Professional Discipline

Professional Discipline
Legally reviewed by: Laura Smith

If you find yourself under the scrutiny of a regulator for disciplinary or criminal reasons, Cartwright King’s Professional Discipline Solicitors will do everything possible to protect your career, reputation and help minimise any negative consequences. 

If you are under investigation by an official governing body, following allegations of a breach of regulations and you are facing disciplinary action as a result, our team can take care of collecting and analysing the necessary evidence to build your defence. As the outcome of your professional disciplinary case can have a serious impact on your professional future, we take action quickly and implement an effective legal strategy to secure the best possible resolution.

Our regulatory law experts provide advice throughout all disciplinary proceedings. With more than two decades of experience, our team can ensure that your best interests are protected during hearings, appeals and judicial review challenges. You can rely on Cartwright King Solicitors to defend your rights with a clear and professional approach. 

Benefit from specialist legal support that protects your best interests in a professional discipline case. Get in touch with our experienced Regulatory Law team now for the legal advice you need.

How Cartwright King’s Professional Discipline Solicitors Can Help

Misconduct and criminal allegations against you can threaten your career, your reputation and potentially your freedom. That’s why having the right legal advice is crucial to clearing you of wrongdoing or minisming the severity of action taken against you. 

Cartwright King has years of experience dealing with professional and regulatory bodies. We can support you if you’re being investigated by:

  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • General Chiropractic Council
  • General Dental Council
  • General Medical Council
  • Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)
  • General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Health & Care Professions Council
  • Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • Professional Services 
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Teaching Regulation Agency

Our specialist Regulatory Law Team can also help with Fitness to Practice appeals.

Who We Can Help

Our experienced discipline solicitors can help clients from a wide range of professions that require registration with a regulatory body. We represent professionals during investigations by the governing bodies in their area of expertise to help them avoid their registration or licence being revoked. 

We represent clients who are facing a breach of regulations or unfit to practise charges and we work with professionals in several fields, including:

  • Law: Solicitors, police officers
  • Medicine: Doctors, dentists, nurses, paramedics
  • Social Care: Psychologists, social workers
  • Finance: Financial advisors, accountants 
  • Sports: Professional athletes, coaches 
  • Gambling: Lottery, betting

So if you are facing claims that you are not able to do your job, speak to one of our professional discipline experts on 0330 057 1363 for advice. 

Speak to a Specialist Solicitor Immediately

If you suspect that you are going to be investigated, or you are already under investigation by a professional or regulatory body, speak to a specialist Cartwright King Professional Discipline Solicitor immediately.

There is no substitute for speaking to one of our specialist solicitors to get the right advice, ensuring that you are on the front foot when facing an investigation. 

For immediate action, call us or email us for an initial discussion. 

The discussion is completely informal and confidential, and is an opportunity for us to:

  • Get to know you 
  • Understand your situation
  • Advise you on legal fees
  • Agree how you want to proceed

Why Choose Cartwright King for Professional Disciplinary Hearings?

We listen, we understand and we care about what happens to you. Having sound, reliable legal advice ensures that you understand your rights when you’re under investigation. Working with a specialist Cartwright King solicitor ensures that the professional or regulatory bodies don’t hold all the power while investigating you.

We know that professional disciplinary hearings can seem like a personal attack, potentially tarnishing your reputation, becoming the source of office gossip among your colleagues, ruining your career and affecting your future employment prospects. We will do everything we can to protect you from this and potential slander.

We are committed to defending your legal rights and ensuring that you are treated fairly and with respect throughout your case. When you need us most, we will be there to offer sound, sensible legal advice and sure guidance.  

We are a trusted, resourceful Legal 500 top tier law firm with specialist solicitors that are calm under pressure, giving you defence counsel that you can count on.

Legal Fees

Legal fees will be charged in accordance with the work required for your case. Costs will be agreed with you before any work starts and you will be given clear information detailing the cost commitment.

We're here for you.

Frequently asked questions.

I've been accused of professional misconduct, what will happen?

When an allegation has been against you, the appropriate regulator will carry out checks to determine whether you have violated its code of conduct and assess your fitness to practice.

You will then be contacted by the regulator, in writing, notifying you that an allegation has been made against you and asking you for a response to the accusations made. At this point you should get in touch with Cartwright King for legal advice.

I've been summoned to a conduct hearing, what do I do?

You should instruct Cartwright King to represent you. We can advise you on the appropriate defence strategy, prepare your case and attend your hearing with you. Our Regulatory Team has strong litigation experience, which you can benefit from during your hearing.

I'm not happy with the outcome of the investigation, can I appeal?

Yes, you can appeal. Cartwright King can offer you realistic advice on whether it’s worth appealing, and if an appeal is likely to deliver a better outcome, we can help you prepare an appeal and provide representation.

What governing bodies can take professional disciplinary action?

Depending on your profession, you may need to comply with the standards and regulations set by a number of official regulatory bodies, such as:

  • Law: Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Council, Visitors to the Inns of Court, Legal Ombudsman (Office for Legal Complaints), Independent Office of Police Conduct
  • Medical: General Medical Council, General Dental Council, General Pharmaceutical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Finance: Financial Conduct Authority, The Pensions Regulator (TPR), Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, Financial Reporting Council
  • Footballers: Football Association (FA), UEFA complaints panel, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne
  • General Health and Safety: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Education: The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
  • Security: Security Industry Authority (SIA), Firearms appeals 

Cartwright King’s professional discipline solicitors can advise you through the investigation and any disciplinary proceedings that follow – get in touch today

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