Professional Discipline

Professional regulators and representative bodies are operating under increased pressure, as expectations and complexities of regulatory requirements brings scrutiny from a number of different quarters.

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.

Our reputation

  • At Bates Wells, 'the attention to detail is quite exceptional, yet the practice manages to work collaboratively and pleasantly'.

    Legal 500 2020

  • 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.

    Legal 500 2020