Regulatory & Professional Discipline

Our Regulatory & Professional Discipline team assist professionals and corporate bodies with regulatory investigations, enforcement action and compliance issues.

Carson McDowell’s Regulatory and Professional Discipline team can assist regulated professionals and commercial clients across a wide range of sectors. These include health and social care, education and financial services. We are here to help you robustly present your position in regulatory investigations and, when relevant, protect the reputation of yourself or your organisation.

We have a dedicated Regulatory and Professional Disciplinary team who assist clients across both Northern Ireland and Ireland. Our team is made up of regulatory lawyers experienced in representing and robustly defending a wide variety of professionals before regulatory bodies. We also provide tailored advice on regulatory matters including: compliance, investigations, adjudication, enforcement and prosecutions.

The team is widely recognised as a leading strategic, commercial and regulatory legal adviser to the Healthcare sector. We are independently recognised specialists in healthcare regulation, having acted in the field for several decades. Clients come to us to obtain specialist legal services and advice when a complaint is made that threatens their livelihood or ability to carry on practising.

We understand how daunting facing a challenge or investigation by regulatory or enforcement bodies can be for devoted professionals. We take pride in our ability to deal with such cases sensitively and always seek to conclude matters at the earliest possible opportunity. In circumstances where investigations give rise to criminal proceedings, we advise companies and individuals in relation to potential liability and defence options.

The team’s services are supplemented by in-house access to employment and reputational management specialists.

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What we do

Represent Individuals in Proceedings Before their Professional Regulatory Bodies

Fitness to Practise Investigations, Hearings, Inquiries and Statutory Appeals

Disciplinary Investigations by Health and Social Care Trusts and the HSE


Public Inquiries

Registration and Restoration Appeals

Investigations Relating to Misuse of Drugs, Including Investigations by the Medicines Regulatory Group

Counter Fraud and Probity Investigations

Criminal Investigations

Complaints Handling

Investigations by the Ombudsman and Commissioner for Older People

Assisting with Serious Adverse Incident (SAI) Investigations Reports and Serious Event Audits (SEA)

Advising on Registration, Compliance and Enforcement Issues in Connection with the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (‘the RQIA’)

Challenging Inspection Findings

Safeguarding and Deprivation of Liberty Judicial Review

Interviewing Witnesses and Drafting Witness Statements

Advising on Interpretation and Application of Regulatory Statutory Provisions

GDPR, Data Protection and Freedom of Information Queries

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