Sarah Ellson, Partner, Public Regulatory

Sarah Ellson, Partner, Public Regulatory, Fieldfisher

I am a recognised expert in public and regulatory law and I head the firm's market leading public and regulatory law team. 

I take a particular interest in health and social care and bioscience regulation, but I also work in education, surveying, sport, security and psychotherapy.  As well as overseeing the investigation of complaints and attending disciplinary hearings as an advocate or legal adviser to Panels, I advise on audit, policy and strategy matters in the design and implementation of regulatory frameworks.

My work involves working with start up regulators as well as obtaining new legislation and interpreting it for established clients.  I regularly advise on judicial review cases and appeals.  I very much enjoy the work I do training and mentoring those involved in regulation.

I have had personal involvement, often through our work with the General Medical Council, in a number of leading cases in this field. 

I am a named leading individual with Chambers Guide describing me as ''outstanding, very able, conscientious and innovative' she also impressed sources with her 'thorough understanding of the area' and 'sensible, user-friendly attitude.' One market source called her 'phenomenal - very active, delightful to work with, natural, clever, and there's no edge to her''.

I regularly speak at specialist conferences including the CLT Conference on the Regulation of Healthcare Professionals 2013; the Qatar International Conference on Stem Cell Science and Policy 2012 and the LexisNexis Conference 2012 on the Regulation of Social Care.

I am a Committee member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers and attend events of the international Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation.

In my spare time you will find me in the mountains, climbing or walking or on our smallholding in the Peak District.

The Legal 500 2014 describes me as "understands her clients" and "instils confidence and makes sure she gets things done well"

Chambers UK 2015 says "she is very client focused" and "working with her, even at the most challenging times, is really easy. I feel comfortable approaching her with issues, no matter how trivial they may seem"


Legal 500 2014 recommended lawyer   Chambers UK 2015 Top Ranked Individual

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