Members of the team successfully represented a regulator in relation to proceedings brought against a registrant, Mr J, alleging serious professional misconduct.
Mr J, who had been registered for over 20 years, had been observed allowing an unqualified assistant to undertake work that could only lawfully be carried out by a member of the profession. The unregistered assistant had been prosecuted in the Magistrates’ Court with regard to the incident and had pleaded guilty charges leading to a conditional discharge.
Nicole Curtis appeared as advocate for the regulator at the hearing at which Mr J fully accepted that he had contravened the regulators' Code of Professional Conduct by engaging the unqualified assistant from time to time. The registrant was found guilty of serious professional misconduct and it was directed that his registration should be suspended for a period of 28 days.