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Disciplinary & Regulatory

"Outer Temple Chambers' members handle a broad range of disciplinary and regulatory work, with a core strength in the healthcare, sport, legal services, and transport sectors."

Legal 500, 2020

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Outer Temple Chambers is, and has for many years been, a leading set in the field of disciplinary & regulatory law. Members are ranked in Chambers and Partners (Professional Discipline) and Legal 500 (Professional Discipline and Regulatory Law) and was previously Chambers & Partners Professional Discipline Set of the Year for 2012/2013. Fiona Horlick QC has been nominated for Professional Discipline Junior and James Leonard was Chambers and Partners Professional Discipline Junior of the Year in 2014.

Disciplinary & Regulatory Barristers

Members of Chambers have significant experience in the healthcare field, primarily advising or acting for professionals. In the medical field barristers advise and appear before, INTER ALIA, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS), General Medical Council (GMC), General Dental Council (GDC), General Optical Council (GOC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We are frequently instructed to act for other healthcare professionals including: nurses, pharmacists, optician (SEE GOC)s, and chiropractors. Members also regularly appear at internal hospital trust disciplinary and Employment hearings, and advise and represent clients in High Court injunctive relief hearings, and appeals to the Administrative Court.

Our members have particular expertise and experience in representing healthcare professionals, facing dual disciplinary and criminal investigations, covering the full range of criminal charges (for example fraud, sexual assault, sexual abuse and medical manslaughter). We also have longstanding experience in representing hospital trusts facing Health & Safety criminal charges in the Crown Court and the landmark corporate manslaughter case, R – V – MISRA. James Leonard represented Dr Cornish at Inquest and the landmark corporate manslaughter case. The first time a health service body had been prosecuted under the offence.

Medical public inquiries are a particular speciality. Three members were instructed in the Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-related Deaths in Northern Ireland (involving paediatric deaths at the Royal Belfast Hospital). Our barristers have also appeared in significant public inquiries, such as the Shipman Inquiry and Rosemary Nelson Inquiry. Michael Uberoi contributed substantially to the only authoritative text in this area – “Public Inquiries” (published by Oxford University Press), Michael being a contributing author.

We regularly act for members of other professionals, including but not limited to accountants, solicitors (Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal – SDR) and barristers (Bar Standards Board – BSB) in disciplinary proceedings and have extensive experience in the regulation of the financial services industry – members regularly appear in the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the FCA. Also in the financial services arena, Chambers acts for Lloyds of London in Lloyds Appeal Tribunal work (regarding the regulation of financial services syndicates). Members have also appeared before Institute and Faculty of Actuaries regulatory cases involving pensions and insurance other regulators, such as the CLC.

We have a strong defendant Police Disciplinary team acting for forces including the Metropolitan Police in disciplinary proceedings and Employment matters.

Members of Chambers are frequently instructed on Sports related matters, including anti-doping regulations, Legal Advisors for Selection Committees, Advising on the Creation of Rules and Regulations for Regulatory Bodies.  Members are on the Sports Resolutions (UK) Arbitrators and Mediators Panel and on the British Equine Federation’s Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Hearing Body.

Our transport barristers regularly appear at public inquiries into the activities of transport businesses. The work spans both haulage and bus and coach sectors. Our transport law barristers enjoy an international reputation and are frequently instructed by and act for, the clients of lawyers in other jurisdictions.


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