A law firm has been appointed to act for the General Dental Council (GDC) in its Fitness to Practise cases.
A team from Blake Lapthorn has been appointed from 1 December 2011 and the contract is initially for a three-year period.
The win completes a remarkable year for the firm’s professional regulatory team and follows an appointment earlier in 2011 to act for the General Pharmaceutical Council.
The firm now acts for eight of the nine medical and healthcare regulators, as well as other regulators such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority, General Teaching Council, Association for Accounting Technicians and Institute for Learning.
Nick Leale, who leads Blake Lapthorn’s professional regulatory team and will be client operations manager for the GDC, said: ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for the team to develop a relationship with the one healthcare regulator for whom it has not acted as a team before.
‘This win, combined with our recent appointment to assist the NMC, will enable us to further expand our investigative offering to run alongside our market-leading advocacy team.’
Blake Lapthorn’s professional regulatory team, which has this year once again been highly recommended in both the Chambers UK and Legal 500 surveys, provides advice and assistance in all areas of regulatory practice.
The team acts for regulators at each stage of the regulatory process, investigating and prosecuting regulatory cases across the UK for and before regulators in the healthcare, education, legal and accountancy fields.
Practice group leader, Bradley Albuery, who will act as client relationship partner for the GDC, said: ‘This is yet another huge boost to Blake Lapthorn’s Professional Regulatory team and Regulatory Practice group as a whole.
‘We now act for more professional regulators than any other firm and this has come at a time when the GDC will be expanding its workload to deal with the increased number of registrants brought about by the inclusion of all dental care professionals on its register.’