Disciplinary and regulatory investigations are typically lengthy, stressful and complex. They can have devastating effects on an individual's reputation and livelihood. Our lawyers combine deep knowledge of legal principle and disciplinary procedures with strategic thinking, pragmatism and humanity.

We deal with regulatory and disciplinary processes for professionals and regulators in a variety of different forums and have extensive experience of representing medical, legal and financial services professionals before regulators including the GMC, GDC, NMC, CIPFA, ARB, ICAS and the FCA.

Quite simply the best litigation team to work with. Very collaborative, nimble and pragmatic. They are (re)solution providers at every turn.

Legal 500 UK 2024

For regulators, protecting the public and their profession's reputation by maintaining and improving standards and tackling poor conduct is core. We bring together market leading experts in administrative and public law and professional discipline to provide a one stop shop for regulatory clients – supporting them to investigate complaints and bring disciplinary proceedings while also advising on governance and decision-making, drafting rules and regulations and defending legal challenge. We are engaged by regulators across a range of sectors.

We are the appointed panel solicitors for numerous insurer clients and professional organisations on risks under professional indemnity, directors & officers, errors & omissions, corporate & specialty and cyber risk policies. We have extensive expertise across the full range of negligence and other claims against professionals, from those long-established professions in healthcare, financial lines, construction, insurance and law, to less traditional and developing professions. We use creative solutions and alternative dispute mechanisms to achieve the best possible results for our clients.

We are regularly involved in ground-breaking litigation, including managing test case strategies, and offer the expertise of our in-house advocates to represent clients in all courts and tribunals including fatal accident inquiries and public inquiries. We understand the interplay between claims and other investigative processes, and the importance of managing them beyond the courtroom.

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Professional Negligence, Discipline & Regulation key highlights

  • Partners Christine O'Neill and Niall McLean are co-authors of "Health Care Regulation in Scotland' in leading textbook, 'The Regulation of Healthcare Professionals'.
  • Extensive experience of representing healthcare professionals on instructions from medical defence organisations.
  • Advising and representing a Core Participant in the long running and ongoing Edinburgh Tram Public Inquiry.
  • Successfully defending the reported UK Supreme Court case of Gordon’s Trustees v Campbell Riddell Breeze Paterson on prescription (equivalent to limitation in England & Wales), valued by the claimants at over £8m.
  • Acting for the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission in managing a test case strategy involving multiple appeals and a judicial review in the Court of Session.
  • In collaboration with our tax specialists, negotiating a reduced inheritance tax liability with HMRC to mitigate our clients’ exposure as tax advisers to a multi-million pound damages claim.

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