Professional regulation

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Penningtons Manches is acknowledged as a leader in the field of professional regulation. We have the flexibility to respond to all the case-handling requirements of professional bodies and individual registrants, from initial investigations through to advocacy before fitness to practise panels and conduct of appeals in the higher courts.

We are recognised for our broad regulatory knowledge, having acted for professional bodies and registrants for over 30 years. The leading legal directories have described us as a 'high calibre team' with 'vast repositories of experience'. Our practice covers healthcare, legal, and accountancy disciplines, together with other smaller specialist, professional sectors.

Our team comprises experienced advocates, including in-house counsel, who manage high numbers of fitness to practise cases each year. As a result of our in-house advocacy skills, clients receive a seamless service from initial complaint against a professional through to the final determination of allegations.

We regularly have conduct of appeals and judicial reviews in the regulatory field before the High Court and the Privy Council.  Our lawyers are also frequently asked to assist on policy matters affecting regulators. We are experienced in advising on and drafting rules, regulations, policies and codes, for statutory regulators and those with a regulatory regime based on contract.

A key feature of the service we offer is the provision of in-house training for clients on both legal and practical aspects of their regulatory work.

We offer expert advice on:

  • advocacy before tribunals and committees
  • appeals and judicial review (including High Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council)
  • independent investigation of cases
  • legal issues affecting tribunals and committees
  • prosecution of regulatory cases
  • policy matters for registrants
  • drafting of procedures and codes of conduct
  • training for all areas of regulatory work

Recent work highlights

First hearing of new disciplinary committee

Acting on behalf of a regulator in the first ever hearing before its newly constituted disciplinary committee.


Appeal to High Court

Representing the Solicitors Regulation Authority in a successful appeal against the decision to restore to the register a solicitor who had been struck off for dishonesty involving losses of approximately £3 million.


Appeal to Privy Council

Successfully defending a Privy Council appeal brought on the grounds that there was an appearance of bias in the procedures of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for determining disciplinary complaints.

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Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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