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Held in high esteem for its regulatory work in the legal, financial and healthcare sectors. Frequently assists regulators with investigations, evidence gathering and regulatory action. Also acts on behalf of individual practitioners and organisations in defending against disciplinary proceedings.
One impressed client says: "The firm has excellent knowledge and experience of our specialist area. They are able to offer high-quality advice consistently, but perhaps more crucially for us, they have an ability to think outside the box and come up with solutions in some of the unusual circumstances we face."
Acted for the ARB in securing an admission of unacceptable professional conduct from an architect and thereby avoiding the need for a contested appeal hearing in the High Court.
John Gould is a well-known and highly respected expert in the professional discipline sector, having earned an excellent reputation for his abilities in both prosecution and defence work. He regularly advises regulatory bodies, including the SRA and ARB, and is particularly adept at assisting lawyers facing sexual misconduct allegations.
"He is a very intellectually able, engaged and astute lawyer." "He is very knowledgeable, practical and pragmatic."
Matthew Bosworth focuses on representing finance and healthcare professionals in fitness-to-practise hearings and judicial reviews. He also assists regulatory bodies with disciplinary proceedings and procedural reviews.
"He is a very good and practical lawyer."
Michael Stacey enjoys a strong reputation for his knowledge of regulatory issues faced by clients in a number of industries. He represents legal, healthcare and education professionals in disciplinary hearings, in addition to assisting regulatory bodies with fitness-to-practise proceedings and procedural matters.
"His thoughtfulness and determined efforts provided great comfort during a very difficult process."
Peter Cadman is noted for his broad professional discipline practice, in which he defends solicitors and advises financial regulators in disciplinary proceedings.
"He puts sensitive matters to bed with a combination of charm and toughness."
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The regulation team acts for regulatory bodies, regulated businesses and individuals across a range of regulated professions, including solicitors, barristers, healthcare professionals, architects, accountants, financial services professionals, optometrists and charity trustees.
We handle substantial and complex cases involving the most serious allegations, often with an international element and where there is a high level of public and media interest. We are increasingly acting on the defence side in legal services regulatory matters, advising a number of city firms and individual partners on regulatory issues, the investigation of allegations of misconduct (particularly in relation to sexual harassment) and in relation to subsequent regulatory action. Our clients include a number of city and national law firms, and over 40 sets of Barristers’ Chambers.
We are also one of three firms on the legal panel of the Law Society of England & Wales, and act for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy and a number of other national regulators and professional bodies.
The firm also regularly provides advocates and presenting officers to Tribunals, Disciplinary and Fitness to Practice hearings. Advocacy is both for the professional body and individuals. The team has Higher Rights of Audience for both civil and criminal work.