39 Essex Chambers is ‘up there with the market leaders for professional discipline‘, with an equally strong reputation in disciplinary proceedings involving a full spectrum of medical and legal matters. Gregory Treverton-Jones QC is ‘considered to be the expert for Solicitors Discipline and Regulation‘ – he represented a solicitor who, despite the fact that one allegation being substantiated, received £27,000 in costs after the case was described by the tribunal as being based on “errors and misunderstandings”. Top juniors include David Bradly, ‘scrupulously fair and even-handed, yet most effective in cross-examining witnesses’, and the ‘very knowledgeable‘ Peter Mant, who represented the Professional Standard Authority in joint appeals against the acquittal of two nurses of dishonesty charges relating to the production and use of a fabricated training certificate.
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‘Good public law and regulatory set with wide experience.’
‘One of the leading chambers for professional discipline work for solicitors.’
‘Chambers has a good reputation for professional discipline, and when there is a complex case in the solicitors’ disciplinary tribunal it is common to see counsel from 39 Essex representing both sides.’
‘The set has a number of outstanding barristers with strong expertise in healthcare regulatory work. They provide outstanding training and good value for money.’
‘Peter Campbell and his team are fantastic.’
‘The clerks/administration staff I have experience of are Jamie Tucker and Hannah Milne. I have found both to be receptive, helpful and prompt in dealing with queries.’
‘Anthony King is an excellent clerk – he always responds to emails quickly and nothing is too much trouble.’
Serjeants’ Inn Chambers is ‘a powerhouse in professional misconduct work‘, with a strong record in handling healthcare-related cases. Jonathan Holl-Allen QC defended a consultant cardiologist, who allegedly had when on call given the wrong drug to a young woman suffering from tachycardia, who had then later suffered a heart attack. The ‘outstanding advocate‘ Sarah Clarke QC is sought after for her expertise in prosecuting and defending in healthcare disciplinary matters.
‘Serjeants’ Inn Chambers has a great depth of counsel in the regulatory field. You would always have confidence that anyone they propose for a case has the requisite expertise to assist.’
‘One the foremost chambers in healthcare regulation.’
‘Uniformly excellent service from Lee Johnson and his clerking team.’
‘The clerks are friendly, prompt and professional. Clare Sabido stands out as an exceptional clerk who never disappoints.’
‘Jennifer Pooler is a stand out clerk at this set. She is always very approachable and very capable, managing the demands of instructing solicitors, often knowing the right barrister to match them to and ensuring a seamless level of service is provided.‘
‘I think it is well run and efficient. Lee Johnson is particular is organised, friendly and helpful.’
‘Lee Johnson as Head Clerk is always professional, personable and accommodating – he is very adept at matching needs with skills.’
Viewed as being within 'the magic circle of regulatory chambers', 2 Hare Court stands out as 'an exceptionally strong set' housing 'great advocates'. Andrew Colman represented the General Pharmaceutical Council in proceedings brought against a pharmacist who was alleged to have made anti-Semitic and other offensive remarks, including blaming "Zionists" for the Grenfell Tower fire. The 'very articulate' Lewis MacDonald is defending a former partner at Gibson Dunn, who was alleged to have dishonestly misled the High Court whilst acting for the Republic of Djibouti in a worldwide freezing injunction application.
‘A highly respected chambers in the area of professional regulation work, with great strength-in-depth.’
‘This set is full of truly top class barristers. They are confident and know the areas of law they practise inside out. They are excellent at dealing with difficult clients and make getting brilliant results look easy.’
‘2 Hare Court have an outstanding professional discipline and regulatory practice. They are always top of my list to contact for counsel due to the number of excellent barristers of all levels in chambers.’
‘Louis Lockwood consistently goes above and beyond to assist. Louis is extremely helpful and prompt in responding to requests.’
‘Louis Lockwood is a legend, he is prompt, helpful and kind.’
‘The clerks are well organized, communicative, and easy to work with. Always very happy to help and quick to respond to queries.’
4 New Square is 'pre-eminent in the area of claims against professionals and insurance issues' in the financial, legal and sports sectors. Roger Stewart QC is a top counsel for regulators and defendant clients in disciplinary cases concerning solicitors, barristers and accountants. Another leading silk, Patrick Lawrence QC, acted in proceedings before the president of the Queen's Bench Division concerning alleged misconduct by lawyers in permitting unlawful live streaming of a remote hearing to third parties. In a somewhat unusual case, Alison Padfield QC represented a High Court Enforcement Officer in proceedings concerning a proposed termination of their authorization; such proceedings are generally carried out before the Senior Master of the Queen's Bench Division. In recent news for the set, George Spalton QC was elevated to silk in March 2021.
‘4 New Square remain one of the go-to chambers for professional indemnity claims’.
‘4 New Square are my go to chambers. The barristers working from those chambers are the most approachable barristers in the market.’
‘They are pre-eminent in the above area and in relation to professional liability and insurance generally.’
‘The set is the best in the area in which I work. They offer a complete range of experience and expertise. They engage with the market in which we operate and as a consequence they are rightly seen as leaders in the field.’
‘James Barras very helpful and responsive.’
‘Dennis Peck is great. Very responsive and we have a brilliant relationship with him, and also Andrew Call and Alex Dolby who are great to deal with.’
'Elite set' Fountain Court Chambers's practice has 'an abundance of talent and depth', and the team fields extensive expertise on matters involving white-collar regulators. Distinguished silk Michael McLaren QC 'produces remarkable results in unpromising circumstances', and is often instructed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in high-profile disciplinary cases. In another matter, Edward Levey QC represented the SRA in the prosecution of a former solicitor, who was charged with alleged dishonesty regarding false representations about her billable hours. At the junior end of chambers, Rupert Allen represented the SRA in long-running proceedings against law firm Sophie Khan & Co, regarding the enforcement of a document production notice issued under section 44B of the Solicitors' Act 1974 - the firm was shut down by the regulator in August 2021.
‘It has a strong pool of talent.’
‘Fountain Court Chambers has a rich array of talent in the field of professional discipline/regulatory work.’
‘Uniformly excellent counsel.’
‘The set has an abundance of talent and depth.’
‘Its clerking arrangements are friendly and efficient.’
‘Excellent service from the clerks – they are practical, responsive and helpful. Sian Huckett is a pleasure to work with.’
‘Incredibly responsive and always available for any query, no matter how small.’
QEB Hollis Whiteman has 'strength in depth and real expertise in professional disciplinary work', with members prosecuting and defending in leading cases involving the full range of professional regulators. Zoe Johnson QC regularly appears as defence counsel before the main health regulatory tribunals, and continues to represent a GP and gynaecologist who was convicted of ninety counts of sexual offences after carrying out unnecessary intimate examinations on twenty four female patients under the guise of "well woman" checks in further trials. Elsewhere in chambers, Rebecca Harris represented the General Dental Council in the complex prosecution of a dentist, involving allegations of widespread clinical deficiencies, serious failings in cross-infection control, and bullying of the dental team. Bolstering the team at the senior end, Alexandra Felix QC was appointed to silk in March 2021.
‘The set is hard-hitting in the fitness-to-practice and regulatory sector. It has a good breadth of barristers and is therefore able to offer counsel for cases with varying allegations.’
‘An extremely professional and well-established set with strength in depth.’
‘A powerful force in professional discipline. They are littered with talent and, both on an individual basis and as a collective, an absolute pleasure to work with.’
‘One of the strongest clerking rooms in the country. Chris Emmings is highly intelligent, savvy and leads a well-knit, slick team. Faye Stimpson is a favourite amongst solicitors, as engaging and efficient a clerk as you could hope to meet.’
‘High praise for Faye Stimpson and Chris Emmings. Responsive, straight talking and always putting the client’s interests first. First rate service.’
‘The clerks room is superb, headed up by Chris Emmings, but all the clerks are attentive and go out of their way to be helpful and supportive to solicitors’
1 Crown Office Row is 'filled with excellent barristers who are at the top of their game', housing silks and juniors 'of an impressive calibre'. The team regularly appears in high-profile professional disciplinary hearings. Claims in the medical field are a key area of expertise. The 'superb advocate' Jeremy Hyam QC is well known for his experience in all aspects of health law, and is regularly instructed in doctors' disciplinary cases. Neil Sheldon QC is 'a class act'; he represented two dentists, who were husband and wife, who were accused of fraudulent claiming on their NHS contracts. Andrew Kennedy QC is a 2021 silk appointment.
‘Excellent set of chambers for criminal and professional disciplinary cases.’
‘This set is filled with excellent barristers who are at the top of their game. The silks are of an impressive calibre and the juniors are hugely impressive.’
‘The chambers are my go-to set for professional discipline work. Clerks are excellent in responding to any queries and enquiries.’
‘I have instructed 1COR more than any other chambers in over 20 years in the industry. They offer an excellent service and attract the best barristers in the healthcare field.’
‘1COR are one of the top sets in this niche field. They are always on my list to contact for Counsel availability. Their barristers have a particularly strong academic approach.’
‘The clerks at 1 Crown Office Row are all excellent. Senior Clerk Matthew Phipps is excellent as are Andy Tull and Chloe Tourvil. The clerks are always quick to get back to any queries and will bend over backwards to try and accommodate requests. These clerks are the best in the business.’
‘The 1COR clerks are excellent, and extremely helpful and honest about barrister’s diaries. Matt Phipps, Andy Tull and Chloe Turvill have provided first class service over the years.’
2 Bedford Row is praised as 'a well-oiled machine, from the clerks to its barristers'. Members of chambers are instructed in a broad range of cases, including ones involving medical professionals such as dentists and optometrists. Sam Thomas represented the GDC in proceedings concerning a Harley Street dentist - who had attracted media attention after treating a number of television personalities - who is alleged to have had sex with a patient at the Savoy Hotel hours after treating her.
‘A set that offers highly skilled and experienced practitioners.’
‘A highly regarded team that is approachable and straight talking.’
‘The set is a well-oiled machine, from the clerks to its barristers; they just work brilliantly together, and it shows in the standard of its barristers, the results and its continued client pool of regulars.‘
‘Paul Rodgers is fantastic, approachable, responsive and knows his job inside out. An absolute pleasure.’
‘I cannot commend the clerks enough – they are very much the foundation of why the set is as highly regarded as it is. The client service that they provide is nothing short than exemplary; they treat you as if you are their only client and nothing is too much. Lee Bartlett, Paul Rodgers and Tom Powell are the shining ambassadors of what makes a class clerking act; friendly, approachable and take the time to know the instructing lawyers – just a few of the reasons why this set is used again and again. They are a credit to the set.’
23ES has an 'established presence in professional discipline'. Paul Ozin QC, who is Chair of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, successfully represented a client in judicial review, R (Awodola) v ACCA, concerning a claim that a rule book change in the course of an appeal process, held to apply to clients' case was unfair and breached natural justice. Tim Grey 'is without a doubt elite counsel in regulatory proceedings'; he represented the GMC in the case of a doctor who had murdered his mother following a long and abusive upbringing and relationship, and was later found to be impaired and erased from the medical register.
‘A good set in terms of regulatory/disciplinary work.’
‘Counsel availability is always excellent. They have a breadth of experience and always have someone able to take on any case. I have been impressed with their diversity.’
‘The set is clerked very well, by a well-organised team run by the excellent Wayne King.’
‘Dan Randall is simply excellent and leads the clerking team in this sector. He is extremely knowledgeable about both the sector and about finding the right fit for the right case. Wayne King as chambers director is also extremely well informed across the piece.’
Blackstone Chambers is ‘absolutely outstanding for all public law and regulatory matters‘. Members are regularly instructed by a wide range of prominent regulatory clients, including the General Medical Council, the General Optical Council and Solicitors Regulatory Authority in a range of regulatory proceedings. In recent instructions of note, Ivan Hare QC appeared before the Divisional Court in GMC v Zafar, a case concerning contempt of court by expert witnesses and the admissability of fresh evidence on appeals against a sanction by the GMC; the court substituted erasure for the suspension awarded by the original tribunal.
‘Blackstone is my go to Chambers as the depth and quality of counsel, whether junior or senior, is the best there is.’
‘Very efficient set, with excellent barristers and good availability of barristers.’
‘Clearly expert in disciplinary and regulatory matters.’
‘Gary Oliver is great, very efficient and responsive.’
At Brick Court Chambers, Simon Salzedo QC - who, prior his career at the Bar, was an accountant - represented KPMG and two of its individual partners at a trial before a FRC panel concerning allegedly deficient auditing of the reserves of a Lloyd’s Motor Syndicate. Elsewhere in chambers, Tom Adam QC is heading up a five-barrister team working to support the Financial Reporting Council in its regulatory investigations into the collapse of outsourcing and construction firm Carillion. James McClelland QC and Tony Singla QC took silk in March 2021.
Old Square Chambers stands out for its 'unrivalled experience and knowledge', and has 'excellent coverage at all levels'. The set has a solid reputation for representing healthcare practitioners before all major regulatory bodies. Mark Sutton QC has an excellent reputation for being 'the leading QC on doctor injunction cases'. In recent instructions of note, Mary O’Rourke QC is defending a prominent oncologist against allegations of inappropriate provision of medication, in an attempt to keep multiple terminally ill patients alive. Betsan Criddle is noted for her expertise in acting for doctors in disciplinary procedures.
‘Good strength in depth.’
‘Fantastic chambers. They are my go-to set for all matters involving the employment of doctors and the associated challenges including High Court work.’
‘A go-to set in regard to NHS Trust disciplinary matters.’
‘The clerks service is excellent, very responsive and personable. Senior Clerk Will Meade goes above and beyond to find an available barrister with the appropriate specialism to assist.’
‘Will Meade, as Senior Clerk, is particularly impressive – if any issue does arise it is invariably sorted via a quick call to him which really helps to maintain confidence in the service.’
‘Will Meade is outstanding and will go above and beyond to ensure effective client delivery.’
Outer Temple Chambers is well versed in handling professional disciplinary cases from the healthcare, financial services and legal sectors. Recent instructions include James Counsell QC defending a cosmetic surgeon against multiple allegations of misconduct. The client was initially suspended from practice for nine months, however after an appeal against the sentence and a judicial review against the GMC, the High Court remitted the sentence back to tribunal, which ruled the client's fitness to practice was not impaired.