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McDowell Purcell

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McDowell Purcell, JP McDowell, Dublin, IRELAND

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JP McDowell

Work +353 1 828 0600
Barry Doyle & Co Solicitors

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Administrative and Regulatory Law Unit.


JP is the Head of the Public and Regulatory Law Department and has practised in this area of law for over 20 years. JP leads a team of experienced solicitors who specialise in the provision of a broad range of legal services to regulatory bodies, including the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, the Teaching Council, the Medical Council, CORU, the Financial Services Ombudsman, the Veterinary Council of Ireland, the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council. JP advises regulatory bodies in relation to all aspects of regulation including registration, education and training, professional competence, discipline and oral hearings. With an expertise in the drafting of rules and regulations, JP advises both established regulators and start-up regulators in relation to the discharge of their statutory functions and is regularly involved in the drafting and interpretation of regulations. In particular, he has drafted rules and regulations governing the registration/licensing of health and other professionals. An expert in disciplinary proceedings, JP manages and provides advice in relation to the organisation, investigation and preparation of oral hearings before professional conduct committees. A skilled advocate he regularly presents cases before professional conduct committees. While most of his experience is in acting for regulators, JP acts from time to time for health professionals appearing before conduct tribunals. He also regularly chairs hearing panels at the Chartered Accountancy Regulatory Board. An experienced litigator, JP has acted for regulators in many high profile High Court and Supreme Court judicial review proceedings and appeals. He has also prosecuted individuals before the Courts for offences relating to persons practising while unregistered. An experienced and accomplished speaker, JP regularly speaks at national and international conferences, and hosts quarterly domestic seminars devoted to Public and Regulatory Law. JP is also a co-author of the only legal text book in this area of law in this jurisdiction which is entitled “Disciplinary Procedures in the Statutory Professions” (published by Bloomsbury in 2011).


Law Society of Ireland, Law Society of England and Wales, Disciplinary Committee of the Chartered Accountants Regulatory Board, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.


BCL 1988, University College Dublin, Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 1993 Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, 2010.


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McDowell Purcell is 'unique in the level of experience it has in the area of professional regulation'; the team's expertise covers the health and social care, education, charities and professional services sectors. Managing partner and department head JP McDowell acted for the Law Society of Ireland in a case involving a claims harvesting website; Eimear Burke represented a regulatory body in a high-profile fitness to practise inquiry; and the 'calm and measured' Barry Fagan acted for the Teaching Council in relation to the first-ever fitness to teach inquiry. Sinéad Taaffe is noted for her 'commercially focused and clear advice'. The team has recently expanded its client base to include the Charities Regulator.

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