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Regulatory Advice & Representation


All law firms including Clarke Barnes are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Similarly, other professional groups are regulated by their industry bodies. It is important to be aware of the complex rules, bureaucratic procedures, and the penalties which can arise when there is a breach of those rules.


In all such cases, it is essential to engage with the regulatory body at an early stage. In most instances, dialogue in the case investigation may well assist in securing a favorable outcome.


We are able to advise and personally represent our clients at hearings.


Regulatory Law is a specialty of newly appointed consultant Stephen Gilchrist, who along with Tim Clarke and Arthur Barnes has represented professional clients in the following investigations:


– Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS)

– Solicitors Regulation Authority

– Financial Conduct Authority

– Fitness to Practice

– General Medical Council

– Security Industry Authority

– The British Horseracing Authority

– General Osteopathic Council


Consumer Regulation is another key aspect of our daily lives. A retail business, for example, may fall foul of their local trading standards officer who may be investigating aggressive sales techniques, misleading statements or omissions, trade mark infringements and so on. We have a wealth of experience in this area and have an expertise in understanding consumer protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 to Trade Mark and Copyright Law.


Defence and prosecutions of Health and Safety breaches are also a speciality.


Our background and experience in litigation and criminal defence law provide the tools required.

Financial Services & Markets

We have considerable expertise in representing and advising professional clients, who may require advice on their business model – to establish whether it meets the requirements and authorised parameters of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 – or who may be the subject of a Financial Conduct Authority investigation.

Regulation of Professionals

At Clarke Barnes we have expertise in representing professionals in regulatory investigations, and can engage with regulators to achieve the best possible outcome, notwithstanding whether tribunal proceedings are instituted or not. We can provide expert advice and representation in relation to regulatory investigations, appeals, judicial reviews and before all forms of professional regulatory tribunal.


We act in a variety of professions and industries and offer guidance to both individuals and corporate entities on matters relating to statutory frameworks and governance. These include:

– Investigations
– Tribunal advocacy
– Appeals and reviews
– Advice on procedures


Clarke Barnes have acted in cases before a variety of regulatory bodies including:

– Financial Conduct Authority
– General Osteopathic Council
– Solicitors Regulation Authority
– Bar Standards Board
– Nursing and Midwifery Council
– Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority

Health & Safety

Health and Safety is becoming an increasingly important aspect of business thinking. Accidents can happen in the work place, and claims from employees and third parties may be routinely expected, as well as investigations by Health and Safety enforcers. Our solicitors can provide specialist assistance in all aspects of safety law from policy developments to incident response and representation. We are able to advise clients, safety regulators including the HSE and local authorities. Our Consultant, Stephen Gilchrist, lectures on Health and Safety law and personally supervises Health and Safety cases.