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Led by the β€˜particularly insightful’ Clare Chapman from Manchester, the β€˜deservedly well-respected’ team at BLM has extensive experience representing healthcare clients before a range of regulators (including the General Medical Council, the General Dental Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council, and the Nursing and Midwifery Council) and benefits from a β€˜strong working relationship with professional defence organisations’. Notable clients include the Medical Protection Society (MPS), Abbey Legal Protection, and Dental Protection, as well as Boots UK, Vision Express, and Specsavers Optical Group. β€˜A force to be reckoned with’, Juliette Mellman-Jones provides β€˜excellent judgement and provides high-quality advice’; she acted for the MPS on the successful judicial review of the GMC’s attempt to conduct a review of an Investigation Committee’s decision. The firm also acted for the same client on the successful claim against the GMC under the Data Protection Act regarding the disclosure of expert reports in DB v General Medical Council. Other highlights for the team included representing the registrant in the appeal of an MPTS finding of no impairment by the GMC in the first exercise of its new power. Cardiff-based Jane Lang and the β€˜first-rate’ Rosie Shapiro in London are also recommended.

Bevan Brittan LLP acts for a range of regulators in disciplinary proceedings and litigation relating to governance issues and high-level policy. Key clients include the Bar Standards Board, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Architects Registration Board (ARB), and the Financial Reporting Council. Led by Adam Kendall, the team includes associate Genevieve Bushell, consultant Rosemary Rollason, and senior associate Amy Tschobotko. Recent work includes acting for the ARB in disciplinary proceedings against an architect charged with professional misconduct and dishonesty. The team also advised the Law Society in relation to proceedings against the SRA seeking to prevent disclosure of information following a freedom of information adjudication. Iain Miller joined Kingsley Napley LLP and Peter Steel left to establish a consultancy.

The β€˜professional, efficient, and effective’ team at Blake Morgan LLP delivers a β€˜tailored approach’ to clients spanning a range of sectors, including healthcare, legal, education, accountancy, and architecture. Growing into new sectors such as the regulation of the actuary profession and securing re-appointments to a number of panels this year, the team continues to act for a wide range of regulators, including the General Dental Council, NHS England, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the National College for Teaching and Leadership, and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. New clients include the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. The β€˜fabulous’ Bradley Albuery (who is β€˜undoubtedly a leader in the field’) heads the regulatory practice group from Eastleigh and Nick Leale leads the team in London, which includes associates Antonia Dowgray (β€˜accurate’, β€˜conscientious’ and deserving of a β€˜special mention’) and Guy Micklewright. Clare Strickland has left the firm to return to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and legal director Chris Williams joined from Russell-Cooke LLP.

Capsticks LLP’s β€˜client-focused, enormously impressive’ practice is praised for its β€˜significant regulatory expertise’ and β€˜substantial, reliable and pragmatic legal knowledge’. The team is known for its β€˜market-leading’ work in the healthcare sector, acting for regulators such as the General Dental Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council, and new client the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and was appointed sole adviser on the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s legal panel. Practice head John Witt (β€˜pragmatic, with a breadth and level of experience within professional regulation that is almost peerless’) acted on behalf of the Professional Standards Authority in its appeal against a decision made by the General Medical Council’s Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service concerning a doctor found in possession of child pornography; the Court agreed to an order for erasure. The β€˜personable’ and β€˜hugely experienced’ Mark Whiting acted for the GDC on a number of cases, including a case involving cross-infection control breaches from a dentist and dental nurse which resulted in the largest recall of patients in NHS history for the screening of blood borne viruses. Daniel Purcell represented the SRA in a case before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, concerning claims made by a solicitor in relation to academic qualifications and professional accreditations, resulting in a striking off the roll; subsequent applications for a rehearing and an appeal were dismissed. β€˜Client-friendly’ James Penry-Davey has a β€˜sharp brain for legal issues’ and is also recommended, as are β€˜hugely capable’ associate Kate Steele and associate Mark Rogers.

The β€˜creative’ team at Fieldfisher delivers a β€˜strategic approach’ and β€˜thorough’, β€˜expert’ advice to clients across the healthcare, surveying, policing, finance and law sectors; according to one client, it is β€˜the best for strategic regulatory advice’. Manchester-based practice head Sarah Ellson has a β€˜practical approach’ and provides β€˜incisive, considered advice’. Last year she acted for the Professional Standards Authority in a number of cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal and led the team advising the Nursing and Midwifery Council on changes to its legislation and rules as a result of the implementation of EU Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications. Matthew Lohn was the lead partner advising the Financial Reporting Council on the implementation of new EU requirements relating to audits, which included drafting a new disciplinary process for auditors. Other notable clients include the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the General Pharmaceutical Council, the Police and Crime Commissioners, and the UK Council for Psychotherapy, with senior associate David Northfield part of the team acting in a challenge in the Chancery Division relating to disciplinary arrangements and complaints against former members. Rachel Birks and Alice Hickey joined Ward Hadaway and the BBC’s in-house legal department, respectively.

Chris Morris (β€˜wise, experienced, good tactician’) heads the practice at Hempsons, which draws from its cross-disciplinary expertise to advise and represent healthcare clients in regulatory, criminal, and coronial cases. The team’s β€˜huge experience’ in representing doctors facing regulatory and professional discipline proceedings β€˜inspires confidence’, and the practice retained its panel appointments to the Medical Defence Union, the Dental Defence Union, NHS England, and the British Dental Association. Morris acted on a number of matters before the General Dental Council, successfully making a submission of no case to answer in the context of a fitness to practise hearing and, in a judicial review claim before the High Court, securing an order allowing for a review of a warning placed against his client’s registration. James Lawford Davies led the team advising a thoracic surgeon in relation to allegations of research misconduct and potential libel proceedings against Vanity Fair in the UK. Manchester-based Katherine Sheldrick, who has β€˜an excellent clinical knowledge with an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of regulatory law in the medico-legal field’, and Tania Francis (β€˜sharp’, β€˜thorough’, β€˜expert in this field’) are also recommended.

Kingsley Napley LLP’s β€˜star is rising this year’ with the lateral hire of Iain Miller from Bevan Brittan LLP. The β€˜exceptionally experienced and well-respected’ team, β€˜made up of creative thinkers who will always go the extra mile’, is led by β€˜level-headed’ and β€˜approachable’ Nicola Hill. The team defends individuals and organisations and acts for regulators across such sectors as health (including mental health) and social care, legal services, education, and the financial sector. Recent work includes acting for the Health and Care Professions Council in a range of fitness to practice matters and acting for the Education and Workforce Council for Wales in all of its disciplinary cases, a range of which involved sexual relationships with student minors. Julie Norris (β€˜exceptional’, β€˜outstanding advocate’ with a β€˜phenomenal ability to handle complex material’) acted for a psychotherapist in proceedings before the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Melinka Berridge (β€˜Astute, inventive and clever’), Julie Matheson (β€˜supremely bright’ and β€˜both personable and robust’), and senior associates Jenny Higgins (β€˜extensive experience’, β€˜innovative’) and Lucy Williams (β€˜pleasure to work with’, β€˜has a real grasp of the issues in a case’) are also highly recommended.

Focusing on the healthcare and legal sectors, with particular emphasis on the veterinary and farriery professions, Penningtons Manches LLP’s β€˜highly professional’ and β€˜responsive’ team is praised for its β€˜in-depth knowledge of the regulatory sector’. Key clients include the General Dental Council, the General Osteopathic Council, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), and the Farriers Registration Council (FRC). The team is led by Geoffrey Hudson (β€˜meticulous’ and β€˜brilliant at understanding clients’ needs’), who, together with β€˜reliable and knowledgeable’, β€˜standout’ senior associate Hein Le Roux, successfully represented the Solicitors Regulation Authority in an appeal to the High Court by a former solicitor against the decision of the SDT to strike him off. Nicole Curtis acted for the FRC in an appeal to the High Court by a farrier – who is also a member of the FRC’s governing council and of its disciplinary committee – found guilty of bullying and erased from the register. She successfully represented the RCVS in relation to an appeal to the Privy Council by a veterinary surgeon challenging the original hearing where he had been struck off.

β€˜Leading defence firm’ RadcliffesLeBrasseur represents healthcare and legal professionals facing proceedings and investigations by a range of regulators, including the General Medical Council, the General Dental Council, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The β€˜highly respected’ Alex Leslie and Nigel West lead the team, which was joined by Anil Rajani from Fladgate LLP and Stuart Lindley from Taylor Vinters. Leslie represented a doctor in proceedings before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and in a successful appeal to the High Court against the decision to erase his name from the register. Susanna Heley (β€˜a truly formidable practitioner with expertise across the whole range of SRA-related issues’) acted for a solicitor in ongoing proceedings by the Lord Chancellor acting on behalf of the Legal Aid Agency, and in proceedings by the SRA relating. The β€˜super-bright’ Stewart Duffy is also recommended.

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s practice is led by Melanie Carter, who β€˜excels at giving practical advice’ and advises regulators across the health, social care, and accountancy sectors, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (for which Carter sits as a legal assessor), the General Dental Council, the British Association of Social Workers, and the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). Carter led the team advising the IPA on a highly sensitive disciplinary matter concerning possible breaches of confidentiality in a deceased former member’s working papers, and is assisting with the development of a framework which will be used by IPA’s members globally, taking into consideration a variety of local laws. Emma Dowden-Teale joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP and was promoted to partner; she was part of the team advising the Council of the Inns of Court on issues arising from the appointment of its tribunal members. Consultant John Trotter is noted for his β€˜first-class attention to detail’. Selman Ansari joined Bindmans LLP.

Sheffield-based Chris Horsefield and Manchester-based Rachel Cooper (who is β€˜tireless’, β€˜super commercial’ and β€˜amazing with clients’) head the practice at CMS, which acts on both the prosecution and defence sides in the healthcare and education sectors. The team is on the panels of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and the General Optical Council. Cooper and β€˜efficient’ and β€˜hardworking’ associate Katie Henderson (based in Manchester), who β€˜handles work well beyond her seniority as a solicitor with aplomb’, acted on behalf of the NCTL in a number of proceedings against teachers facing allegations of historic sexual abuse, exerting an undue amount of religious influence, and sending sexually motivated social media messages to teenage pupils. The team also receives instructions from the Medical Defence Union to act in a number of fitness to practice proceedings and investigation committee hearings before the General Medical Council.

Manchester-based Christopher Briggs leads the practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which includes public law specialist Stephen Hocking, accountancy and financial services specialist Richard Highley, and legal sector-focused Clare Hughes-Williams in Newport. The team focuses on defending professionals, with particular strengths in the medical and healthcare sector. Key clients include the Medical Defence Union and insurers such as Arag, New Line and XL Catlin. Christopher Morris left the team to become a coroner, and senior associate Emma Dowden-Teale joined Bates Wells Braithwaite.

Eastwoods specialises in representing healthcare professionals before a wide range of regulators, including the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, the General Medical Council (GMC), the General Dental Council (GDC), and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. β€˜Fabulous leader’ Simon Eastwood heads the team, which includes Adam Smith and the β€˜highly experienced’ Surjit Dubb, who is noted for his β€˜excellent client care’. Smith successfully defended a GP facing criminal allegations of sexual assault before the Crown Court, while Eastwood successfully defended a dental practitioner facing allegations of misconduct and dishonesty. Dubb and Stephen Hooper – an β€˜imaginative’ associate with a β€˜refreshing approach to legal problems’ – acted for a dentist facing allegations concerning a cosmetic dental treatment; the dentist was allowed to continue in unrestricted practice.

Russell-Cooke LLP acts both for and against regulators across the healthcare, financial, accountancy and legal sectors. Clients include the Architects Registration Board (ARB), the Bar Standards Board (BSB), the Farriers Registration Council (FRC), and the Care Quality Commission. This year the practice continued to act for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) on a number of matters, including disciplinary proceedings arising from the conclusion of the Al-Sweady Inquiry. Practice head Matthew Bosworth and Peter Cadman represented a solicitor in an investigation by the SRA and proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT), which led to a re-drafting of the SDT’s rules on regulatory settlement agreements. John Gould (who is β€˜extremely wise’, has β€˜vast experience’, and β€˜can see a case from all angles’) acted in a Supreme Court appeal on behalf of several national regulators concerning the β€˜perimeter enforcement’ regimes of regulators in the UK. Associate Michael Stacey was part of the team acting for ARB in successfully defending an appeal before the Administrative Court against a decision of ARB’s professional conduct committee to erase an architect from the register in the absence of the respondent. The β€˜practical and dedicated’ Paolo Sidoli and Tom Bradford are also recommended. Chris Williams and Marie-Louise Murray joined Blake Morgan LLP and McLaren, respectively.

Led by Liverpool-based Richard Jolly, the team at Weightmans LLP focuses on medical representations, acting for medical defence organisations including the Medical Protection Society (MPS), and the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS). It also handles matters related to the legal and accountancy sectors. Robert Crossingham represented an insolvency practitioner and their professional indemnity insurers in disciplinary proceedings before the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Newly made-up partner Simon Turner acted for an MDDUS member facing allegations of clinical incompetence and misconduct, and succeeded in defending against the most serious allegations, securing the possibility for the member to continue in the profession. Consultant John Mitchell represented an MPS member charged with an offence of gross negligence manslaughter following the death of a 12-year-old patient from Addison’s disease. The β€˜hardworking’ and β€˜caring’ Patrick Gaul is also recommended.

Joanna Ludlam leads the practice at Baker McKenzie, which has a particular focus on the financial and legal sectors. Jonathan Peddie has experience acting for various bodies within the financial sector, including the Financial Conduct Authority, and has worked closely with UK government departments, including HM Treasury and the National Crime Agency. Ludlam has represented two high-profile law firms in respect of separate Solicitors Regulation Authority investigations into their professional conduct.

Shah Qureshi and John Halford jointly head the practice at Bindmans LLP, which combines a β€˜very high level of competence and professionalism’ with an β€˜absolute commitment to clients’. The team provides β€˜sound, measured, and useful advice’, representing clients across the healthcare, legal, and financial sectors and acting on behalf of regulators and individuals in judicial review claims. Halford advised the Association of Child Psychotherapists on a number of disciplinary investigations and proceedings, including on data protection issues and on the impact of domestic violence allegations on fitness to practice. Other recent work includes acting for a surgeon in a judicial review claim challenging the GMC’s decision to begin fitness-to-practice proceedings for concerns arising outside of the β€˜limitation period’ for regulatory action. Also recommended are associate Nick Fry, who is praised for his β€˜legal acumen’, β€˜approachable manner’, and ability to β€˜understand his clients’ priorities’; Peter Daly (also an associate); senior consultant Selman Ansari, who joined the team from Bates Wells Braithwaite; and Sharney Randhawa, whose expertise extends to whistleblowing matters involving the NHS.

Browne Jacobson LLP was appointed sole adviser on regulatory matters to Qualifications Wales, was re-appointed to the panel of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), and continues to act for a variety of regulators including the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), NHS England, the Chartered Institute of Building, and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Ros Foster and Nottingham-based Fiona Butler head the team, which includes barrister Louisa Atkin (also based in Nottingham) and β€˜exceptional’ associate barrister Ben Bentley (also Nottingham-based). Foster is advising the PSA in relation to the new right of appeal of the GMC to refer decisions of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service to the High Court; he was also instructed by the PSA in its first intervention in a GMC appeal. Bentley acted in the prosecution of a teacher faced with allegations of unacceptable professional conduct arising out of an historic sexual nature, a case that has been instrumental in defining the jurisdiction extent of the NCTL in prosecuting historic sexual misconduct.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP specialises in the sports and healthcare sectors, with a particular focus on pharmacies. Led by Jonathan Ellis and the β€˜extremely impressive’ Noel Wardle, the practice provides β€˜unrivalled expertise’ acting for sports governing bodies and advising healthcare professionals, sports organisations, and sportsmen. Ellis is leading the team acting for the independent review panel conducting a review of integrity in tennis following media allegations of match fixing. Senior associate Susan Hunneyball (β€˜excellent client care skills’ and β€˜comprehensive pharmaceutical knowledge’) successfully represented a pharmacy owner investigated by the General Pharmaceutical Council regarding 10 separate allegations including breaching patient confidentiality, bullying, rudeness, and inappropriate storage and supply of controlled drugs. Senior associate Rachel Warren (β€˜a star of the team’ who β€˜obtains fantastic results for her clients through her case preparation and tactical judgement’) acted for a pharmacy in relation to fitness-to-practice proceedings brought against it by NHS England following the chief pharmacist’s acquittal on seven counts of fraud at the Crown Court.

Clyde & Co LLP acts for organisations and professionals in the healthcare, accountancy and legal services sectors. Led by Sarah Clover and Claire Petts, the team has experience dealing with various regulatory bodies such as the General Medical Council, the General Dental Council, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and the Financial Reporting Council. Petts led the team acting for Abbey Legal on behalf of a dentist following a breach of confidentiality complaint, and was successful in having the GDC drop the charges with no case to answer. Fergal Cathie, who focuses on the legal and financial sectors and James Roberts (head of the accountants’ liability and disciplinary group) are also recommended. Senior associate James Cassidy left the team to become head of legal at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP acts both for professional bodies and for individuals and firms across the finance and accountancy sectors. The practice is to the panels of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and acts for the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) on a number of matters, including in the FRC’s complaint against Deloitte in relation to its conduct as auditor of AIM-listed company Aero Inventory; Rod Fletcher and Nusrat Zar led on that matter. Practice head Andrew Lidbetter (β€˜knowledgeable, experienced, and with impeccable judgement’) defended ACCA in a judicial review and in a High Court civil claim in relation to separate disciplinary proceedings. Zar is leading the team, which includes of counsel Jasveer Randhawa, acting for CIMA in proceedings before the Disciplinary Committee.

Hill Dickinson LLP focuses on the healthcare, veterinary, and construction sectors; Liverpool-based practitioners Jonathan Anslow and Tom Handley lead on this work, and have particular strength representing dental professionals and veterinarians. Practice head Richard Creamer represented a dental practitioner in General Dental Council fitness-to-practice proceedings involving multiple patients across multiple practices, and acted for a nurse in Nursing and Midwifery Council appeal proceedings relating to a refusal to grant registration following a failure to disclose a criminal conviction. Liverpool-based Tony Wilson (who has an β€˜astute legal mind’) was instructed by the Veterinary Defence Society to represent a veterinary expert alleged to be in contempt of court as a result of his evidence before the Court of Appeal, which took no further disciplinary action. Other work includes representing a medical student in university fitness-to-practice proceedings, and acting for a medical doctor in fitness-to-practice proceedings before the General Medical Council arising from his diagnosis with schizophrenia. Legal director Gillian Nevin (Liverpool) is also recommended. Dileep Pisharody joined Rosling King LLP.

RPC provides a β€˜hard-hitting but commercial approach’, with particular emphasis on the health, legal, and financial sectors. The group represents clients in proceedings before regulators such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the Financial Conduct Authority and delivers strategic regulatory advice to corporate clients. Jointly headed by Dorothy Flower (who focuses on health and social care), legal director Graham Reid (who focuses on legal services matters), and the β€˜pro-active’ and β€˜astute’ Richard Burger (who focuses on accountancy and financial matters), the team includes legal director Amy Gallimore, who is noted for her insolvency expertise.

Bankside Law acts for professionals in the healthcare, education, and financial services sectors, including before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, the General Chiropractic Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the National College for Teaching and Leadership. Practice head John Williams has acted for the Medical Defence Union and represented an accountant before the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and Bill Wilson has defended clients in proceedings before the General Medical Council, the General Dental Council, and the Serious Fraud Office.

The β€˜very efficient’ practice at Bircham Dyson Bell is led by the β€˜personable’ and β€˜available’ James Freemantle, who is a β€˜good strategist and effective negotiator’. The team specialises in the legal and healthcare sectors, providing advice and representation to both professionals and regulators. Recent work includes representing a number of solicitors in relation to investigations by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Trainee solicitor Zoe MacQueen is praised for her β€˜perseverance’ and β€˜skill at negotiation’.

The β€˜exceptionally strong’ and β€˜straightforward’ practice at Corker Binning continues to act for corporate and individual clients in the financial sector, with strengths in regulatory litigation, criminal fraud, and corporate crime. Practice head Andrew Smith also acts for the Financial Reporting Council and possesses an β€˜intimate understanding of its methods and sanctions regime’. β€˜Highly experienced all-rounder’ Peter Binning and the β€˜talented’ Jessica Parker are also recommended. Of counsel Claire Cross joined the team from the Financial Conduct Authority.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s key clients include the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and the General Medical Council. Cardiff-based practice head Peter Jones acted for the NCTL before the Professional Conduct Panel involving a teacher facing allegations of attending an extremist right wing group public march, expressing anti-Islamic views to a colleague, and accessing pornography on a college laptop. Senior associate Trish D’Souza and principal associate Luisa Gibbons, from Cardiff, were part of the team advising the Investigating Committee of the Education Workforce Council on a fitness-to-practice matter. Jones also acted for Gwent Police in a series of hearings into disciplinary cases under the new statutory regime.

Ian Ryan heads the β€˜superb’ practice at Howard Kennedy LLP, which specialises in defending professionals in the legal and financial sectors, with experience in regulatory matters arising from criminal investigations. It also acts for clients on compliance and risk avoidance. The practice represented an accountant in an investigation by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales arising from unlawfully accessing confidential information while on secondment at a bank. Other work includes acting for two solicitors in a Solicitors Regulatory Authority investigation into alleged misconduct and judicial review proceedings before the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal arising from defective appointments to barrister disciplinary tribunals. The β€˜extremely thorough’ and β€˜quick-witted’ Joel Leigh has β€˜tremendous client-care skills’ and can β€˜translate complex concepts into simple English’.

Irwin Mitchell is β€˜increasingly sought-after in the field of financial services regulatory’ and has a particular focus on the pharmacy sector. The practice also represents professionals in the legal, healthcare, education, and accountancy sectors, and advises on compliance matters and appeals in relation to Ofsted. Led by β€˜standout practitioner’ Sarah Wallace, who is noted for her β€˜great tactical acumen’, the team includes Leeds-based associate Emma Windle, who acted for a number of pharmacists before the General Pharmaceutical Council. Wallace is representing an FCA-approved individual at a fund management firm in relation to an ongoing FCA investigation, involving advising on a compelled interview and on fitness and propriety issues. Other recent work includes a matter the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a judicial review case brought against the Care Quality Commission.

Jointly headed by Frank Maher (Liverpool), Francis Dingwall (Oxford), and Sue Mawdsley (Liverpool), the practice at Legal Risk LLP specialises in representing law firms and professionals in relation to investigations and proceedings, as well as assisting with compliance reviews, reporting strategy, and risk assessment. The team has strengths in the area of financial crime, particularly anti-money laundering, and has represented clients before the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Mayer Brown International LLP regularly acts for legal and finance professionals, with particular strengths in relation to solicitors and accountants, including acting for clients in investigations, proceedings, and appeals before the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The team is led by William Glassey and includes senior associate Tim Shepherd.

Peter McCormick leads the practice at McCormicks, which is well known for its work in the football world. The team also represents legal, accountancy, and pharmacy professionals in proceedings brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales, and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Senior associate Sara Morgan is a member of the National Pharmacy Association’s legal panel and acted for pharmacy professionals facing allegations, including dispensing out of date drugs, breach of confidentiality, and delay in the delivery of drugs for a patient who subsequently died. McCormick holds a number of appointments, including as chairman of the legal advisory group to the Premier League and as a Director of the Football Association. Last year he continued to advise the Premier League in relation to proposals to revise the disciplinary aspects of FIFA’s Agents Regulations. Peter Minnikin was promoted to partner in 2016.

Murdochs Solicitors provides β€˜reliable, detailed, and robust advice’ in defending solicitors and other legal professionals facing investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The practice’s experience extends to acting in voluntary practice closures, appeals to the Administrative Court, and compliance audits. The β€˜authoritative’, β€˜steadfast’, and β€˜proactive’ Andrew Blatt leads the team, which includes Robert Forman (who is noted for his β€˜superb acumen and industry knowledge’, β€˜excellent communication skills’ and β€˜tailored advice’) and Nicholas Trevette.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP’s practice represents corporate clients in the accountancy and finance sectors, regularly handling proceedings before regulators such as the Financial Reporting Council, the Financial Conduct Authority, and the Public Companies Accounting Oversight Board and advising on external and internal investigations. Simon Willis heads the team, which includes Matthew Lawson, who specialises in multi-jurisdictional work, and associate Rebecca Cousins.

Nottingham-based Richard Nelson leads the team at Richard Nelson LLP, which includes Marie Dancer (also in Nottingham) and Steve Roberts in Cardiff. The boutique firm specialises in defending healthcare and legal professionals before regulators such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the General Medical Council (GMC), the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. Dancer represented a paramedic in fitness-to-practice proceedings before the Health and Care Professions Council facing allegations of dishonesty, and a doctor in a High Court appeal of a GMC fitness-to-practice case. Nelson represented a number of solicitors before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, including a judicial review concerning a battle in the Iraq war and allegations arising out of the collapse of an offshore investment fund.

Rachel Adamson heads the β€˜efficient’, β€˜approachable’, and β€˜committed’ Wigan-based team at Stephensons Solicitors LLP, which acts for professionals across the accountancy, legal, and healthcare sectors. The team has specialist experience defending cases of dishonesty and handling cases which concern a practitioner’s mental health, and represents clients before such regulators as the General Medical Council, the Care Quality Commission, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Carl Johnson (β€˜extremely client friendly’ and β€˜gets to grips with a case swiftly’), associate Alison Marriott (β€˜well-organised’ and β€˜always on top of her brief’) and paralegal Martin Haisley (β€˜passionate and very keen to get the best result for his client’) are also recommended.

The β€˜excellent’ practice at Taylor Wessing LLP is recognised for its strengths in the accountancy sector, and regarded as a β€˜pre-eminent’ firm in this field. Shane Gleghorn heads the disputes and investigations practice and Andrew Howell (who is β€˜superb in every respect’) leads the β€˜extremely professional’ professional discipline team, which includes Julian Randall (β€˜fantastically experienced’, β€˜can speak the language of his clients’) and Stephen Flaherty (β€˜huge depth of knowledge’, β€˜commits to clients’). The team acts for eight of the ten largest accountancy practices, handling a range of civil claims, disciplinary processes, and regulatory inquiries. Recent highlights include acting for PricewaterhouseCoopers in relation to an investigation by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) into the events leading up to the collapse of sub-prime lender Cattles plc, and in relation to disciplinary complaints brought by the FRC following its investigation into the audit of Connaught plc.

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