Professional Discipline

Being subject to professional discipline proceedings can be an extremely daunting process and any allegations of wrongdoing can have a serious impact on a person’s career, livelihood and reputation.

Our team of expert regulatory lawyers at Nicholls & Nicholls represent clients in many professional sectors including those registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), the General Dental Council (GDC) and the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA). We regularly deal with different professional regulators and can guide you through the process and advise you as to your options throughout.

Registration with a regulatory body is vital to many professions and many cannot practice without it. When an allegation is made of professional misconduct or wrongdoing, the appropriate regulator will initiate checks to understand whether there has been a breach of its code of conduct and assess a professional’s fitness to practice. Legal advice should be sought at this point.

Additionally, following a conviction or caution, a person is generally required to inform any professional regulatory body they are registered with. Nicholls & Nicholls can also assist at this stage and provide legal advice and representation to the relevant body.

If an investigation leads to a tribunal or court hearing, for example in a particularly complex case, we can also offer representation and advocacy at these hearings, as well as clear and strategic advice at each stage in the proceedings.

After an investigation, a governing body can revoke your registration or licence if you’ve breached its regulations. We can advise on how to respond to the regulator’s conclusions, and whether it is possible to dispute the regulator’s decision, for example by way of an appeal.

If you are facing proceedings before your regulator or professional body, contact our specialist lawyers for a bespoke quote to suit your needs.

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