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  1. Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading sets
  2. Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading silks
  3. Professional discipline and regulatory law – 2017 silks
  4. Professional discipline and regulatory law – 2018 silks
  5. Professional discipline and regulatory law – 2019 silks
  6. Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

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39 Essex Chambers is β€˜a go-to set for complex regulatory issues, for both advisory work and litigation’, with members covering both professional services and medical regulation. In the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, Andrew Tabachnik QC prosecuted and Gregory Treverton-Jones QC defended in a case brought against two solicitors from the now-closed firm Tandem Law; the pair borrowed money from the now collapsed Axiom Legal Financing Fund, with the funds spent by the solicitors on, among other things, a Porsche Cayenne. David Bradly successfully defended a mental health nurse, who ordered the strip searches of two patients he believed to be in possession of cannabis.

Serjeants' Inn Chambers is β€˜a strong team with an excellent reputation’. The set, which is notable for including several members with medical expertise prior to joining the Bar, has a strong offering across all the medical disciplines. Angus Moon QC successfully defended a doctor against the GMC’s appeal of his suspension for an affair with a patient. In the High Court, David Morris represented a doctor cleared by the MPT with regards to the relevant test for dishonesty in fitness to practice proceedings following the Supreme Court’s decision in Ivey v Genting Casinos, which replaced the previous Ghosh test with a simple objective one; the matter was remitted to tribunal. Also among the junior ranks, Ranald Davidson is instructed to represent a male paramedic accused of sexual misbehaviour when carrying out pre-fight checks on women in a β€˜white-collar boxing’ competition.

At 1 Crown Office Row, which handles all manner of medical regulation matters, Richard Smith represented a doctor who received a four month suspension after the GMC alleged dishonesty in research, including misleading co-authors and fabricating data.

2 Hare Court β€˜has a very wide selection of counsel to offer, who are all very experienced before professional tribunals and the criminal courts’. Much work concerns the defence of medics, but also some work concerning teachers and osteopaths. Andrew Colman represented a GP who received a suspension of only three months for supplying illegal drugs to family members via fake prescriptions to homeless patients. Meanwhile, Christopher Gillespie represented the NCTL in securing adverse findings against a teacher, the only defendant not to have the case against them dropped following publication of a manifesto for an Islamist take-over of state schools in Birmingham, now widely regarded to be a hoax.

In addition to having β€˜excellent strength in depth in barristers’ regulation’, 4 New Square handles a range of work, primarily around professional services regulation but also to a limited extent in the veterinary space. Patrick Lawrence QC represented a former Burges Salmon solicitor in his successful High Court appeal against an SDT finding of dishonesty.

Public law juggernaut Blackstone Chambers has a particular strength in judicial reviews of regulatory bodies, but its members also deal with some investigations work concerning ICAEW and ACCA bodies. Javan Herberg QC prosecuted the PwC before the FRC Tribunal concerning its audit of the Connaught group, securing a Β£5m fine and a fine of Β£150,000 on an individual partner.

Fountain Court Chambers’ Timothy Dutton QC and Patricia Robertson QC continue to represent the SRA and Leigh Day respectively in the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s appeal after the firm’s acquittal by the SDT; Paul Gott QC and Tetyana Nesterchuk were also involved for the firm. Meanwhile, Richard Coleman QC represented Clifford Chance in its SDT case concerning the Excalibur litigation, and agreed a negotiated outcome of a fine of Β£50,000.

QEB Hollis Whiteman’s Sean Larkin QC represented Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba in the GMC’s appeal seeking to substitute a striking off for a suspension; Dr Bawa-Garba and a nurse received suspended prison sentences for the manslaughter by gross negligence of a child suffering with Down syndrome; the child died of sepsis while the doctor was effectively doing the work of two due to under-staffing.

2 Bedford Row’s Ian Stern QC successfully represented an optometrist in a High Court appeal against a strike off; the registrant did not refer a patient to a GP, resulting in the delayed diagnosis of a tumour, however, the GOC failed to take into account that he was due to retire.

23 Essex Street’s Paul Ozin QC represented the SRA in a case against Jonathan Denton, a former Locke Lord partner who was struck off for using the firm’s name as part of an alleged investment fraud. Other bright spots for the set include instructions for the regulators of the accounting and medical professions.

Charter Chambers has a particular strength in nursing cases, with a very strong relationship with the RCN, but it also handles work concerning other professions. Mary-Teresa Deignan prosecuted a GDC case against a dentist and a registered dental care practitioner following the discovery of poor recordkeeping, including the pre-signing of prescription forms and, in one case, the dentist proscribing herself an antibiotic.

Hailsham Chambers’s Nicholas Peacock represented Boots before the General Optical Council in the wake of a finding by the Advertising Standards Agency that its advertising for blue-light filtering lenses was misleading, the company was fined only Β£40,000. Nursing regulation is another area of expertise.

Old Square Chambers’s Mary O’Rourke QC successfully defended a transgender paramedic for driving at high speeds in a work vehicle, but not on blue lights; the case was made that her condition, prior to her transition to a female identity, had caused her to become reckless and at times suicidal.

At Outer Temple Chambers, James Counsell QC represented a barrister who had an altercation with a respondent outside the Royal Courts of Justice following an appeal hearing. The matter resulted in an acquittal after a two-day hearing.

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