Regulatory & Disciplinary

A simple complaint can launch an enquiry

"Many criminal prosecutions begin with an enquiry by a professional regulatory body, so you need expert help at the outset in dealing with your regulator to protect your position."
Steve Halsall | Fraud & Business Crime Team

If your trade of profession is regulated by a professional body or regulator the chances are that at some point you will be the subject of a compliant to your regulator.

Many such complaints are groundless, but the uncertainty can cause incredible anxiety.

It is therefore important that you ensure that you receive timely advice as soon as possible. Contact us when you first receive correspondence from your regulator about a complaint and we will try to put your mind at rest. There are a number of things that you have to consider in your response even at this early stage. We will be able to advise you of your options, such as fighting the allegation, or admitting matters but minimising the damage. Early resolution of the complaint, such as paying compensation for example, can avoid the need for a full disciplinary hearing and the consequences that could flow from it.

The approach to take with regulators is often very different to the adversarial stance taken in general criminal proceedings.

Careful and skilled negotiation by your lawyer can resolve matters at a comparatively early stage without any risk to your business or livelihood. Our team is contactable, and can assist you, 24 hours a day. Contact us on 0800 32 888 46 or via an online enquiry.

This year alone, through representation made prior to, during and after the interview process in a number of separate cases we have ended any further enquiry by amongst others the Statutory Committee of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and the General Medical Council (GMC) where a prosecution could have cost the careers of members of the medical, legal and other professions. Our team is contactable, and can assist you, 24 hours a day. Contact us on 0800 32 888 46 or via an online enquiry.

Should the case still proceed to a tribunal or other hearing we will ensure that skilled and experienced advocates used to appearing before that particular tribunal will be deployed to your case whilst continuing to offer you full support and re-assurance throughout.

Cunninghams are regularly asked by clients to take over their case from Solicitors that they have previously instructed. This can happen at any stage of an investigation or prosecution.

There can be many reasons for this. Their existing solicitor may feel that for professional reasons they can no longer continue to represent their client, they may no longer feel that they have the necessary expertise or they may no longer be allowed to represent their client in respect of a particularly serious case because they are not members of the VHCC panel. In some cases, a client’s relationship with their solicitor has simply broken down, or they have lost complete confidence in their solicitor’s ability to represent them properly. Some clients feel that transferring representation will be an awkward, embarrassing or difficult process, and for cases which are publicly funded there are strict criteria which must be present before a case is transferred to another solicitor.

At Cunninghams we are used to dealing with such enquiries and can reassure clients that any transfer of their case will be smooth, free of embarrassment and always in their best interests.

Our initial advice is always free of charge. Contact Us on 0800 32 888 46 or make an on-line enquiry.

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