the natural choice in law
"Nick Leale is praised by clients as an "effective
communicator" who is "alert to potential problems.""
(Chambers UK, A
Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2011)
Nick leads our Professional Regulatory team.
He appears as an advocate for professional regulators; manages
investigations and client relationships. In the legal directories
Nick is noted nationally in the professional regulatory field. He
has been described by Chambers & Partners as “a confident
presenter and a pleasure to work with, who puts clients at ease
with his attentive and measured nature”.
Nick is a regular on the speaking circuit regularly lectures on
behalf of Central Law Training on case law and evidence issues at
their conferences relating to the area of professional regulation.
He sits on the management committee of the Association of
Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers, the overarching membership
body for professional regulatory lawyers, and acts as the
Nick acts exclusively on behalf of regulators. He has appeared
before the Fitness to Practise Committees of the Nursing and
Midwifery Council, General Optical Council, General Osteopathic
Council, General Teaching Council and General Chiropractic Council.
Nick is soon to appear for the first time before the Committees of
the Health Professions Council and the Solicitors Regulation
Authority. He is personally appointed to the Solicitors Regulation
Authority’s panel of approved prosecutors of disciplinary
The hearings in which Nick has appeared range from interim
suspension order hearings to lengthy and complex
clinical/competency cases involving numerous witnesses some of whom
are considered to be vulnerable. Nick also advises in a non
advocacy role the Association of Accounting Technicians concerning
regulatory proceedings against their members and the structure of
their regulatory setup. Nick manages investigations most
particularly for the General Medical Council and General
Osteopathic Council, for whom he is also client relationship
manager. Nick has also developed an expertise concerning
regulators’ criminal proceedings and has been involved in recent
months in the prosecution of a number of businesses on behalf of
one client in relation to illegal internet sales of medical
appliances. Other criminal cases include matters concerning
protection of title.