Stephensons have a team of specialist lawyers who advise and defend a wide range of professionals facing investigation or disciplinary action by their regulators. Our professional discipline team act for clients at all stages of proceedings, from initial referral and investigation through to full fitness to practise hearings. We deal with a wide variety of cases, ranging from registration issues to allegations of serious misconduct. If you are under investigation or have been referred to a hearing, contact our specialist team on 0845 00 20736 without delay.
Our team of fitness to practise solicitors regularly defend clients before a number of regulatory bodies. These include the General Medical Council; The Nursing & Midwifery Council, The Health & Care Professions Council, The General Dental Council, The General Pharmaceutical Council, The General Optical Council, The Solicitors Regulation Authority, The Bar Standards Board, The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Architects Registration Board.
We have a network of offices, including London & Manchester, allowing us to act for clients nationwide. We take a pro-active approach to defending cases and we pride ourselves on achieving the best possible results for our clients. We appreciate that the some regulators often impose tight deadlines on registrants and we regularly prepare cases at very short notice. We also understand the needs and anxieties of professional clients facing a restriction of their practise or in serious cases the loss of their livelihood.
If you have been referred to your professional regulator or called to a hearing it is vital that you seek specialist legal advice in order to protect your interests and safeguard your practise. Our team of professional discipline solicitors can assist with all aspects of fitness to practise proceedings - whether you are under investigation; called to an interim orders hearing; or called to a full fitness to practise panel hearing. We have considerable experience of successfully defending professionals and safeguarding their careers.
For examples of our previous cases, please read our professional discipline case studies.
It is important that you seek specialist advice before responding to allegations which have been made against you. Any response which is made needs to be carefully considered in order to protect your interests and to avoid prejudicing your defence. If you would like advice and assistance from our team of specialist lawyers please call 0845 00 20736 or complete our online enquiry form.