The number of regulatory and disciplinary cases coming before the courts is increasing dramatically, reflecting the rise in the number of complaints made against professionals of all kinds. Likewise, an ever-increasing number of disciplinary and fitness-to-practice hearings are reported by the media. Covering a wide range of professions, from doctors and healthcare professionals to lawyers and sports professionals, from financial service providers and accountants to the police and prison service, the law around this developing subject has become increasingly complex.
Kenneth Hamer's Professional Conduct Casebook is the only book to provide comprehensive coverage of the growing body of case law in this developing area. It analyzes all the key professional conduct and competence cases in a single volume and distills the general principles from the legislative framework and relevant case decisions, offering lucid guidance to practitioners much in need of clarity. The book contains extensive summaries of the cases and the decisions reached in each case by the court.
Structured alphabetically for logical, quick reference, the book contains over 60 chapters which cover every issue arising in the hearing of conduct and competence cases. The expert author identifies all the source material that practitioners need to consider when confronted by a specific issue, and provides clear, accessible guidance. Each chapter examines the legal framework of all the applicable statutory and non-statutory provisions, details any relevant guideline remarks which set out general principles, and summarizes all relevant caselaw, making the book an indispensable source of reference for every regulatory and disciplinary lawyer.
Kenneth Hamer is a practicing Barrister and Recorder of the Crown Court. He has substantial experience in all areas of professional discipline and regulation. He is a Legal Assessor to the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, and General Dental Council and is the former chairman of the Appeal Committee of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. For many years he has been on the prosecuting panel for the Bar Standards Board (previously the Bar Council), and he prosecutes or defends in disciplinary cases involving barristers, solicitors and accountants. In 2008 he spent six months at the Financial Services Authority, and he regularly appears for the General Pharmaceutical Council (formerly the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain) and advises on its fitness to practice processes. He is a committee member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL) and joint editor of its Quarterly Bulletin.