Shannett Thompson



"She brings a healthy dose of realism to cases and provides helpful and constructive insights."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2021

excellent professional Shannett Thompson – KN’s diversity champion and yet another of KN’s range of fantastic practitioners.

Legal 500 UK 2021

Shannett is a Partner in the Regulatory Team having trained in the NHS and commenced her career exclusively defending doctors. She provides regulatory advice predominantly in the health and social care and education sectors. Shannett has vast experience advising  regulated individuals,  businesses such as clinics and care homes and students in respect of disciplinary investigations. She is a member of the private prosecutions team providing advice to individuals, business and charities in respect of prosecutions were traditional agencies are unwilling or unable to act. In addition Shannett has built up a significant niche in advising investors and businesses in the cannabis sector.

Advice for doctors

Shannett is highly recommended for advising doctors facing proceedings brought by the General Medical Council (GMC), and she works closely with our employment team in respect of Maintaining High Professional Standards (MHPS) investigations thereby ensuring that the doctor’s on-going career is a pivotal consideration throughout an investigation. She represents doctors throughout the entire investigation from initial contact, Interim Orders (IO), substantive hearings before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal and appeal.

Advice for students
Shannett largely acts for students in relation to disciplinary investigations relating to both academic and non-academic conduct. She regularly works with the criminal litigation department on matters which may also constitute a criminal offence to ensure that the client’s position is protected.

Regulatory advice for businesses

Shannett advises health and wellbeing businesses across all aspects of their regulatory obligations, especially during start-up. She works closely with the corporate and commercial team to ensure clients receive the tailored advice they need.

Shannett advises care homes and primary care providers in relation to civil and criminal enforcement action threatened by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Her approach is collegiate, pragmatic and focuses on getting the best result for clients in often difficult circumstances.

Medical cannabis

Shannett has been at the forefront of providing advice in the area of cannabis-based medicines, CBD and related licensing issues. Shannett is also listed in the Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers Directory.

Private prosecutions

Shannett acts for businesses and charities in respect of prosecutions where traditional agencies are unwilling or unable to act. She advises in respect of the full range of offences.

She also assists victims of crime to challenge decisions not to prosecute.

Advice for regulators

Shannett has extensive experience of conducting investigations on behalf of regulators in both the healthcare and education sector. She advises from initial complaint all the way through to substantive hearing stage, and is an able advocate, so often presents cases. 

Diversity & Inclusion
Shannett is a passionate advocate for issues relating to Diversity & Inclusion. She has been invited to speak at many external events including the Urban Lawyers Conference and Bright Network. She also regularly writes for publications. Her focus areas are race and ethnicity and social mobility.

Shannett regularly speaks at external conferences on disciplinary issues and her articles have been published externally including in the Journal of Professional Negligence, Lexis Nexis, Sunday Times and other professional publications. She was recognised by Brummel Magazine as ’30 Ones to Watch' list of London’s City stars for 2018.

REcent work

Shannett has acted in the following matters amongst others:

  • On behalf of a nurse in respect of an appeal by the Professional Standards Authority;
  • For a care home following adverse inspection reports and a notice to vary its registration by the Care Quality Commission;
  • Successful defence of a doctor following dishonesty allegations relating to prescribing;
  • Advising an individual on the legality of cannabis cultivation for medical purposes;
  • Advising a entrepreneur on obtaining a licence for cannabis cultivation and distribution;
  • For an accountant following concerns raised by the ACCA on use of the client account;
  • On behalf of a nurse in an appeal to the Registration Appeals Committee after the Registrar denied her application for registration due to previous convictions;
  • On behalf of a student doctor who was refused his medical certificate which would allow him to commence training;
  • Successfully assisted a nurse to remain on the register despite allegations of dishonesty;
  • On behalf of a regulator involving defamatory comments made by registrants on social media;
  • Represented a doctor following a concern raised about his status involved in presenting television programmes.


Publications and articles

Shannett’s case summaries and blogs are often reported by Lexology.


Professional societies and memberships


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Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline April 2021 - May 2021

Press release: Kingsley Napley announces eight new partners in 2020 promotions round

Press release : Shannett Thompson wins Chambers D&I (Diversity & Inclusion) award

Shannett Thompson and Kingsley Napley shortlisted for the Chambers D&I Awards: Europe 2021

The Kingsley Napley Children’s Diversity Book Drive

Where the mesh inquiry leaves us regarding a register of doctors’ interests – Shannett Thompson quoted in British Medical Journal (BMJ)

How 2020 has changed the dial on the importance of diversity for law firms - Shannett Thompson writes for the Lawyer

"Black Lives Matter in law" - Shannett Thompson quoted in The Law Society's Managing for Success magazine

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline June - July 2020

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline April - May 2020

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline December 2019 - January 2020

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline October - November 2019

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline September 2019

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline Summer 2019

If God had wanted us to fly he would have given us wings (or cannabis) - Shannett Thompson & Nicola Finnerty quoted in Citywealth

Industry group despair at 'disproportionate & senseless measures' put on CBD products - Shannett Thompson quoted in Nutraingredients

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline January 2019 - March 2019

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline October 2018 - November 2018

Press Round-Up: Regulatory and Professional Discipline August 2018 - September 2018

Shannett Thompson in Brummell's sixth annual 30 Ones to Watch list of London's City stars

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Landlords beware – Selective Licensing prosecutions are on the increase

High Court underlines the importance of independence and speed in handling complaints

Case summary: Social workers loses on appeal after displaying patent dishonesty in contravention of the standards expected of a registered health and social care professional

Homeopathy - to stay or to go on the NHS? That is the question

Will the new junior doctor contracts impact patient safety?

New legal duty on professionals to report female genital mutilation

Case Update: GMC appeal - Is dishonesty less serious if the motive and/or gain is not immediately apparent?

Case Update: Committee’s findings on dishonesty quashed on the basis that the practitioner had no reason to lie in relation to a peripheral issue in the case

Case Update: Panel proceeds in the absence of the practitioner, and errs in its findings on dishonesty

Diversity and inclusion – pursuing a career in law without labels

Case Update: The Queen (on the application of) Adesina & Ors and the Nursing and Midwifery Council [2013] EWCA Civ 818

Case Update: Matthews v Solicitors Regulatory Authority [2013] EWHC 1525 (Admin)

Regulatory Press Round-Up: June 2013

Case update: The Queen on the Application of Ahmed -v- General Optical Council [2012] EWHC 3699 (Admin)

Case Update: Houshian v General Medical Council [2012] EWHC 3458 (QB)

What goes on in the House is reported by Kingsley Napley

E-Regulator: The Queen on the Application of Bamgbelu v General Dental Council [2012] EWHV 1937 (Admin)

Medicines legislation - who can write a prescription?

The E-Regulator: Ayyub v General Medical Council [2012] EWHC 797 (Admin) - 29th March 2012

Conditions upon practice: need a registrant provide direct evidence of restriction upon their ability to work?

MPs call on Government to regulate non-surgical cosmetic treatments

Adverse inferences and misinterpreting allegations: An analysis of the General Medical Council v Udoye [2021] EWHC 1511

Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccinations for Care Home Workers

Ollie Robinson and the ECB - what spin should be taken with historic offensive social media posts?

Investigating Sexual Misconduct in Universities requires balance and fairness

What can we expect from the CQC’s new strategy for the changing world of health and social care?

When technology glitches do not amount to a procedural irregularity

Wording allegations as “sexual” or “sexually motivated”: An analysis of Haris v General Medical Council [2021] EWCA Civ 763

One Year On: Care Sector Challenges Arising from COVID-19

How to check if the law firm you are interviewing at is diversity friendly?

Dr Richard Freeman is struck off – but the saga for British Cycling continues

Guidance on cannabis-based medicinal products receives important clarification

Rule 12 – when the Assistant Registrar’s decision not to refer an allegation against a doctor is not final

The Care Quality Commission (‘CQC’) updates its guidance on meeting the duty of candour – but what’s new?

CQC and EHRC publish new memorandum of understanding agreement

Health and Social Care White Paper 2021: Where next for patient safety and professional healthcare regulation?

Charity Spotlight - Spark Inside

Has the Pandemic Further Emphasised the Need for Regulatory Reform in the Healthcare Sector?

Tackling racial harassment in higher education

Victims’ Code set to change

Fit and proper person requirements for directors in the health and care sector – what does this mean and what are service providers required to do?

Calling all doctors – the General Medical Council (GMC) issues new consent guidance

Shannett Thompson Chair of the BAME & Allies Network, shares her career path to Partner and helpful tips

Care Quality Commission (CQC) registration refused? Here’s what you can do

New High Court guidance on how regulators should word sexual misconduct charges

The first NHS prescription for a child’s cannabis medicine - is the case of Billy Caldwell an outlier or the start of a trend?

When does a regulator pay costs? The Court of Appeal has spoken

COVID-19: The Care Quality Commission announces resumption of routine inspections

Court confirms the importance of clear communication in student proceedings

The consequences of failing to adhere with Care Quality Commission’s regulatory framework for registration

Canada versus the United Kingdom – an overview of the cannabis market

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