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.
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
Registration and Restoration Appeals
Investigations Relating to Misuse of Drugs, Including Investigations by the Medicines Regulatory Group
Counter Fraud and Probity Investigations
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
If you have a query about our services or just want to find out more, please get in touch today.
Representing healthcare professionals in a range of proceedings before professional regulators. These include the General Medical Council, the General Dental Council, the Medical Council of Ireland, the Dental Council of Ireland, the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Assisting health and social care professionals who have been asked to provide witness statements to the Coroner and representing properly interested persons at Inquest hearings.
Advising practitioners who are being investigated by health and social care trusts under the Maintaining High Professional Standards in the Modern HPSS (‘MHPS’) framework. These include preparation for Professional Conduct Committee and Professional Performance Committee hearings.
Representation of clinicians subject to HSE Trust in Care investigations.
Representing clinicians at all stages of Counter Fraud and Probity Investigations.
Representing professionals, who find themselves in the criminal justice system, including in respect of sexual assault, misuse of drugs or fraud allegations.
Investigations by the Ombudsman and Commissioner for Older People.
Advising individuals and corporate bodies in connection with investigations and enforcement action by the Regulation & Quality Improvement Authority, including appeals to the Care Tribunal.
Representing individuals in high-profile public and statutory inquiries.
Advising clients on data protection, GDPR issues and disclosure of patient records.
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