It is important to know that your regulatory and disciplinary solicitors have an in-depth knowledge of the demands and pressures associated with your sector.
We understand that regulators and disciplinary bodies have strict codes of compliance and evolving requirements in respect of those. Those authorities demand from you an intrinsic knowledge of their outcome focused objectives, a continuing demonstrative ability to satisfy their rules, a systematic process of self-review, the mechanisms to correct breaches fast, and a sector-specific way of communicating with them.
For a professional or business, regulatory or disciplinary proceedings carry the risk that they can cause irreparable damage to both reputation and livelihood.
Whilst the range of sanctions in regulatory and disciplinary proceedings largely depends upon the regulator or disciplinary body that you are governed by, they can include financial penalties, a period of suspension and, ultimately, expulsion from membership of your governing body or regulator’s code – ultimately meaning a loss of business or entitlement to practice.
It is therefore critical that legal advice is sought at the earliest opportunity. Depending upon the approach adopted in the formative stages of any proceedings of this type, the parties can sometimes work towards an agreed outcome through alternative dispute resolution.
We have substantial experience in advising individuals and organisations involved in regulatory and disciplinary proceedings brought by various authorities.
Our services are normally conducted on behalf of those who are subject to regulatory investigation. However, we also do much in the way of pre-emptive work for those who require pro-active advice with a view to avoiding action in the future.
Our regulatory and disciplinary team has expertise in:
- Advising and defending regulated professionals – such as doctors, nurses, accountants, pharmacists, solicitors and barristers, surveyors and pharmacists and technicians.
- Advising and defending regulated companies – such as those in the wind energy and renewable sector – those facing trading standard prosecutions and those with consumer related regulatory issues.
- Public procurement matters
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