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Bates Wells

Bates Wells' team 'takes a very efficient and effective approach to disciplinary matters'. The multidisciplinary practice covers the entire depth and breadth of the professional disciplines, including health and social care, veterinary surgeons, registered veterinary nurses and farriers, architecture, and accountancy. Many of the firm's partners litigate at the highest level, including proceedings before the Privy Council and Court of Appeal. The practice also has a particular strength in acting for representative bodies with professional discipline functions, as well as for statutory regulators. Nicole Curtis has a particular focus on healthcare, veterinary and equine matters. Former General Optical Council (GOC) deputy registrar Melanie Carter has a wide-ranging practice in the professional regulation space, which includes MPs and accountants. Emma Dowden-Teale is the head of the firm’s safeguarding practice. At consultant level, Geoffrey Hudson is a veterinary and pharmacy sector specialist. Katrina Wingfield, has specialised in professional discipline for over 40 years. Additional support is provided by senior associate Claire Whittle and associate Neil Wilks.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nicole Curtis; Melanie Carter

Les références

The team provides a real personal service, with senior team members maintaining hands-on involvement in case management, developing a detailed understanding of particular clients’ needs and ways of working, always being accessible and communicating with clients themselves directly, so as to establish relationships that involve long term client loyalty to an extent I have not experienced with any other firm of solicitors.’

Very responsive, collaborative approach to work.’

Professional discipline work has, in recent years, come to be very much driven by cost – essentially driven by regulators looking to get a job done at the lowest possible price (almost regardless of the quality of process and outcome). Bates Wells Braithwaite’s team manages to square the circle, and take a very efficient but also very effective approach to disciplinary matters.

Melanie Carter is an experienced and excellent partner – her experience as an advocate and also as a professional disciplinary decision-maker allows her to have a very well rounded view of matters.

Claire Whittle is a very good assistant solicitor.’

I have considerable experience of the work of Melanie Carter who heads up the practice. Rigorous, clever, committed and engaged. I certainly would recommend her.

We work primarily with two interlocutors. Nicole Curtis is a consummate professional, never fazed by a challenge, comfortable with complexity and able get to the heart of the matter, and quickly. Her advocacy is impressive, she is able to present a case such that the key evidence is readily digestible to a panel of lay and professional members of varying experience. Neil Wilks is highly competent and supports Nicole with case preparation, including taking statements often from young and vulnerable complainants and witnesses. Neil quickly gains the confidence of such individuals and his work is hallmarked by being thorough and incisive.’

Principaux clients

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

General Dental Council

General Osteopathic Council

Farriers Registration Council

Architects Registration Board

General Pharmaceutical Council

Council of the Inns of Court (The Bar Adjudicatory Tribunal Services)

Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx)

Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA)

Royal Institute of British Architects

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

British Association of Social Workers (BASW)

The Compliance Officer of Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

British Psychoanalytical Society (incorporating the Institute of Psychoanalysis)

Royal College of Nursing

British Psychotherapy Federation

Principaux dossiers

  • Conducted four appeals in a 12-month period to the Privy Council (heard by Supreme Court justices) on behalf of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
  • Sitting as legal assessors to both the Institute of Chartered Accountancy in England & Wales and the General Osteopathic Council’s statutory committees.
  • Acted for the Farriers Registration Council in numerous fitness to practise matters.

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP's sizeable practice is best known for its representation of professional regulators, particularly in the fields of healthcare, legal, education, accountancy and engineering. The group has a strong track record appearing as counsel in appeals in the High Court, as well as first-tier and upper-tier tribunals. It also undertakes high-profile judicial review and Court of Appeal work. Reading-based Nick Leale heads up the professional discipline practice, while Bradley Albuery in Southampton leads the regulatory business group. In Cardiff, Graham Miles is a regulatory law specialist. Claire Rawle leads the health, safety and environmental team. The senior associates to note are Delme Griffiths, and Antonia DowgrayJames Danks and Guy Micklewright. Barrister Matthew Corrie is also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bradley Albuery; Nick Leale; Claire Rawle

Principaux clients

Nursing and Midwifery Council

General Dental Council

General Pharmaceutical Council

NHS England

Architects Registration Board

Teaching Regulation Agency

Social Care Wales

Education Workforce Council (Wales)

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

General Osteopathic Council

General Optical Council

Principaux dossiers

  • Acts for the NMC in its most complex investigations into nurse and midwife misconduct.
  • Reappointed by the GPhC in late 2019, the team recently assisted with a backlog of complex investigations.
  • Act for the GDC in its most complex cases, carrying out investigations and presenting matters before its Professional Conduct and Competency Panels.


BLM has 'a long history of providing assistance to professionals facing disciplinary procedures before their regulator'. The experienced team has a leading reputation for advice to healthcare clients (among others) throughout the UK and Ireland. Complementing its professional discipline expertise, the firm offers support in related areas, such as inquests, inquiries, criminal investigations, clinical negligence claims, defamation, product liability and general healthcare advice. In Manchester, Clare Chapman heads up the firm’s professional discipline and regulatory practice group. Katie Costello has over 25 years of experience acting for healthcare professionals. Also recommended is Cardiff-based Jane Lang, who leads the healthcare advice and inquest practice group. In London, Rosie Shapiro's practice spans clinical negligence claims, professional discipline and regulatory and judicial reviews. Medical crime team head Adam Weston is another key name. Associate-level support is provided by individuals such as Lee Biddle and Ewan Bright, among others. Lisa Jones joined the Medical Protection Society.

Responsables de la pratique:

Clare Chapman; Rosie Shapiro; Jane Lang

Les références

They are a very united and friendly team that always remain utterly professional whilst at the same time never losing the human touch with clients, indemnifiers and the team as a whole.’

Clare Chapman is totally on top of the brief, superbly prepared and has excellent judgment. Excellent client care without being afraid of broaching difficult issues. Very much on top of what is happening at the MPTS/GMC and has great insight. A real star. Rebecca Gowling is excellent -it’s like working with a partner.’

This is a strong multi-disciplinary team who can draw from individual expertise in relation to insurance, healthcare, construction and wider regulatory matters. Lay clients have the benefit of a readily accessible fee earner and work is always carried out in an efficient and economic manner.

Max Ekstein continues to be the leading expert on the regulation of mental health and talking therapists. He goes far beyond the minimum for his clients and is unfailingly caring and sympathetic even with the most challenging of clients. He has excellent links with the Bar and is always a joy to work with.’

The team at BLM is small but perfectly formed with key talents in the administration of medical and dental regulatory and disciplinary cases as well as matters before HM Coroner. The team is extremely well led and this leadership continues to be an enabler to the production rising new talent too. They are able to take cases at a moments notice and never fail to impress with the ability to analyze a case quickly and efficiently so providing exceptional advocacy. The whole team has a ‘can do’ attitude and I have never had cause to doubt their advice and wise counsel.’

Adam Weston is highly regarded by his clients, is exceptionally well organized and has a wonderful knack of delivering complex advice in a form which is easily understood without compromising on detail.’

Very thorough and detailed investigations in order to support our members and insureds to get the best results possible

Clare Chapman and Adam Weston are both down to earth, compassionate and able to explain difficult legal concepts to our members and insureds in simple terms.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Dr X in successfully obtaining an order preventing the GMC from publishing the outcome of a regulatory hearing.
  • Acted for a dentist in a General Dental Council professional conduct hearing involving allegations of general clinical concerns, plus dishonesty for making non-contemporaneous entries in the records.

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP's circa 70-strong team is 'very professional, with excellent knowledge of the wider regulatory frameworks'. Reflective of its strength in depth, the firm has a widely respected regulatory division, which is jointly led by Mark Whiting (who divides his time between the London and Leeds offices) and John Witt. Further partner-level support is provided by Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) expert Daniel Purcell. Another name to note is James Penry-Davey, who conducts and supervises investigations on behalf of regulatory bodies. Barrister Nimi Bruce prosecutes cases for several regulators and has overall responsibility for the firm's work with the Bar Standards Board. Hugh Giles is a former director of legal services at the Metropolitan Police Service. Also key to the team are Mark Rogers and Kate Steele, as well as associates Anna Holdsworth and Keziah Pearson, among various others.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Whiting

Les références

The team has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the area of professional discipline with lawyers working for a number of public bodies within the field of regulation. This means we can pick up the phone and run issues past members of the team and often they will have come across similar issues with other clients, so they can be a really good sounding board and have been a helpful resource.’

Very professional with excellent knowledge of the wider regulatory frameworks. Great at sharing good practice and very approachable. Demonstrable support (attendance at every council meeting) and well-managed casework.’

The team is proactive in working together to add value. Capsticks have worked with us to help resolve some longstanding issues. Their fresh thinking and adaptable approach, coupled with their heavy weight track record in all things regulation and professional discipline, has made a tangible positive impact on our organization.

James Penry-Davey is very personable and invests a lot in understanding what you need as a client and how he can add value. He has awareness of the bigger picture and provides pragmatic solutions which reflect financial and reputational complaints.

Kate Steele has extensive experience of regulation and professional disciplinary. She is knowledgeable and solution-focused and always prepared to go ‘the extra mile’ to meet our needs.’

Anna Holdsworth – Anna is efficient, intelligent, and has a wide experience that she draws on to give her a very helpful pragmatic overview of every case. She is always available and steers her ships with a light, but firm, touch. Above all, and unusually for a competent, hard-working solicitor, she is incredibly kind and this comes across through her attitude to her colleagues, cases and those barristers she works with. I thoroughly recommend her as a leading regulatory lawyer who has the brains and common sense approach needed when working for regulators.

Dan Purcell – Dan is a star of the regulatory field – he heads up his area of the firm with sensitivity and aplomb and is approachable and wise. He has a wonderfully friendly and easy-going approach to counsel, whilst at the same time being the source of an inspiring breadth of knowledge and experience. Dan’s great strength is his knowledge, experience and wonderfully approachable manner.

Both Anna and Dan are composite professionals with a great sense of integrity.’

Principaux clients

Solicitors Regulation Authority

General Dental Council

Social Work England

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Teaching Regulation Agency

General Optical Council

Bar Standards Board

General Chiropractic Council

General Osteopathic Council

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted in extremely high-profile proceedings for the Solicitors Regulation Authority, concerning a partner at a magic circle law firm and sexual activity with a junior member of his team when she was intoxicated.
  • Acted in a complex case before the GDC involving harassment and a serious sexual assault by a dentist.
  • Successfully defended Social Work England in an appeal, brought by a social worker against the decision of a panel of the Health and Care Professions Council to suspend him for 12 months.


Fieldfisher's professional discipline team is a core part of the firm's broader regulatory practice. The large, specialist group is highly rated for high-profile and complex cases, as well as those involving the most serious risks to clients' reputations. It acts for over 40 different regulators, including those in areas such as health, sport, surveying, policing, finance and law. In addition, clients benefit from the firm's auditing of professional discipline processes. Manchester-based Sarah Ellson and John Cassels in London co-head the regulatory group. Another notable individual is senior partner Matthew Lohn, who chairs the firm’s supervisory board. Tom Rider has over 20 years of experience acting for professional regulators and other bodies, particularly in the healthcare sector. Barrister David Northfield and Carina May are experienced senior associates.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sarah Ellson; John Cassels

Les références

Sarah Ellson – highly intelligent and personable team lead, who is wise, calm, experienced, practical and assured.’

Principaux clients

General Medical Council

Professional Standard Authority

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Financial Conduct Authority

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Student Fitness to Practice

General Optical Council

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Taxation Disciplinary Board


Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the PSA in a range of statutory appeals it has conducted against decisions of healthcare regulators it considers to be insufficient for the protection of the public.
  • Acted for the SRA in several disciplinary matters.
  • Acting for the NMC (and its predecessors) for over 30 years, the team regularly audits and reviews the NMC’s early stage fitness to practise decisions.


National health and social care law firm Hempsons has 'an unparalleled reputation in professional discipline in the healthcare sector'. The highly-respected and growing national regulatory and crime team now comprises 23 specialist lawyers. In a major development, the firm merged with Eastwoods in January 2020, which heralded the arrivals of experienced partners Adam Smith and Surjit Dubb, as well as consultant Simon Eastwood and associate Stephen Hooper. The specialist team advises clients operating in the health and social care sectors, as well as those in the sports, police, fiduciaries and corporate executives spheres. London-based Chris Morris is the national regulatory and crime team head. In Manchester, Katherine Sheldrick is the northern regulatory and crime team head. Other experienced practitioners are healthcare expert Anne Ball and Tania Francis. In 2019, Hannah Stephenson made partner and Julie Hesketh joined from Ryan Solicitors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Morris; Katherine Sheldrick

Les références

Katheryn Sheldrick is a highly intelligent and committed lawyer. She knows GMC law and practice inside out. She is incredibly efficient and knowledgeable. She is a pleasure to work with. A blessing to any client.’

I found the level of commitment to client care at Hempsons to be quite exceptional. Both lawyers I have worked with were tireless in their determination to ensure a good result for their clients, and both are extremely knowledgeable of their fields. I also think they have handled the COVID crisis admirably – I have not noticed any downturn. In fact, they seem to be going above and beyond in these difficult circumstances.’

Hempsons is one of the first tier firms acting on behalf of doctors, pharmacists and NHS Trusts before Medical Practitioners Tribunal Services and the General Pharmaceutical Council. They are true experts in medical crime and Inquests and have a team of highly experienced practitioners. The service they provide to clients is literally second to none. They are highly competent and experienced in their specialist areas. In addition, they are in my experience extremely efficient and likeable. I have worked with all of the team over many years, with partners and senior associates from both the London and Manchester offices and I have recommended them without hesitation to any doctor who requires specialised advice.’

Kathryn Sheldrick: Partner. Genuinely one of the most empathetic solicitors I know when dealing with clients…even when the client doesn’t deserve it.

Incredibly well prepared. Very knowledgeable on the procedure and tribunal rules.’

The recent merger between Eastwoods and Hempsons has further strengthened the combined team’s ability to provide an expert service in the professional discipline sphere. Hempsons already had a strong professional discipline team but the addition of the Eastwood’s team in very significant as it brings in a specialist team with depth and length of experience. It is also particularly important that the team also practice in the allied spheres of crime, inquests and clinical negligence as they are often interlinked.

Simon Eastwood – the doyen of the professional discipline world. Simon has long been known as one of the most experienced practitioners in this field. He built up Eastwoods to become the premier niche firm before merging with Hempsons. Completely dedicated to his clients. Surjit Dubb – partner in London. Very experienced, always prepared to go the extra mile for his client. Stephen Hooper – senior associate and fast-rising star in this field as well as crime and clinical negligence. Highly intelligent with excellent judgment, a very good advocate in his own right.’

Utterly professional, incisive judgment identifying the relevant issues and the evidence needed to reach the correct solution. Client care is foremost but with an ability to give firm advice however difficult. Papers are meticulously prepared, showing a good understanding of the case, identifying key points and those matters upon which advice is sought. They are equally strong on medical and dental matters in particular.’

Principaux clients

Medical Defence Union

NHS England

Dental Defence Union


UK Haemophilia Centres Doctors Organisation (UKHCDO)

Principaux dossiers

  • Represents UKHCDO, a core participant in the Infected Blood Inquiry; UKHCDO is named in the Terms of Reference as it is an association of doctors treating patients in haemophilia centres in the UK.
  • Represented a doctor throughout his GMC investigation.
  • Acted for an individual in an application for judicial review, following a GDC Professional Conduct Committee’s decision not to permit submissions on misconduct to be considered as part of a no case to answer application at half time.

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP's 'professional discipline practice translates complex legal matters into simple, productive English'. It covers the education, healthcare, finance, and professional and legal service sectors. Clients benefit from the group's ability to work with members of the firm's highly rated criminal, dispute resolution and public law departments. Nicola Hill, who heads up the regulatory team, advises many of the statutory healthcare, professional services and educational sector regulators. Iain Miller's clients include some of the largest law firms in the world, as well as almost all the legal service regulators in England and Wales. Melinka Berridge is the firm's lead partner for a number of the team’s regulatory clients. Also recommended is Julie Norris, who advises professionals and corporations in the legal, financial, professional and health sectors. Other key names to note are Julie Matheson, who leads the team’s financial regulatory practice, and Sarah Harris, who acts on behalf of a large number of healthcare regulators. Barrister Hannah Eales and Shannett Thompson are notable senior associates.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nicola Hill

Les références

Somewhere between boutique and a City powerhouse. Ideal choice for an individual facing life-changing disciplinary proceedings in just about any sector.’

Client management is good, they are open to discussion and deal with concerns swiftly and appropriately. Client contact meetings provide opportunities for relevant feedback and discussion.

The senior team have a wealth of experience and expertise and the whole team structure provides a depth of knowledge.’

Kingsley Napley combine senior lawyers with detailed knowledge and experience of acting for regulated professionals, with other senior lawyers who have been heavily involved in advising the regulator, often on strategic issues. They also have considerable strength in depth, and across many regulated sectors.

Iain Miller – hugely experienced, solicitor of choice for advising the legal regulators (SRA and BSB etc.) and other regulators. Very good judgment, unflappable and very bright.

Julie Norris – very tenacious at defending professionals, good and reassuring client manner.’

Julie Norris – the highest accolade I could give Julie is that I would recommend her to a friend or family member in trouble. She is the consummate professional, intelligent, calm ‘under fire’ and very hardworking. A very safe pair of hands. Julie Matheson – I work with Julie on highly complex regulatory hearing involving actuaries. Julie in an expert in financial services work and another excellent professional Shannett Thompson – KN’s diversity champion and yet another of KN’s range of fantastic practitioners.’

Nicola Hill is committed to taking to understand our needs as a client and where she can add value. She has a genuine commitment and investment in our success as an organization and had built an effective collaborative relationship. She and her team are dependable and responsive to changes in requirements but ensuring a close eye is kept on achieving a high-quality outcome.’

Principaux clients

Architects Registration Board

Health and Care Professions Council

Health and Care Professions Council

Astana International Financial Centre

Principaux dossiers

  • Instructed by Architects Registration Board to investigate and present an allegation of unacceptable professional conduct against an architect.
  • Prosecuted a social worker for allegations of sexual touching of colleagues.
  • Instructed by Health and Care Professions Council to investigate and present an allegation of impairment involving a paramedic, which was further to the death of a child outside a school.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP

RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP has 'the team to match or attempt to beat in the professional discipline space'. The practice fields specialists in matters concerning corporate regulation, compliance and investigations, healthcare professionals, solicitors and legal services regulation, and police disciplinary and regulatory issues. Its practitioners also have a strong track record acting as advocates at interim hearings of the General Medical Council (GMC) and General Dental Council (GDC), as well as at Performers List hearings, coroner inquests, and hearings before the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). Sam Flew is the head of the healthcare professionals team. Another name to note is Nigel West , who is the commercial litigation and solicitors regulation leader. Susanna Heley acts for solicitors, partners and employees in professional disciplinary matters. Also recommended are Stewart Duffy, who is a specialist in regulatory and disciplinary matters involving doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. Leeds-based Tom Nutter has experience of acting for police officers. Consultants Alex Leslie and Linda Lee (a past president of the Law Society of England and Wales) are other key names.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sam Flew; Nigel West; Tom Nutter

Les références

I think this is the team to match or attempt to beat in the PD area of work. They are well known, well respected and trusted. They have a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge of the law and regulators.’

Nigel West & Susanna Heley stand out. They have an excellent knowledge of the relevant law.’

RLB have unparalleled experience in the field of healthcare disciplinary work on behalf of the practitioner. The team’s work is predominantly on behalf of doctors and dentists. They have been doing this work for as long, if not longer, than anyone.’

Probably the most established team in the market. A good blend of experience and youth. Always approachable, good effective judgment and common sense. All are very good at open discussion of issues and problems with the joint aim of reaching a common solution. They will instruct experts where necessary but are not afraid of saying one is not needed if that is so. They have excellent client care but will give firm advice, even if unpalatable. The best interests of the client are always paramount.’

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for a number of the leading public and third sector regulatory bodies in the UK. The practice assists the Teaching Regulation Agency on a high-volume basis, and regularly assists NHS England with regulatory matters concerning the Performers Lists. It also has specialist expertise in High Court disciplinary matters, including appeals arising from fitness to practise decisions of the health and social care regulators. In addition, the firm handles judicial review challenges to the exercise of disciplinary functions. Nottingham-based Fiona Butler has a broad professional disciplinary practice spanning the education, healthcare, construction and surveying industries. Ros Foster in London was recently instructed by local authorities to conduct disciplinary and similar investigations against senior officers and members. Also key to the national group are Ben Bentley, and senior associates Samantha Paxman and Louisa Atkin.

Responsables de la pratique:

Fiona Butler; Ros Foster

Autres avocats clés:

Ben Bentley; Samantha Paxman; Louisa Atkin

Principaux clients

The Teaching Regulation Agency

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

NHS England

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The Chartered Institute of Building

The Care Quality Commission

Qualifications Wales

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care in 15 cases in 2019, which involved all the principal healthcare regulators.
  • Defending judicial review proceedings brought by the Good Thinking Society in relation to the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care’s decision to renew the Society of Homeopaths accreditation in 2019.
  • Exclusive conduct of all outsourced disciplinary investigations of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) since May 2015.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's 'deeply expert team' has longstanding experience of handling a broad range of professional disciplinary and regulatory work in tandem with the firm's professional liability defence work. The practice focuses on the defence of professionals, and its expertise covers the medical and healthcare, legal, accountancy, property, insurance and financial services sectors. Claire Petts heads up the global healthcare practice. Fergal Cathie acts for clients in legal and financial services-related professional malpractice litigation, which often involve cross-border and professional conduct issues. Richard Harrison heads up the lawyers’ liability and regulatory group. Other key advisers are Sarah Clover, who has specialised in lawyers’ professional liability for nearly 30 years, and medical and care sector specialist Gemma Brannigan. At non-partner level, legal directors Sam Holden and Judith Duffin are also key figures, along with senior associates Jacques Howell, Michael Clark and Jonathan LawrenceNiya Phiri made partner in 2020.

Responsables de la pratique:

Fergal Cathie; Claire Petts

Les références

In combination with their professional liability practice, they have great strength in depth on professional matters as a whole.

Fergal Cathie is very experienced with regulatory investigations and gives practical and focussed advice. Sarah Clover is also hugely experienced and a pleasure to deal with.’

They are deeply experienced in the niche area of solicitors’ disciplinary. Fergal Cathie has good judgement and a calm and sympathetic manner. He has appeared in the most high profile matters.

Fergal’s experience and knowledge of the current regulatory trends. the team manages tribunal work smoothly and are appropriately challenging to clients.’

There are three standout members of the team: Gemma Brannigan – who joined the team from Capsticks. She has excellent judgement and knows how to get to the real issues in a difficult case. Her client care is also second to none. She is particularly strong in the inquest field and sits as a deputy coroner. Judith Duffin – is similarly strong in both the inquest and healthcare field. She is clever, sensible and highly experienced in these fields.’

My representative remembered all the fine details about me, my family and routine. They become part of that routine and even after it concluded they remained a good friend and colleague. When a case is over, the debrief can often be quite a lonely and questioning experience. I have been very grateful to be able to speak with someone who understands the personal challenges that can present themselves at work related to the responses of others towards the outcome.’

Principaux clients

Spire Healthcare


Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection Limited

Over 50 NHS Trusts

Premium Medical Protection

Berkshire Hathaway International Insurance




Principaux dossiers

  • Advising a magic circle law firm partner in respect of an SRA investigation and subsequent defence of a high- profile disciplinary prosecution in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
  • Instructed by the East Kent University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, following the death of a baby in hospital, to carry out an independent investigation into the care received.
  • Representing a consultant neurosurgeon, who faces serious allegations following an adverse clinical incident during complex neurosurgery on a child.


CMS' 'professional discipline and regulatory team undertakes a large amount of high-quality work; its years of experience and stable group of lawyers give it an unrivalled grip on cases'. It acts for both the prosecution and defence in professional disciplinary proceedings, including associated criminal proceedings and inquests. Manchester-based Rachel Cooper and Chris Horsefield in Sheffield jointly lead the professional discipline and regulatory team. Cooper leads advice to corporate clients on all aspects of regulation in the UK in the health, social care and education sectors. Horsefield regularly leads teams that defend doctors in professional disciplinary cases before the GMC, as well as assisting them with inquests. Notable support is provided by of counsel Yvonne Screene, senior associates Katie Clarke, Elizabeth-Anne Larsen and Nyree Bichard, as well as associate Natasha Ricioppo.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rachel Cooper; Chris Horsefield

Les références

Rachel Cooper provides brilliant leadership to her team. She has nurtured an extremely loyal and hard-working group of associates, who are always ready to put in the extra work when needed. She is brilliantly seconded by Katie Clarke and Natasha Ricioppo.’

A brilliant team led by the tireless Rachel Cooper. They set themselves apart from other top teams because they are so forward-looking and innovative. The team has a great mix of skills and really complement each other.

Rachel Cooper is tireless and a really hands-on partner. Produces excellent work but really sets herself apart with her innovation, her client management and her business insights. She was previously in business and merges excellent legal skills with great business acumen – simply put, she is brilliant. Katie Henderson keeps the machine working perfectly. Fantastically efficient and with excellent judgment. Often all I have to do is agree with her proposals and comments because they are always spot on. Natasha Ricciopo – A rising star in the team.’

There are no weak players in this team. Chris Horsefield and Rachel Cooper have put together a crack squad, any of whom can be trusted with the most difficult client.

Chris Horsefield’s relaxed manner belies a fine legal brain. Rachel Cooper is a major player in this field. Katie Clarke represents the most difficult doctors with great aplomb.’

The Professional Discipline team at CMS have the benefit of many many years experience. This, coupled with the fact that some of the team’s members have worked for the regulators creates an unrivalled pool of knowledge.

I have worked very closely with Rachel Cooper and Katie Clarke both of whom are phenomenally hard-working and tactically astute.’

The team now undertakes a large amount of high-quality professional discipline work. It’s years of experience and a stable group of lawyers gives it an unrivalled grip on cases.’

Principaux clients

Medical Defence Union

General Optical Council

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Medical Protection Society

General Pharmaceutical Council




Outcomes First Group (the National Fostering Agency)

Principaux dossiers

  • Instructed by The Medical Defence Union (two medical practitioners) to represent two medical practitioners in an independent inquiry and associated GMC proceedings.
  • Assisted Dr J in relation to allegations involving a child patient and failures to take an appropriate history, assess and examine the patient, and maintain an adequate record.
  • Instructed by the General Optical Council to prosecute a registrant dispensing optician, who was accused of abusing his position by sexually harassing a junior colleague.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Acting for both regulators and defendants, DAC Beachcroft LLP's 'professional and high-quality team communicates complex situations in accessible ways, and always pursues the best result for the client'. It focuses on financial services, healthcare, public law and local government. Also notable is that the firm has experienced a growing range of professional discipline instructions from commercial insurers in relation to professional indemnity cases. Stephen Hocking specialises in professional discipline in financial services, particularly in the public sector. Christopher Briggs represents medical practitioners in GMC disciplinary and regulatory proceedings. Richard Highley acts for directors and officers (in the accountancy and financial services sectors) in high-profile Financial Reporting Council cases. Other experienced practitioners are Rosalind Ashcroft, Clare Hughes-WilliamsDaniel Preddy and Catrin Davies, while associate-level support is provided by Christian CarrLouise Wiltshire made partner in 2019.

Les références

A very dedicated team who provide timely and accurate advice to their clients. Cases are well-prepared for counsel.

Christian Carr is extremely approachable, calm and focussed. He inspires confidence in his clients.’

Professional, slick, and high quality throughout. They are able to clearly communicate complex situations in accessible ways, and remain mindful of commercial interests on insured claims. They always pursue the best result for the customer.’

I have found that the DAC Beachcroft LLP and its team members are professional, prompt and they have attention details. I have found them engaged and caring.

Mr Carr and his team have been very efficient and supportive. The whole process can be stressful and the same time you have to keep up with the deadlines of preparation, submission. Mr Carr has always been prompt and easy to be contacted when necessary. They are fully aware and what stands out most that he has that emotional intelligence that makes a huge difference.’

Principaux clients

Medical Defence Union

Arag PLC

New Line

XL Catlin



Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Focusing on complex, high-profile and sensitive matters, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's considerable professional disciplinary work complements its substantial administrative law, human rights and disputes practices. The group acts for leading professional bodies, as well as firms and individuals involved in disciplinary proceedings. The majority of the team's recent work was in the financial, accountancy and legal sectors. Practice head Andrew Lidbetter is experienced in prosecuting and defending in disciplinary cases, as well as handling judicial reviews. Nusrat Zar acts for accountancy regulators. Of counsel Jasveer Randhawa has considerable experience of handling public and administrative law disputes, including disciplinary proceedings.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Lidbetter

Les références

Strong FS team. Unique attraction is strength of regulatory/public law crossover.

Principaux clients

Roger Jenkins, a former senior employee of Barclays Bank


Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for a large accountancy firm in relation to a disciplinary investigation conducted by the Financial Reporting Council, which relates to its conduct as auditor to a large public company.
  • Acting for a national UK law firm in connection with the activities of its former solicitor, which may have involved inappropriate application of clients’ trust property.

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP's 'team has been at the forefront of professional discipline for at least the last two decades'. It acts for a mix of professional and regulatory bodies, regulated businesses and individuals. The work spans a wide range of regulated professions, including solicitors, barristers, healthcare professionals, architects, accountants, financial services professionals, charity trustees and teachers. Clients benefit from the team's ability to work with the firm's highly rated criminal law group in matters where professionals are accused of criminal offences. Senior partner John Gould has particular expertise in regulation and public law. Matt Bosworth is consistently retained by regulatory bodies, as well as individual members of professions. Michael Stacey, who made partner in 2019, specialises in regulatory advice and litigation, particularly in relation to legal services, architects, accountants and charity trustees. Also highly regarded is senior associate Andrew Pavlovic, who has substantial experience of professional discipline matters, having assisted the SRA in reported cases.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Gould; Matt Bosworth

Autres avocats clés:

Michael Stacey; Andrew Pavlovic

Principaux clients

The Law Society of England and Wales

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Architects Registration Board

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Dr Zakir Naik

Soldo Financial Services Limited

Lidl Great Britain (GB) Limited

Farriers Registration Council

Taxation Disciplinary Board

The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

General Dental Council

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Architects Registration Board (ARB) in an appeal against a disciplinary decision.
  • Assisted British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) with its professional conduct procedure and disciplinary cases.
  • Acting for a charity trustee in an appeal against his disqualification as a trustee for a 15-year period.

Weightmans LLP

Consistently instructed by medical defence bodies and other medical insurers, Weightmans LLP has a significant reputation in healthcare-related regulatory and disciplinary issues. The team is highly regarded for complex cases before the GMC and GDC, as well as regulatory proceedings before other health and social care regulators, and has considerable experience in medical crime. Representative matters include NHS Performers’ List and Health Service Ombudsman work, including at appellate level. It also stands out for being one of the few firms that conducts significant barrister conduct work. James Rowley is the medical defence team lead. Richard Jolly is the firm's national sector lead for health. Emlyn Williams handles healthcare-related conduct and disciplinary issues. Also key to the department are London office head Tim Lang, solicitors’ indemnity claim expert Mickaela Fox, and Robert Crossingham, who mostly acts for professional indemnity insurers. Former partner Simon Turner left the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Rowley

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted on behalf of a dentist before the GDC, in respect of allegations that he failed to provide an adequate standard of care to a patient.
  • Represented a senior consultant surgeon in relation to GMC fitness to practise proceedings, which raised allegations of misconduct and deficient clinical care.
  • Acted on behalf of a registered chiropractor in proceedings before the General Chiropractic Council, following receipt of allegations that she failed to provide an adequate standard of care to a patient.

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP provides 'a first-class service, is very responsive to clients' needs and always delivers'. The practice stands out for its expertise in the interplay between professional discipline and the potential prosecution of criminal allegations. It is also strong in judicial reviews of regulators' conduct and decisions, injunctive relief against employers and regulators, employment tribunal proceedings and disciplinary proceedings before regulators. Elizabeth McGlone heads up the professional discipline department alongside the employment group. Katie Wheatley leads the firm’s crime, fraud and regulatory team. Other notable figures are John Halford, Kate Goold and Jamie Potter, as well as associate Sheetul Sowdagur.

Responsables de la pratique:

Elizabeth McGlone

Les références

Bindmans is invariably a pleasure to work with. It attracts interesting clients and cases and gives a top class service. The lawyers are brilliant.

I have worked with Jamie Potter and Elizabeth McGlone. Both are extremely good solicitors – client-focused, strategic, legally very knowledgeable and hugely committed to their work.’

Bindmans have been at the forefront of creative lawyers for many years. They are a stylish progressive firm with interesting and cutting edge cases.

Sheetul Sowdagur is excellent in professional discipline and I have worked alongside and obtained excellent results. I would commend any lawyers in their employment team as high performers. Elizabeth McGlone is particularly impressive.’

A strong socially-minded culture and advice which is both professional and practical with a sensible cost structure.

John Halford: very professional, strong ethical sense and very pleasant to work with.’

First-class service, very responsive to clients needs, diligent and always delivers with great teamwork.’

Principaux clients

Christopher Williamson

Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt

The Association of Child Psychotherapists

Good Thinking Society

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Christopher Williamson (former MP for Derby North) in respect of his suspension from the Labour Party for allegedly bringing the party into disrepute.
  • Acted for Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, who was subject to disciplinary proceedings by the Labour Party for alleged anti-Semitism.
  • Acted for the Good Thinking Society in its judicial review of the Professional Standards Authority’s 2019 decision to accredit the Society of Homeopaths as an Accredited Voluntary Register of health service professionals.

Blackfords LLP

Noted for its focus on the health and social care sectors, Blackfords LLP's 'work standard is outstanding'. The practice represents clients at hearings before the GMC, GDC, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Social Work England, and Health and Care Professions Council. It also has considerable expertise in representing serving police and MoD police personnel in misconduct proceedings. Another area of note is acting for solicitors in SRA investigations, while a growing practice area is the representation of football professionals, who face historic sexual abuse allegations. Gary Rubin leads the regulatory team, which includes Trevor Francis, Gary Bloxsome, director Philip Williams and solicitor advocate Jennifer Richardson.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gary Rubin

Les références

Very knowledgeable and good attention to detail

Blackfords can always be relied on to provide a top-tier professional service from cradle to grave. They have particular experience in representing medical professionals. Their long track record of successes (including successes against the odds) is testament to their conspicuous skill in this specialist area. Their specialism in this niche area makes them stand out above the rest.

Jennifer Richardson is a star. She is my first choice whenever I am asked to recommend a litigator in this specialist area. Her legal knowledge is second to none. She combines that with excellent judgement. That winning combination ensures that she always adopts the best possible strategy, tailored to the particular case, to secure the most advantageous result for the client. She is realistic but robust. She is absolutely dedicated to each case, however big or small. I have seen her on many occasions interact with clients – including very demanding clients; her approachable but professional manner never fails to instil confidence.’

The Cardiff office operates with a very smooth team indeed.

Philip Williams understands strategy in a way which gives clout and weight to every decision made. He applies resources to cases when they require it in a way which gives a direct benefit to clients.

I would say that the unique aspect of Blackfords in this field is the extent to which the partner, Gary Rubin, takes an active part in guiding and assisting the whole team. It gives the practice team the feel of a barristers’ chambers; in the sense that you feel like you are really drawing on collective knowledge and experience that is being properly shared to provide excellent service. This is of course accentuated by the huge experience that Gary Rubin brings.

As set out above, Gary Rubin is the stand out partner. In terms of associates, Jennifer Richardson has impressed me with the speed at which she has progressed in this area and the level-headed and realistic approach she takes brings to cases. Gulcan Olurcan is also conscientious and thoughtful in relation to her cases, allowing her good judgment to show through.’

Gary Rubin, good to work with, knowledgeable and efficient in relation to professional discipline work.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing a nurse in relation to a Nursing and Midwifery Council referral, which arose from the death of a resident in a care home following a choking incident.
  • Acting for a dietitian, who was referred to the Health and Care Professions Council in relation to a number of fitness to practise concerns.
  • Successfully representing two police officers in misconduct proceedings.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's healthcare practice covers fitness to practise proceedings (particularly before the General Pharmaceutical Council), NHS tribunal hearings and judicial reviews. Within sport, the practice acts for sporting governing bodies, major clubs and elite athletes, and is considered a 'world leader in horseracing and other sports regulations, with a real talent for knowing the in-house problems that a sports regulator faces'. Noel Wardle in Guildford is a pharmacy law expert. London-based practitioner Edward Craig has niche expertise in equine matters. Also recommended is legal director Rachel Warren, who frequently appears before the Fitness to Practise Panels of the GPC, GMC, and NHS Performance and Fitness to Practise Committees.

Responsables de la pratique:

Noel Wardle

Autres avocats clés:

Edward Craig; Rachel Warren

Les références

The regulatory team has a very strong presence in pharmacy law, including NHS regulation GPhC Inquests and regulatory crime. They have an increasing presence in other areas of regulation such as the medical profession. The team is considered the premier firm for pharmacy regulation in the UK.

Rachel Warren is a very strong communicator who is very astute tactically. She is not afraid to give strong advice when necessary and clients really feel that she is on their side. She is an absolute joy to work with and has an extremely helpful and collaborative approach with counsel. Noel Wardle has an encyclopaedic knowledge of pharmacy law.’

Extensive experience and an excellent understanding of the context of professional practice of those clients they represent. From my experience, their insight into the practice of professionals is at a higher level than other firms I have had experience of. This helps with questioning, and in addition, better prepares clients for proceedings.

Calm, insightful, knowledgeable on law, procedure and professional contexts. Personal approach.’

The team are highly sympathetic to business needs while offering expert and very relevant advice. They are experts in their field and inspire confidence at every turn.

I work regularly with Rachel Warren who I value for effectively resolving problems while focussing on the end result. Her advice is pragmatic and directional while bearing in mind client needs.’

The best pharmacy lawyers around. Complete understanding of the sector to be able to provide maximum support to our members and insureds

Noel Wardle and Rachel Warren are both excellent lawyers who know pharmacy inside out in order to deliver expert advice and support to our members and insureds.’

Principaux clients

Greyhound Board of Great Britain

Ascot Racecourse Limited

National Pharmacy Association

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for a pharmacist facing fitness to practise proceedings before the General Pharmaceutical Council.
  • Successfully defended a doctor against an interim suspension order application.
  • Representing a governing body in relation to a physical attack on a trainer at one of its sporting venues.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's team is 'prompt and responsive to queries, and builds trust from the beginning'. It is best known for its advice to regulated professionals in the financial services, medical, healthcare, legal, and accountancy sectors. In addition, other areas of activity include police and law enforcement, actuaries, osteopaths and education. Clients benefit from the team's ability to assist with criminal, regulatory, employment and public law issues, as well as professional disciplinary matters. Shah Qureshi heads the London employment and professional discipline team. Barrister and senior associate Craig Weston focuses on senior financial services and medical professionals.

Responsables de la pratique:

Shah Qureshi

Autres avocats clés:

Craig Weston; Tina Lakhani

Les références

The team are always available to speak to and attract a very high level of client. Hard workers under the leadership of Paul Haycock, they are also very well respected.’

The team, run by Paul Haycock, has a friendly, calm and reassuring approach, which belies their steely resolve to get the best result for their clients. Preparation is the key with no stone being left unturned.’

The team were prompt and responsive to queries. The team were honest. That built trust from the beginning. The team were efficient in the manner in which they worked. The team were professional, but with a personal touch, which meant a lot to me – something that is truly unique!’

The team at Irwin Mitchell are able to draw upon a great deal of experience in complex criminal and regulatory cases involving large amounts of evidence, often technical and expert evidence. They are conspicuously thorough in their preparation.’

Principaux clients

Mohamed Al-Obaidi

Hanif Motiwala

Omer Karim

Terry Farr

Head of Futures Trading at an Australian bank


Wealth Planners


Chief Risk Officer and Actuary

Principaux dossiers

  • Won an injunction, which allowed a senior cardiologist to return to work.
  • Acted for a surgeon in issuing proceedings against his regulator for direct discrimination on the grounds of race and religion.
  • Acted in an investigation by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries into a chief actuary and risk officer of a London re-insurer, which arose from a colleague’s whistleblowing.

Murdochs Solicitors

Murdochs Solicitors' team is 'excellent in both the law and applying its knowledge'. The practice focuses almost exclusively on defending solicitors and other legal professionals facing regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings. Practice head and senior director Andrew Blatt specialises in SRA investigations, SDT proceedings and complex partnership disputes involving alleged misconduct. Director Nicholas Trevette regularly appears as an advocate at the SDT. Also recommended is senior consultant solicitor Robert Forman, who handles the firm’s retainers with large law firms and complex investigations.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Blatt

Autres avocats clés:

Nicholas Trevette; Robert Forman

Les références

The team are approachable and excellent in not only the law but also in applying their knowledge. I initially had dealings with Andrew Blatt and Robert Forman. The partner who has had conduct of my case is Nick Trevette. On initially contacting Murdochs, it became apparent that this firm is different in that they demonstrated a willingness to spend some time listening to my case without first insisting on taking funds on account. In short the unique factor was their compassion.

It was also apparent very quickly that they are experienced, really know their field and are experts.’

The team are totally dedicated and their service is second to none. They provide excellent value for money.

Nick Trevette is a leader in his field and achieves excellent outcomes in an expeditious fashion.’

They are interested in you as individuals, as that in reality is what gives the firm its credence and respect.

Robert Forman Understands me, how I work, my fears and how to take those feelings into creating a positive plan.’

This is an entirely specialist team. They have different skills which cover the whole spectrum of regulatory & disciplinary advice particularly in relation to solicitors. They are in my view leaders in this field.

Nick Trevette is proactive enthusiastic & has an excellent manner with clients who appreciate his style. Andrew Blatt is expert in advising firms under threat of intervention. Robert Forman has impressive legal knowledge & is very adept at matters of detail.’

Stephensons Solicitors LLP

Stephensons Solicitors LLP has a dedicated defence practice that works across the accountancy, healthcare, education, financial services and legal services sectors. Its experience includes cases involving dishonesty, sexual misconduct and mental health issues. In addition, the practice is also known for handling professional regulation issues such as financial misconduct, practising without appropriate registration, serious breaches of professional standards, breaches of money laundering regulations and criminal convictions. Carl Johnson is the head of the regulatory department, which includes recently promoted partner Laura Hannah. She specialises in professional discipline and health and social care regulation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Carl Johnson

Autres avocats clés:

Laura Hannah

Brett Wilson LLP

Brett Wilson LLP's 'dedicated professional discipline department' focuses on regulatory investigations in the legal and medical professions. It frequently makes successful representations at the case-examiner stage of investigations, and its lawyers are additionally experienced in criminal proceedings that run parallel to disciplinary proceedings. Nick Brett and solicitor Alistair Parker are the principal contacts.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nick Brett

Autres avocats clés:

Alistair Parker

Les références

A firm that offers unmatchable service and value for clients. The broad sphere of work they cover is complimented throughout their work.

Nick Brett has instructed chambers for many years now, and is someone that members fight to be instructed by. the calibre of work and detail in his preparation is fantastic.’

Dedicated professional discipline set up.

Nick Brett is dedicated and relentless in pursuit of his client’s interests. Brilliant.’

Alistair Parker is an extremely good solicitor. He is hard-working and has excellent judgment. He can deal with all aspects of disciplinary and regulatory law.’

Principaux clients

Ryan Beckwith

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP partner Ryan Beckwith in relation to allegations involving breaching integrity and public confidence principles, because of alleged sexual misconduct with a junior colleague.


DWF has 'a niche market in representing professional discipline clients who are either privately funded or covered by insurance companies other than the MDU or MPS'. The firm defends professionals across the medical, legal, actuarial, accountancy and financial services professions. Richard Burger defends accountants and insolvency practitioners in investigations. Tracy Sell-Peters acts for doctors and other healthcare practitioners.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tracy Sell-Peters; Richard Burger

Les références

Richard Burger is the solicitor I would go to if I were in trouble. He is intelligent, charming, hardworking and generous with his time. His leadership of the team in itself is recommendation enough for DWF’s professional discipline practice. Although with a lower profile than some other firm, I know their pricing is competitive compared to other City firms yet the service – thanks to RB – is second to none.’

Richard Burger has a wealth of experience in professional discipline. He is also extremely hard-working, with nothing too much trouble for him. He good judgment and good client-facing skills.’

DWF has a niche market in representing professional discipline clients who are either privately funded or covered by insurance companies other than the MDU or MPS. Tracey Sell-Peters has done wonders in building up and impressive team in London to represent clients across the professional discipline field. Another strength is their nationwide reach and expertise in other sectors which enables a comprehensive client service.

Tracey Sell Peters – Tracy is the team partner in London. She is outstandingly supportive to her team, her clients and to barristers. She always goes the extra mile for her clients.’

Richard Burger is known for having a good grasp of this area of work and is very capable.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for one of the top consultant vascular surgeons in the country in a referral to the GMC, which concerned a cosmetic facial sclerotherapy procedure carried out on a patient.
  • Successfully defended a senior spinal surgeon in full GMC fitness to practice proceedings, where the allegations included attempted bribery of a patient, as well as allegations relating to her clinical competence.

Gordons Partnership LLP

Gordons Partnership LLP's 'highly professional' healthcare regulatory department is led by experienced partner Richard Creamer. The team acts for doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals in fitness to practise investigations, appeals and judicial review proceedings. Charles Atkins and Iain Pickering are names to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Creamer; Charles Atkins; Iain Pickering

Les références

The team is highly professional, extremely well organised and calm under pressure.

In-depth knowledge of the law coupled with an in-depth knowledge of dentistry’s clinical setting.

Richard Creamer is great for availability and legal knowledge, and never allows the client to be bullied.

Richard Creamer and Charles Atkins provide a strong and efficient depth of experience; combined with their quality and amiability, this helps us immensely.

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for a pharmacist in relation to dishonesty offences.

Hickman & Rose

Hickman & Rose's practice is led by 'formidable partnerAndrew Katzen, who works closely with associate and financial services expert Claire Wallace.  Most of the team's cases come before the SRA, GMC, Care Quality Commission and financial regulators, and often involve acting for individuals who are already represented by the firm in matters involving criminal allegations.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Katzen

Les références

Wonderful firm to represent defendants, especially in cases involving allegations of criminal wrongdoing. The firm is able to put together a very competent team in short timescales.’

At very short notice the team at Hickman Rose read a complex brief, interviewed me and my colleagues, and gained an impressive understanding of the CMA.

Andrew Katzen (Partner) was very quick to understand a complex brief, very quick in response to all communications, very engaged in preparing a forceful response to the CMA, very proactive in supporting the company to obtain insurance cover for costs, very helpful in supporting the client in a potentially stressful situation; very ethical in reducing activity (and cost) when appropriate.’

The Hickman & Rose team is partner-led. This ensures that the client has immediate access to genuine experts at the most critical point in their case – usually immediately upon the issue being identified and when initial reactions and responses set the tone and direction of the future strategy. The team offers practical and pragmatic advice – it doesn’t just offer a dry recitation of the law; it advises on how people should deal with particular circumstances they are facing.

The partners are all very experienced, very practical and very hard-working. They are available round the clock (or will ensure that someone in the team is) and can call upon years of experience to guide individuals through what I often a new and frightening experience. Ross Dixon is the managing partner but still very client-focused. His wealth of experience inspires confidence. Particularly skilled at dealing with high profile and high-value white-collar crime. Ben Rose is one of the two founding partners and has a huge reputation for work concerning serious criminal behaviour. Andrew Katzen is a very experienced partner with a specialises in all forms of regulatory work and investigations, and the link between those areas and criminal law.’

Along with their criminal and inquest work, Hickman & Rose also have considerable experience in relation to professional discipline. They have a great team, with great judgment and they bring their top-level representation to every case.

Andrew Katzen is the go-to man for this work at Hickman & Rose.’

From the perspective of the company employer, Hickman & Rose were a dream to deal with. Sympathetic, fast and effective. They quickly grasped the issues and the sensitivities, and dealt with it with tact and discretion.

Principaux clients

Stephen Chamberlain

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for an extremely senior businessman in relation to an FRC action, which stemmed from an $8.8bn deal and involves a vast amount of data and complex accounting issues.

Howard Kennedy LLP

Solicitors disciplinary work is a particular growth area at Howard Kennedy LLP, whose 'excellent and very knowledgeable team' receives a considerable number of referrals from other solicitors and law firms, including magic circle practices. It also acts for senior accountants, and barristers and chambers. The key practitioners are Ian Ryan, Joel Leigh and senior associate John Martyn.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ian Ryan

Autres avocats clés:

Joel Leigh; John Martyn

Les références

A small team with strong solicitors across the board, all have a good eye for detail and are able to provide counsel with a high level of support and input. They are representing the fourth respondent in the Gary Senior / Baker McKenzie case, one of the biggest cases before the SDT.

Ian Ryan has a wealth of experience in SRA matters, having previously acted for them and now acting regularly defending. He knows the key players who appear regularly before the Tribunal and how to negotiate with the SRA.’

Very good professional discipline department with particular experience in solicitors disciplinary tribunal. they defended in the Baker McKenzie case.

Department brilliantly run by Ian Ryan, who is hugely experienced in this field. He’s a very good tactician and the clients love him.’

This team is excellent, clearly very knowledgeable and I have great confidence in them. They really live up to the term “trusted advisers”.

Joel Leigh is a good disciplinary lawyer and overall an excellent solicitor.’

Principaux clients

Martin Blackburn

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Martin Blackburn (the previous HR director of Baker McKenzie) in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, in relation to allegedly being involved in an improper internal investigation into former managing partner, Gary Senior.
  • Representing a partner at a magic circle law firm in a Me Too-related internal investigation.
  • Acting for a partner at a magic circle law firm, who is facing serious allegations of sexual misconduct.

Keoghs LLP

Keoghs LLP's practitioners, who are 'reliably on top of their cases', represent veterinary surgeons and nurses, farriers, doctors, nurses, opticians and other healthcare professionals in professional discipline matters. Ruth Lawrence is the national professional and financial risks head, Sarah Naylor leads the veterinary defence team, while Sian Davies is healthcare leader. Other experienced practitioners are Jason Howarth, Jonathan Anslow and senior associate Graham Taylor.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ruth Lawrence; Sian Davies

Les références

Reliably on top of their cases. Succinct and apt letters, no costs are wasted. This is a well oiled machine in action.

Ruth Lawrence is an exceptional lawyer. She is unflappable and tireless. She handles her client relationships and her enormous workload with ease borne of years of experience. She brings a calm, cool head to any situation.’

Principaux clients

Veterinary Defence Society Ltd



Legal Risk LLP

Legal Risk LLP represents law firms and individual solicitors (including US lawyers) when they face investigations or disciplinary actions from the SRA or the SDT. Frank Maher acts for major US, European, Australian, Asian and UK 100 law firms, as well as their insurers and members of other professions. The other names to note are Sue Mawdsley and Francis Dingwall.

Responsables de la pratique:

Frank Maher; Sue Mawdsley; Francis Dingwall


McCormicks stands out for its strong reputation in football-related disciplinary matters. In addition, the practice also acts in SRA investigations and SDT defence matters. Peter McCormick OBE is the head of the sports and media and entertainment practice. Peter Minnikin acts for medical practitioners, physiotherapists and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. Another key individual is Philip Edmondson, who leads the litigation services team. Senior associate Sara Morgan focuses on advising registered pharmacists.

Responsables de la pratique:

Philip Edmondson; Peter McCormick OBE; Sara Morgan

Autres avocats clés:

Peter Minnikin

Les références

Excellent technical knowledge and commercial experience.’

Principaux clients

National Pharmacy Association

The Premier League

Professional Game Match Officials Ltd

Leeds United FC

Sport Resolutions (UK)

Yorkshire Agricultural Society (including the Great Yorkshire Show)

Solicitors Indemnity Fund Ltd

Liverpool FC



Principaux dossiers

  • Represents solicitors and solicitor firms in investigations and prosecutions by the SRA.
  • Acting for the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) in professional investigations, disciplinary proceedings and criminal prosecutions.
  • Acting for the Premier League in a number of professional disciplinary matters.

Richard Nelson LLP

Richard Nelson LLP's 'absolutely outstanding team' has specialised in professional discipline since its inception in 2003. Senior partner Richard Nelson heads up the group. Another key figure is experienced partner Steve Roberts, who defends solicitors against SRA investigations and assists with SDT matters. Managing partner Marie Dancer leads a team that represents healthcare professionals, teachers and accountants before the regulatory bodies.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Nelson; Marie Dancer; Steve Roberts

Autres avocats clés:

Victoria Rees

Les références

In-depth knowledge of the law. Extremely experienced in the area. Close-knit team who work together to save ideas and resources.

Marie Dancer is an excellent leader. She encourages and inspires her team.’

The professional discipline team at Richard Nelson LLP is absolutely outstanding. They go the extra mile for every single client. Every case they work on is prepared with a meticulous eye to detail, and they quite deservedly get stellar results.

They work in a very collegiate way, within the firm and with counsel, which is incredibly effective. Superb team.

Marie Dancer manages to combine a fee-earning role with being the Managing Partner. She’s THE solicitor you’d recommend to any friend needing representation in the field of professional discipline. She’s cool, calm and collected; realistic and reassuring. She’s the safest pair of hands in this area.

Victoria Rees works incredibly hard for her clients. She takes so much time to understand her clients and to prepare exceptionally detailed witness statements and remediation bundles. Half the work is done for counsel before the hearing, because she is so thorough.’

The team work extremely well together. They are all extremely capable and experienced in their field. Work is prepared expeditiously and with care. Advice given to prospective clients is honest, pragmatic and realistic, the focus being to ensure that the client is given a reliable steer as to what costs may be incurred and the chances of the desired outcome being achieved. Instructions to counsel are detailed, comprehensive and considered reflecting the many years of experience that each team member has in their field.

I was particularly impressed by Mr Steve Roberts. His support, kindness and exceptional knowledge of regulatory law and procedure was impressive. He was extremely easy to work with, and his casual friendly manner, hides a razor-sharp mind. His legal analysis, advice and guidance is clear. He has a reassuring, positive, straightforward approach. I would recommend him without hesitation.’


RPC's team has 'great forensic ability, clarity of thought and focus'. It works closely alongside colleagues who defend negligence claims against professionals and assist with professional indemnity insurance coverage. The group's work covers legal services, accountants, healthcare and construction professionals. Legal director Graham Reid in London acts in disciplinary proceedings. Robert Morris is the key contact in Bristol.

Responsables de la pratique:

Graham Reid; Robert Morris

Les références

Great forensic ability, clarity of thought and focus. Excellent ability to see through “the chatter” to identify key issues.

Graham Reid is a good communicator, extremely thorough, extremely responsive, extremely knowledgeable and gives focussed effective advice and support. I could not have asked for more.’