Disciplinary and regulatory investigations are typically lengthy, stressful and complex. They can have devastating effects on a professional person’s reputation and livelihood.

Our team deals with regulatory and disciplinary processes for professionals and regulators in a variety of different forums and has extensive experience of:

  • Representing doctors in regulatory proceedings before the General Medical Council;
  • Representing dentists in regulatory proceedings before the General Dental Council;
  • Representing nurses in regulatory proceedings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council;
  • Representing pharmacists in regulatory proceedings before the General Pharmaceutical Council;
  • Representing healthcare professionals in disciplinary proceedings before their employer;
  • Representing accountants in regulatory proceedings before the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy;
  • Advising the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries;
  • Providing independent legal advice on regulatory law and human rights to panels at the Scottish Social Services Council;
  • Advising the Association of Optometrists in matters relating to professional discipline;
  • Representing the Professional Standards Authority in appeals against decisions of regulatory bodies in the Court of Session;
  • Presenting cases of alleged impairment of fitness to teach before the General Teaching Council of Scotland;
  • Drafting professional discipline rules for the Law Society of Scotland, including its rules for alternative business structures;
  • Representing the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission in appeals to the Court of Session.

We are typically involved from the outset of the process and have developed the expertise and knowledge to lead our clients, whether regulator or registrant, through it from start to finish.

Our extensive experience in prosecuting cases for regulators and defending individuals under investigation ensures that we can easily identify the weaknesses and work on the strengths of every case.

The depth and breadth of our experience means we are well placed to advise not only on the disciplinary or regulatory process itself, but on matters which commonly arise as a result of it or out of the same circumstances. We regularly advise on human rights law and act in civil claims, court inquiries (fatal accident inquiries or public inquiries), criminal investigations and prosecutions, the preparation of responses to Disclosure Scotland regarding listing for disbarring, and in judicial review proceedings arising from events under consideration in the disciplinary or regulatory process.

To speak with one of our experts contact Duncan Mawby or Christine O'Neill.