Professional Discipline

2 Hare Court remains “a favoured set due to its experience and dedicated approach to the professional discipline arena…it excels in professional discipline and has strong expertise in healthcare regulation and financial investigations.” Chambers UK 2016.

Led by the 2015 Chambers & Partners, 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 (see here for more information). 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.

Sports Regulation

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 QC represents the FA. Jonathan Laidlaw QC 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.

Police Discipline

Our teams act for police officers in disciplinary proceedings and at inquests and public inquiries.

Courts Martial

Members have also successfully represented military personnel in the Courts-Martial both in the UK and in operational theatres around the world, including Iraq.

         

 

Louis Lockwood
Louis Lockwood, Practice Clerk
Professional Discipline Team

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“A leading set 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. Areas of particular experience include allegations of substandard clinical practice, and sexual misconduct cases, including those with a criminal element.”

“The clerking is very good. Louis Lockwood is extremely helpful and I am always confident that I will get a high level of service from him. They are happy to accept electronic and encoded documents, and all barristers appear happy to work in this manner. The chambers itself is nice and bright, with good conference rooms and facilities. Reception is always helpful.”

Chambers UK 2021

“The set is home to a redoubtable band of impressive juniors who act in serious misconduct hearings, mainly for the defence. They are particularly strong in defending individuals from healthcare professionals, in proceedings of regulators such as the GMC, the GDC, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Optical Council. A number of barristers also present cases against professionals, and the set has additional experience in matters involving the police and financial services.”

“Excellent, responsive and consistent.” and “The clerks always go out of their way to find a suitable barrister for a matter, particularly at short notice.”

Chambers UK 2020

“2 Hare Court has a breadth of expertise in professional discipline disputes. The set focuses on defending individuals but also represents regulatory bodies. It supplies high-calibre advocacy services in disciplinary proceedings and court cases arising out of healthcare, sports, finance, policing and other sectors. The allegations it deals with are wide-ranging in nature and severity, and include inadequate care, drug use and sexual misconduct. “The strength of counsel there is excellent,” notes one pleased instructing solicitor.”

Chambers UK 2019

“the level of professionalism and expertise is really of the highest standard.”

“They have exceptional clerking. They are always available and nothing is ever too much trouble.”

“The clerks are very easy to work with and fall over themselves to help you. Tara Johnson, the clerk who leads the professional discipline team, is extremely helpful and efficient.”

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