Professional discipline

In addition to our unrivalled reputation for police misconduct work, including Inquests, we are regularly instructed by a wide range of disciplinary authorities and respondents in proceedings dealing with the full spectrum of professional misconduct. In particular, members at all levels of call appear before bodies such as:

  • General Medical Council
  • Health Professions Council
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Professional Conduct Committee of the General Council of the Bar
  • Regulatory Decisions Committee of the Financial Services Authority
  • Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
  • Various sports disciplinary tribunals (including British Boxing Board of Control, Football Association, UK Athletics, International Association of Athletics Federations, International Cricket Council, Lawn Tennis Association)

Our first-rate skills as criminal advocates enable us to provide robust representation for our clients in proceedings that may have serious ramifications for their professional reputations and careers. In addition, our vast experience in criminal, regulatory and public law means that we can provide continuity of representation in any related criminal proceedings (including the offence of misconduct in public office), inquests or inquiries or judicial review claims.

Hugh Davies was named Professional Discipline Junior of the Year at the Chambers Bar Awards in 2009 and nominated again in 2010.

Police

Our expertise in all aspects of alleged police misconduct is unparalleled. We represent police officers and police authorities in disciplinary, criminal, and public proceedings dealing with offences ranging from allegations of misconduct to corruption and manslaughter.

We are particularly experienced in dealing with high-profile and sensitive cases and have appeared in nearly every significant inquest or public inquiry relating to the conduct of the police in the last twenty years, including the Victoria ClimbiƩ Inquiry, and inquests relating to the London bombings of 7 July 2005, Jean-Charles De Menezes, Ian Tomlinson, Mark Saunders, Roger Sylvester, Michael Powell, Colette Lynch, Paul Coker, and the inquest concerning the death of Raoul Moat.

Our expertise extends to advising national representative bodies on matters of policy and practice. One of our members, Hugh Davies, is co-author of the leading practitioners” textbook exclusively dedicated to police discipline, entitled “Police Misconduct, Complaints, and Public Regulation” (OUP 2009).

Sport

We are regularly instructed by athletes and governing associations in disciplinary proceedings across a range of sports. We have acted in proceedings before the International Cricket Council (representing Mohamed Asif regarding match-fixing allegations), the Football Association, the British Boxing Board of Control, the Lawn Tennis Association, UK Athletics, and International Association of Athletics Federations.