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Defence lawyers for psychotherapists

Our lawyers have extensive experience of successfully defending psychotherapists in professional conduct proceedings before a number of organisations. We have experience of dealing with cases at all stages, including initial complaints and screening, formal investigations, disciplinary hearings and appeals against decisions. For immediate advice from one of our specialist lawyers, call 0161 696 6250.

We have an excellent track record in this area and we pride ourselves on achieving the best possible results for our clients. Our firm is recommended in the Legal 500 for professional discipline work and we act for clients nationwide. We have successfully defended cases before the following organisations:

  • Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP)
  • Association for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (ADMP)
  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA)
  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)


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Representing mental health professionals

We recognise that by virtue of the nature of our clients’ work they will be at an elevated risk of complaints. The complainants will often be extremely vulnerable and it is necessary to approach cases sensitively and carefully, whilst ensuring that cases are properly defended. We also recognise that professionals in this area are accustomed to resolving matters in a meditative and conciliatory manner and often find the adversarial approach taken by professional organisations to be unnerving. Our lawyers can draw on our extensive experience of acting for psychotherapists to guide you through this complex process and advise on the best strategy at each stage of your case.

Our expertise in this area is wide-ranging and we have experience of dealing with the full range of fitness to practise issues, including:

  • Confidentiality
  • Professional boundaries and inappropriate relationships
  • Treatment of complex and novel conditions
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Financial misconduct
  • Clinical performance
  • Dishonesty
  • Misuse of social media
  • Communication issues, including endings with clients

For a confidential, no-obligation discussion regarding your case, please contact one of our specialist lawyers on 0161 696 6250 or complete our online enquiry form and a member of our team will contact you.

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