Tribunals, Inquests and Inquiries
Specialist barristers advising on all issues surrounding investigations and tribunals. 0844 272 2322.
St Pauls Chambers' lawyers are recognised legal experts specialising in conduct of all regulation. Our Leeds Lawyers have tremendous experience in the following areas of work.
Solicitors Disciplinary (Solicitor's Disciplinary Tribunal)
Members of Chambers have represented a number of firms of solicitors and individual partners and other members of staff faced with investigations by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Advice has been given to major law firms, medium size practices and sole practitioners on a range of issues that include acting with integrity, acting in the best interests of clients, and various compliance issues including conflicts of interest, self reporting, mortgage fraud and financial services.
Jeremy is currently instructed in 4 separate cases before the SDT. In two of these. He represents a number of solicitors as a specialist disciplinary lawyer, who face allegations in respect of non payment of the Assigned Risks Pool premium [ARP] and associated run off cover, following the administration of their solicitors practice. He is also advising a number of firms on a the new Referral Fee ban , new CFA and DPAs and project to set up an ABS.
Jeremy Barnett recent published decisions.
Maistry v SRA  EWHC 3041 Administrative Court Cranston J. appeal against small fine
E Williams, S Williams, P Carter and D Maxwell. Law Soc Gazette 27.9.12 ARP non payment. Small fines exceptional circumstances
Harris and Co Law Soc Gazette 4.1.13 Intervention
J Jacobs Law Soc Gazette 8.4.13 Sole practitioner targeted by fraudsters. Mitigation accepted in full. Small fine.
Together with Brian Rodgers of Reliance and John Oakland and Paul Slater of Oakland Counsulting PLC, Chambers has conducted seminars in Manchester and Leeds on current SRA legal and regulatory issues. Covering Referral Fees, ABS, Stamp Duty Land Tax issues. Please call for futher information as to future seminars.
The team provides advice and representation from initial contact with the coroner, disclosure, pre inquest reviews and the final hearing. Members of our inquest team have extensive experience in dealing with complex and long-running inquests, in some cases where article 2 of the ECHR is engaged. We fully understand the importance of sensitivity and proper representation whether acting for families of the deceased or for other interested parties. We have experience appearing in inquests in the spectrum of cases including:
- Care homes
- Road traffic accidents
- Workplace accidents
General Medical Council
A number of cases before both the Interim Orders Panel [IOP] and the Fitness To Practise [FTP] Tribunal have been conducted by members of Chambers. These include highly contested hearings involving allegations of dishonesty and clinical underperformance where the panel has drawn back from erasure following detailed representations.
Alun Jones is instructed regularly on matters concerning the investiagtions into misconduct by healthcare professionals. With particular expertise in Doctors disciplinary.
Chambers is a recognised leader in the field of police misconduct hearings with experience under the 1999, 2004 and 2008 Police (Conduct) Regulations. Chambers have a number of advocates who possess the range of skills necessary to advise and represent police officers in criminal and misconduct proceedings, including experience of major investigations conducted by the IPCC and deaths in custody.
Jeremy Barnett was instructed by Lewis Hymanson Small in relation to a number of issues regarding Health and Safety arising on the Hillsborough Inquest.
Andrew Haslam is frequently instructed by the Police Federation to represent the interests of those in the Police Force on matters concerning misconduct.
Financial Services Authority
Chambers have represented a number of IFAs in both criminal and disciplinary proceedings. Prosecutions have been contested around the country where deposit taking and collective investments schemes have been investigated. A recent success before the Regulatory Decisions Committee [RDC] in a substantial case involving self certification mortgages is one of only two to have been withdrawn following representations.
Following involvement in serious fraud cases over twenty years, members of Chambers have become familiar with accounting rules and principles and have represented accountants before the Chartered Institute of Accountants of England and Wales disciplinary committee. One member of the team is a member of the Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board [AADB], the body that investigates and where appropriate holds disciplinary tribunals in public interest cases.
Nursing and Midwifery.
Nurses and midwives account for the largest group of healthcare professionals. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) provide the regulatory guidance to apply standards and judge fitness to practise. St Pauls provides legal advice and representation to nurses and midwives on all matters before the Nursing and Midwifery Council including, fitness to practise, impairments, competence and physical or mental ill health. The service we provide to our clients also crosses over other disciplines such as clinical negligence, nursing injury and employment law advice.
Derek Duffy and Alun Jones have conducted a number of Interim Orders and Fitness to Practise hearings.