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  3. Professional discipline and regulatory law – 2016 silks
  4. Professional discipline and regulatory law – 2017 silks
  5. Professional discipline and regulatory law – Leading juniors

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On top of being ‘one of the main sets for solicitors’ defence work before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal’, 39 Essex Chambers’ members handle work on both sides of cases involving regulators such as the General Medical Council (GMC), Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA). New silk Andrew Tabachnik QC presented the case against solicitor Phil Shiner, who was struck off after being found to have, inter alia, paid a third party to find people in Iraq to bring claims against the Ministry of Defence. In the clerking team, Peter Campbell has ‘a high service orientation and is very responsive’.

Serjeants’ Inn Chambers covers a range of work, principally regarding medical regulators, including tribunal hearings as well as judicial reviews in the higher courts. Sir Robert Francis QC represented Dr Waney Squier, a leading neuropathologist and critic of ‘shaken baby syndrome’, in a successful High Court challenge to her striking off by the GMC following alleged dishonest expert evidence in criminal trials.

1 Crown Office Row handles a range of cases regarding medical regulation, typically for the defence, meshing with the set’s reputation for clinical negligence cases. Clodagh Bradley QC represented a doctor accused by the GMC of having diagnosed a person with a history of making false allegations to the police as terminally ill before encouraging her to make him a bequest in her will; the case was dismissed early in the hearing.

2 Hare Court is ‘a well-respected set with a wide range of excellent barristers involved in defending registrants’ alongside a strong presentation practice. As far as work for regulators is concerned, Andrew Colman continues to present the cases against several teachers regarding the Operation Trojan Horse saga concerning governance in Birmingham schools.

Blackstone Chambers’ professional discipline practice is closely linked to its pre-eminent public law expertise, and it houses a number of practitioners who appear in leading judicial review cases after regulatory proceedings. Members were involved in the Michalak v GMC Court of Appeal case (since heard by the Supreme Court) regarding the jurisdiction of employment tribunals to hear complaints of discrimination against regulators: Ivan Hare QC, who took silk in 2017, acted for the GMC and Catherine Callaghan represented the SRA as an intervenor.

Probably the leading set for solicitors’ regulation’, Fountain Court Chambers also ‘has a good reputation for financial and accountancy work’. Members were instructed on both sides of the solicitors’ disciplinary case concerning Leigh Day, which was cleared of allegations of improper payments for recruiting claimants in cases against the Ministry of Defence; Patricia Robertson QC and Paul Gott QC acted for the law firm, while Timothy Dutton CBE QC for the regulator.

QEB Hollis Whiteman is ‘a very solid set in the area’, with a key strength in medical regulation and a particularly strong portfolio of presentation-side work for regulators. Tom Kark QC was instructed by the GMC to prosecute surgeon Ian Paterson, who was criminally convicted of performing needless mastectomies; he was initially sentenced to 15 years imprisonment but the term was increased to 20 years in August 2017.

Crossing over with its strength in criminal law, 2 Bedford Row handles a range of cases, primarily regarding the medical regulators and, to a lesser extent, solicitors. Ian Stern QC is one of a number of members who defend optometrists – he represented one who was charged with stealing over £35,000 from her employer over four years; the case was terminated following a submission of no case to answer.

4 New Square is ‘a friendly set, full of extremely capable and adaptable lawyers’, with strength in matters concerning accountancy, architecture, actuarial and solicitors’ regulation. Patrick Lawrence QC represented solicitor Peter Williams in a successful judicial review of a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) decision to strike him off for an alleged role in mis-selling loans to farmers.

23 Essex Street’s members handle a range of tribunal cases, with a particular strength in prosecution-side work for medical regulators. Paul Ozin QC represented the General Dental Council (GDC) in securing the suspension of a dentist who informed a vegetarian patient that a dental implant was synthetic when it was derived from cow bone.

Charter Chambers has a particular strength in nursing-related work, with a number of members instructed in key NMC cases by the Royal College of Nursing. Chloé Barton defended in one of the first cases regarding the English language requirement; the nurse had conditions applied rather than a suspension.

Old Square Chambers includes members with expertise in defending medical cases. For example, Mary O’Rourke QC represented a doctor who was convicted of causing actual bodily harm to his daughter and received a suspended prison sentence from the criminal courts; he was suspended from practice for 12 months.

Outer Temple Chambers is ‘a set with a lot of talent’, particularly relating to medical regulation. Fiona Horlick represented a doctor who was reported to the GMC after a number of patient deaths in a case with complex issues of expert evidence – most contested charges were found not proved and a suspension of 12 months was imposed.

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