How can we help?
We understand the impact that investigations and proceedings can have on our clients' everyday lives. This can go beyond issues of professional reputation and may cause real anxiety and distress. They may have a knock-on effect on your current practice or employment. We will manage your engagement with your regulator in order to obtain the best possible outcome for you and navigate a path through troubled waters.Members of chambers provide a comprehensive service assisting professionals with advice on their regulatory obligations from registration requirements, negotiations with the regulator and all stages of proceedings from interim orders to appeals.
We have substantial experience in acting for registrants of a wide range of regulatory bodies, including:
- The General Medical Council
- The Teaching Agency
- The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
- The Nursing and Midwifery Council
- The General Pharmaceutical Council
- The Health and Care Professions Council
- The Solicitors Regulation Authority
- The Financial Conduct Authority (formerly the FSA)
- The Football Association Disciplinary Tribunal
- The British Horseracing Authority
Junior members of chambers have taken secondments with regulatory authorities including HCPC, NMC and GDC which gives them a unique insight and sound footing in the practice area.
Advice on Current Legal Developments
Regulatory frameworks are changing with bewildering speed. Regulators seek to ensure that good practice permeates the professional environment. Recent developments include:
- The Health and Social Care Act - This Act establishes a new super-regulator, bringing together the Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission. In particular, practitioners should be aware that the Act introduces the civil standard of proof across all healthcare regulators;
- Extension of powers of the Crown Court - consultation following the Fraud Review proposes to amend the legislation governing the legal and financial services professions in order to give the Crown Court the same powers as the professions' regulatory bodies to prevent individuals from practising in these fields;
- The Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007 - in force from October 2008, this Act enables the OFT to prohibit a person from engaging in estate agency work in situations where it suspects fraud. This removes the restriction under the previous legislation that such an order could only be made following a conviction for fraud.
- Such changes require a better understanding of the role of the professional in the modern workplace. Chambers offers a bespoke continuing professional development service to better manage risk and preserve trust.
We are happy to offer a preliminary consultation without charge to those seeking to use our cost effective Public Access service. We understand that busy professionals may need to contact us outside normal business hours. We are contactable 24/7 for urgent advice and assistance and are able to arrange consultations at weekends and on weekday evenings.