Regulatory bodies face the dual challenge of maintaining high professional standards without being judged to have taken disproportionate action. 

Having represented numerous regulators for more than 20 years—including our own professional body, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), for more than 10 years—we know regulators have tough targets to hit. With a large team and a bespoke case management system, we help clients deliver against those targets with focused evidence gathering and close monitoring of case progression. In short, we help regulators to deliver the right outcomes, in the right time frame, on the right budget. 

We are one of a very small number of firms who undertake volume work in this specialist field, including presenting cases through our in-house advocacy team, and that’s why we forge long-term relationships with many of our clients and attract some of the best minds in the business.

How can Capsticks help?

  • Advisory

    When it comes to points of law that might be outside your team’s direct expertise, we can advise on a whole range of issues, from constitutional and strategic matters to highly sensitive challenges and appeals.

  • Advocacy: regulators

    We have a specialist team of barristers and solicitors, who appear regularly before all forms of disciplinary tribunals and the Courts, including handling statutory appeals and judicial reviews.

  • Advocacy: individuals

    Alongside our established practice of working for regulators, we have a growing practice in representing professionals facing disciplinary proceedings before their regulators.

  • Commercial and contracts

    We regularly advise professional regulators on contracts with suppliers and other commercial aspects (including heads of terms, memorandums of understanding, exclusivity and confidentiality agreements), as well as the final commercial agreement to their businesses.

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  • Employment

    From advice on employee relations matters, TUPE and pay disputes to claims including large scale litigation in the Employment Tribunal, civil and appellate Courts, Capsticks has substantial experience in advising professional regulators on the full range of employment law issues.

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  • Governance

    Our governance team are used to advising regulators on their powers and constitutional frameworks and helping them ensure that their decisions are not open to challenge by way of judicial review.

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  • Information law

    We know that regulators are constantly having to deal with data protection, freedom of information and confidentiality law issues. We are used to helping clients respond to requests, deal with referrals to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and ensure that they have the correct policies and procedures in place.

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  • Inquiries and investigations

    Evidence gathering and case building are a drain on resource, but with a large team, we’re able to help clients manage even complex cases within a sensible time-frame.

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  • Litigation

    Regulators are regularly involved in court proceedings whether that’s statutory appeals, judicial reviews or other civil claims (including enforcing costs orders) and we have long standing experience of advising on these.

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  • Real estate

    Our national, market-leading real estate team have advised a number of regulators on property related matters, including major moves of their offices as well as short term tenancies and dilapidations issues.

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Capsticks is enormously impressive; the lawyers are thorough, organised and hardworking without exception, and the systems in place for both investigation and administration are excellent. Moreover, the firm employs some extremely bright and able lawyers.
The Legal 500, 2019