Legal Risk

Professional Discipline Department

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What the team is known for Respected specialist firm with a focus on advising law firms on disciplinary matters, operating out of offices in Liverpool and Oxford. Represents firms before the SDT and is particularly accomplished in advising on SRA compliance matters. Admired for its strong defence of individual practitioners in SRA disciplinary proceedings.

Strengths One client enthuses: "It's a well-respected niche firm that is highly regarded locally and nationally as expert in its field."

Sources add: "They provide expert advice on a range of difficult issues in a very timely fashion. They cut through the enormous raft of regulations to provide clear and concise practical advice."

Notable practitioners

Francis Dingwall is highly regarded for his professional discipline practice, which focuses on advising law firms and solicitors on SRA disciplinary investigations. A client says: "He has an excellent understanding of regulatory regimes and is very good at protecting our position."

Frank Maher 's "wealth of knowledge" earns him the praise of market commentators, who recognise his outstanding capabilities in handling professional discipline matters for lawyers and law firms. Sources report: "There is nothing he does not know about regulation issues. You can always go to him, however tricky the problem, and he knows his way around the subject matter."

Susan Mawdsley focuses on advising law firms on anti-money laundering matters and disciplinary investigations. Clients say: "She is an expert in her field and cuts through difficult issues with ease, providing quick and decisive advice and guidance."