Professional Discipline

Many professionals are regulated by an official body which set the standards that must be adhered to within the profession and then monitor compliance.

Often the regulation of members’ behaviour will extend beyond the workplace and usual working hours.

Example professions and their regulatory bodies:

  • Solicitors – Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Barristers – Bar Council
  • Doctors – General Medical Council
  • Dentists – General Dental Council
  • Pharmacists – General Pharmaceutical Council
  • Nurses and Midwives – Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Independent Financial Advisors – Financial Conduct Authority
  • Teachers – Teaching Regulation Agency
  • Care Homes – Care Quality Commission (CQC)
  • Pension Advisors / Trustees – The Pensions Regulator (TPR)
  • Professional Footballers – Football Association (FA)
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Where it is alleged that a professional’s conduct amounts to a breach, the professional body will undertake an investigation and may instigate disciplinary proceedings if deemed necessary. A breach may be an allegation of incompetency or relate to inappropriate or unlawful activities. In the most serious disciplinary cases, the professional body may revoke the registration or license of the professional so that they are no longer able to practice.

At Richardson Lissack we understand the devastating effect that even an investigation can have on your career and life. We know how important it is for you to defend your reputation and protect your profession.

We can support you through an investigation and, if necessary, at a disciplinary hearing and will ensure that your defence is clearly and firmly presented throughout the process.

Our lawyers are available 24/7 to assist you and provide legal advice. Contact London 020 3753 5352 or Manchester 0161 834 7284. Alternatively you can email