Blackstone Chambers

Professional Discipline Department

London (Bar)
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Fields a cluster of celebrated silks who operate in the more visible cases arising from disciplinary matters in the financial, medical, legal and sports professions. The barristers are particularly notable for their abilities in legally complex appeals and associated public law challenges. The set's considerable capability across regulatory law more widely means that its members are often consulted by the professional bodies themselves for advice on their regulatory frameworks. Recent highlights in the disciplinary field include the representation of the RCVS before the Privy Council, and the chairing of an independent inquiry into the governance of Oxfam, in connection with the use of prostitutes in Haiti and other safeguarding concerns.

Client service: "The clerks are so helpful - nothing is ever too much trouble and they always use their initiative." Gary Oliver is the senior clerk.

Andrew George QC

Well versed in professional discipline matters, especially in the field of financial services regulation. He routinely acts for and against the FCA, but is also experienced in disciplinary proceedings involving such bodies as the FRC and the American Association of the Deaf-Blind.
Strengths: "He is an excellent advocate - very impressive." "He is very good on his feet, practical and delightful to listen to." "A very big reputation in financial services."

Catherine Callaghan QC

Highly proficient barrister whose broad industry expertise is widely praised, encompassing sectors such as healthcare, law and accountancy. She regularly represents regulatory bodies such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the SRA, as well as regulated professionals.
Strengths: "Hard-working, solid and a doughty opponent." "Very thorough and measured in her approach."

Ivan Hare QC

Experienced silk who routinely undertakes complex disciplinary cases involving healthcare professionals. He regularly acts in high-profile cases for the GMC and the RCVS, among others.
Strengths: "A robust advocate" who "is very measured and has the ear of the court."
Recent work: Successfully acted for a veterinarian in an appeal before the Privy Council, in relation to the non-disclosure of criminal convictions in another jurisdiction, for which offence the RCVS had removed the registrant from the register. This decision was overturned, and the matter remitted to the RCVS, which imposed a three-month suspension instead.

Javan Herberg QC

Focuses his esteemed practice on financial services regulation, regularly appearing on behalf of both professionals and regulatory bodies. He also acts for regulators in other areas, including the energy sector.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate who knows his stuff inside and out."
Recent work: Acted for Paul Stephany in his defence of FCA proceedings relating to his management of funds in connection with an IPO and a placing.

Kate Gallafent QC

Accomplished silk with vast experience in the sporting, telecommunications and healthcare sectors. She routinely represents professional regulatory bodies and also acts on behalf of individuals and businesses operating in regulated industries. Her capabilities include statutory appeals and judicial reviews.
Strengths: "Fantastically analytical, robust and focused on achieving the best outcome." "She makes elegant submissions" and is "incredibly user-friendly."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the Football Association in its actions against Peter Beardsley, over allegations of verbal abuse against youth players.

Mark Shaw QC

Well-known and highly respected advocate who focuses on disciplinary matters involving healthcare professionals, particularly in public law proceedings. He is instructed by a wide variety of medical regulators, including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the GDC and the General Optical Council. He is also experienced in cases involving the PSA.
Strengths: "We value his super brain - he's incredibly sharp and a real expert in the area." "Super advocate and so classy in court." "He is a class act: he has excellent knowledge and is able to present it beautifully."
Recent work: Represented the General Osteopathic Council in resisting a statutory appeal, which argued that its Professional Conduct Committee rendered a registrant’s disciplinary hearing unfair by questioning her for too long in an unduly hostile, irrelevant and distressing manner akin to that of a prosecutor.