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I have specialised in the area of public and regulatory law for 20+ years, having advised public sector clients who are accountable to ministers and government departments, on all aspects of their statutory duties.

I lead a team of 23 solicitors, who provide services to statutory and regulatory bodies operating across a range of sectors including health and social care, education, charities, finance and professional services.

I quickly understand the challenges faced by clients and provide solution focussed and tailored strategic advice, thereby supporting clients in the minimisation of legal risk.

I provide high level strategic advice to public sector clients in relation to policy, governance and statutory interpretation.  I have extensive experience in advising start-up regulators in respect of their requirements and have particular experience in the drafting of regulations.  In addition, I oversee investigations of complaints and attend at sanction meetings, registration appeals and inquiries and as an advocate.  I am an experienced advocate before both tribunals and Superior Courts.

I regularly address national and international conferences, and host seminars devoted to legal developments in the area of Public and Regulatory Law. As evidence of my experience in this area, I also co-authored the only legal text book in this area of law in this jurisdiction entitled “Disciplinary Procedures in the Statutory Professions” (published by Bloomsbury in 2011).

What others say…

JP McDowell is a leading figure throughout the full range of professional discipline mandates, with particular expertise in public and regulatory law. One source states: He is very knowledgeable, efficient, direct and understands the needs of the client

Chambers Europe 2019

The hugely experienced JP McDowell is renowned for his market-leading expertise in advising regulatory bodies on professional discipline, professional competence and other areas of public law

Chambers Europe 2018

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