‘Guy is enormously experienced in the professional disciplinary field. An extremely good technical barrister.'
The Legal 500 2024.
"His knowledge of case law is second to none; he provides robust representation at disciplinary hearings."
The Legal 500, 2018
"He's very pragmatic and very resourceful…he has a great deal of expertise."
Chambers & Partners, 2018
Guy is a specialist fitness to practise, disciplinary and regulatory barrister, having practised in the area for 16 years, acting for both regulators and individuals subject to regulatory action. Guy has particular experience of complex disciplinary cases before a variety of healthcare, accountancy, legal, and engineering regulators.
Guy is recognised in Chambers & Partners and in the Legal 500 UK Bar Guide as a leading junior for his work in professional discipline and regulatory work. He was ranked as a 'Rising Star' in The Legal 500 [2020 and 2021] for his professional discipline and regulatory work (Solicitors Guide).
Guy's practice includes governance advisory work, GDPR advisory work, inquests and firearms/shotgun licensing appeals, and advisory work.
“An excellent advocate, who is very highly regarded. We instruct him on complex cases.”
Chambers & Partners 2024.
“A strong advocate. A guru in fitness to practice; there is probably nothing he doesn't know in that field.”
Chambers & Partners 2024.
Professional Discipline & Regulatory
Fitness to Practise
Guy is a barrister with extensive experience in healthcare fitness to practise work. Guy has appeared before the General Medical Council (GMC), General Dental Council (GDC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), General Optical Council (GOC), General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Guy is instructed across the full range of cases brought by these regulators including some of the most complex and lengthy of hearings, often appearing against leading juniors and silks. The types of cases Guy has appears in include:
- Cases involving multiple, complex courses of clinical care involving numerous patients;
- Cases involving frauds by dentists and optometrists on the NHS;
- Cases involving sexual allegations and vulnerable witnesses; and
- Cases involving deaths of patients when in care.
Guy appears before PSA-approved bodies such as the British Psychoanalytic Council. He has a detailed knowledge of the nature of these bodies and the difference in approach required in such cases compared to cases before the statutory regulators.
Guy has frequently appeared in appeals involving GPs before the Performers List Decision Panel and on appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal.
Guy has previously been a member of the BSB's Prosecutors Panel and has appeared in a number of cases before the BTAS Disciplinary Tribunal.
Guy has previously sat as a Legal Adviser to Professional Conduct Panels at the NCTL (now the TRA) on a regular basis. This provided him with a detailed knowledge of the subject matter and nature of these proceedings which he is able to bring to bear when representing clients.
Guy is highly regarded accountancy barrister. Drawing on twelve years’ experience of preparing and presenting cases on behalf of the accountancy regulators, along with providing training for disciplinary panel members, he is able to bring a deep knowledge of this niche sector to bear when advising and representing clients facing disciplinary proceedings. Guy is able to assist at all stages of the process, from advising and drafting representations to the regulator during an investigation, advising on consent disposals offered by the regulator, and offering robust representation before a Disciplinary Tribunal. Cases he has acted in have included allegations of dishonesty, breach of the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations 2007, and failures in the standard of service to clients.
Education, University Defence, and School Expulsions and Exclusions
Guy regularly acts for students before university disciplinary and fitness to practise panels. Many of the cases he acts in concern allegations of serious sexual misconduct by students. Guy is able to advise clients through these procedurally challenging cases, which require specialist knowledge to handle appropriately.
Guy also advises parents of children facing expulsion or exclusion in both the state and private school sectors. He is able to advise and support parents as to how best to advance their case in meetings with the school; draft written representations; as well as where appropriate conduct advocacy. He is able to advise on the statutory duties of both state and private schools, as well as the contractual obligations of private schools.
In addition, Guy has been instructed by schools in appeals against decisions of the Secretary of State for Education and is able to advise how to challenge Ofsted reports.
- Watch Guy present the webinar: Misconduct Proceedings - Universities & Students: What to Do & What to expect
Guy is an experienced engineering regulation barrister. He has an in-depth knowledge of the sector, having worked on some of the most complex and sensitive cases dealt with by the engineering regulators. Guy has particular experience of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers. Guy is experienced in dealing with complex party-wall matters arising before the engineering regulators.
Appeals and Judicial Review
Guy is an experienced appeals barrister who has appeared in some of the leading cases in professional regulatory law in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Guy also appears before the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper-Tier Tribunal in cases where appeal lies to those tribunals. Guy is recognised for his in-depth knowledge of the law and valued for his professional judgment.
- Guy is regularly instructed to provide ‘second opinion’ advice on the merits of appeals from tribunal decisions and accepts instructions to do so on a direct access basis.
- Guy is also instructed in judicial review proceedings at various stages in professional regulatory cases.
See related articles: Time Limits in Fitness to Practise Appeals & Statutory Appeals & Freedom of Speech, Covid Scepticism, and Interim Orders: What Will be the Effect of White v GMC  EWHC 3286?
Legal Services Regulation
Guy is a former member of the BSB’s Prosecutor’s Panel and has appeared in a number of cases before the BTAS Disciplinary Tribunal, as well as on appeal. Guy accepts instructions to advise and represent registered, unregistered, and student barristers. Guy has particular expertise in cases concerning applications for readmission following disbarment.
Governance and Investigations Advice
Guy is well-regarded for his expertise in providing advice to regulators relating to their functions, as well as for drafting rules of procedure, policies, and Codes of Conduct. Guy has particular familiarity with the governance of non-statutory and membership bodies, whose requirements are different to those of statutory regulators.
Guy has experience in conducting independent, internal misconduct investigations for public sector organisations.
Guy has experience of advising regulators and other bodies on their obligations under the GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018.
Guy has experience advising clients in relation to police seizure of licensed shotguns and firearms, obtaining a licence following refusal of an application or certificate revocation, suitability reviews, and appeals against refusals and revocations. To download a copy of his firearms licensing and appeals profile, please click here.
Seminars and Articles
Guy also presents seminars and writes on topical issues in the field of regulation and professional discipline, recent seminars include:
- Social Media, Professional Regulation & Freedom of Expression
- Making the most of Experts: adducing effective expert evidence in fitness to practise proceedings
- Misconduct Proceedings Autumn Series Webinar - Universities & Students: What to do & What to expect
Guy's articles can be accessed here.
- Guy provides training for practitioners, disciplinary panel members, and decision-makers.
Direct Public Access
- Guy is qualified to receive instructions directly from members of the public.
Inquests & Inquiries
Guy has appeared in a number of inquests on behalf of interested parties concerning Health and Safety breaches and deaths in hospital.
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL).
- South Eastern Circuit member.
Cases of Note
Lambert-Simpson v Health and Care Professions Council  EWHC 481 (Admin)
Guy was instructed on behalf of the HCPC to in an appeal against an order suspending the appellant’s registration for a ‘racially motivated’ post on social media. This is the leading case on the definition of ‘racially motivated’ behaviour.
Lars Stuewe v HCPC  EWCA Civ 1605
Guy Micklewright represented the HCPC at the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal clarified the correct approach to be adopted when considering whether or not there is jurisdiction to extend time for a statutory appeal filed outside of the statutory time limit, the Court also considered whether, for the purpose of service under CPR 6.3, Gibraltar can properly be considered part of the U.K. The Court dismissed the Appellant’s appeal.
Sykes v BSB  EWHC 761 (Admin)
An appeal considering, among various other grounds, whether the BSB's system of an oral hearing with an appeal on the papers to a review panel was contrary to Art. 6 ECHR.
King v Bar Standards Board  EWHC 2398 (Admin)
An appeal arising from a decision to refuse readmission following the Appellant's disbarment following convictions in New Zealand for conspiracy to kidnap and possession of a firearm and a seven year custodial sentence.
Rothschild v GDC  EWHC 1632 (Admin)
A specialist endodontist was suspended with an order for immediate suspension. He applied to discharge the immediate suspension, arguing among other matters that his legal team had been negligent. The court considered that appellants in fitness to practise proceedings must follow the same procedure as appellants in criminal proceedings where negligent representation is alleged.
GDC v E
A four week hearing involving a catalogue of failings in the care provided to approximately twenty patients. Evidence was led from a number of expert witnesses, a large number of factual witnesses and necessitated extensive written submissions.
GOC v C
case involving allegations of a failure to provide adequate care and make adequate clinical notes in respect of multiple appointments of 38 patients. This was the first case where the GOC made use of 'consensual disposal' following a narrowing of the scope of the allegations.
HCPC v C
A paramedic alleged to have made significant failings in assessing a 30 year old patient when attending a 999 call, who later died of a head injury. A number of key allegations found not proved and conditions of practice imposed.
GMC v R
A consultant had received a suspended sentence for 2 years for refusing to provide a specimen in the Magistrates' Court. The Panel was persuaded that the principle in CHRE v GDC v Fleischmann  EWHC 87 (Admin) should be interpreted restrictively in order to ensure the sanction was proportionate.