Regulatory Law is a broad umbrella term involving the specific rules and regulations issued by or governing a wide range of regulatory bodies, agencies and professions. These regulations cover a number of disparate areas.
We have barristers at all levels of seniority, all of whom practise in other areas of law in addition to their regulatory practices. This inter-disciplinary experience makes them ideally placed to provide high quality, expert advice and representation in a regulatory context, across a range of regulatory courts, specialist tribunals and other regulatory hearing venues, as well as the appellate courts.
Our clients include individuals, private and public bodies, local authorities, professional regulators and agencies. Several members of our team sit as legal advisors to various disciplinary and professional regulatory panels and are therefore familiar with all aspects of the procedure, case law and jurisdictional considerations governing those panels. Other members of our team have been seconded to regulatory bodies and have experience of conducting prosecutions on behalf of the regulator.
In addition to the specific examples below, members of the team have experience of the crossover between regulatory issues and other areas of legal practice, for example discrimination law as it applies to public bodies such as prisons and local authorities, or health and safety law as it applies to employers.
Specific examples of regulatory law expertise offered by members of the team include:
This includes the professional regulators responsible for regulating the practice of a wide range of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, midwives and nursing associates, chiropractors, osteopaths, opticians and optometrists, and a variety of professions governed by the Health and Care Professions Council.
Members of our team have a wealth of experience of fitness to practise and professional misconduct hearings within the healthcare regulation setting, and the issues which arise in those hearings.
Professional conduct regulation
In addition to healthcare regulation, members of the team offer specialist advice and representation in relation to fitness to practice and conduct/discipline hearings within a range of other regulated professionals, including barristers, solicitors, social workers, teachers, accountants and the police.
This includes appeals to Visitors of Universities, appeals against school exclusion decisions, school admissions appeals and infant class size appeals.
This includes representing individuals at sports disciplinary hearings held by organisations including ASA.
Members of the team have experience of representing clients at Coroners’ Inquests and attending inquests on behalf of prosecuting authorities.
Criminal Regulatory Law
A number of members of the team have experience in criminal proceedings encompassing regulatory law, including prosecutions relating to health & safety, food hygiene, trading standards, environmental protection, data protection, licensing hearings and prosecutions brought by HMRC. For further details please see our Criminal Law Team page.
Details of any individual member’s experience and speciality can be obtained from the CV sections of this site. Alternatively, our clerks will be pleased to assist directly with any particular or bespoke enquiry. Should you wish to instruct a member of the Employment Team or make an enquiry, please contact our Regulatory Clerk Sandie Smith, our Criminal Clerk Rick Gardner, our Civil Managing Clerk Jason Roukin, or another member of our clerking team.