Laura Hannah

Associate Solicitor

Laura is an associate solicitor in the regulatory department specialising in professional discipline and health and social care regulation.

CQC & Ofsted regulation

Laura represents providers and managers in relation to proceedings before the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (Ofsted), providing advice on compliance; enforcement action; and, appeals to the first-tier tribunal (Care Standards Chamber).

In particular, Laura assists registered providers and managers with the following:        

  • Drafting representations to the CQC and Ofsted in relation to factual inaccuracies; ratings; and inspection reports;
  • Challenging warning notices; welfare requirement notices; and decisions to cancel; suspend; or impose conditions on registration;
  • Appeals to the first-tier tribunal against a decision to cancel; suspend; or vary a condition of registration; and
  • Representation and advice in relation to criminal enforcement action.

Professional discipline

Laura represents and advises healthcare professionals before their professional regulators in fitness to practise and registration proceedings and appeals. Laura has assisted healthcare professionals with cases before the General Medical Council; Nursing and Midwifery Council; Health and Care Professions Council; and, General Dental Council. Laura advises healthcare professionals at all stages of proceedings including initial referral and investigation; interim order panel hearings; sanction reviews; fitness to practise panel hearings and appeals.

Laura is also a member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL).

What others say

"Laura Hannah provided an excellent, timely and professional service and as a result Notice of Proposal was withdrawn after a CQC Inspection." - View from a satisfied client

"Last year our Care Home was placed in 'Special Measures' following a CQC Inspection that found 'Inadaquacy' in several areas - as a result of careless Manager. The Manager was dismissed and a new Manager was appointed promptly. On our most recent CQC Inspection we were rated SAFE in all areas. Since being placed in 'Special Measures', Laura Hannah of Stephensons was appointed to litigate and negotiate on our behalf. We can only highly recommend Laura, who did a fantastic job, whilst being very supportive and the final outcome was a tremendous success. Thanks Laura!" - View from a satisfied client

"Care 4 Quality Ltd have worked with Stephensons regulatory team for the past two years in an independent CQC compliance consultancy role. Their fresh, honest and robust approach has provided the support and results that care providers need when facing regulatory issues with a level of detail that is second to none. I would and do highly recommend them to any service provider who is looking for efficient and understanding legal support. I am proud to work with Laura and the team at Stephensons." - www.care4quality.co.uk