James Penry-Davey > Capsticks LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Capsticks LLP
SW19 4DR

Work Department

Dispute resolution.



James leads Capsticks’ regulatory team. He joined Capsticks in 2007 and has extensive experience of advising statutory regulators, principally the General Dental Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Health and Care Professions Council and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.


James is responsible for the delivery of our work to the General Dental Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council and he’s often involved in complex, high profile and sensitive cases. James handles regulatory cases in the High Court, including judicial reviews, appeals and challenges to interventions into solicitors’ firms. In addition, James provides advice on a broad range of legal issues in regulatory cases, including policy and guidance, and the application of the Data Protection Act, the European Convention on Human Rights and the common law duty of confidence.

James delivers bespoke training sessions to in-house teams and has also appeared as an advocate before the committees of regulators.


Qualified as a: (i) barrister in 2005 (QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers); (ii) solicitor in 2012. Made partner 2014. QEB Hollis Whiteman (Pupil / Barrister) 2005 / 2006. Capsticks solicitors 2007 onwards (qualified as a solicitor in 2012).


Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.


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Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Professional discipline

(Leading individuals)

James Penry-DaveyCapsticks 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.