Barristers at Guildhall Chambers act in professional discipline cases for various professional regulatory bodies, and for individuals in relation to their professional disciplinary and fitness to practice procedures.
Guildhall Chambers disciplinary and appeals barristers draw from their extensive Employment Tribunal and regulatory experience. As such, they have expertise in dealing with disciplinary proceedings in all professions and at all levels, from healthcare and education sectors, to assisting police officers. In addition they are able to deal skilfully and efficiently with all stages of disciplinary proceedings of any type, from employers' internal disciplinary procedures to proceedings before regulators.
This service includes advising employers at an early stage in relation to internal disciplinary matters or grievances to ensure compliance with the ACAS codes with a view to minimising the risk of ET proceedings.
In addition, barristers in the group can conduct internal investigations as an external source of independent expertise, with an eye to avoiding the many pitfalls open to unwary employers. In industry and in professional life, this enables the employer to get on with their core activities, confident that investigations will be conducted with a detailed and forensic eye.
We recognise that senior staff can find themselves embroiled in investigations or deciding cases that are far too time consuming. Where policy affords, our barristers are able to assist at investigation, dismissal and appeal stages in a 'hands on' or advisory capacity.
Where rules allow, we provide expert advice and representation for individuals facing serious disciplinary allegations prior to and during the involvement of Regulators.
Our breadth of work ranges from NHS cases under HC(90)9 and those conducted under Maintaining High Professional Standards (MHPS) to Teacher / Head Teacher disciplinary cases. Further, many of the specialist disciplinary and appeals barristers have expertise in dealing with National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) performance panel hearings.
Beyond this, barristers specialising in this area are regularly instructed in High Court proceedings in respect of the rights of employees and professionals, including claims for interim and final injunctions, application to resist the extension of Interim Suspension Orders("ISO's") and other relief.
Meeting the ever increasing volume and profile of healthcare regulation, barristers at Guildhall Chambers appear at all the major regulatory forums with some sitting as Legal Assessors. Our barristers’ breadth of experience across, for example, the, MPTS (formerly the GMC), GDC, NMC, HCPC and GOC, among others, allows us to respond quickly to your needs - arising either as a statutory regulator or Medical Defence Organisation.
The depth of experience we bring, from appearing at Interim Orders Panels (IOPs) through to multi-day, complicated, substantive hearings, dealing with a wide range of misconduct, competence and health cases, to cases in the Court of Appeal, makes us one of the most effective and respected Healthcare Regulation barrister sets outside of London.