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Disciplinary & Regulatory

"Many consider Outer Temple Chambers to be 'untouchable for regulatory work', and its barristers 'always deliver the goods'."

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Outer Temple Chambers is, and has for many years been, a leading set in the field of disciplinary & regulatory law. It is ranked in the legal directories as a ‘Band Two’ set, and was previously Chambers & Partners Professional Discipline Set of the Year for 2012/2013.

Disciplinary & Regulatory Barristers

A major part of our disciplinary & regulatory barristers work is in the healthcare field – often acting for doctors and dentists. More than twenty members of Chambers regularly appear at the GMC and GDC, and we are frequently instructed to act for other healthcare professionals including: nurses, pharmacists, opticians, and chiropractors. Members also regularly appear at internal hospital trust disciplinary 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, and medical manslaughter). We also have longstanding experience in representing hospital trusts facing Health & Safety criminal charges in the Crown Court (our members appeared in the leading case of R v Misra & Southampton University Healthcare Trust).

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 the most significant medical public inquiries such as the Shipman Inquiry, the Kennedy Inquiry into paediatric surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, the civil claims arising out of the Ayling inquiry into indecent assaults by a doctor over a 30 year period, and the Neale inquiry into how the NHS dealt with allegations regarding a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.

We regularly act for members of other professions (eg accountants, actuaries and solicitors) 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).

We have a strong defendant Police Disciplinary team acting for the Metropolitan Police in disciplinary proceedings with seventeen Metropolitan Police approved barristers from juniors to silks.

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