Bates Wells understands the public interest drivers for professional regulators - in particular, the protection of the public and maintaining public confidence. At the same time, the need to ensure proportionality and “right-touch” regulation can sometimes create a difficult balancing act.
With decades of experience advising professional bodies (both statutory and voluntary) we have not only an in-depth knowledge of the law, but a practical understanding of what’s needed to manage your real-world challenges.
For many years members of our team have been ranked in the legal directories as leaders in the field of Professional Discipline.
How we help
We advise on disciplinary cases and investigations, drawing on our extensive experience in this field; and also acting as legal assessors. We act in relation to all types of investigations, statutory, tribunal and in-house appeals and judicial review, as well as advocacy before all forms of professional regulatory tribunals. We also advise on policy issues and assist with drafting codes, regulations and policy documents.
We're proud to partner with PARN (the Professional Associations Research Network) on their Regulation Special Interest Group, which promotes discussion, dialogue and knowledge-sharing about regulation amongst professional bodies.
At Bates Wells, 'the attention to detail is quite exceptional, yet the practice manages to work collaboratively and pleasantly'.
The team always makes itself available - even when under pressure - to talk through the options, risks and best approach, and it always makes clients feel included and consulted.
When the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Compliance Office takes reviews from MPs against expenses; conducts independent investigations into MP expenses; or goes to tribunal after those investigations, we are their primary advisor. We act for a number of healthcare regulators, assisting them in ensuring compliance with the latest regulatory requirements. We also have a specialist expertise in veterinary and equine work, advising the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the Farriers Registration Council.
Many of our partners and team-members are used to litigating at the highest level. We represented the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales ICAEW in the Supreme Court case of Coke-Wallis v ICAEW and in Hill v ICAEW at the Court of Appeal. We also routinely act in disciplinary appeals to the Privy Council.
We act for registrants in proceedings against healthcare regulators and professional bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Social Care Council, the Health Professions Council, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and psychotherapy bodies.
The firm is very strong on regulatory law and the lawyers explain matters clearly