Professional Disciplinary Investigations
Facing the possibility of losing your job and your livelihood is extremely stressful under any circumstances but if you are facing professional disciplinary procedures this impact can be compounded due to the stress of the situation and the potential impact on your future career. Our specialist employment lawyers, however, are here to help and are committed to minimising any worry and stress while working proactively on behalf to protect both you and your career.
If a complaint has been made against you in the workplace, you need immediate legal advice. Draycott Browne can assist you so call us today on +44 (0)161 228 2244 and receive the advice and support you need from our qualified solicitors.
About Professional Disciplinary
Your employer can take disciplinary action against you if they have any concerns about your fitness and ability to work, your rate of absence or your professional conduct. These matters may initially be raised informally, or your employer might immediately instigate formal action through your industry’s governing body or regulator.
The official bodies, which regulate many of the professional services, have the power to investigate its members for alleged regulatory breaches and can begin disciplinary procedures against them.
If you are subject to such investigations, you will need the advice and support of specialist regulatory defence solicitors who can advise you on your legal rights and the next steps to take.
What To Expect
Although each professional body will have its own specific processes, each formal disciplinary investigation will take a similar format.
You will receive formal notification of the disciplinary action detailing the reason for the investigation and the behaviours that led to it. At this stage, you may also learn of the action your employer may take, including dismissal, if the regulator finds you unfit to practice.
An investigation will then be carried out where information and evidence against you will be collected by the regulator. Based on their findings at this stage you will be notified of their decision and of whether a formal disciplinary hearing or tribunal will follow.
What Are The Consequences?
The numerous sanctions range from financial penalties to temporary or permanent suspension from practising. Criminal investigations may also follow, depending on the nature of the professional breach. This is in addition to the irreparable damage caused to a person’s personal and professional reputation, and the loss of income and livelihood as a result of the action taken. It is, therefore, vital anyone facing disciplinary proceedings takes swift action to instruct legal representation.
How We Can Help
Where a complaint has been made against you, our team of employment solicitors can provide help at any stage. This could be at the point you learn of disciplinary action or to appeal a decision already made.
Once instructed, we will undertake an initial consultation with you to develop a full and clear understanding of your situation before building a robust and thorough defence on your behalf. We will advise you of your rights and ensure the correct procedures are being followed by your employer.
We have experience representing numerous clients facing professional disciplinary action and can help with all aspects of the process including:
- Actual or threatened investigations.
- Preparing you for an interview with regulatory bodies and for disciplinary hearings or tribunals.
- Responding to outcomes.
- Appealing decisions where necessary.
- Bringing related claims for discrimination or unfair dismissal.
- Negotiate termination of employment contract if required.
We regularly defend a wide range of professional clients facing a wide range of conduct issues including:
- Professional misconduct
- Financial misconduct
- Practise related matters
We have experience representing employees across all the professional services, including:
- Financial Advisers
- Social workers
- Company directors
We will use all resources at our disposal to protect your interests and your career and minimise the financial impact of any investigations. We have a proven track record when it comes to helping defend individuals against disciplinary action and by instructing Draycott Browne, you can rest assured that you will have a team of solicitors fighting your corner that provides the highest standards of legal representation.
Legal fees can be an unexpected cost that you may struggle to afford. By applying for legal aid, you can relieve financial stress during your case, leaving you to focus on what matters. Our solicitors can advise you on your eligibility and will guide you through the process of applying for legal aid, giving you the best chance of a successful application.
Contact Draycott Browne
Our solicitors provide solicitors across Manchester and throughout the wider Northwest. If you are facing professional disciplinary procedures and need first-class legal advice, call Draycott Browne now on +44 (0)161 228 2244 or complete our online contact form.