The professional discipline team at Red Lion Chambers is experienced in providing advice and representation to regulators, regulated professionals and regulated entities.
Our practice group spans all levels of call and a wide range of sectors and professions, including doctors and other medical professionals, solicitors, financial services and professional sports. A number of members are recognised as leading individuals by the legal directories.
The team is principally clerked by Deputy Practice Director, Nick Parkinson.
Members are sensitive to the trust and responsibility reposed in regulators and the need for the fair but robust presentation of cases in the public interest. When defending they recognise that clients need guiding through the process and the far-reaching reputational and financial consequences that can result when fitness to practice is in question.
Whether defending professionals or acting for regulators, members provide representation that is characterised by ethical, pragmatic and client-focused advice and strategy; up-to-date and comprehensive knowledge of this fast-changing area of the law; and advocacy of the highest calibre.
A number of members have undertaken secondments at regulators and leading firms specialising in disciplinary and regulatory law, others have lectured and published in the area to a range of audiences including in-house lawyers and in academic and industry publications.
As a Chambers we have long-standing and valued relationships across the regulatory sphere. We cover disciplinary investigations, health and safety prosecutions, coronial inquests and public inquiries: see our pages on health and safety, environmental law, inquests and inquiries.
We have a number of members who are Direct Public Access accredited, therefore able to accept instructions directly from clients, in appropriate cases. Please visit our Barrister page to view these members.
Medicine and Healthcare
Members’ expertise in this area covers investigations into and proceedings against professionals at all healthcare regulators, but with particular experience before the following regulators:
- Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service / General Medical Council
- General Dental Council
- Nursing and Midwifery Council
- Health and Care Professions Council
- Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
- General Optical Council
- General Osteopathic Council
- General Pharmaceutical Council
Members appear on the GMC List of Advocates and have handled a wide range of cases before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS). They also provide lectures and seminars to the in-house legal team. Recent topics have included Third-party Disclosure in the Disciplinary Jurisdiction and Management Failures as the Basis for a Finding of Misconduct.
We defend doctors, dentists and pharmacists on a frequent basis. We also have a well-established relationship with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), and regularly defend nurses before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Fitness to Practice Committee.
Members advise healthcare entities who are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) or other bodies and who are subject to investigation or a review of their compliance with policies and procedures.
We have represented individual sportspeople, sporting institutions, commercial sponsors and copyright holders in relation to the legal issues that arise both in the conduct of sport and in the business structures that surround the individual sports. Our expertise covers:
- Disciplinary Proceedings involving Governing Bodies
- Anti-doping Tribunals
- Player-club disputes
- Manager-club disputes
- Commercial Disputes Contractual Negotiations (Contractual Negotiations, Image Rights, Property Issues and Injury Claims)
Members have particular expertise in the regulation of both professional and amateur football and horseracing.
Members of Chambers are routinely instructed by the Secretary of State to represent the interests of complainants in proceedings against teachers at the National Council for Teaching and Learning.
Several members of Chambers advise on and appear before Police Disciplinary Tribunals. Members have been instructed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) in relation to internal investigations into police forces and their officers.
Members have a long tradition of involvement in the regulation of the legal profession with members formerly heading the Bar Council Ethics Committee, members currently elected to that Committee and long-standing experience appearing for both sides at the Bar Disciplinary Tribunal.
Members advise and represent solicitors in relation to SRA investigations, SRA Adjudications, proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) and High Court appeals against SRA Interventions.
Financial Services and Accountancy
For information on professional discipline in financial services and accountancy please visit our Financial Services Regulation page.