Shannett is a Senior Associate in the Regulatory Team. Having commenced her career in the NHS, she is a highly experienced lawyer taking the lead in defending health professionals before their regulatory bodies including the GMC. She has substantial experience in advising individuals in relation to their regulatory obligations in the wider context.

Her experience extends through the initial investigatory stages, interim order, substantive hearings and appeals. She also represents individuals before Fitness to Practise committees, including the MPTS. She is adept at advising and assisting individuals in respect of registration/licensing applications. Shannett regularly works with the criminal team with regard to regulatory matters emanating from criminal convictions and cautions.

Shannett often advises clients in particular times of distress subsequent to a referral to their regulatory body. Her experience enables her to provide a tailored service to clients, often getting matters closed early, such as at the GMC Rule 7 stage. She has built up a wealth of knowledge in dealing with matters that touch on various aspects of the law including crime. Shannett has a sensitive but firm approach which assures clients of her expertise in the field. Shannett solely defended regulated professionals for the first 4 years of her career before doing any prosecutorial work on behalf of regulators. As such, she is able to exercise a pragmatic and measured approach to cases. Shannett is also an experienced advocate.

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 and other professional publications. She was recognised by Brummel Magazine as ’30 Ones to Watch' list of London’s City stars for 2018.


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REcent work

Shannett has acted in the following matters amongst others:

  • 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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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: High Court reminds Fitness to Practice Committees of their duty to provide sufficient reasons

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?

Is this the guidance on cannabis-based medicines we have all been waiting for?

Regulatory proceedings: no longer least said, soonest mended

Failure to act as a ‘Minister of Justice’ will have costs implications for the private prosecutor

Analysing the conclusions of the gross negligence manslaughter review

A step too far – a warning for Private Prosecutors

All aboard the MV Empire Windrush

The cannabis industry is clearly in flux

The duty of candour applies to represented and unrepresented private prosecutors

Victim Impact Statement for Business: your opportunity to be heard

“Flatly against the public interest”: The gravity of a lack of candour during investigations

Confused, Bewildering, Dubious? Cannabidiol in food and drinks: What does the future hold?

What regulators regard as dishonest – More than you would think! (Part Two)

When an employee is under regulatory or criminal investigation, how should their employer handle an internal disciplinary?

New CQC quality ratings – Lessons for private doctors and clinics

The care home sector in the spotlight

Medical Cannabis - the ABC of CBD

The Duty of Candour: Telling patients the truth when something goes wrong

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) – What You Need to Know

Must an allegation against a doctor always be considered by the Case Examiners?

YouTube video of a Care Quality Commission inspection leads to GP’s suspension

3,000 doctors face checks after psychiatrist who practised without a licence is sentenced to a five year prison sentence

Black History Month: celebrating Britain's BAME heroes and heroines

Families seek prosecution following Gosport Report

Does a victim of crime have an unfettered right to review?

The Rise of the Influencer: Advertising Standards Agency release clear guidance for ‘Influencers’- #AD not #Spon?

Why engagement with the regulatory process and ‘adequate’ indemnity insurance/cover is vital

Court of Appeal overturns High Court’s finding of doctor’s dishonesty

Health Regulators sign up to the Emerging Concerns Protocol

The High Court dismisses former medical student’s appeal to ‘clear his name’

Dr Bawa-Garba – the Court of Appeal has spoken

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