5SAH has a team of highly skilled barristers who are regularly instructed in professional discipline and regulatory cases. Our barristers represent a diverse range of registrants and regulators at all stages of the disciplinary process and before all levels of tribunal. Members of our team are recognised within the Legal 500 in the field of professional discipline and regulatory. Our barristers are sought after for their ability to provide strategic advice in criminal and civil proceedings, which can often run in parallel to regulatory matters.

Overview

The team at 5SAH is led by Wendy Hewitt, who practises exclusively in professional discipline and regulatory work, and is recognised by the Legal 500 as a leading junior in the field.

Our professional discipline barristers act for regulators and individuals involved in a wide array of fitness to practise proceedings.

Our experience covers all level of hearings including interim order hearings, substantive fitness to practise hearings, and investigatory hearings. 5SAH barristers appear in appeals to the High Court on behalf of registrants and regulators, as well as appeals brought by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). Our barristers also act in judicial review and parallel criminal/inquest/inquiry proceedings.   We have a legally qualified chair who sits in respect of healthcare and police misconduct proceedings.

We have expertise in providing governance and other public law advice for regulators, including drafting disciplinary rules, Codes of Conduct and related policies. Our barristers also have experience acting as independent investigators for public bodies where an internal investigation is required.

Professional Discipline

Healthcare professionals

5SAH barristers are regularly instructed to appear before healthcare tribunals, in relation to all the main regulators of healthcare professions, including the General Medical Council (GMC), the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), General Dental Council (GDC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), General Optical Council (GoC), the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP), and the Pharmaceutical Society of NI (PSNI). We have also acted for doctors in relation to annual review of competence progression outcome appeals (ARCP).

Sport

Our professional discipline barristers act in a wide range of sports disciplinary hearings and in particular, Football Association (FA), Rugby Football Union (RFU), and the Irish Football Association (IFA).

We have acted as a consultant to the FA’s Regulatory Advocates Department conducting hearings before Regulatory Commissions and Appeal Boards of the FA. We have acted as the Vice-Chair to the Disciplinary Committee of the Irish FA and advised on appeals under the Irish FA Procedure Rules. We also have expertise in relation to anti-doping work, having advised athletes and clubs on allegations, as well as providing training on anti-doping legislation.

Financial services

The team of professional discipline barristers at 5SAH have extensive experience in proceedings involving financial services regulation, particularly those involving the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the Association of Accounting Technicians and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). 

Other regulated professions

Professional discipline barristers at 5SAH represent vets, farriers, architects, police officers, teachers, civil engineers, and social workers. Our barristers have experience acting for the BSB  (Bar Standards Boars) in the BTAS Disciplinary Tribunal and acting for engineering regulators in disciplinary proceedings.

Education

We regularly act for universities, students and teachers in sensitive matters before universities, colleges and regulators. We have acted for bodies including Ofsted, the Office for the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA), and examination boards. We have acted in cases involving fee paying / private Schools. Our case experience includes sexual misconduct allegations both predating and emerging from #EveryonesInvited and #MeToo. We are fully versed in relation to Covid-19 breaches by students at universities and schools.

Regulatory

5SAH barristers are longstanding members of the London Boroughs Legal Alliance panel. Our barristers are highly experienced in environmental, housing, planning, street works, health and safety, food hygiene, public utility, infringement of trademarks and copyright, trading standards and licensing matters.  Our barristers also appear before the Traffic Commissioner in relation to companies and individuals.  

VAT tribunals

Our team of specialist barristers are often instructed in this complex and technical field of VAT tribunal work and associated appellate court hearings.

Direct Access

Many members of our team are Direct Access qualified and accept instructions from regulated professionals in suitable cases.

Instructing 5SAH

To speak with our experienced clerking team further about which barrister will best suit your case, please contact our clerking team here.