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Regulatory and disciplinary

We can help you with clear regulatory advice, practical support and strong representation.

Professional practice can throw complex regulatory issues into the most carefully plotted of paths.

Whether it’s expert guidance on a compliance matter facing you or your business or support through a regulatory investigation, at Leigh Day, we understand the importance of receiving clear advice, practical support and strong representation when it comes to protecting or defending your professional position to solicitors and other professionals.

Our commitment to you

Frank and fearless

Leigh Day’s reputation as a firm that takes on cases for ”Davids” against institutional and corporate “Goliaths” means we are committed to achieving the best outcome for you, in spite of any apparent obstacles. Uniquely, we have experienced first-hand and on behalf of clients the impact dealing with an investigation or prosecution by a well-resourced and at times over-zealous regulator can have. We use this insight to help our clients to fight their corner and to protect their livelihood and professional reputation. We also use it as a launch pad for awareness campaigns to encourage professionals to ensure they have a robust action plan and affordable resource in place in case they are called on to explain themselves to their regulator.

Read more about our first-hand experience and our work here:

Fighting for fairness

We are leaders in driving the discussion around important issues arising in professional discipline and impacting our clients. These include the over-prosecution of junior professionals (especially junior lawyers) and the overrepresentation of people from the Global Majority in professional regulators’ enforcement work (in particular the Solicitors Regulation Authority). Our work is driven by a determination to achieve a fairer, more consistent regulatory process for everyone regardless of their individual characteristics, not the exclusive reserve of those lucky enough to have the financial resources to afford the expert advice and support you need to make sure your voice heard – and listened to.

Health and wellbeing

Professional regulators have been slow to reflect the general societal shift toward a more compassionate approach to and nuanced understanding of the importance of wellbeing, especially “invisible” challenges experienced by many such as mental ill-health. We understand that a regulated professional is a whole person, not simply defined by a professional title as an “Associate Solicitor” or a “Senior Social Worker”. Through our client and advocacy work writing for leading sector publications, we raise awareness around the relevance of ill-health – physical and mental – in regulatory matters. We also encourage regulators to make their processes more humane and understanding of the acute stressors that can impact on an individual’s ability to carry out their work. Read more about our work in this area at the links below:

Our team of regulatory, compliance and professional disciplinary lawyers will work with you to assess your particular situation and give you the advice and support you need.

What our clients say

I was advised by Gideon Habel on a professional conduct matter. I felt in very good hands throughout. It was really helpful to talk through and be fully advised on the regulatory and tactical matters. Gideon clearly gave careful and thoughtful consideration to those issues, and I am sure all of that contributed to making my case a smooth as could be hoped for.

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See how we helped others

Client Story
Two Men Shaking Hands
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Regulatory and disciplinary - self-reporting

Assisting a solicitor to self-report and persuading the SRA to take no action

Client Story
Young Professional Black Woman
Solicitors Regulation Authority

Regulatory and disciplinary - SRA investigation

Advising a firm under investigation by the SRA and under threat of intervention

Client Story
Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

Regulatory and disciplinary - defending a solicitor

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Why choose Leigh Day?

Outstanding outcomes, happy clients

We provide the very best in client care and legal expertise to help you protect your career and livelihood.

Ranked by the directories

Gideon Habel and Emma Walker recognised as specialists by Chambers and Partners 2021

Successful defence of Leigh Day

We defended our firm and three of our colleagues against a SRA investigation, prosecution and High Court appeal between 2014 and 2018.

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Meet the regulatory and disciplinary team

Gideon Habel
Regulatory and disciplinary

Gideon Habel

Gideon acts for regulated professionals in disciplinary investigation and prosecution matters

Emma Walker

Emma Walker

Emma is a member of the firm's regulatory and disciplinary department