Professional discipline, regulation and conduct
Professional regulatory bodies have a wide range of issues and
challenges facing them, and attract scrutiny from many
stakeholders. They also have a important responsibility to the
public to ensure that professionals are fit to practise and meet
Public accountability is key, and regulators must maintain high
standards within the professions they regulate and make fair,
lawful decisions. Failing to do so may leave them open to criticism
and legal challenge.
As well as maintaining standards within professions, regulators
also face pressure to ensure they keep costs to a minimum, and look
for value for money for public funds.
Working with us means that professional regulators benefit from
our wide experience of different professional bodies. We have
leading lawyers in this field and are often involved in key cases.
We aim to work collaboratively with in-house legal teams and our
- investigating and advising on allegations and complaints
- providing lawyers to join in-house teams on secondments
- acting as advocates in disciplinary and conduct hearings
- advising on the exercise of public duties
- drafting legislation for regulators
- providing training for Council and panel members
- sitting as legal advisers/assessors
- dealing with the media
We have long-standing experience working with professional
regulators, and we are practised in investigating “fitness to
practise” allegations, appearing at tribunals, conducting appeals
and judicial reviews, interpreting legislation, advising on the
discharge of statutory functions and drafting rules and procedures.
Our lawyers provide a high quality service because they understand
the regulatory context and the pressures professional regulators
We also advise professional regulatory bodies on the separation
of representative and regulatory functions, which creates modern,
lawful regulators who have the benefit of increased public
Through the legal and non-legal training we provide to members,
in-house legal teams, case workers and investigators, regulators
and their decision makers can more easily make fair, lawful
decisions, through following procedures and rules correctly.