We are a national leader in the field of professional regulatory and disciplinary law. Our team has extensive experience and knowledge, and acts in numerous professional regulatory sectors, including medical and nursing, health and social care, financial and accounting, banking, legal, and policing. We advise on a wide variety of regulatory and disciplinary issues, ranging from constitutional and strategic issues, to highly-sensitive fitness to practise and other disciplinary inquiries and investigations.
Our professional regulatory team provides expert advice and representation in relation to all types of inquiries, court applications, appeals and judicial review proceedings. We also conduct our own advocacy before professional regulatory tribunals and the High Court. Our highly-experienced professional regulatory lawyers are leaders in their field, and work closely with clients to ensure the provision of focused and high-quality, clear, consistent and timely legal advice.
We also provide sector-relevant training, as well as advice concerning statutory frameworks, interpretation and governance issues. We understand that our regulatory clients operate in an increasingly complex statutory and legal environment. We ensure that our clients discharge their statutory duties and fulfil their public interest objectives effectively and efficiently.
With our deep-rooted experience in public and administrative law and dispute resolution, our team is also well equipped to deal with the many legal issues that often arise in connection with professional disciplinary proceedings, including jurisdictional, procedural and evidential issues. We also have expertise in advising on related matters including criminal prosecutions, data protection, freedom of information, defamation, human rights, statutory appeals and applications, and judicial review.
We advise and represent clients in relation to the following issues:
• Fitness to Practise and Misconduct Inquiries & Investigations
We work with Ireland’s leading professional regulators to conduct investigations and inquiries regarding allegations against professionals, ranging from professional misconduct and poor professional performance to health-related matters. We assist our clients in preparing for a wide range of complex investigations, as well as presenting cases, including ones with multiple registrants, allegations spanning several years, and ones dealing with sensitive and vulnerable witnesses.
• Court Applications, Appeals and Judicial Review
We provide advice and representation to our clients in relation to court applications, as well as appeals, judicial review, and other proceedings in the Superior Courts. Our lawyers regularly conduct their own advocacy in High Court proceedings, both to confirm decisions of regulatory bodies, and in other matters.
• Statutory Framework, Drafting and Governance
On behalf of our professional regulatory and disciplinary clients, we have drafted a range of key documents concerning professional standards and training, as well as disciplinary codes and documents relating to investigations and inquiry hearings. Examples include drafting the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority’s application form and accompanying guidance notes for the accreditation of liquidators; the statutory instrument setting the requirements for professional indemnity cover for liquidators; the disciplinary procedures for members of the Stock Exchange; and guidance notes for other tribunals for the conduct of inquiries, and on what constitutes misconduct.