My client, WM, accepted an Agreed Disposal, thereby avoiding a costly and lengthy fitness to practise hearing.

This was a sensitive case and with negotiation an outcome was agreed suitable for all parties. It is extremely important that if a regulator offers an agreed disposal of a case, simply not to take it that offer at face value without some exploration of whether changes can be agreed.

Fitness to practise defence barristers, Catherine Stock, said:

“More regulators, particularly Social Work England, are offering a disposal of a case to avoid a lengthy and costly Fitness to Practise Hearing and if this can be negotiated to your benefit it is worth obtaining proper legal advice and representation to ensure that works in your favour.”

Our client, WM, said:

“I contacted Catherine once I had been informed that Social Work England was conducting an investigation. Catherine was always on the ball, and was clear & consistent with her advice.

She made me feel very well-supported over the past couple of months, which has been a difficult period for me. Her knowledge and expertise is exemplary and she always went above and beyond to ensure the best outcome was achieved. I would not hesitate in recommending her to any professional facing FTP issues.”