The areas of work in which we have particular expertise, experience and excellence.
Deka’s position as a leading common law set ideally places us to deal with the demands of regulation drawing on expertise from our diverse specialisms within Chambers to provide the highest level of advice and representation across the full spectrum of work.
From advising on FSMA to appearing before the courts in Environment Agency prosecutions, we will recommend a barrister tailored to our clients’ specific needs, to guide clients through the regulatory process to achieve successful outcomes.
Our Professional Disciplinary team provides a specialised service in disciplinary body investigations and associated tribunal hearings. Chambers’ expertise in criminal law, personal injury and clinical negligence perfectly places the team to act in cases involving the police and the healthcare sector. Thanks to a wealth of experience in acting for regulators and disciplinary bodies, those on the receiving end of disciplinary proceedings can also expect informed and strategic advice, relying upon us to defend their interests at all times.
Members of the team regularly appear before tribunals, performers list committees, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
The laws and regulations that govern the professions are intimidating and complex. Often individuals who are subject to investigation experience the mental and emotional pressures of maintaining both a business and private life, whilst also then having to manage the allegations brought against them by their professional body. Disciplinary proceedings against individuals can have a devastating effect on the individual’s career and mental health, as well as on the business concerned.
We provide plain and constructive specialist advice from the outset on a wide range of issues. As regards medical practitioners these will include consent, record keeping, relationships with patients, criminal offences, standards of treatment, ethics, the management of patients, complaints unconnected to professional practice, standards and training, advertising, Care Quality Commission issues, language difficulties, health issues and competence.
The team frequently advise clients in relation to investigations by professional bodies including the following: