2 Hare Court remains “a leading chambers which is home to savvy practitioners who tend to defend in disciplinary matters. The barristers are able to draw upon their strong criminal law backgrounds when operating in this space. They are admired for their adroit representation of professionals and regulators in medicine and veterinary medicine, as well as the police and financial services.” Chambers UK 2023.
Led by the 2022 Legal 500, Professional Discipline Junior of the Year Stephen Brassington, the Professional Discipline team has established 2 Hare Court as one of the premier Professional Discipline sets. Approximately one third of the members of Chambers practice in this field leading to individual recognition in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.
Although members of the team act primarily for the defence before all the medical and healthcare regulators we also act on behalf of the GDC, the GOC and the GOsC. Our team has entered into innovative contracts with Nabarro LLP to provide advocacy services to the GOC and the GPhC, which regulates pharmacists.
Healthcare & Social Care Regulation
This is one of the areas on which the team’s reputation is primarily based. Members are instructed by defence solicitors and insurers / indemnity providers to appear at all the healthcare tribunals and on appeal in the High Court. In appropriate cases members of the team can be instructed by lay clients directly. In addition to appearing in front of healthcare regulators we regularly represent healthcare professionals at NHS England hearings and other proceedings at a local / trust level and at Coroners’ inquests.
We also act in proceedings involving the Care Quality Commission and there is an increasing volume of care home work. Our members also advise on applications for inclusion to the GMC’s Specialist Register, and also appear in any related appeals. We regularly undertake such work on a direct access basis.
A number of members also practice in the field of criminal regulatory law. As a result the team is able to provide expert advice and advocacy at inquests and criminal proceedings involving allegations against healthcare professionals.
Accountancy & Financial Services Regulation
Chambers’ acknowledged expertise in financial crime has led to an ever-increasing volume of work before financial tribunals such as the FCA and ACCA. Members of the team appear in all types of regulatory and criminal cases arising out of the financial services legislation, especially market abuse, insider dealing, anti-competitive behaviour and breaches of restrictions on financial promotions.
We have a number of members who have spent time on secondment with the enforcement division of the FCA, and offer experience of negotiating financial settlements.
Our members have advised and presented cases of note on behalf of the FA including cases of financial irregularity, charges against sports agents and crowd control / disturbances at Premier League matches. Members of the team were instructed on behalf of the Hillsborough Enquiry where Jonathan Laidlaw KC represents the FA. Jonathan Laidlaw KC and Stephen Brassington successfully presented the FA’s case against John Terry for using racist language.
Other notable cases include the successful defence of members of the England Rugby Team accused of sexual offences whilst on tour, the Harlequins “bloodgate” scandal, where the team acted for amongst others the healthcare practitioners involved in the case and race fixing before the British Horse Racing Authority.
Solicitors’ & Bar Standards Board Disciplinary Proceedings
A number of members are regularly instructed to represent solicitors in proceedings before the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal. We can also advise on interventions and other SRA investigations, proceedings before the Adjudication Panels, and related proceedings in the Administrative Court.
We also act in proceedings brought against members of the Bar by its regulatory body.
We are happy to accept instructions from legal professionals on a direct access basis.
Our teams act for police officers in disciplinary proceedings and at inquests and public inquiries.
Members have also successfully represented military personnel in the Courts-Martial both in the UK and in operational theatres around the world, including Iraq.