No matter what sector your business operates within, we know that having to face disciplinary tribunals or regulatory proceedings can be a real ordeal.
Our specialist professional discipline solicitors possess an expert understanding of the regulations that affect a vast range of sectors, including healthcare, accounting, finance, and architecture.
Whatever your industry, and whatever the issue you are facing, you can contact First4lawyers for a full and frank discussion of your circumstances, and tailored advice on the best steps to take to protect your business.
What are regulatory and disciplinary proceedings?
If your firm is suspected to have breached the professional guidelines that apply to your industry, you may have to face regulatory or disciplinary proceedings.
The details of these actions vary between industries and the bodies that govern them, but most involve an initial referral and subsequent investigation, followed by the possibility of interim orders and professional conduct hearings.
As well as causing stress and distraction for individuals within your business, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings can generate unwanted media interest and potentially damage the reputation of your firm.
As such, it is vital to seek advice and assistance from experienced disciplinary solicitors to ensure that the damage to your business is minimised and your defence against any allegations is as strong as it can be.
Who is responsible for regulatory and disciplinary proceedings?
Each professional sector has its own regulatory authority, and if you are facing disciplinary proceedings it is important that you seek advice and representation from a solicitor with experience in liaising with the authority relevant to your profession.
For example, specialist healthcare solicitors via First4lawyers can represent doctors in proceedings brought by the General Medical Council, and handle cases involving surgical errors, clinical incidents, misconduct and breaches of conditions of practice.
Doctors can require advice during the initial referral and investigation stage of disciplinary proceedings, and we’re able to provide that along with representation at interim orders panel hearings and fitness to practice panel hearings.
Other healthcare regulatory bodies require a wholly different approach, and if you are a dental technician or dentist facing investigation by the General Dental Council, for example, then you will need to ensure your solicitor has experience of handling this type of investigation.
Solicitors available via First4lawyers know the law inside out, and can assist you with regulatory and disciplinary proceedings no matter your profession.
My business is the subject of regulatory and disciplinary proceedings – what should I do?
The first step is to find a solicitor with experience of legal issues in your industry. The sooner you can find the right person to help manage your case, the sooner you can begin working towards the resolution you want. By getting in touch with us at First4lawyers, we can match you to the right solicitor for your situation.
Your representative can guide you through the necessary steps to building your defence. This might involve drafting a response to the complaints made against you, preparing evidence and reports, attending hearings, and addressing issues such as data protection, human rights, confidentiality and reputation management.
First4lawyers can provide you with a no-obligation discussion of your specific circumstances and help you to start the process of building your defence right away. Make contact, and we can look to set things in action.