Facing a professional discipline or fitness to practise investigation? We can help
Our lawyers are experts in representing professionals facing disciplinary and fitness to practise investigations by various regulatory bodies.
It is important to be aware, if your right to work is regulated by a professional body that any workplace investigation can lead to a referral to your professional body and have consequences for your potential to continue in your career.
Professional bodies with power to discipline members, including by removal of their right to practice, regulate the following employees:
- Health Practitioners (Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Health Practitioner, Practitioner of Chinese Medicine, Chiropractor, Dentist, Doctor, Medical Radiation Practitioner, Occupational Therapist, Optometrist, Osteopath, Pharmacist, Physiotherapist, Podiatrist or Psychologist);
- Professional Engineers;
- Plumbers and Drainers;
- Property Agents;
- Racing Personnel;
- Teachers; and
- Veterinary Surgeons.
Professional discipline investigations
In many cases, a professional body will seek an answer to issues raised with it by a member of the public, or an employee’s employer by carrying out an internal investigation, prior to deciding whether to commence professional disciplinary proceedings.
There may be an opportunity at an early stage to resolve the issue, or negotiate an outcome that ensures you maintain a right to continue to practice.
Slater and Gordon can communicate on your behalf with a professional body and engage in any negotiations on your behalf.
Lawyer accompanied professional discipline hearings
Professionals have the right to be accompanied by a lawyer at a professional discipline or fitness to practise hearing before their professional regulatory body.
Slater and Gordon can guide you through the complete process, providing you with the legal advice needed to ensure the best possible outcome. This includes an analysis of the case against you, how to respond, preparation for the hearing itself, and most importantly a strategy to achieve your aim.
Matters of professional discipline or fitness to practise are extremely serious. Being summoned to a professional disciplinary or fitness to practise hearing is a highly distressing situation for any professional to face, regardless of whether or not that individual believes themselves to be responsible for the alleged misconduct, or performance issue.
At a professional disciplinary or fitness to practise hearing your very future in your chosen profession can hang in the balance.
Disciplinary and fitness to practise hearing procedures vary widely from profession to profession, depending on the rules of the body regulating that profession. Professional discipline and fitness to practise hearings share a common characteristic in that they follow a highly intensive process involving a considerable amount of formal documentation and procedure. This can be extremely daunting, especially if you have not experienced such a procedure before.
Our expert lawyers can advise and support you through the complete process.