Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings

Charlotte accepts instructions in respect of all of the professional regulators, including teachers before the NCTL, regulated healthcare practitioners before the HCPC, GMC, GDC, GOC etc, and solicitors before the SDT.

Charlotte also acts for students pursuing qualifications in the regulated sector, whether they are facing action from the external regulator, or internal disciplinary action from their course provider.

Charlotte specialised in criminal law for the first 6 years of her practice and has since specialised in education, regulatory and employment law.  She has an excellent understanding both of the regulatory/criminal law that governs regulatory proceedings, and of the persuasive advocacy required to achieve the best possible result for her clients.  Charlotte is also able to advise clients on associated legal action, e.g. judicial review in respect of publication decisions.

Recent work includes:

  • Representing a student nurse facing internal disciplinary action and removal from their nursing degree
  • Representing a solicitor accused by the SRA of misleading the court
  • Representing a solicitor accused by the SRA of failing to act with integrity and compromising client confidentiality
  • Representing a teacher accused by the NCTL of “grooming” a pupil
  • Representing a registered psychologist before the HCPC

Recommendations

Well known for her handling of SEN cases. She often acts for her clients in SEND tribunals at the First-tier and Upper levels, and is also regularly instructed to appear in judicial reviews. Her varied client list includes schools and academies, local authorities, parents and children.
Strengths: "She's able to grasp a case very quickly and is extremely good in conversation with clients." "She is an exceptional barrister in the area of SEN law. Her expertise means that she is able to secure positive outcomes for young people and their families which change their lives for the better. She is also an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in R (ota DJ and BW) v The Welsh Ministers, Career Wales and Cardiff City Council, an application for a judicial review of the Ministers' refusal to carry out an assessment of DJ's education needs.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2020/Education - Band 4

'A go-to barrister in the area of education law.’

Legal 500 2020/Leading Individual – Education

‘A well respected counsel.’

Legal 500 2018/19/Leading Individual – Education

‘A diplomatic advocate with great interpersonal skills.’

Legal 500 2017/Leading Individual – Education

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Academic qualifications

  • LLB (Hons)
  • LLM, London School of Economics

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Accredited Mediation Advocate

Direct Access

Charlotte Hadfield is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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