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Bankside Law and Jonathan Goldring represent British Chiropractic Association member

John Williams and barrister Jonathan Goldring represented a chiropractor privately at the Professional Conduct Committee of the General Chiropractic Council. Our client had been convicted of a serious motoring offence and was referred to the PCC. Unlike some other Association's insurance policies the BCA's insurance did not cover her representation for a criminal offence case in disciplinary proceedings. At the Investigating Committee she paid solicitors recommended by the BCA privately for the work on her case. The Investigating Committee decided there was a case to answer and referred the case to the PCC. Our client then approached us for a quote for her fees for the full hearing at the PCC. This was very competitive in comparison to the quote from the other solicitors. She instructed us and received the lowest form of sanction available (admonishment). This is what she said about the service she received:-

“Words cannot express how truly grateful I am for all the hard work, dedication, support and patience that Bankside Law, John Williams and my barrister Jonathan Goldring gave me throughout one of the toughest and most stressful years of my career. Their professionalism, advice and expertise was endless which made the whole process somewhat more bearable. Should anyone be faced with the disciplinary proceedings/hearing, I could not recommend any one else higher than John and Jonathan to guide and represent you throughout this very tough time. Thank you both so much”

Food labelling; Bankside Law successfully deals with it’s first case for a Nutritional Therapist at the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

John Williams represented a Nutritional Therapist for the first time recently. The case involved a recommendation from a Nutritional Therapist to a client of a product which might have contained gluten to which the client expressed an intolerance. Later, the client complained to the CNHC. We instructed counsel, Jonathan Goldring, an expert, Mabel Blades, and following service of her report, a detailed statement from our client, some very complementary and helpful references and testimonials and research we had carried out on the extent to which the product was described as “Gluten Free” on numerous respected web sites the CNHC notified us a day before the hearing that they were going to offer no evidence.

John Williams commented;

"I was delighted at this successful outcome for our client. The case highlighted the difficulties and confusion which exists in relation to correct food labelling. Both me and my client strongly support moves to make producers and advertisers of food and supplement products describe what they sell more accurately so the public and the professionals who advise them are properly protected."

Our client commented;
"Bankside Law went above and beyond to ensure the best possible outcome was achieved in this case. They were incredibly thorough in their approach and offered a level of service over and above what I expected. Their experience and professionalism was clear from the outset, without which I don't believe the case would've received such positive results."

Successful challenge to NCTL over jurisdiction for private tutor

Bankside Law has been successful in a challenge that the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) had no jurisdiction to investigate a male private tutor who was allegedly having a sexual relationship with a female pupil. The case was complicated by the fact that the girl was a pupil at the tutor’s previous school. The NCTL, having received a referral from the school, began an investigation into the matter on the basis that the tutor/pupil relationship fell under paragraphs (2) and (3) of the Teachers’ Disciplinary (England) Regulations 2012. The issue was about whether the tutor was carrying out “teaching work”. We persuaded the NCTL that, despite falling within the definition of a teacher when employed by the school, his decision to enter into private tuition meant that he no longer came within the Regulations. As such, the NCTL had no power to pursue an investigation that he was allegedly having a sexual relationship with a pupil and the case was closed. This is an interesting case as it highlights the NCTL’s inability to pursue a referral regarding private tutors.

BACP lifting of Sanction

Bankside Law represented a Counsellor at a hearing before the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). The Counsellor was referred to the BACP by one of her supervisee’s following the failure to conduct an ending-session due to illness. The panel accepted that the Counsellor had fallen ill around Christmas 2015 which resulted in an ending-session not being possible, however, they criticised the Counsellor for not having a Supervisor Contract in place which included what was expected of both sides should illness occur. The panel imposed a sanction that the Counsellor formulate a contract which specifically set out what ought to happen in the event she be taken ill again. The formulated contract was accepted by the BACP and the sanction was lifted.  The client has said “John and Krystal at Bankside Law supported me through a very long, drawn out and stressful process. They were consistently available to provided sound advice. Having Krystal present at the hearing panel was invaluable eventually leading to a satisfactory outcome.”

Dishonesty allegations dismissed by the Professional Conduct Committee of the NCTL

Bankside Law has been successful in representing a teacher accused of dishonestly allowing three pupils to re-write exam papers during private after-school sessions. The teacher faced a public hearing at the PCC of the National College of Teaching and Leadership where he was accused of holding a private after-school session for three struggling pupils and allowing them to re-write their papers which included directing them to copy from one another. The panel, in handing down its decision, found that the teacher had been consistent throughout and was considered to be an honest and reliable man. The teacher accepted that the after-school session had taken place but it was designed to mirror a revision session and, due to an inadvertent error, those papers were submitted to the examiners. The client said “I am really so grateful to have had your support and to know that you actually believe what I have been saying.”