Professional Regulation

Our expertise in this area is genuinely outstanding. We have been continuously recognised as a Tier One firm by the legal directories in professional discipline and our team was also recognised as a Litigation Team of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards.

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We’ve established key legal precedents in Scotland’s highest courts and the European Court of Human Rights with these cases being cited in legal hearings across the globe.

Our work involves:

  • Healthcare regulation, including doctors, nurses and dentists;
  • Professional services regulation including architects, accountants and solicitors;
  • Public services including social workers and teaching;
  • Local government and parliamentary including councillors and MSPs; as well as
  • The NHS, mental welfare, farriery, road works and the haulage industry

Effective regulation involves the setting of standards for professionals combined with the fine balance between compelling desirables: the protection of the public; the reputation of the professions; and the legitimate expectation of the public and registrants that proceedings will be fair.

We work with regulators across Scotland and the UK and in almost every regulated profession.  We also represent regulated professionals before their disciplinary committees. Our many years of working in this field means we collaborate with regulators in:

  • Addressing the challenges they face in delivering a high quality, best value services
  • Ensuring high standards in the context of the scrutiny of the public, the media and the political
  • Advising and delivering training on key legal issues including burdens and standards of proof, investigation, evidence, proportionality and fairness.

Our wide team of professional regulation experts can cover any legal issue of difficulty and we pride ourselves on getting to know you properly and the particular issues that you face, letting us provide straightforward and pragmatic legal advice.

Our team can help you with:

  • Drafting rules and sanctions guidance
  • Investigation
  • Advocacy
  • Appeals
  • Judicial review

"From the direct experience that I have had with the firm, I consider that they provide a high level of expertise in the area of professional regulation. They provide excellent advice and adapt quickly to our changing priorities and approaches in relation to casework."

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