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Professional regulation

Our Professional Regulation team acts for regulators, sports bodies and professionals throughout England and Wales.

Many professionals are subject to oversight by regulatory and disciplinary bodies. Likewise, many fields of sport are also overseen by regulatory bodies.

Being subject to a disciplinary investigation can be a stressful and worrying time. We also understand and appreciate the media interest that such cases can sometimes create.

How we act for our clients

If you are anticipating the commencement of an investigation, or if you have already been notified by a regulatory body that an investigation has been commenced, it is essential that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.

We can liaise with the regulatory body on your behalf, with a view to ensuring that your interests are protected from an early stage. We can also prepare written submissions on your behalf, and represent you at any interim or substantive hearings that are convened.

Key contact

Martin Jones


As the Head of the Regulatory Department, Martin acts in a wide-range of regulatory crime and professional regulation matters. Martin has built up over 20 years of experience and a wealth of specialist knowledge.

He leads the firm’s cross-departmental alcohol and gaming licensing teams. Additionally Martin manages the teams providing a range of outsourced services to local authorities, including court representation of local authorities Adult and Children’s Services Departments.

Our experience

At Hugh James, we have vast experience of advising clients who are subject to regulatory and disciplinary investigations, and can advise you in relation to investigations from professional regulatory bodies, including:

  • General Medical Council
  • Nursing & Midwifery Council
  • General Pharmaceutical Council
  • General Osteopathic Council
  • Health and Care Professionals Council
  • General Chiropractic Council
  • General Dental Council
  • Financial Conduct Authority
  • Social Work England
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Bar Standards Board
  • CILEx Regulation
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accounting
  • Accountancy & Actuarial Discipline Board
  • Chartered Institute of Accountants of England & Wales
  • General Teaching Council for England
  • Education Workforce Council (Wales)
  • Various sports regulators.

Next steps

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