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Defence disciplinary Solicitor/senior paralegal Maternity Cover Required

Bankside Law are looking for an experienced solicitor or senior paralegal in the disciplinary defence field. Self-employed or one year fixed term contract considered with flexible part time arrangments if required and attractive salary. To start end of October or beginning of November 21017. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Admonishment at General Chiropractic Council

Bankside Law secures an admonishment for a Chiropractor before the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) following a sexual relationship with an ex-patient. The Chiropractor made full admissions to the allegations and accepted that her conduct amounted to Unacceptable Professional Conduct. Some of the allegations related to a non-sexual inappropriate relationship when the individual was still a patient. Having attended a professional boundaries course and demonstrated a great deal of insight into her actions, the Professional Conduct Committee was satisfied that the most appropriate sanction in all of the circumstances was an admonishment. The couple remain in a relationship. The client has said of Bankside Law “Thanks so much for everything. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to represent me.”

Bio-Medical Scientist at HCPC

Bankside Law represented a Bio-Medical Scientist before the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and was successful in persuading the conduct and competence committee that the registrant’s fitness to practice was not impaired following admissions being made at both the facts and misconduct stages.  The case concerned a registrant who, having consumed alcohol, went into the hospital he worked at whilst off-duty in order to speak to his girlfriend. The Registrant’s girlfriend was a colleague of his and was on duty at the time. The registrant was verbally abusive towards his girlfriend and other colleagues who had made efforts to calm him down. In addition to this instance, the HCPC reignited a previous complaint where the registrant was found to have had a folding knife in his staff locker. The panel was persuaded that the registrant had shown a great deal of insight and remorse for his actions and had taken steps to remediate his wrongdoing. The client has said of Bankside Law “It has been a pleasure, a delightful and wonderful experience knowing that you take that much time and empathy and consideration for your clients. I would not have hesitation in recommending you.”

Teachers: what to do if you are referred to your professional regulator – National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

As a teacher, you are under constant pressure to ensure that the children in your care meet expectations, exhibit appropriate behaviour and remain physically and emotionally safe. That is a great deal of responsibility for one person to carry, though of course you should have the support of your Head Teacher and Governing body.

As well as the everyday professional demands of your role, you may often be alone with individual children, or have to deal with exceptionally difficult behaviour, or be placed in a situation where you do not feel comfortable. In those circumstances, you are vulnerable to allegations being made against you, or indeed to making a bad or inappropriate decision. Minor incidents and issues relating to competence may be dealt with internally (within the school) as professional discipline matters.

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Social Work Manager achieves speedy No Case to Answer decision

John Williams recently acted for a social work manager whose professional world was turned upside down in December 2016 when she received notification from the HCPC of a complaint dating back 3 years. The notification included a bundle of paperwork of over 400 pages. Despite having only 28 days over Christmas we were able to put together an impressive defence bundle with glowing character references, statements from our client and other professional witnesses challenging the allegations and the evidence on which they were based and put forward strong grounds in support of a finding of no case to answer.We and our client were delighted when we heard from the HCPC Investigating Committee that we were successful. Our client had planned a holiday of a lifetime before receiving the HCPC notification. In view of the speedy decision she was still able to go on this holiday and avoided the huge stress, delay and cost of a full HCPC hearing before a Conduct and Competence Committee and any stain on her highly respected professional reputation. Our client commented
"I was totally traumatised by the allegations made against me and after safeguarding children for over 20 years I genuinely thought this may be the end of my social work career.  I did some research, wanting to find someone who was experienced to see through the allegations and support my innocence and eventually found John Williams and was very impressed by reviews regarding his supportive approach. John has. throughout this crippling experience, supported me fully. having the knowledge, experience, compassion, empathy and I genuinely would not be writing this review now if John had not taken on my case.  Fortunately my life is now back on track allowing me to do what I do best which is safeguarding children - Thank you so very much John."