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.
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
For over 20 years we have provided expert legal advice in bringing successful private prosecutions...
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.
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...
We act for the Solicitors Regulatory Authority in proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and in appeals...
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
We provide expert legal advice and representation to defendants in relation to all aspects of criminal consumer and trade mark 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.
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The latest news and insights from our regulation and public law team
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