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Professional discipline work encompasses the regulation of professions ranging from the medical to white-collar professional services before regulatory panels. Barristers in this area will often require criminal and public law skills, as an instruction may include elements of inquests, criminal proceedings and judicial reviews of the decisions of tribunals. The General Medical Council (GMC) has now been granted the power to appeal against Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) penalties (not unlike how the Attorney General can appeal β€˜unduly lenient’ criminal sentences); it is thought this will not only grow as a stream of work in the medical field but in other areas too, as other regulators become envious of this power. Barristers will typically only represent one side before a particular regulator’s panels, with it being perceived that taking defence work, for example, will lead to a barrister being blackballed from presentation briefs.

39 Essex Chambers is β€˜without question one of London’s top sets for professional discipline’. Members cover a range of regulatory work, acting for regulators and registrants, including in General Dental Council (GDC) and General Medical Council (GMC) hearings. Jenni Richards QC successfully represented a fertility clinic (against Alison Foster QC) in a Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Appeal Committee case regarding alleged failure to secure consent to egg collection.

At Blackstone Chambers, β€˜all the barristers are fantastic, as are the clerks’. In addition to being β€˜extremely strong in the general FCA advice field’, the set has particular expertise in defending regulators in judicial review proceedings. Thomas de la Mare QC represented members of the criminal Bar in R (Lumsdon) v Legal Services Board, a Supreme Court case regarding the planned Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates.

One Crown Office Row is β€˜a stable of excellent barristers with an academic approach, making it a go-to set for cerebrally trickier cases’. Symbiotically with its reputation for clinical negligence work, chambers frequently defends in medical regulatory cases. William Edis QC represented the appellant doctor in Michalak v GMC, in which the Court of Appeal found that claims for discrimination by regulators can be heard in the employment tribunal.

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is β€˜a go-to set for professional discipline’, in which Sir Robert Francis QC represented Dr Waney Squier, a consultant neuropathologist and expert in shaken baby syndrome, who was found to have provided dishonest expert evidence, in a case subject to media interest due to the number of murder convictions based on the theorised triad of symptoms.

β€˜The number-one choice for robust cross-examiners’, 2 Hare Court β€˜has in-depth knowledge due to its members’ wide-ranging experience before a range of regulators’. The β€˜charming barristers are loved by institutional clients’. Andrew Colman is acting in a case against a number of teachers implicated in the β€˜Trojan Horse’ imbroglio.

Fountain Court Chambers is β€˜unrivalled in terms of its expertise in solicitors’ regulation’, in part due its large workload acting for the SRA. The set is also recommended for financial services matters. A new recruit from Outer Temple Chambers, Richard Lissack QC is advising the former CFO of Autonomy on Financial Reporting Council (FRC) proceedings.

For some, QEB Hollis Whiteman has β€˜firmly established itself as a leading set in professional discipline work’. Its members typically act for regulators, including the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and GMC. Tom Kark QC and Alexandra Felix presented the case against Dr Waney Squier.

1 Chancery Lane has a particular reputation for defending claims brought against the police, from both officers and members of the public affected by police activity. Paul Stagg represented Sussex Police, which arrested a Metropolitan Police officer twice during employment tribunal proceedings.

2 Bedford Row is recommended for regulatory proceedings, and it also has a distinctive strength in defending optometrists. Ian Stern QC represented a police marksman acquitted of the murder of Azelle Rodney, who was shot dead in a β€œhard stop”.

4 New Square’s members often defend in white-collar regulatory matters involving the SRA and FRC. Ben Hubble QC represented a partner at an accountancy firm who was accused of incompetently creating a misleading audit.

5 Essex Court has a strong reputation for defending police forces in civil actions, as well as other police-related work such disciplinary matters, inquests and employment disputes. Recent instructions include representing David Crompton, the suspended chief constable of South Yorkshire Police, in the Hillsborough inquest.

23 Essex Street has β€˜a well-respected practice in this area’, with its members primarily but not exclusively appearing on the presenting side of medical cases. Christopher Hamlet represented the GMC in the first case regarding impairment due to lack of English language skills.

Charter Chambers has β€˜a team of advocates who are eloquent and uncompromising’, with a particular strength in Nursing and Midwifery Council regulation.

Old Square Chambers is β€˜a warm and capable set that thrives on a great balance of quality throughout’. Mark Sutton QC advised the British Medical Association (BMA) on responding to the GMC’s consultation into its disciplinary procedures.

Outer Temple Chambers’ members appear in medical and professional services regulatory cases, generally acting for registrants. Tim Nesbitt represented a solicitor who was struck off after misusing capital from a litigation funder.

Three Raymond Buildings’ police law practice generally defends officers. Ben Brandon is scheduled to represent three police officers accused of playing a role in the death of a man suffering from mental health problems in 2011.

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