Jim has a significant experience in the field of professional regulation and professional discipline proceedings. He has appeared for both regulators and registrants in proceedings before a number of healthcare regulators including the NMC, HCPC, GOC and GPhC. He has also acted for teachers before the TRA, and is presently instructed on ongoing matters before both teaching and healthcare regulators. Having spent time with Band 1 firms in this field on secondment, he is keenly aware of the litigation process involved with professional discipline matters and accepts instructions at all levels of proceedings. He is also available for instruction to advise regulators on procedure, standards and enforcement.
Jim has also developed a practice defending police officers before disciplinary panels. He is regularly instructed at an early stage and can assist with drafting and early engagement, often to the benefit of his clients.
Jim has also appeared in the High Court in respect of Interim Order proceedings arising from regulatory investigations.
Recently, Jim has also received instructions in the field of sports regulation and anti-doping, advising on investigations in this field.
Notable Professional Regulation cases
NMC v CH 
Appeared for the Registrant in an emotionally charged case involving medicines administration errors on a neonatal intensive care ward, and allegations of dishonesty arising from them. Jim successfully defended all contested allegations, and despite an initial sanctions bid of a strike-off, his client ultimately received a conditions of practice order.
TRA v SO 
Jim acted for the teacher in a case where serious allegations of conduct with students were alleged. The contested allegations were found not proven, and Jim was able to persuade the panel to make a recommendation of a prohibition order which could be reviewed after only 2 years.
SWE v MT 
Defended a Social Worker in a case which involved legal argument touching on the SRA v Beckwith decision. Jim was successful in persuading the panel to dismiss all allegations at half-time
HCPC v WA 
Appeared for the regulator in lengthy and complex case involving sexual misconduct by a practitioner psychologist.
HCPC v SW 
Presenting on behalf of the HCPC in a case where the paramedic withheld care on the basis of discrimination
GOC v GT 
Presenting on behalf of the GOC before a panel asked to adjudicate on the issue of jurisdiction for virtual hearings.