In response to the impact of the coronavirus crisis, Chambers' Regulatory barristers and staff are committed to providing as much assistance as possible, including urgent advice, online resources and other support, during these challenging and unprecedented times. Trinity has a dedicated section of the website focused on COVID-19. Members of the team can assist in all aspects of Regulatory issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on Local Authorities, Police Authorities, Businesses and individuals including enquiries relating to furlough and the Government's Job Retention Scheme(CJRS), furlough fraud, HMRC and company directors' duties.
Trinity Chambers' Regulatory group is made up of highly experienced tribunal advocates who adopt a forensic approach to the issues having frequently acted on behalf of both individuals and public bodies in such proceedings. The group also benefits from including Queens’ Counsel - Toby Hedworth Q.C. and Caroline Goodwin Q.C.
The Regulatory barristers have defended and prosecuted hearings involving HM Revenue and Customs, Trading Standards, Health and Safety Executive, UK Border Agency, Civil Aviation Authority, food safety, marine safety, environmental protection and data protection. The Regulatory barristers deal with private prosecutions/injunctions for retailers and other commercial organisations. Several barristers have been appointed to the list of specialist Regulatory Advocates in Health and Safety and Environmental law.
Members of the Regulatory team also deal with civil fraud including mortgage fraud and other aspects of white collar financial crime.
The Regulatory barristers have experience of appearing before various disciplinary proceedings including police disciplinary hearings and in representing professionals such as university lecturers, teachers, accountants and pharmacists.
The professional discipline barristers deal with fitness to practise hearings, interim hearings/orders, inquiries and disciplinary tribunals. The specialist professional discipline barristers deal with hearings before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the General Medical Council (GMC) via the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) and the General Dental Council (GDC). The professional discipline barristers also deal with hearings before the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), formerly the Health Professions Council (HPC), that regulates a wide range of health and social care providers including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, paramedics, radiographers, chiropodists, podiatrists, dieticians, social workers and speech and language therapists. In 2012 the HCPC took over the responsibility for the regulation of social workers in England from the General Social Care Council (GSCC).
The barristers in the professional discipline team recognise the significant implications an adverse finding in relation to, for example, fitness to practise hearings can have on a Registrant’s career.
Whilst the barristers in the disciplinary team act on behalf of Registrants, they also sit as advisors to various disciplinary panels and are familiar with all aspects of the Police, NMC, HCPC, GMC and other regulating bodies’ rules and procedures.
Some members of the Regulatory group have dealt with sports disciplinary proceedings.
Several barristers deal with Education law including hearings at the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability). They advise in and present cases involving school admissions and exclusions. Many of the education barristers have expertise in disability discrimination law in the context of education. The education barristers are instructed by Education/Local Authorities and parents. They can also deal with education related Judicial Review matters.
Many of the barristers have conducted Coroner’s Inquests representing both families and also public bodies such as NHS Trusts, Police Authorities and Local Authorities in addition to private companies. In such cases the barristers frequently become heavily involved at the pre-Inquest stages.
Several of the Regulatory barristers, some of whom themselves are ex-military, are experienced in dealing with Courts Martial hearings both in the UK, in particular at nearby Catterick Garrison, and abroad including Germany and Cyprus. Trinity Chambers' Courts Martial barristers are instructed in cases funded by the Armed Forces Criminal Legal Aid Authority.
Some of the barristers have also dealt with animal welfare prosecutions on behalf of the RSPCA.
Barristers in the Regulatory group have been instructed in road traffic accident insurance fraud "cash for crash" cases. Several members of the group deal with matters involving the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), formerly the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA).
Barristers in the Regulatory team have experience in dealing with investigations undertaken by the Premier League regarding allegations of copyright infringement by pubs and clubs showing 'live' football matches using foreign channel broadcasts from satellite decoder cards.
Given the breadth of experienced practitioners within Trinity expertise is also available to deal with Judicial Review and other public law matters arising from Regulatory proceedings.
Whilst the group is geographically focused in Newcastle, Teesside, Leeds and Durham, barristers from the group are regularly instructed by solicitor clients from across the North Eastern Circuit and beyond.
Members of the Regulatory group frequently provide training events to its solicitor clients as well as in-house legal teams, Local Authorities, and private businesses attracting CPD accreditation.
Members of the Regulatory group are consistently mentioned in the Legal 500 and Chambers UK directories.
"Trinity Chambers deals with a wide range of regulatory matters, including professional discipline (involving police offers, teachers and accountants, among others), trading standards, health and safety, and animal welfare." Tier 1, Legal 500 2015.
"The regulatory group regularly prosecutes and defends in hearings involving HMRC, HSE and UK Border Agency, among other bodies. A number of practitioners also have experience in disciplinary proceedings involving lecturers, teachers and pharmacists." Legal 500 2014.
"Trinity Chambers covers all aspects of regulatory practice including Health and Safety Executive prosecutions, UK Borders Agency prosecutions, trading standards and copyright, and several members are regularly instructed in respect of police disciplinary matters." Legal 500 2011.