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Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings is the leading work on this important and dynamic area of law, written by leading practitioners in the field with considerable experience of tribunals both as chairmen and lawyers.
It provides an authoritative examination of the general principles that apply to all regulatory and disciplinary tribunals, including coverage of the basis of the tribunal's authority and extent of its jurisdiction, natural justice, human rights, grounds for disciplinary action, investigations, the decision to prosecute, hearings, evidence, appeals, and enforcement. It goes on to examine the specific working of three major professional areas: healthcare, the FSA and legal services.
In addition to this core commentary, guidance on the practical application of the general principles is provided, looking in detail at such issues as the retrospective effect of rule changes, malicious falsehood, data protection and freedom of information, whistle-blowing, and guidance on defending a claim or how to avoid or defuse a claim. The disciplinary arrangements of the most prominent regulators are described in outline in a separate section
This edition looks at the new regulatory proposals for financial services, developments in healthcare and the comprehensive reforms in the regulation of legal services by the Legal Services Act 2007 and their likely impact on recent developments in disciplinary proceedings. Among the more significant decisions noted herein are the following: