Wendy Hewitt

Year of Call: 1999

Wendy's main practice areas are regulatory, professional discipline and serious crime. Wendy has a wealth of experience in these areas, and often acts for regulatory bodies and individuals.

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Overview

Wendy's main practice areas are professional discipline, regulatory and crime.

Wendy has a wealth of expertise in professional disciplinary matters, and regularly represents healthcare professionals and professional disciplinary bodies in cases concerning professional misconduct, lack of competence, physical and mental ill-health, and criminal conviction cases.

Wendy often appears on behalf of registrants at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), General Dental Council (GDC), General Medical Council (GMC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), General Optical Council (GOC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Wendy frequently represents professional registrants in disciplinary procedures before their employers, such as hearings before an NHS Trust. She also represents such registrants in criminal proceedings before the Crown and Magistrates' Courts.

Wendy also frequently appears in shotgun and firearms certificates appeals against the police.

Wendy undertakes a significant amount of regulatory and prosecution work for Local Authorities, particularly in respect of fraud, and also in trading standards, environmental, health and safety (in particular, fatal accident cases) and planning matters. Drawing on her experience as a solicitor and early years in a common law set, Wendy also undertakes some civil, and family work. She has particular expertise in representing police forces in High and County Court proceedings relating to injunctions, disclosure, and forced marriage. She is also instructed to prosecute ASBO and Violent Offender Orders. 

Wendy also has a busy criminal practice, where she prosecutes and defends. She has a wealth of experience across the range of the criminal calendar. Wendy’s instructions include murder, manslaughter, death by dangerous driving, sexual offences, child cruelty, drugs, complex fraud, asset forfeiture and confiscation, perjury and violence. Wendy is well practised in the PII regime.

In addition to London and the South-East, Wendy welcomes instructions in Gloucestershire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Hampshire.

Professional panel appointments

  • General Dental Council (GDC) list of specialist advocates at Band C (10 years and above call).
  • Grade 4 Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutor.
  • CPS specialist rape and sexual offences prosecution advocate for London, the South-East and the Western circuits.

Additional information

Wendy qualified as a solicitor in 1998, and converted to her first love, the Bar in 1999.  As a trainee solicitor at Lovell White Durrant (now Hogan Lovells), Wendy gained experience of medical regulation and pharmaceutical regulation.  As a trainee Wendy was seconded to the legal department of the pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp & Dohme and gained experience of General Medical Council (GMC) work.  This gave Wendy the building blocks for her later successful regulatory and professional disciplinary practice.  

Asset Recovery, Civil Fraud & Confiscation

Wendy is familiar with asset recovery, civil fraud and confiscation cases.

Business Crime

Wendy regularly appears in business crime and financial crime cases, particularly those involving allegations of fraud.

Crime

Wendy is a CPS Grade 4 prosecutor.  She has a wealth of experience across the range of criminal offences, and she has been instructed in cases of murder, manslaughter, death by dangerous driving, sexual offences, child cruelty, drugs, complex fraud, asset forfeiture and confiscation, perjury and violence. Wendy is well practised in the PII regime.

Wendy also specialises in prosecuting and defending sexual offences, particularly those involving rape, sexual assaults, historic cases, offences against children and indecent images. She is appointed to the specialist CPS rape and serious sexual offences panel.

Professional Discipline & Regulatory

Wendy is an experienced regulatory and professional disciplinary barrister.  Wendy has appeared for professional regulatory bodies and for individuals in misconduct, health, conviction and caution and lack of competence cases.  Wendy has a wide range of experience in front of a number of regulators, and is an appointed advocate on the General Dental Council's (GDC) list of specialist counsel.

Wendy also appears on behalf of Local authorities in relation to often technical regulatory, trading standards and environmental health cases.