Sian is an Associate in the Regulatory team and has practised exclusively in this field since 2010.

Sian is a defence lawyer and is instructed to act on behalf of professionals across all regulated sectors, including the legal, finance and health sectors. Sian advises on all aspects of a professional’s regulatory obligations and responsibilities, in anticipation of disciplinary investigations as well as providing advice in order to avoid them. 

Sian frequently advises professionals when they are facing allegations of serious breaches of professional guidelines or in cases of alleged misconduct, including allegations of dishonesty and breaches of professional boundaries.

In the legal sector Sian mainly acts for solicitors and firms in respect of investigations commenced by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). She has also advised on disclosure obligations under the Code of Conduct, challenging section 43 Orders and applications for admission where character and suitability is called into question. More recently, she has been advising firms and individuals in respect of complaints and investigations into sexual misconduct following the #MeToo movement.

In the finance sector, Sian has recently acted for accountants regulated by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Sian has also been instructed to advise loss adjusters regulated by the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters (CILA) and surveyors regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

In the health and social care sector, Sian has acted for dentists, doctors and nurses. However, Sian has developed a niche practice defending psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and counsellors in proceedings brought by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research (CFAR).

Sian also has experience of advising regulated professionals under criminal investigation in anticipation of subsequent regulatory proceedings. These are often complex and sensitive cases. Sian has a well-deserved reputation for robustly challenging regulators whilst at same time, helping her clients to manage the unknown, unfamiliar and unnerving situation they find themselves in. 

Sian’s experience in working both for and against regulators means that she is uniquely placed to identify the most effective ways to secure a favourable outcome for her clients. Sian understands all dimensions of the disciplinary process, enabling her to take effective strategic decisions as to the investigation and presentation of a case. Sian’s clients benefit from her fastidious and meticulous approach ensuring that every possible avenue is explored.

Sian has also secured success for a professional in the High Court by challenging decisions taken in the course of a disciplinary regime by way of Judicial Review.



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The full story behind the UKCP accreditation suspension by the PSA: confessions of a Regulator

A wasted opportunity - BACP fails to correct the most unfair aspects of its Professional Conduct Process

Case Update: The Court of Appeal allows Regulator’s appeal and overturns High Court decision to extend the time limit for the Registrant to issue an appeal

Case Update: NMC’s failure to draft charges that sufficiently reflect the gravity of Registrant’s conduct led to serious procedural irregularity

Close the loophole on therapists and counsellors

PC Harwood – are previous accusations relevant?

E-Regulator: Depner v General Medical Council (unreported)

E-Regulator: Uruakpa v General Medical Council (unreported)

E-Regulator: Regina (on the Application of Dr Harrison) v General Medical Council

Dr N Karwal v General Medical Council [2011] EWHC 826 (Admin)

UKCP issues new Code of Ethics and Professional Practice

Is the BACP’s new Professional Conduct Procedure any less Kafkaesque?

Solicitor challenges SDT’s restrictions on practice successfully

Collateral damage - when regulatory findings harm the reputations of third parties

A nail-biting time for BACP as it awaits the outcome of the PSA’s annual review

A new framework for psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and counselling

First time offenders avoid exclusion in ICAEW disciplinary hearing

A new international ethical compass for regulated accountants

Think before you tweet - the perils of social media for the legal profession

The price to pay for consequences of conduct outside of legal practice

High Court success for GMC after Medical Practitioners Tribunal fails to grapple with concerns about Doctor’s evidence

SDT refuses solicitor’s application to terminate suspension

#LSA10: The Impact of Alternative Business Structures

White & Case fined £250,000: Is this the shape of things to come in Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal cases?

Duplication of enforcement

On the first day of Christmas my client gave to me...

‘Dogged and obstinate’ BACP prevented from proceeding to adjudicate on a complaint already disposed of by the UKCP

When tooth whitening is beyond the pale

Talking therapists - what does the Statement of Intent mean for practitioners?

The duty to explain risks to patients: a new exposition on consent from the Supreme Court

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