug offences
  • A solicitor accused of fraud
  • A speech therapist accused of profession incompetence
  • A teacher with a criminal record from many years earlier for burglary
Paul Bennett

Partner & Specialist in Professional Practices
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01743 453685

Mark Briegal

Partner & Specialist in Professional Practices
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01244 405565

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