Regulation and public law

Expert guidance and support from trusted regulation and public law solicitors

Understanding regulatory and public law

Expert regulatory and public law representation for high-stakes matters

Our specialist regulatory and public law team act in a variety of regulatory contexts and have extensive experience in public law, including judicial reviews in both regulatory matters and more broadly. We act for regulators, firms and individuals.

These situations are usually high stakes. We devise effective strategies to ensure that matters are resolved without the need for litigation where possible. We  have the expertise and resources to handle long and complex contested matters, such as those relating to investigations by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and HM Revenue and Customs.

How our regulatory and public law solicitors can help you

Our leading regulatory and public law team offers expert legal advice tailored to meet your specific objectives. We work as part of a multi-disciplinary full service firm and are able to draw on a wide range of expertise as required.

Our track record speaks for itself. We have acted for regulators and professional bodies for decades, including the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Law Society, CILEx Regulation, the Architects Registration Board, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

We have a strong defence practice, advising major City firms and individual professionals on regulatory issues, including the investigation of allegations of misconduct. Our clients include a number of City and national law and accountancy firms, and over 40 sets of barristers’ chambers. We defend teachers, doctors, opticians and other healthcare professionals.

We advise on the most serious allegations, cases with an international element and those with a high level of public and media interest requiring careful management of reputational risk. 

Disciplinary proceedings

Disciplinary proceedings

Our team is recognised as one of the UK's leading teams in the fields of professional discipline and professional regulation...

Private prosecutions and investigations

Private prosecutions and investigations

For over 20 years we have provided expert legal advice in bringing successful private prosecutions...

Public law

Public law

Our public law and regulatory litigation team offers expert, cost effective legal advice tailored to meet the specific requirements...



Our specialist, highly-regarded regulation team advises clients on matters relating to the codes of conduct...

Our approach to regulatory and public law

Our experienced team can support you at all stages of a matter, from advising on reporting obligations, conducting investigations and evidence gathering to prosecuting and defending actions by regulators. We represent clients in disciplinary tribunals, the Administrative Court and Court of Appeal.

We are experienced in advising firms in difficulty, including in the context of SRA interventions. We have successfully negotiated agreed outcomes and regulatory settlement agreements for our clients.
We draft codes and rules and advise boards and trustees on governance, procedural matters and reputational risk management.

We also have advocacy rights, providing advocates and presenting officers to Tribunals, Disciplinary and Fitness to Practise hearings for both professional bodies and individuals.

The team has built up an unrivalled body of expertise on bringing successful private prosecutions. We have successfully argued the law surrounding privately brought prosecutions in appeal and judicial review hearings. We have acted for a range of regulatory bodies (including the SRA and Architects Registration Board) looking to protect the rights of their members and the public interest through  protection of title and ‘holding out’ statutory offences and also Fraud Act 2006 offences.

Public inquiries. A panel of legal specialists sat in a hearing

Public inquiries

We have experience advising those who are conducting Public Inquiries as well as representing individuals and organisations who are taking part in a Public Inquiry...

Regulatory investigations

Regulatory investigations

We act for the Solicitors Regulatory Authority in proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and in appeals...

Regulatory offences and investigations

Regulatory offences and investigations

We offer cost-effective, practical and expert advice. Our aim is to conclude cases successfully before they reach court, if possible...

Trading standards and consumer law defence

Trading standards and consumer law⁠—defence

We provide expert legal advice and representation to defendants in relation to all aspects of criminal consumer and trade mark law...

Public law and human rights

Judicial reviews, equality act claims, and inquiry support

Our team provides advice to public bodies as well as those impacted by public body decisions.

Our work with public bodies often deals with both sustainable decision making systems and the appropriate approach to individual decisions.

This work has included judicial reviews of investigation and prosecution decisions, and decisions in respect of publication which raise Article 8 and Article 2 issues.

We act for individuals, charities and businesses who seek to bring judicial reviews in the High Court.

Our team also provides expert advice on Equality Act and Human Rights Act claims.  We bring discrimination claims in the County Court. We act in important and high profile cases, with the ability to offer reputation management advice in parallel.

We also advise on public inquiries. Examples include our ongoing work on the high-profile Grenfell Tower Inquiry and Infected Blood Inquiry.

We support the drafting of legal structures, statutory powers, royal charters, regulations and rules. We advise on the effect of European law, particularly the implications of Brexit, and data protection/freedom of information law.

Abroad base of experience, prosecuting and defending in front of a wealth of different regulators (and sports bodies), and with the nous and experience to transition seamlessly if the matters become criminal or there are civil proceedings that spin off.
The Legal 500 (2024)

Get in touch

If you would like to speak with a member of the team you can contact our regulation and public law solicitors by email, by telephone on +44 (0)20 3826 7524 or complete our enquiry form.

"The team is excellent and has an unrivalled depth and breadth of knowledge.”
Chambers UK (2023)

Related insights

The latest news and insights from our regulation and public law team



HMRCs expanding powers in tackling tax avoidance schemes—Solicitor's Journal

Associate Semin Kaycin has written an article in the Solicitor's Journal exploring the implications of the Finance Bill 2024...
Semin Taner, Associate in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, regulation and compliance team.
Semin Kaycin
1 min Read


Lessons from the Post Office and Covid Inquiry—how recent scandals highlight disclosure issues in litigation

Recent scandals involving the Post Office and the Government’s response to Covid have thrown disclosure issues into sharp focus.  Partner...
Michael Stacey, Partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, dispute resolution team. Alix Rejman Hebe Robinson, Trainee in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, dispute resolution team.
Multiple Authors
6 min Read
Michael Stacey, Alix Rejman, Hebe Robinson


Home Office spent more than £2.1 million defending Rwanda plan in courts—Evening Standard

Senior Partner John Gould has been quoted in an article published the Evening Standard and others discussing the costs of defending the...
John Gould, Senior partner in the Russell-Cooke Solicitors, regulation and compliance team.
John Gould
1 min Read
View all News & Insights