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RadcliffesLeBrasseur provides legal advice and support across all regulated fields and professions, with specialist departments for corporate regulation, healthcare professionals and solicitors.

Corporate regulation, compliance and investigations

The team advises regulated and non-regulated companies on complying with legal obligations. They also advise companies that are under investigation in all areas of white collar crime, corporate fraud, and tax and financial investigations.

Healthcare professionals

The team, led by Alex Leslie, defends healthcare professionals in a variety of forums when their conduct, health or competence is put in question. They have been involved in this type of work for more than a century.

Solicitors regulation

The team, led by Nigel West, is recognised as one of the leading firms for solicitors regulation. They represent solicitors in SRA enquiries, investigations and adjudications,  defend solicitors in Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal proceedings and represent solicitors on SDT appeals to the High Court.

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What the team is known for

Recognised for its strength in advising on regulation and compliance issues for medical professionals, regularly assisting them with hearings before the GMC and GDC. Also noted for its ability to assist with police investigations, as well as sensitive inquests and inquiries. Possesses noteworthy expertise in defending solicitors facing SRA proceedings.

Strengths

One client comments: "They are very responsive  and they appreciate the values that are important to us as an organisation."

Work highlights

Acted for a registered chiropractor in relation to a GCC investigation and subsequent Professional Conduct Committee hearing concerning allegations that the respondent had missed several signs of underlying cancer in a patient.

Notable practitioners

James Rowley is a key contact.

Sam Flew heads the firm's healthcare professionals team and frequently represents individuals facing disciplinary proceedings and prosecution. He is particularly well versed in handling hearings before governing bodies in the healthcare sector, including the GMC and GDC.
"He's a fabulous lawyer who is brilliantly client-focused, incredibly calm, strategic and thoughtful." "He is very good with clients and at diffusing potential issues." "Sam has a really good eye for detail and great client care skills."

Nigel West possesses a wealth of experience in the legal services domain, which he utilises to counsel legal professionals and law firms on SRA appeals and SDT proceedings. He is particularly knowledgeable in relation to cases concerning sexual misconduct and SRA Accounts Rules breaches.

Stewart Duffy is particularly skilled at advising healthcare professionals on disciplinary investigations and judicial review proceedings. He frequently advises individuals and groups of professionals in relation to investigations brought by the GDC and GMC.
"He is an experienced GMC lawyer and is very sensible."

Ian Sadler advises a plethora of medical professionals and associations on disciplinary and criminal proceedings, including appellate matters.
"He is extremely intelligent and good at handling complex issues."

William Childs is highlighted for his adept representation of healthcare professionals in fitness-to-practise hearings. He has significant experience of assisting individuals facing GMC investigations and judicial review proceedings.
"William is very good with clients and extremely thorough."

Simon Gomersall regularly represents doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals in disciplinary investigations and tribunal proceedings. He possesses additional experience in judicial reviews and inquests.
"He glides into cases to provide great, calm advice." "He is a very professional and extremely thorough lawyer."

Susanna Heley is noted for her proficient representation of solicitors facing allegations of dishonesty and breaches of Accounts Rules, among other issues. She regularly appears as an advocate before the SDT.

Anne Green is noted for her representation of healthcare professionals in inquests and investigations. Her practice focuses on disciplinary proceedings before the GMC and GDC.

Alex Leslie possesses a wealth of experience counselling doctors on regulatory and disciplinary matters.

Richard Privett is well known for his representation of medical and dental professionals in proceedings before their regulatory bodies. He is equally adept at acting on behalf of individuals in criminal proceedings and sensitive inquiries.
"He is an excellent lawyer who is very tactical and good at assessing cases quickly." "Richard is vastly experienced and very thoughtful in his tactical and strategic thinking."

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