Recommendations

  • Sources label him "a charming tactician."

    Chambers 2020

  • Recognised as a Senior Statesperson

    Chambers 2020

  • Recognised as a Key Lawyer for Professional Discipline

    Legal 500 2020

  • Has a wealth of experience in the field of professional regulation, can identify what is important in a case and exactly how all the elements should be managed.

    Legal 500 2020

Experience

I began my career as a commercial litigator and have specialised in Professional Regulation for the past 20+ years.  Over that time I have been privileged to act for many of the major regulators in the healthcare, veterinary and legal sectors. I have a particular interest in veterinary law and practice. For many years I appeared as an advocate for the Solicitors Regulation Authority in cases brought by them to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

My core work these days involves investigating allegations of professional misconduct, preparing cases for Disciplinary Committee hearings and having conduct of appeals brought by registrants. I also regularly advise regulator clients on policy and more high level issues, assisting them with the drafting of protocols, defending Judicial Review applications and delivering training for their staff and committees.

Recent projects

  • At the end of December 2018, the Disciplinary Committee of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons ordered the removal from the register of a veterinary surgeon who had been employed as an Official Veterinarian.

    The case concerned her role in providing Certificates of Competence in connection with the implementation of the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing Regulations (England) 2015. It was found that she had dishonestly backdated certificates for two slaughtermen and had also failed to prepare herself for implementation of the new Regulations. I led the investigation on behalf of the RCVS, personally interviewing many witnesses - including one of the slaughtermen, senior staff from the Food Standards Agency and the Animal and Plant Health Agency together with a number of other Official Veterinarians.

  • I led another investigation on behalf of the RCVS which led to a Registered Veterinary Nurse being struck off.

    The case involved the nurse dishonestly representing to one greyhound rescue charity that she was in possession of a dog when she had already parted with possession of the dog to another greyhound charity. When giving the Disciplinary Committee’s decision, the Chair commented that "The gravamen of the respondent’s dishonest conduct was that she set one dog rescue charity against another, caused them to spend publicly raised funds on a legal dispute about who should be allowed to retain Lola when those precious funds ought, instead, to have been spent on their charitable objectives"

  • I have helped to plan and deliver training sessions for two regulators.

    The audiences consisted variously of members of the regulators’ Disciplinary and Investigating Committees and Professional Conduct staff members. Both lots of training have involved a mixture of talks on “hot” legal topics and interactive case scenarios which were well received.

  • I conducted an Appeal currently before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.
  • I assisted a pharmacy in opposing an application for relocation by a neighbouring practice.
  • I represented Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee in its challenge to the Secretary of State for Health’s reduction in funding for community pharmacy.
  • I assisted a regulator in the Accountancy sector with its recruitment of members of its Conduct Committees.

Qualifications and career

  • Law degree Jesus College, Cambridge 1975
  • Qualified as Solicitor 1978
  • Partner Walker Martineau 1983-2000
  • Partner Penningtons (now Penningtons Manches) 2000-2018
  • Joined Bates Wells as Consultant 2019

Pro bono, memberships, and appointments

  • Trustee and Vice Chair Windsor Christian Action
  • School Governor and Chair of Finance St John’s Beaumont, Englefield Green
  • Member Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers