They're really excellent at dealing with tricky areas; they're very tactful and not surprised by anything that comes their way"
Chambers 2018

Professional regulators and representative bodies are operating under increased pressure, as expectations and complexities of regulatory requirements brings scrutiny from Government, members and stakeholders. We understand the public interest drivers for professional regulators, in particular, the protection of the public. At the same time, the interests of the members and the profession can sometimes create a difficult balancing act for professional representative bodies.

With decades of experience advising professional bodies, we bring a high level of legal acumen, teamed with a practical understanding of how to best negotiate the real-world issues you are facing.

Bates Wells is recognised as a national leader in the fields of public and regulatory and professional discipline work by independent legal directories Chambers UK and Legal 500. Melanie Carter, who leads on this work, is ranked as a leader in both fields.

Our team of specialist public and regulatory solicitors are all experienced in acting for large and case-work driven public bodies such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Advertising Standards Authority. We advise on disciplinary cases and investigations, drawing on our extensive experience in this field and also acting as legal assessors. We act in relation to all types of investigations, statutory, tribunal and in-house appeals and judicial review, as well as advocacy before all forms of professional regulatory tribunal.

We're proud to partner with PARN on their Regulation Special Interest Group, which promotes discussion, dialogue and knowledge-sharing about regulation amongst professional bodies. 

I was impressed by the combination of legal but also tactical information."
Chambers 2018

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