Firms To Watch: Professional discipline

Bevan Brittan LLP has made a number of eye-catching hires of late, including the highly regarded Melanie Carter from Bates Wells and former Capsticks LLP partner Daniel Purcell.
In December 2021, CM Murray LLP hired Andrew Pavlovic, who specialises in SRA professional discipline and regulatory investigations, as partner from Russell-Cooke LLP, where he was senior associate.
Boutique professional discipline and employment law firm Cole Khan Solicitors LLP was launched in May 2021 by former Irwin Mitchell partners Emilie Cole and Shazia Khan.
Constantine Law Limited‘s professional discipline practice is led by corporate crime, professional discipline and financial services investigations specialist, Sarah Wallace, the former department head at Irwin Mitchell.
Led by Gideon Habel, who acts for regulated professionals in disciplinary investigations, Leigh Day‘s regulatory and disciplinary team has developed unique professional discipline experience.

Firms in the Spotlight Professional discipline

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Ronald Fletcher Baker has an established track record of success in even the most complex cases. Litigation and Dispute Resolution has been a focus of the firm since its inception in 1948, and our highly experienced team is widely recognised for its skill in this area. The firm deals with a broad range of commercial …

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Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP is a go-to firm for its representation of professional regulators in the healthcare, legal, education, accountancy and engineering sectors; in February 2022, the firm was appointed by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to assist with the investigation and presentation of hundreds of fitness to practise cases. Nick Leale is regulatory business group head, and Bradley Albuery leads the firm’s professional disciplinary team. Also integral to the practice are Clare Strickland, who recently rejoined from the NMC and leads the HCPC’s regulatory work; and Graham Miles, a client relationship partner for the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA), Education Workforce Council (EWC) and Social Care Wales (SCW). The key legal directors are James Danks, who jointly led the successful tender for the HCPC contract during 2021; Delme Griffiths, who acts for and against professional regulators; and operations manager for the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), Antonia Dowgray.

Practice head(s):

Nick Leale; Bradley Albuery

Other key lawyers:

Clare Strickland; Graham Miles; Delme Griffiths; Antonia Dowgray; James Danks


‘The team works very collaboratively and is responsive to feedback.’

‘The lawyers show a clear desire to seek continuous improvement, and have worked with us to improve our escalation processes.’

The lawyers strive to deliver cases in a timely and effective way, and provide clear and informative management information on performance against our key objectives.

The lawyers are very responsive to feedback, and are keen to work with our internal teams to improve services.

‘The team is very professional and has excellent levels of communication. The lawyers are always available and respond to matters in a very timely manner.’

‘The individuals we work with are extremely helpful, and are always available to discuss any urgent matters, such as case work progression or new processes/training.’

‘Clare Strickland, Nick Leale and legal director Antonia Dowgray are a pleasure to work with, and we have an excellent relationship with them.’

‘The whole team is helpful; however we work particularly closely with Clare Strickland and Antonia Dowgray. They are very good at keeping us informed of case progression, anticipated delays, and ways to avoid or address these.’

Key clients

Health & Care Professions Council

Nursing & Midwifery Council

General Pharmaceutical Council

General Dental Council

NHS England

Social Care Wales

Teaching Regulation Authority

Education Workforce Council (Wales)

Architects Registration Board

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

General Optical Council

Security Industry Authority

Royal Institute of British Architects

Association of Accounting Technicians

Human Fertilisation and Embryonic Authority

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

Work highlights

  • Appointed as sole provider to the HCPC for all of its regulatory legal needs.
  • Carrying out a large volume of fitness to practise investigations for the NMC each year.
  • Acting as legal adviser to the Suitability, Investigating and Fitness to Practise Committees of the Education Workforce Council.

Capsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP‘s ‘market-leading regulatory team‘ routinely provides legal advice to statutory regulators. Mark Whiting acts in fitness to practise cases, James Penry-Davey is regulatory division head, Nimi Bruce routinely handles sexual misconduct cases, and Mark Rogers ‘handles SRA work and is extremely quick.’ Also highly regarded are Kate Steele, who acts in professional disciplinary cases; Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) specialists Ian Brook (a recently promoted partner) and legal directors John Tippett-Cooper and Rory Mulchrone; and principal associate Louisa Atkin, who acts for the TRA and Social Work England. In April 2022, Anna Holdsworth and Jenny Wood, who both represent the General Dental Council (GDC) and Nursing and Midwifery Council, along with Keziah Pearson, who assists Social Work England and the General Optical Council (GOC), were made partners. During 2021, the practice hired healthcare, veterinary and equine expert Nicole Curtis, and consultant Katrina Wingfield, who advises healthcare regulators, from Bates Wells.

Practice head(s):

James Penry-Davey; Mark Whiting

Other key lawyers:

Nicole Curtis; Mark Rogers; Kate Steele; Katrina Wingfield; Nimi Bruce; Ian Brook; Anna Holdsworth; Keziah Pearson; Jenny Wood; Rory Mulchrone; John Tippett-Cooper; Cameron Scott; Victoria Sheppard-Jones; Louisa Atkin; David Collins; Louise Culleton; Hannah Pilkington; Adelita Thursby-Pelham


‘Market-leading regulatory team.’

‘Very practical, forward-thinking team, with strong knowledge of the regulatory market and the ability to apply this to complex issues. Impressive.’

‘James Penry-Davey is able to analyse complex legal issues quickly and provide practical advice in a client-friendly manner. James provides first-class client care and contract management.’

‘Nicole Curtis is a clever lawyer who you want to listen to.’

‘Mark Rogers handles SRA work, and is extremely quick and focused.’

‘Kate Steele is a talented lawyer with an ability to cut through complex issues.’

‘Anna Holdsworth is thorough, hardworking and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Jenny Wood is an incredibly personable and excellent lawyer.’

Key clients

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Social Work England

Teaching Regulation Agency

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Farriers Registration Council

General Dental Council

General Osteopathic Council

Bar Standards Board

General Optical Council

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Health and Care Professions Council

General Chiropractic Council

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to prosecute a major law firm, and one of its former partners, for multiple breaches of the Solicitors Accounts Rules.
  • Represented Social Work England in the case of a social worker, who received complaints of inappropriate sexual behaviour.
  • Acted for the Teaching Regulation Agency in a case, in which an art teacher and department head was alleged to have inserted former pupils’ work into other pupils’ coursework folders, and completed work herself that was used for pupils’ coursework.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co‘s ‘first-class operation‘ is experienced in assisting audit firms and partners with disciplinary proceedings; and the healthcare regulatory and disciplinary team, led by Claire Petts, represents healthcare practitioners in investigations. Fergal Cathie represents professionals in Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) cases; James Roberts is accountants’ liability, regulatory and disciplinary head; and Tim Crockford acts in disciplinary proceedings involving auditors and accountants. Also highly regarded are Penrose Foss, who assists with disciplinary proceedings; global lawyers’ liability, disciplinary, regulatory and investigations head Richard Harrison; professional liability expert Sarah Clover; Joanna Bower, who acts for healthcare professionals in disciplinary investigations; Niya Phiri, who represents law firms; and ‘standout of counselAndrew ForsythSam Holden, Judith Duffin, Tabitta van Nouhuys, Natalia Jeremiah, Jonathan Lawrence and Michael Clark are experienced legal directors; and at senior associate level Stephen Hooper is a 2021 hire from Hempsons, while Padideh Dolatshahi specialises in healthcare defence work. In July 2022, the firm merged with BLM, the combination adding partners: Katie CostelloAdam Weston and the recently promoted Lee Biddle, who all represent healthcare professionals; healthcare advice practice head Jane Lang; and associate Ewan Bright, who acts in disciplinary law matters.

Practice head(s):

Fergal Cathie; James Roberts; Claire Petts

Other key lawyers:

Tim Crockford; Penrose Foss; Richard Harrison; Sarah Clover; Joanna Bower; Niya Phiri; Andrew Forsyth; Sam Holden; Judith Duffin; Tabitta van Nouhuys; Natalia Jeremiah; Jonathan Lawrence; Michael Clark; Stephen Hooper; Padideh Dolatshahi; Katie Costello; Adam Weston; Lee Biddle; Jane Lang; Ewan Bright; Max Ekstein; Robert Crossingham


Clyde & Co has the best understanding and most detailed knowledge of audit and accounting matters of any of the firms I have worked with. It undertakes the most detailed research and prepares the most professional responses.

‘A first-class operation for the large and complex matters. Clyde & Co is the only team you want when you have an FRC audit investigation. No one understands audit or the FRC processes more.’

‘The team provides a comprehensive service which considers a client’s defence to SRA proceedings from all possible angles and leaves no stone unturned.’


Hempsons‘ national regulatory, crime and professional discipline practice routinely advises clients from the health, social care, sports, police, fiduciary and corporate executive sectors. Senior consultant Simon Eastwood specialises in criminal defence and insurance-related work; Adam Smith‘s track record includes large General Medical Council (GMC) cases; Tania Francis routinely acts for healthcare professionals; Surjit Dubb‘s practice covers healthcare regulatory, crime and disciplinary work; and Sharon Cooney is a healthcare regulation expert. The London office also features lead misconduct and discipline lawyer Robert Newbould, while associate John Fitzpatrickhas a good eye for detail‘. Over in Manchester, Katherine Sheldrick defends professionals in disciplinary, regulatory, criminal and coronial proceedings; senior partner Anne Ball is a healthcare specialist; and crime and regulatory defence expert James Rowley is a 2021 hire from Weightmans LLP. In Harrogate, Hannah Stephenson routinely defends healthcare professionals before regulatory bodies. Chris Morris retired in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Tania Francis; Katherine Sheldrick

Other key lawyers:

Simon Eastwood; Adam Smith; Surjit Dubb; Sharon Cooney; Robert Newbould; John Fitzpatrick; Anne Ball; James Rowley; Hannah Stephenson; Taiyaba Waheed


‘Hempsons’ team is committed to its clients, hardworking, knowledgeable, and empathetic to clients’ needs.’

‘Tania Francis is a qualified doctor and brings an invaluable perspective to any defence team.’

‘The tireless and very clever Katherine Sheldrick is highly recommended for any person facing professional discipline proceedings, and has been a first choice for many for several years.’

Key clients

Medical Defence Union

Dental Defence Union

Police Federation of England and Wales


UK Haemophilia Centres Doctors Organisation

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP acts in complex cases across all regulated sectors, and has longstanding experience in working with large UK regulators. Regulatory practice head Nicola Hillruns a really tight ship‘; Julie Norris advises law firms, solicitors and barristers on regulatory compliance, investigations, adjudication, enforcement and prosecutions; Julie Matheson heads up the accountancy regulation practice; Iain Millerhas a wealth of knowledge and experience‘; and Melinka Berridge has leisure and hospitality, built environment and charity sector expertise. Also key to the team, Shannett Thompsonstands out‘; Hannah Eales is a fire safety law specialist; Sarah Harris assists regulators with designing regulatory frameworks; and Jessica Clay (a partner since May 2022) is a legal services regulation expert. Within the senior associate pool, Charlotte Judd advises solicitors and law firms, defends accountants and accountancy firms, and assists regulators and public bodies; and Sarah Atkinson prepares fitness to practise cases for regulatory bodies.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Hill

Other key lawyers:

Julie Norris; Julie Matheson; Iain Miller; Melinka Berridge; Shannett Thompson; Hannah Eales; Sarah Harris; Jessica Clay; Charlotte Judd; Sarah Atkinson; Sophie Bolzonello


‘A brilliant team at all levels. Excellent lawyers and strategists, and totally committed to their clients. They are my first choice when asked to recommend solicitors.’

‘Really professional. Do what they say they will do.’

‘Always so happy to help, provide input and assist with the problem. The lawyers approach matters with a can-do attitude, and bring solutions to the table using their wealth of knowledge of professional regulation.’

‘Nicola Hill runs a really tight ship. Nothing is too much trouble – extremely client focused.’

‘Julie Matheson is exceptional in the area of professional discipline. As with all the KN partners I have dealt with, she is an excellent lawyer and strategist, and is 100% committed to her clients and achieving the best result for them.’

Iain Miller has a wealth of knowledge and experience, but also understands the limitations and risks a small regulator is exposed to. He talks things through with us as a client in a clear and helpful way.

‘Shannett Thompson stands out for me. She is absolutely phenomenal with clients, knows it all, and is sensible. Clients listen to her, and she makes sure she gets them the best result she can.’

‘Senior associate Sophie Bolzonello always wants to assist. She is responsive and innovative in coming up with ideas.’

Key clients

Education Workforce Council (EWC)

Architects’ Registration Board (ARB)

Weightmans LLP

Further to its June 2022 merger with RadcliffesLeBrasseur LLP, Weightmans LLP‘s large, combined national team routinely represents healthcare clients at GMC and GDC hearings, and defends solicitors facing SRA and SDT proceedings. The firm also undertakes work involving architects, accountants and the police. Sam Flew leads the healthcare professionals team, in which William ChildsStewart DuffySimon GomersallAnne GreenIan Sadler, Alistair Hewitt and Ricardo Bassani are all key partners. Richard Jolly is national health sector practice head; Mickaela Fox specialises in matters involving solicitors; Susanna Heley specialises in professional disciplinary work for legal professionals; and Nigel Westhas unmatchable experience‘. Consultants Alex Leslie and Richard Privett are also both experienced in health-related matters, while principal associate Tom Thurlow is ‘very attuned to his clients’ needs‘ and Sadie O’Reilly is a recently promoted healthcare partner. Former police law head Tom Nutter moved to RJW Legal in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Sam Flew; Nigel West

Other key lawyers:

William Childs; Stewart Duffy; Mickaela Fox; Simon Gomersall; Anne Green, Richard Jolly; Susanna Heley; Richard Palmer; Ricardo Bassani; Alistair Hewitt; Simon Kernyckyj; Michaela Nicholas; Alex Leslie; Richard Privett; Tom Thurlow; Sadie O’Reilly; Ian Sadler


The arrival of the team from Radcliffes will bring strong support to the existing disciplinary team.

Simon Gomersall, Sam Flew and Stewart Duffy stand out as highly experienced in this field. They are ably supported by a strong team of juniors.

Nigel West and Susanna Heley are both very experienced and without question experts in their fields. They combine a deep understanding of the law with a practical and highly effective approach. Both are commendably thorough in all that they do.

Nigel West has unmatchable experience in dealing with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which he has amassed over many years of practice. I have absolute confidence in his legal advice in this area.

Principal associate Tom Thurlow is very attuned to his clients’ needs.

Key clients

Assent Building Control

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Professional Standards Authority



NHS England

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading corporate Approved Inspector on a number of disciplinary matters before the client’s regulator, CICAIR.
  • Represented Alder Hey, the defendant NHS Trust, in Sasha Burn v Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and subsequent appeal before the Court of Appeal.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP‘s ‘dynamic, responsive, client-centred team‘ represents several leading public and third sector regulatory bodies in the UK. The national practice acts across a range of disciplinary and regulatory matters, including disciplinary investigations, presentation of matters before professional conduct panels, and acting as legal adviser to statutory committees. Other areas of expertise include conducting matters before the High Court and Court of Appeal, and the First Tier and Upper Tribunals. Nottingham-based Fiona Butler is client partner for the firm’s significant regulatory client, the TRA; Ros Foster is ‘an outstanding expert on Fitness to Practise law‘; Manchester-based Ben Bentley heads up the firm’s North West professional discipline and regulatory team; and the track record of recently appointed partner Samantha Paxman in Nottingham includes acting as a Presenting Officer for the TRA.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Butler; Ros Foster

Other key lawyers:

Ben Bentley; Samantha Paxman; Ian Perkins


‘Knowledgable in this area of work and the support is second to none.’

‘Great to work with and I trust them to do the job I ask of them. The meetings are well organised and communication is excellent.’

‘All members of the firm’s teams (at every level) demonstrate professionalism and extensive knowledge of their subject matters, and they are always responsive to our needs.’

‘Responsive and flexible to our needs, both in routine and emergency situations.’

‘Dynamic, responsive, client-centred team.’

‘Fantastic professionals with highly skilled and dedicated support.’

‘Ros Foster is an outstanding expert on Fitness to Practise law. She is also strongly committed to us as a client, and provides clear, detailed, timely advice, often in urgent circumstances. She has strong relationships with the counsel in this area, and provides the level of service where, as a client, I don’t have to worry.’

‘Ros Foster is outstanding because of her expertise and enthusiasm – good-quality knowledge and advice from both Fiona Butler and Ben Bentley.’

Key clients

The Teaching Regulation Agency

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

The Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care

The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority

NHS England

The Pensions Regulator

The Care Quality Commission

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

The Chartered Institute of Building

Qualification Wales

The Medical Protection Society

Royal Institute of British Architects

Work highlights

  • Prosecuting cases for the Teaching Regulation Agency of teacher misconduct, involving breaches of fundamental British values, links to terror-related activity, and freedom of speech in professional settings.
  • Newly appointed in 2021 by the Medical Protection Society to act on behalf of clinical practitioners in the defence of disciplinary proceedings before the General Medical Council, and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
  • Acted for the PSA since August 2014 in a series of referrals (to the High Court and the Court of Appeal) of fitness to practise decisions of the health and social care regulators.


CMS‘ professional discipline and regulatory team is ‘one of the most experienced in the UK‘. The firm has a substantive practice in both prosecuting individuals on behalf of their regulators, such as the GOC and GPhC, and defending individual registrants before the GMC. Head of the Manchester-based professional discipline and regulatory team Rachel Cooper is ‘fiercely committed to her clients and works harder than anyone else‘; and Yvonne Screene in London is poised to take over the client lead for the Medical Defence Union (MDU), which is currently held by Sheffield-based Chris Horsefield, who retired from the partnership in April 2022 but remains a consultant. Also in Manchester, of counsel Katie Clarke advises on all aspects of health, social care and education regulation throughout the UK; and senior associate Natasha Ricioppo is ‘an excellent solicitor who is always on top of her cases‘.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Cooper; Yvonne Screene

Other key lawyers:

Chris Horsefield; Katie Clarke; Natasha Ricioppo


‘The team works very hard and its morale seems high – a testament to Rachel Cooper’s leadership.’

‘The PD team is one of the most experienced in the UK. The firm has a fundamental in-depth understanding of not just the legislation and jurisprudence, but also of the nuances of tribunal work. All solicitors within the team are extremely hardworking and know just how to prepare a successful defence, leaving no stone unturned.’

‘CMS has years of experience working in this area for a number of regulatory bodies. CMS also defends health professionals in regulatory cases, so it has a depth of knowledge and all-round sense of the field.

Key clients

Medical Defence Union

General Pharmaceutical Council

General Optical Council

Medical Protection Society


Outcomes First Group (the National Fostering Agency)

University of Glasgow

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the Medical Defence Union to represent two doctors in fitness to practise proceedings brought by the General Medical Council and heard before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.
  • Acting on behalf of the General Pharmaceutical Council in relation to a High Court application and fitness to practise proceedings.
  • Acted for the Medical Defence Union/Medical Protection Society in successfully appealing the decision to erase a doctor from the GMC’s Medical Register, following a hearing before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP‘s ‘consistently good team‘ has substantial experience in representing medical practitioners in disciplinary proceedings before a range of healthcare regulators. The professional discipline practice also focuses on financial services, public law and local government-related matters. Richard Highley in London is experienced in acting in investigations involving leading accountancy firms; and Bristol-based Louise Wiltshire assists healthcare professionals during investigations. In Manchester, the ‘calm, measured and carefulChristopher Briggs acts for doctors and dentists in disciplinary proceedings before the GMC and GDC, respectively; and at associate level Caroline Dean focuses on defending medical practitioners, while ‘absolute starChristian Carr represents health and care professionals facing investigations by their regulators. Former public law head Stephen Hocking left the firm for 11KBW in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Briggs; Stephen Hocking

Other key lawyers:

Richard Highley; Louise Wiltshire; Christian Carr; Caroline Dean


‘An excellent firm that continues to provide a first-class service to professional clients.’

‘The team is slick, organised and extremely professional.’

‘Consistently good team that listens to clients and reacts immediately.’

Key clients

Medical Defence Union



WR Berkley





Comprising ‘excellent, technically strong lawyers’, Fieldfisher‘s professional discipline team acts for over 40 different regulators across a range of sectors, including health, sport, surveying, policing, finance and law. It also assists higher education institutions that offer study courses in the regulated professions. ‘A standout partner with a wealth of experience‘, Sarah Ellson‘s track record includes significant judicial reviews, appeals and Professional Standards Authority cases; and Matthew Lohn is experienced in advising on discipline issues, frequently within the healthcare or finance sectors. At director level, Carina May‘s sector experience covers healthcare, finance and law, while solicitors Olivia Rogers and Chloe Williams are also key regulatory group members.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ellson

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Lohn; Carina May; Olivia Rogers; Chloe Williams


‘The team is made up of excellent, technically strong lawyers, who undertake high-profile and complex work – clear market leaders in this field.’

‘A responsive team that is very engaged, and clearly well led by Sarah Ellson.’

‘Sarah Ellson is exceptional. Helpful and speedy answers that are decoded for the lay person. Sarah has spent the time getting to know us, and she is easy to access, communicative and pragmatic. Clear sighted and well-expressed advice.’

‘Sarah Ellson is a standout partner with a wealth of experience, calm judgement and a clarity of thought and analysis that is just fantastic.’

Key clients

General Medical Council

Professional Standard Authority

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Teaching Regulation Agency

Council for Licensed Conveyancers

General Optical Council

Taxation Disciplinary Board

Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland

Bar Standards Board

Student Fitness to Practise

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Council for Licensed Conveyancers with its new proposed rules and a caseload of disciplinary hearings.
  • Acting for the Professional Standards Authority in appeals in the Administrative Court.
  • Undertook a major audit for the General Medical Council into the operation of its Fitness to Practise work.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘s professional disciplinary work complements the firm’s renowned administrative law, human rights and disputes practices. Recently, the team’s work was predominantly in the financial and legal sectors, and it is particularly noted for large-scale accountancy sector disciplinary cases. Andrew Lidbetter specialises in administrative and public law, including professional disciplinary matters; Nusrat Zar‘s practice incorporates both prosecuting disciplinary proceedings and advising on disciplinary schemes; Will Glassey, a 2021 hire from Mayer Brown International LLP, assists professional firms and individual professionals with disciplinary actions; and of counsel Jasveer Randhawa is experienced in a range of public and administrative law disputes, including disciplinary proceedings. In March 2022, David Reston retired from the partnership, but remains as consultant; and former advocacy group lead Tom Leech KC left to become a High Court judge in late 2021.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lidbetter

Other key lawyers:

Nusrat Zar; Will GLassey; Jasveer Randhawa; David Reston


‘The team has an incredible knowledge of the law. Its lawyers are heavyweight litigators when needed, and deliver strong results.’

‘True professionals – great analysis and superb client service.’

‘Nusrat Zar is a tough litigator, and that strong backing for a client is good to see.’

Key clients

Baillie Gifford


Pool Re

Pension Insurance Corporation

Ardonagh Group

Willis Towers Watson

Cabot Square Capital

Moorfield Group

BNP Paribas

Former non-executive directors of Carillion


Work highlights

  • Acting for non-executive directors of Carillion in relation to further investigations, which have been launched (further to the insolvency of the Carillion Group).

Russell-Cooke LLP

Fielding ‘one of the best professional discipline teams in London‘, Russell-Cooke LLP consistently represents professional and regulatory bodies, regulated businesses and individuals across several professions, including accountants, solicitors, barristers, healthcare professionals, academics, architects, financial services professionals, teachers, and charity trustees. Senior partner John Gould is ‘the doyen of professional discipline who has seen it all‘; Matt Bosworth is retained by both regulatory bodies and individual professionals; and Michael Stacey is ‘a standout partner in this field‘. Key expansion within the team during 2021 includes legal counsel Tom Bradford, a professional discipline specialist, who was rehired from Freeths LLP; Robert Stevenson, who regularly represents architects and arrived as consultant from BLM; and ‘up-and-coming senior associateSheetul Sowdagur, who rejoined from Bindmans LLP.

Practice head(s):

John Gould; Matt Bosworth

Other key lawyers:

Michael Stacey; Tom Bradford; Robert Stevenson; Sheetul Sowdagur


‘One of the best professional discipline teams in London. Depth of experience across all professional regulatory bodies, from accountants to sports regulations, auditors, dentists, doctors, solicitors, insurance and banking.’

‘Over 35 years’ experience in both prosecuting and defending. The practice is diverse, employing a broad mix of people with complementary talents, and the experience of the firm in criminal cases assists with its defence work.’

‘Fights clients’ interests fearlessly, and provides that service in a cost-efficient manner.’

‘John Gould – the doyen of professional discipline who has seen it all.’

‘Matt Bosworth always has an eye to the reputation management aspects, and has no peer in ensuring cases go under the radar where possible.’

‘Michael Stacey is a standout partner in this field – huge experience, calm with clients, and a joy to work with.’

‘Legal counsel Tom Bradford – I particularly value his cost-effective and efficient client service.’

‘Sheetul Sowdagur is an up-and-coming senior associate.’

Key clients

Solicitors Regulation Authority

CILEx Regulation

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Law Society of England and Wales

Work highlights

  • Assisted the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy with professional conduct cases, including resisting a threatened judicial review of a decision to refer a historic complaint to the Professional Conduct Panel.
  • Represented the Solicitors Regulation Authority (as intervener) in an important insurance aggregation dispute in the Court of Appeal.
  • Defended a teacher facing allegations of unacceptable professional conduct, arising from a sexual relationship with a former pupil.

Bates Wells

Bates Wells‘ 'very skilled team' covers the entire range of professional discipline, including health and social care, legal services, architecture, science and astronomy; the practice has a track record of acting for representative bodies, such as royal colleges and institutes. Public and regulatory specialist Claire Whittle was promoted to partner in April, although former practice leader Melanie Carter moved to Bevan Brittan LLP in mid-2022 and contentious public law partner Emma Dowden-Teale left for DLA Piper.

Other key lawyers:

Claire Whittle; Emma Ainsley


‘The Bates Wells team was willing and able at very short notice to take on a complex and highly sensitive case concerning a judicial discipline, and handled the case admirably with total discretion, courtesy and efficiency.’

‘The team and individuals I worked with addressed each of my concerns with practical clear guidance, sharing the law and also interpretations. This allowed me to make a clear choice and be actively involved in the process.’

‘A small but very skilled team that has always been very keen to learn how we work – not just our legislation but also our approach to regulation and our plans for future development.’

‘Good knowledge of the Charity Sector Quick Response service and a common-sense approach.’

‘Claire Whittle has provided excellent legal counsel on many occasions. She has good technical knowledge, and has always made the time to speak to us when we’ve needed a rapid response.’

‘Emma Ainsley has been a standout in terms of her efficiency, and being totally on top of all the documentation timetabling, and general organisation to ensure that the case at hand is presented to the tribunal in the most professional manner.’

Key clients

Royal College of Nursing

Social Work England

Royal Astronomical Society

Architects Registration Board

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists

International Psychoanalytical Association

British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies

Chartered Institute of Legal Executives

Market Research Society

Work highlights

  • Providing Social Work England with advice on public law and professional discipline matters.
  • Advising the Architects Registration Board on the subject of regulatory changes post-Brexit, a matter which potentially impacts many professional organisations.
  • Redrafting the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS)’s Conduct Procedures to address issues raised in the firm’s review and the reforms proposed by the RAS.

Blackfords LLP

With ‘a fantastic understanding of client pressures‘, Blackfords LLP houses health and social care sector specialists. The group also has notable expertise in representing serving police and Ministry of Defence Police personnel in misconduct proceedings; the group also acts for football professionals and assisting those facing sexual abuse allegations of a historic nature is a fast-growing area for the firm. Group head Gary Rubin, Trevor Francis and Gary Bloxsome are all experienced in professional discipline matters; director Philip Williams in Cardiff represents social care clients; and solicitor advocate Jennifer Richardson‘s recent work includes acting for social care and medical professionals.

Practice head(s):

Gary Rubin

Other key lawyers:

Trevor Francis; Gary Bloxsome; Philip Williams; Jennifer Richardson


‘A very hands-on team dealing with the medical/legal area of professional discipline, coupled with acting for police officers accused of gross misconduct.’

‘The team works well together and is very proactive in its approach to case preparation. Extremely experienced, and has an in-depth knowledge of this area of law.’

‘The team is highly professional, extremely diligent and very hands-on with case files. Quick to grasp the needs of its professional clients, and has a fantastic understanding of clients’ pressures and stresses.’

‘Gary Rubin – Simply a class act! Keeps a strong focus on the key issues in his cases. Works commendably well, both alone and as part of a wider team. Always goes the extra mile for clients.’

‘Director Philip Williams has impeccable strategic vision and manages a highly efficient team.’

Solicitor advocate Jennifer Richardson is a first-rate lawyer who achieves outstanding results for clients.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a nurse in proceedings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council, which concerned the alleged forcible administration of medication to a patient.
  • Acting for a healthcare professional, who had fitness to practise proceedings brought against him for failing to assess a service user adequately – including appealing to the High Court against the decision of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service.
  • Handling a series of instructions on behalf of clients serving in the Ministry of Defence Police and the Metropolitan Police, which involve allegations of gross misconduct.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP‘s recent track record includes instructions from clients from a wide spectrum of sectors, including the sport, healthcare, the arts and private banking industries. Practice head Edward Craig is a seasoned litigator, whose contentious practice includes acting for sports regulatory bodies, companies, private banks, and wealthy individuals; and the ‘simply superb‘ legal director Rachel Warren has significant experience in advising professionals who are subject to disciplinary proceedings brought by professional regulators. At senior associate level, Danielle Sharkey brings in-house expertise from her time at the British Horseracing Authority, where she regularly appeared for the regulator.

Practice head(s):

Edward Craig

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Warren; Danielle Sharkey


‘CRS brings the professionalism, legal and tactical acumen associated with a firm of this calibre.’

‘The firm has vast experience in pharmacy and medicine within professional discipline and healthcare regulation.’

‘CRS is user friendly, and engages with clients in a manner that generates confidence and achieves the best possible outcome.’

‘Cost aware and ensures that the client gets value for money.’

‘The team is always on hand as and when we require its assistance.’

‘Its knowledge of the horseracing industry is second to none and knowledge of sports in general is excellent. The team is innovative in a way that while following instructions it provides ideas outside of the box, which is attributed to the thoroughness of its work.’

‘Rachel Warren is simply superb. Clients feel tremendously well supported, and rightly have absolute confidence in her tactical and legal advice. Her case management is excellent; and while realistic about what can be achieved, her results normally exceed the clients’ expectations.’

‘Danielle Sharkey is a leader in sports integrity. Her strength is giving advice on the spot, and giving a variety of viable options. She is very approachable, and her positivity and calmness in difficult situations sets her apart.’

Key clients

Greyhound Board of Great Britain

Ascot Racecourse

The Premier League

International Tennis Federation

British Horseracing Authority

The Hurlingham Polo Association

Work highlights

  • Assisted a pharmacy company in relation to a criminal investigation involving NHS fraud.
  • Assisting a pharmacist with fitness to practise proceedings brought against him by NHS England, following a dispensing error.


A very capable and proper international law firm‘, DWF is well known for defending professionals from the legal, medical, actuarial, accountancy and financial services sectors. As ‘a standout practitioner in the disciplinary/regulatory field‘, Richard Burger is experienced in defending accountants and insolvency practitioners in professional disciplinary investigations; Harriet Quiney is an experienced professional indemnity and regulatory partner; Simon Mason defends disciplinary complaints against accountants; and John Bennett and Sheona Wood both defend legal professionals. In May 2022, Rosie Shapiro joined from BLM, where she led the national professional discipline practice group.

Practice head(s):

Richard Burger; Simon Mason

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Quiney; John Bennett; Sheona Wood; Rosie Shapiro; Sharon Buckham; Claire Notley


‘DWF is a very capable and proper international law firm with a very strong London and regional presence.’

‘Richard Burger has an encyclopaedic knowledge of financial services and regulatory law, and a wealth of experience.’

‘Richard Burger runs a tight and astute disciplinary team. Nothing is too much trouble for clients, and client care is second to none.’

‘Richard Burger is a standout practitioner in the disciplinary/regulatory field. He is very assiduous and careful, and tactically astute.’

Rosie Shapiro is enormously experienced and committed to her clients. She always gives sensible, insightful advice.

Claire Notley is a very capable senior associate and a safe pair of hands.

Key clients


Keoghs LLP

With longstanding experience in acting before disciplinary bodies, Keoghs LLP‘s ‘strong and dedicated team‘ advises on disciplinary matters involving the full range of healthcare, veterinary, construction, legal and FCA-regulated professionals. Heading the professional and financial risks team nationally, Ruth Lawrence specialises in representing professionals before their disciplinary bodies; ‘extremely thorough and highly capable solicitorSarah Naylor leads the veterinary defence team; Sian Davies is the firm’s healthcare group head; Jason Howarth acts for medical practitioners at regulatory hearings before the GMC and GDC; and Graham Taylor regularly acts for veterinary surgeons and ophthalmologists.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Lawrence; Sian Davies

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Naylor; David Bowes; Jason Howarth; Graham Taylor


‘Great team work and honesty. Very thoughtful and thorough – just the best at its game.’

‘Keoghs has extremely close ties with its professional clients at the Veterinary Defence Society, which enables it to deliver an outstanding service to lay clients and veterinary surgeons facing disciplinary proceedings – substantial experience and knowledge of this field and how the Royal College of Surgeons operates as a regulator.’

‘Keoghs has a strong and dedicated team.’

Key clients

Veterinary Defence Society



Murdochs Solicitors

Handling ‘cases with great judgement and effectiveness‘, Murdochs Solicitors focuses almost exclusively on defending solicitors and other legal professionals facing regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings. Senior partner and practice leader Andrew Blattdemonstrates clear expertise in both the legal regulatory and practical aspects of dealing with an SRA investigation‘, in addition to acting in SDT proceedings and complex partnership disputes involving misconduct. Senior consultant Robert Forman is ‘a formidable lawyer of great integrity‘; and director Nicholas Trevette is ‘simply outstanding at every stage of a case‘.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Blatt

Other key lawyers:

Robert Forman; Nicholas Trevette


‘Unsurpassed in solicitors’ discipline. They know everything and have seen it all. And so they can handle cases with great judgement and effectiveness.’

‘The practice is exceptional in this area because of the specific qualities and experience of the team, its hands-on approach, and the value for money the lawyers offer.’

‘Murdochs punches above its weight. Andrew Blatt, consultant Robert Forman and director Nicholas Trevette are all first class, and the firm provides a superb quality of service to its clients’.

‘Andrew Blatt demonstrates clear expertise in both the legal regulatory and practical aspects of dealing with an SRA investigation. He established a pragmatic solution to the initial concerns, and then helped navigate us through the complexities of further issues that arose. He is skilled at seeing the issues from both sides.’

‘Between them Andrew Blatt, Robert Forman and Nicholas Trevette provide a truly comprehensive service to solicitors in professional difficulties. They are totally dedicated to their clients and cover all the bases. True experts in the field and with a client-friendly approach.’

‘Robert Forman is exceptionally bright, tells it like it is, and wins more cases because of it. If you’re a solicitor and the SRA comes knocking at your door, you definitely want the person who answers the door to be Robert Forman. He is a formidable lawyer of great integrity and gives clear-headed advice even in the most difficult of circumstances, which regulatory matters often are.’

‘Nicholas Trevette has unique experience both as an investigator and lawyer, which gives him an exceptional ability to assess the progress of any investigation into professional discipline and make the best tactical decisions at every stage.’

‘Nicholas Trevette is simply outstanding at every stage of a case and I would not hesitate to recommend him, particularly when the issues may potentially involve proceedings in criminal law. He works tirelessly on behalf of his clients, is always available to them, and offers a personal touch that is always welcomed. He gains the trust of those he works with, as well as his clients, by always communicating directly, immediately and with sensitivity. I thoroughly recommend him.’

Stephensons Solicitors LLP

Stephensons Solicitors LLP‘s ‘excellent‘ professional discipline practice is exclusively focused on defence-side work; and the team acts across several sectors, including accountancy, healthcare, education, and financial and legal services. Heading up the firm’s regulatory department, Carl Johnson‘s track record includes successfully defending cases before a wide range of professional disciplinary bodies; his client base including doctors, dentists, accountants and legal professionals. Laura Hannah‘s ‘attention to detail is exceptional‘ and senior associate Chloe Parish is the lead lawyer for the firm’s Ofsted work, and has developed a specific niche in pharmacy-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Carl Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Laura Hannah; Chloe Parish


‘The professional disciplinary team at Stephensons is excellent.’

‘Sensible billing, collaboration and communication with the clients. Stephensons continue to be forward thinking.’

The lawyers at Stephensons are down to earth and put clients at ease. In addition, they have good judgement when it comes to the important tactical/strategic elements of professional disciplinary work.

Bindmans LLP

Bindmans LLP‘s practice draws from the firm’s expertise in crime, fraud and regulatory law, public law, professional negligence and employment law. Katie Wheatley‘s practice includes FCA investigations; John Halford acts in a range of professional disciplinary matters; and Kate Goold defends doctors, nurses, teachers, solicitors and FCA-approved persons.

Practice head(s):

Katie Wheatley; John Halford

Other key lawyers:

Kate Goold; Jamie Potter; Tayab Ali; Shirin Marker


‘Bindmans provides very solid legal advice that is innovative and imaginative, and always sound.’

‘Quick to respond, and a pleasure to work with in personal (as well as professional) terms.’

‘Bindmans has a reputation for taking on cases of discrimination in the political field. It has developed expertise in this area, and its name being associated with a case brings a level of respect from the outset.’

‘Bindmans went out of its way to put me at ease. It was a distressing time for me, and the lawyers took the time I needed to explain my situation and help me to decide how to proceed.’

‘I can highly recommend Jamie Potter and solicitor Shirin Marker. The quality of the legal letters they produced was excellent, and their clever crafting of these documents had the desired effect.’

‘Expertise, approachable, open, good at listening, and clear advice, along with excellent client skills and depth of legal knowledge.’

‘Jamie Potter has a fantastic client manner and engenders trust.’

‘Kate Goold has a growing practice in this field, drawing on her considerable experience in crime and fraud cases to assist clients facing serious regulatory/disciplinary allegations.’

Key clients

Association of Child Psychotherapists

Brett Wilson LLP

A client-oriented firm that provides practical advice‘, Brett Wilson LLP‘s team regularly defends solicitors, law firms, dentists, doctors and architects in disciplinary proceedings. With extensive experience in regulatory and disciplinary matters, criminal law and the related civil litigation, the ‘confident and experiencedNick Brettdelivers when it means most‘.

Practice head(s):

Nick Brett


‘Brett Wilson is a client-oriented firm that provides practical advice and vigorously represents client’s interests.’

‘We have worked with other firms in similar practice areas and they are simply not the same. Other firms tell you the law but do not comfort you about what to expect.’

‘Brett Wilson has hard-hitting litigators and provides practical solutions. In short, the firm delivers results.’

‘Nick Brett is responsive and always makes himself available for enquiries. He worked diligently on our important matter and treated it as a priority, even though it may not have been a huge matter for the firm.’

‘Nick Brett immediately understood our complicated issue, covering multiple jurisdictions, and provided an immediate strategy to protect our interests. He did not harp on theory, but rather focused on executing, which was what we needed.’

We consulted other solicitors in London regarding the same matter, who are esteemed in the legal community, but none could advise with confidence like Nick Brett. We had one call with him and decided he was the right fit.

Not only is Nick Brett confident and experienced, he delivers when it means most, by producing successful results consistent with his initial advice. It goes without saying that I am and will continue to recommend clients to Nick.

Without a doubt, Nick Brett and his firm are the counsel of choice for our UK matters.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a doctor in her successful appeal against the GDC’s refusal to add her to the UK register.

Gordons Partnership 2020 Limited

Headed up by ‘standout partner‘, Richard Creamer, Gordons Partnership 2020 Limited‘s regulatory department has particular experience in acting for healthcare professionals. Charles Atkins assists doctors and dentists with professional conduct issues; and Iain Pickering is a a healthcare specialist. Pharmacy law expert Susan Hunneyball was elevated to the partnership in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Richard Creamer; Charles Atkins; Iain Pickering

Other key lawyers:

Lily Rose Lloyd; Susan Hunneyball


‘The people that I have worked with have shown themselves to be highly knowledgeable and very approachable.’

‘The advice given to the client was spot on. A very efficient and effective team.’

‘Highly experienced team in representing doctors and pharmacists.’

‘In-depth knowledge and commands the respect of its peers – experience, thoroughness, availability and totally fearless before the regulatory authorities. At the same time, many of them are not simply lawyers but ex-clinicians with an empathy and understanding that can only be gained from having been a clinician.’

‘Richard Creamer is a standout partner, who has been involved in ground-breaking cases quoted in text books – a go-to person in this field.’

‘Richard Creamer is very experienced and extremely efficient.’

‘Susan Hunneyball is extremely professional, a pleasure to work with, and takes every step possible to act in the best interest of the client. She is a real team player. I would not hesitate to work with her again.’

‘Susan Hunneyball specialises in community pharmacy hearings, and has deep knowledge of the legislation, regulations and ethical guidance in this area. She provides realistic, robust and cost-effective advice.’

Hickman & Rose

Professional discipline is a growing area of expertise for ‘outstanding firmHickman & Rose. Department leader Andrew Katzen represents individuals and corporate bodies under investigation by regulatory bodies; Claire Wallace is a professional discipline expert; Ross Dixon is ‘simply brilliant‘; and founding partner Ben Rose represents clients facing professional misconduct accusations.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Katzen

Other key lawyers:

Claire Wallace; Ross Dixon, Ben Rose; Stefano Ruis; Christopher Houssemayne du Boulay


‘Hickman Rose has an excellent reputation for white-collar crime, and is building up its associated financial regulatory practice.’

‘Hickman & Rose is an outstanding firm of criminal lawyers that is both expert in its field and highly respected by the business community and leading civil lawyers. The skills and experience of the team are second to none.’

‘First-choice criminal lawyers for clients I have in the professional and financial services sectors that find themselves in need of criminal law assistance.’

‘Andrew Katzen is proactive, thoughtful and fair.’

‘Andrew Katzen is an expert on a range of regulatory problems, with particular expertise in financial services.’

‘Ross Dixon – simply brilliant. The go-to person for white-collar crime. His knowledge, experience and assured manner put clients at ease in what are the most stressful of circumstances.’

‘Ben Rose is a most talented strategist. He has seen it all before, and his experience and unflappable approach make him a most effective operator.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for an accountant (and former executive of a FTSE listed plc), who is accused of misconduct by improperly manipulating multi-million pound government contracts.
  • Acting for a former senior officer/director of a publicly listed company, who is being investigated by the Financial Reporting Council in connection with an alleged circa £50 million overstatement of inventory in the company’s financial accounts.
  • Acting for a partner in a major London law firm, under suspicion of having committed offences contrary to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP is sought out by senior individuals from professional services firms who have been threatened with disciplinary proceedings; and solicitors’ disciplinary work is another key area of strength for the team. Practice leader Ian Ryan is ‘at the top of his game‘, while Joel Leigh is a barrister defence expert.

Practice head(s):

Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Joel Leigh; Melanie Zwennes; Kyle Phillips


‘Absolutely committed to its clients, calm, empathetic and creative.’

‘The lawyers know how to communicate with a regulator and how to achieve the best possible result for their clients. A long history of excellent results.’

‘Lots of experience in professional liability and discipline, client friendly and collaborative.’

‘Extensive experience in this area.’

‘Ian Ryan- experience of both prosecuting and defending’.

‘Ian Ryan – at the top of his game and the go-to person in London in this field.’

‘Joel Leigh – very confident, client friendly and good tactical head.’

‘Kyle Phillips – a charming manner when dealing with regulatory investigators, but incredibly tough when he needs to be.’

Legal Risk LLP

Legal Risk LLP assists law firms (and their insurers and regulators) and other professional services practices with professional disciplinary matters. In Liverpool, Frank Maher advises US, European, Australian, Asian and UK law firms, while Sue Mawdsley is an anti-money laundering expert, and Francis Dingwall in Oxford is ‘an excellent resource‘.

Practice head(s):

Frank Maher; Sue Mawdsley; Francis Dingwall

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Watkiss


‘The firm specialises in risk and compliance issues that affect legal practices, and its partners are well known.’

‘A completely reliable source of expertise in relation to the SRA and regulatory issues.’

‘Legal Risk plays a very important role in our business. As an SRA-regulated business, we need to ensure that any decisions we make are in full compliance with our regulatory obligations. We consult Legal Risk on all such matters.


McCormicks is well known for its football-related disciplinary and regulatory work. The practice also handles SRA investigations and SDT defence work. Peter McCormick is a renowned sports lawyer; Peter Minnikin‘s practice includes disciplinary matters involving medical practitioners and physiotherapists; and Philip Edmondson heads up the litigation services team.

Practice head(s):

Philip Edmondson; Peter McCormick

Other key lawyers:

Peter Minnikin


‘Good knowledge of the football industry means the firm can apply any area of law with relevance.’

‘Peter McCormick makes you feel like the most important client all the time.’

Key clients

National Pharmacy Association

The Premier League

Professional Game Match Officials

Leeds United FC

Sport Resolutions (UK)

Yorkshire Agricultural Society

Solicitors Indemnity Fund

Liverpool FC



Wycombe Wanderers FC

Work highlights

  • Representing solicitors and firms of solicitors that are the subject of investigations and/or subsequent prosecutions by the SRA.
  • Acting for the NPA in relation to professionals’ investigations and disciplinary proceedings.
  • Acted for the Premier League in a number of professional disciplinary matters.

Richard Nelson LLP

Richard Nelson LLP‘s ‘knowledgeable and focused team‘ consistently represents individuals and organisations in professional disciplinary proceedings; its expertise covering the legal, accountancy, teaching and medical sectors. In Nottingham, Richard Nelson is an SRA specialist, and Marie Dancer focuses on healthcare professionals, while Cardiff-based Steve Roberts represents solicitors who are being investigated.

Practice head(s):

Marie Dancer; Richard Nelson; Steve Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Rees


‘Incredibly friendly and person-focused approach that put me, as the client, at ease from the outset of my dealings with them. No additional pressures were placed upon me at a difficult time, and all departments were professional and personable, responding rapidly to my queries.’

‘Forward thinking and responsive, and the attention to detail was second to none.’

‘A small but knowledgeable and focused team offering a great service.’

‘The practice is unique in the solicitors’ disciplinary field because it is headed by a senior, respected individual, Richard Nelson; and the firm has considerable resources and is networked with key partners in the field to produce a product that serves its professional clients well’.

‘I regularly deal with Richard Nelson and Steve Roberts, both of whom are specialists in professional conduct – both proceedings and advisory. They have well-deserved reputations.’

‘Steve Roberts is an excellent client handler and understands the intricacies of the SRA very well’.

‘Steve Roberts is an exceptionally dedicated solicitor. He knows the law, is tactical, and provides superb client care above and beyond the norm.’

‘I dealt a lot with Victoria Rees. I could not have made it through what was a very challenging time of my life without her cool, calm professionalism, and very honest and human empathy.’


RPC‘s professional practices group focuses on the regulatory issues affecting the legal services sector, insolvency practitioners, accountants and architects. Graham Reid has ‘first-class knowledge‘ and, in Bristol, Robert Morris has longstanding experience in handling disciplinary and regulatory matters, while senior associate Emma Wherry assists with construction-related professional discipline work.

Practice head(s):

Graham Reid; Robert Morris

Other key lawyers:

Emma Wherry


‘RPC’s professional discipline offering is superb, with its team boasting strength in depth from partner to associate level.’

‘RPC’s professional discipline team is unique in the way that it understands the various disciplinary bodies, the rules they apply, and the way they come to decisions.’

‘This team has a strong practice in professional negligence behind it, and the lawyers know how to prepare cases for hearings, regularly wiping the floor with regulators’ legal teams, who really do not know what has hit them.’

‘The firm is very experienced in both professional negligence and professional discipline, and uses its experience in both to give well-rounded advice and representation that are properly tailored to the case in question. The lawyers are also very familiar with the intricacies of the different professional disciplinary bodies.’

‘Graham Reid gives considered, careful, detailed and thorough advice.’

‘Graham Reid – first-class knowledge and very user friendly.’

‘Emma Wherry is a great all-round lawyer, nothing gets past her, and she is very effective in managing her cases – thinks strategically and learns very quickly.’

‘Emma Wherry – just all over all the detail. She is really hardworking, and excellent at getting on top of a case to the client’s advantage.’