Professional Discipline Lawyers

Experienced in representing professionals

Facing an investigation by a regulatory body?

Allegations of misconduct can damage reputations and careers. If you are facing allegations of professional misconduct you need to seek professional advice and representation as soon as possible. Our experienced team of professional discipline lawyers will deal with these allegations in a sensitive and timely way, putting together a clear strategy to maximise your chances of securing a positive outcome. 

Who can face a professional discipline investigation? 

There are many professions that can face a professional discipline investigation by their regulators. Our professional discipline lawyers have experience with a number of regulators and professional bodies in relation to professional conduct complaints and hearings including: 

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) – Accountants 
  • Bar Standards Board (BSB) - Barristers 
  • The CFA Institute – Investment professionals 
  • CILEx Regulation – Chartered Legal Executives 
  • Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), Lloyd’s of London – Independent Financial Advisors, Bankers and Insurers. 
  • The Football Association (FA) – Coaches 
  • General Medical Council (GMC) – Doctors 
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) - Physiotherapists, Radiographers, Art Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Paramedics, Biomedical Scientists, Chiropodists/Podiatrists, Clinical Scientists, Dieticians, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Operating Department Practitioners, Practitioner Psychologists and Prosthetists/Orthotists, Psychologists 
  • Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) – Nurses, Midwives 
  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) – Vets, Veterinary Nurses 
  • Social Work England - Social workers 
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) – Solicitors 
  • Teacher Regulation Agency (TRA) – Teachers 

Professional Discipline 

Our lawyers act in disciplinary proceedings for regulated individuals in a wide range of industries, often in the context of concurrent employment and disciplinary proceedings. We provide advice throughout the process from the first notification of a complaint through to final hearings, appeals and judicial review challenges. 

Doyle Clayton also advises disciplinary tribunals and professional bodies on the content and application of their rules and on their powers and potential liabilities. 

Doyle Clayton also undertakes independent investigatory work related to professional conduct complaints. 

Our lawyers regularly undertake work in the following areas: 

  • Advice on compliance with regulatory requirements 
  • Registration and authorisation 
  • Notifications to regulators and professional bodies 
  • Advising on and preparing written submissions on behalf of individual clients during preliminary ‘sift’ stages 
  • Advising clients in relation to investigations 
  • Undertaking code of conduct investigations 
  • Conduct Rules assessments, misconduct, and fitness to practice hearings 
  • Appeals 

Professional discipline - Industry sectors

Accountancy: our lawyers act for accountants, and for professional accountancy bodies in disciplinary proceedings, and on matters involving the Financial Reporting Council. We also regularly advise professional accountancy bodies in relation to governance, disciplinary powers, rules and their various functions. 

Education: Doyle Clayton’s education practice encompasses disciplinary proceedings before university disciplinary bodies and hearings before the Teaching Regulation Agency. Our lawyers have acted against Ofqual in regulatory matters and against examination boards, and are frequently instructed in employment law matters arising in an educational context. 

Financial Services: our lawyers act in cases involving the Financial Conduct Authority, the Prudential Regulation Authority, Lloyd’s and the CFA Institute on a wide range of matters relating to misconduct, fitness and propriety and the application of the Conduct Rules. 

Legal: our lawyers have advised on investigations by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board, including in respect of reporting obligations on the part of both firms and individuals. 

Medical: our lawyers have advised on investigations by the General Medical Council and Health and Care Professions Council in respect of complaints relating to breaches of professional conduct. 

Recent examples of our work include 

  • Advising a fund manager on an investigation by the CFA Institute into pre-arranged trading where no sanction was imposed by the CFA Institute 
  • Advising a barrister on a professional standards investigation related to their practice where no further action was taken, including advising on engagement with the Bar Standards Board 
  • Advising a professional body on collusion between students which concluded with disqualification and a referral to the Taxation Disciplinary Board

Our professional discipline team

Our regulatory investigations team is led by Charles Herbert. He advises regulated organisations and individuals on compliance with their regulatory obligations. He has particular expertise in supporting those who are the subject of regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings throughout the process. Contact Charles on or call him on 020 7778 7231. We are happy to have a face to face meeting at a location to suit you. Additionally, we are happy to advise you by video call.

"They are a very safe pair of hands, their advice has been brilliant throughout. They fully understand commercial and sensitive issues."

"They work in a very holistic and connected manner, ensuring that their advice is given with key legal business goals in mind."

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Why choose us?

  • Reputation – We have an outstanding reputation for delivering high quality advice to our clients who continue to use us time and time again. We are highly rated in The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners
  • Convenience – We have a large team of employment solicitors working from our offices throughout London, Reading, Oxford and the Southwest. If it is more convenient for you, we can meet you at your business premises or provide our legal service by video call. Wherever you are in the UK, we can assist you 

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Charles Herbert

Charlie leads the firm's Regulatory and Financial Services Disputes practice. He joined Doyle Clayton to set up the team having worked as legal counsel in the Enforcement and Litigation Division at the Bank of England. Prior to that, he was a senior solicitor in the Contentious Regulatory and Litigation Teams at Santander UK plc and in the litigation team of a leading national law firm, where he also undertook a secondment in the Barclays Litigation team.

  • Partner & Head of Regulatory and Financial Services Disputes
  • T: +44 (0)20 7778 7231
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Simon Henthorn

Simon is an expert in education and employment law. He has over 15 years’ experience advising schools, colleges, associations and individuals on all aspects of education law, including employment and safeguarding matters.

  • Partner & Head of Education
  • T: +44 (0)20 3696 7172
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