Leigh Day

Gideon Habel

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Practice Areas

Gideon acts for professionals in disciplinary investigations and prosecutions across a range of disciplines, including lawyers, doctors and social workers.

He has particular expertise in advising solicitors and firms in SRA investigations and proceedings. In 2020, he was instructed in the high-profile case of a junior solicitor in an appeal against the SDT’s decision to strike her from the Roll for alleged misconduct in the context of mental health issues.

Between 2015 and 2018, Gideon was the lead solicitor on Leigh Day’s in-house team that successfully defended the SRA’s high-profile investigation, prosecution and appeal of allegations of professional misconduct arising from the Al Sweady Inquiry.

Gideon combines his professional discipline defence practice with advisory work on regulatory and compliance matters (for individuals and businesses alike) including in relation to compliance with professional Codes of Conduct, self-reporting, authorisation requirements and the GDPR.

Professional Memberships

-Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers

-Law Society’s Risk & Compliance division.


Gideon co-authors a monthly column in the Solicitors Journal with Leigh Day Associate Emma Walker. He is widely quoted on regulatory and disciplinary matters, particularly around the need for greater regulatory accountability and fairness in the regulatory process.