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Recognised for its expertise in regulation across a range of sectors, particularly accountancy, healthcare and veterinary. Acts for individual registrants in disciplinary proceedings and fitness-to-practise hearings. Also provides advice and representation to regulators on corporate governance and regulatory matters.
Clients describe the team as "excellent service providers who are active in identifying and solving issues before they become concerns."
Interviewees commend the lawyers for their "excellent regulatory knowledge."
Represented the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in an appeal to the Privy Council concerning allegations of serious fraud relating to equine certification.
Claire Whittle is a senior associate who frequently handles disciplinary proceedings on behalf of a range of regulators, including the IPA and RCVS. She is also capable of handling procedural reviews for regulatory bodies.
"She is a very technical lawyer who is very organised and able to channel the thoughts of a number of parties into the agreed case strategy."
Geoffrey Hudson is a distinguished and deeply experienced professional discipline expert, with considerable expertise in advising regulators in the veterinary and pharmaceutical sectors.
"He is an exceptional and experienced solicitor who is a recognised leader in the field of regulatory law."
Katrina Wingfield possesses considerable experience of disciplinary proceedings before a range of regulatory authorities, including the SRA, ACCA and GDC.
"She is an eminent name in the professional discipline field."
Melanie Carter frequently represents clients from various sectors in fitness-to-practise proceedings, in addition to advising regulatory bodies on disciplinary and governance matters. She is particularly adept at handling disciplinary investigations into misconduct by accountants and MPs for the ICAEW and IPSA respectively.
"She is a very thorough and knowledgeable lawyer who breaks complex regulatory law issues down into easily understood concepts to aid clients."
Neil Wilks handles a broad spectrum of disciplinary matters for regulators, while also counselling on governance and policy issues. He possesses particular strength in relation to cases concerning veterinary and farriery professionals.
"He is an experienced associate solicitor who provides clear and timely advice and is developing a strong reputation in the regulatory field."
Nicole Curtis is held in particularly high regard for her experience in the veterinary and healthcare sectors. She is regularly called upon to represent the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Farriers Registration Council in fitness-to-practise proceedings.
"She is an exceptionally bright lawyer who provides accurate, timely, easily understood and practical advice on all aspects of regulatory law. She is an outstanding advocate before disciplinary committees and a recognised leader within the field of regulation." "She always provides sound, sensible advice and is a pleasure to work with."
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With decades of experience advising professional bodies (both statutory and voluntary) we have not only an in-depth knowledge of the law, but a practical understanding of what’s needed to manage your real-world challenges.
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