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39 Essex Chambers

Professional Discipline

11 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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The barristers at 39 Essex Chambers are regularly engaged in the most high-profile regulatory cases across various professions, including finance, medicine and the law. Members of chambers defend and prosecute disciplinary proceedings brought by key regulators such as the GMC, GDC and SRA. They are also frequently called upon for advice and representation in related appeals before the senior courts, including judicial review. Recent highlights have included key instructions in relation to the Gary Senior affair, and defending a challenge to the PSA's accreditation of the professional body representing homeopaths. In the words of one market commentator, "it is a very strong set whose barristers are always very thorough and well prepared."

Client service:

"39 Essex has the best clerks I have worked with. Senior practice manager Peter Campbell is outstanding. I cannot find enough superlatives to express how fantastic this set is." "The clerks are really good - proactive and helpful." The set's Quarantine Queries initiative has offered clients half-hour consultations with members, free of charge.

Strengths:

Alexis Hearnden
Alexis Hearnden is highly regarded for her effective representation of professional individuals and regulators, focusing primarily on the healthcare sector. She has considerable experience of proceedings involving the GMC, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Health and Care Professions Council, the RCVS and the PSA. She also defends solicitors and barristers.
"She's fantastic. Really smart and well regarded." "A very capable and accomplished junior." "Very good on her feet and knows the law well."
Recent work: Acted for the PSA in a challenge brought by the Good Thinking Society, concerning the PSA's decision to accredit the Society of Homeopaths.

Strengths:

Andrew Tabachnik QC
Andrew Tabachnik QC is a highly regarded barrister who is recognised for his capable handling of a range of high-profile, complex professional disciplinary matters. He regularly appears both for and against regulators, and focuses his practice on the military, legal, financial and sporting sectors.
"Forensically excellent, incredibly calm when things are stressful." "Andrew is very bright, works hard and is a smooth advocate. He's basically the paradigm for a really good silk."
Recent work: Acted for the SRA in its proceedings against Gary Senior and Baker McKenzie, concerning sexual harassment and alleged irregularities in the firm's investigation of the allegations.

Strengths:

David Bradly QC
David Bradly QC is an exceptional advocate who regularly assists both regulators and professionals in the healthcare sector. He is highly regarded for his deft handling of complex cases, including high-profile appellate matters, involving regulatory bodies such as the GMC, GDC and RCVS. He also acts for professionals from other fields such as solicitors, psychologists and accountants.
"An excellent advocate who is able to present complex issues in a clear and understandable way. He is always very well prepared and knows the case inside out. He is scrupulously fair and even-handed, yet most effective in cross-examining witnesses." "He's a real class operator. Incredibly fair, tribunals love and trust him." "He has an absolutely charming manner, is very detailed and knows the law inside out."
Recent work: Acted for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in successfully resisting an appeal brought by a vet who was struck off for dishonesty and serious clinical errors.

Strengths:

Eleanor Grey QC
Eleanor Grey QC demonstrates notable skill in regulatory and disciplinary matters concerning the health and social care sectors. Her experience in public law makes her adept at disciplinary appeals in the High Court. She often acts for regulators such as the GMC in high-profile cases, including those where their decisions are challenged, and additionally acts for the PSA in challenging decisions of the regulatory bodies it oversees.
"She's very sensible, good on the law and knows which points to fight."
Recent work: Acted for the PSA in a challenge to the Health and Care Professions Council's handling of disciplinary procedures against a social worker.

Strengths:

Fenella Morris QC
Fenella Morris QC is a skilled advocate whose broad regulatory practice encompasses a number of professional remits, including finance and healthcare. She acts for regulators as well as defendants in disciplinary proceedings. She also has a strong track record of providing policy advice to regulators and disciplinary bodies.
"Very friendly, bright in the law and intelligent. Really impressed with the way she puts things across in court; judges seem to listen to her." "Extremely good, very authoritative. She's very impressive." "Always user-friendly and provides excellent advice."
Recent work: Acted for the PSA in a challenge brought by the Good Thinking Society, concerning the PSA's decision to accredit the Society of Homeopaths.

Strengths:

Gregory Treverton-Jones QC
Gregory Treverton-Jones QC is a renowned advocate who specialises in the representation of solicitors facing significant disciplinary proceedings. He is also noted for his adept representation of barristers and surveyors, as well as their regulators. He has significant experience of regulatory appeals in the High Court.
"A formidable opponent, you have to up your game when you are against Greg." "Very knowledgeable and a real fighter." "One of the stars of the regulatory Bar who has a lovely calm, authoritative manner."
Recent work: Defended Gary Senior in his high-profile prosecution by the SRA.

Strengths:

Jenni Richards QC
Jenni Richards QC is a highly respected silk whose disciplinary practice covers a wide range of areas, including the financial, legal and healthcare sectors. She has extensive experience representing both regulators and defendants, and draws upon her deep knowledge of public law to inform her regulatory work.
"There is nothing she doesn't know about this field." "Always very pleasant to work with, makes herself available at short notice and is very good with clients. Extremely clever but makes things accessible to lay people. She's also a brilliant advocate." "Extremely steeped in regulatory work and very good."
Recent work: Acted for the GMC in an appeal brought by a doctor regarding the approach to allegations of sexual motivation and assessment of insight.

Strengths:

Nicola Greaney
Nicola Greaney routinely appears in significant disciplinary matters on behalf of medical professionals. She draws upon her deep knowledge of clinical negligence and personal injury law to inform her well-respected regulatory practice. She has considerable experience of disciplinary appeals in the High Court.
"She has a really good calm manner that instils trust in the panel. Doesn't take points that are too high or impossible to back up." "Impressive, practical and very good with clients."
Recent work: Acted for a psychologist in a hearing regarding allegations of sexual misconduct and breaches of professional boundaries with a patient.

Strengths:

Peter Mant
Peter Mant is sought after for his expert knowledge of matters in the healthcare regulatory remit. He routinely acts on behalf of the PSA, RCVS and GMC. He also acts for individuals subject to regulation. His capabilities include judicial review and regulatory appeals in the High Court.
"He's absolutely outstanding, very intelligent and knows the field backwards. He's open to pushing difficult or slightly complex issues in a way the courts like." "He's calm and responsible, and he's really open in his approach. There's no formality in the way we interact with him, and that's been very welcome." "Provides excellent written work and clear experience."
Recent work: Acted for the GMC in a challenge brought by the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health in Northern Ireland. The challenge concerned a decision to open an investigation into the applicant's conduct following the publication of the report of the Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-related Deaths.

Strengths:

Rory Dunlop QC
Rory Dunlop QC is a skilled regulatory lawyer who routinely represents the GMC in appeals and judicial reviews. He is also regularly instructed by the SRA and the Department for Education. He acts in a wide range of cases including sexual misconduct allegations and claims of dishonesty, and is a noted authority on immigration issues relating to the field. He has a flair for appellate proceedings.
"He can give advice tactfully and goes the extra mile."
Recent work: Acted for the SRA in proceedings against a law firm's compliance officers, who had failed to stop without merit immigration claims brought by the firm.

Strengths:

Vikram Sachdeva QC
Vikram Sachdeva QC is a renowned silk with a clinical background, whose highly active practice sees him regularly appear before regulators in the health, legal and financial sectors. He is skilled in judicial reviews challenging disciplinary decisions.
"He will keep going until he finds the final yard that we need to get over the line and into the right position. His knowledge in the field of healthcare really helps." "He really knows his stuff; he's someone who's incredible and meticulous in the detail."
Recent work: Acted for E-Negotiation in a challenge regarding its compliance with the 2007 Legal Services Act. The High Court found that, although the company was not comprised of qualified lawyers, it could lawfully supply a service of assisting clients with straightforward divorce paperwork.

Professional Discipline

39 Essex Chambers

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Professional Discipline


Andrew Tabachnik QC
Band 2
David Bradly QC
New Silks
Eleanor Grey QC
Band 1
Fenella Morris QC
Band 1
Gregory Treverton-Jones QC
Band 1
Jenni Richards QC
Band 2

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