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Wendy’s main practice is in advising and representing individuals facing all stages of regulatory and disciplinary proceedings.
Wendy practices exclusively in professional discipline and regulatory work.
Wendy is Head of the Professional Discipline and Regulatory Team at 5SAH. She is ranked in the Legal 500 as a leading barrister within the field of Professional Discipline and Regulatory law.
‘ Wendy is a tour de force with impeccable judgement. She defends a range of professionals before their regulators and does so with complete charm. She has always identified the exact pitfalls in the case and is meticulous in her preparation often achieving quite frankly astounding results for her clients. ’
The Legal 500 2022
“Having worked with Wendy on a wide range of cases I have found her to be extremely client focused and an excellent advocate with exceptionally good judgement, persuasive arguments and excellent cross-examination skills. She provides a top-level of service to her instructing solicitors and is an absolute delight to instruct and work with.”
Baljit Bagha, Solicitor, The Pharmacists’ Defence Association
In the medical and healthcare professions, Wendy specialises in advising and representing individuals at all stages in Fitness to Practise proceedings (whether involving misconduct, health, conviction/caution or lack of competence or clinical failings). She accepts instructions at all stages of a case’s life, from interim orders to substantive/principal hearings, or at review hearings following an order of suspension. Examples of regulators before whom Wendy regularly appears are the MPTS, HCPTS, GPhC, GDC and NMC.
She appears in the High Court dealing with appeals brought by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), and in connection with applications for extensions to interim orders.
Recent examples include:
- Professional Standards Agency v HCPC and Wood  EWHC 2819 (Admin)
- Professional Standards Agency v HCPC and Roberts  EWHC 1906 (Admin)
- GPhC v Kellett and Gamble  6 WLUK 456
She also has expertise in registration appeals, fraudulently or incorrectly procured entry cases and restoration applications.
Wendy’s work also includes advising and representing:
- Regulated healthcare professionals in the workplace and Trust disciplinary hearings and appeals;
- Doctors in Annual Review of Competence Progress (ARCP) Outcomes appeals;
Wendy represents teachers facing proceedings at the TRA where teachers face allegations amounting to unacceptable professional conduct/conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.
Wendy frequently represents University students in Fitness to Practise hearings and appeals, particularly in allegations of sexual misconduct which have been investigated by the University rather than by the police. One recent client wrote:
“I am a young man at university, and I plan on entering the professional world on completion of my degree. With my whole life ahead of me I couldn’t have been happier, only for a serious allegation to be made against me, which threatened my future prospects. I decided that the best course of action was to contact Ms Wendy Hewitt to help defend me against this allegation. This was one of the best decisions I have made. Ms Hewitt was not only extremely hard-working, dedicated and talented, but also kind and compassionate to my plight. I was offered assistance, both practically in defending the allegation against me, but also in constantly supporting me throughout the entire process. Ms Hewitt demonstrated her clear expertise and was successful in my case… I could not recommend the services of Ms Hewitt enough.”
- Wendy was called to the Bar in 1999.
- Before converting to the Bar, Wendy trained and qualified in 1998 as a solicitor in a magic circle City law firm.
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL).
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3
Wendy Hewitt –5 St Andrews Hill ‘Her collegiate approach and friendly, reassuring manner with clients. Her advocacy skills before the regulators, both in cross examination of witnesses and in making persuasive submissions to the panel are second to none.‘