Regulatory Blog

22 September 2017

How to identify, treat and guard against the destructive motives of a (closet) psychopath

Closet psychopaths often enter therapy with the express intention of psychologically tormenting the therapist; intent on complaining and pursuing compensation in court. Can therapists learn to spot clients with these tendencies and what can be done if one finds their way to your consulting room?

Julie Norris

22 September 2017

Going Public: opportunities and challenges for The Financial Reporting Council

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) was recently classified as a non-departmental public body (NDPB). This classification presents a number of opportunities for the FRC – in particular the possibility of becoming an even more transparent and accountable body and leading the way by showing exemplary corporate governance.  It is also likely, however, to give rise to ethical and practical challenges.

Julie Norris

21 September 2017

Private v Public Hearings – that is the question

Generally reflecting the reasoning of Mostyn J in R (ZAI Corporate Finance Ltd) v AIM Disciplinary Committee of the London Stock Exchange PLC (London Stock Exchange, interested party) [2017] EWHC 778 (Admin), the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal and refused a nominated adviser’s application to quash the decision of the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) Disciplinary Committee that a disciplinary hearing should be held in private.

Shannett Thompson

12 September 2017

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline July-August 2017

Recent news relating to the General Medical Council (GMC), General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA).

6 September 2017

Dishonesty – a look at sanction and the difficulties faced in seeking to show that fitness to practise is not impaired

~~General Medical Council v Nwachuku and another; R (on the application of Nwachuku) v General Medical Council [2017] EWHC 2085 (Admin)

This case involved an appeal by the General Medical Council (GMC) against a determination made by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal (MPT) on 19 January 2017, in respect of Dr Nwachuku. There were two elements to the appeal:

i. Firstly, the decision of the MPT not to find his fitness to practice impaired by reason of his misconduct;
ii. Secondly, the decision to issue a warning rather than impose a more serious sanction.

Dr Nwachuku opposed the appeal and sought judicial review of the MPT’s decision that his conduct was dishonest and that a warning should be imposed. Permission to apply for judicial review had already been refused on the papers.

Louise Murphy

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