Name of chambers:
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Head of Chambers:
Address of chambers:
Regulatory Legal Team
1 Kemble Street
Chambers website address:
Main practice area:
Professional regulation; Employed bar
Number of junior tenancies (in the last three years):
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (“NMC”) is the statutory body responsible for the regulation of nurses, midwives and health visitors in the United Kingdom. It operates a register of 698,000 professionals, and is required to take action in respect of allegations of impaired fitness to practise. This involves overseeing investigations and conducting hearings before the NMC’s practice committees.
The registrant or the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (“PSA”) may appeal against decisions of the NMC’s practice committees to the High Court and since April 2015, there is a statutory power to review no case to answer decisions taken by Case Examiners. In addition, its administrative decisions are subject to challenge through judicial review.
The NMC’s Fitness to Practise Directorate has a Legal Team (Case Preparation and Presentation Team (‘CPP’)) which undertakes the vast majority of its practice committee hearings, High Court applications and appeals, judicial review and Court of Appeal work. There are currently three senior lawyers and twenty lawyers in the RLT, all of whom have an advocacy based practice with opportunities to appear in the High Court available from a relatively junior level. There are currently two qualified pupil supervisors in the CPP team. The team also includes paralegals and a dedicated support team.
The NMC is authorised by the Bar Standards Board as a pupillage training organisation (“PTO”).
In addition, the NMC is an accredited training organisation with Bar Standards Board and runs a number of CPD seminars and training sessions throughout the year.
Structure of pupillage
It is anticipated that the pupillage will start on 7 October 2019 and last for 12 months; however there is some flexibility in respect of starting date. The pupil will be employed by the NMC on a fixed term contract for 12 months.
The pupil will undertake the NMC’s standard induction, as well as specialised induction to the CPP team and the work of other legal teams across the directorate, as well as the healthcare regulatory environment.
The pupillage will be conducted and assessed in accordance with the Pupillage Handbook, the NMC’s pupillage policy, and the pupillage checklist (the NMC has a specialist checklist).
The pupil will spend up to four weeks of their pupillage on secondment to a set of chambers in order to gain experience of the self-employed Bar. There may be other opportunities for placements outside the directorate throughout the pupillage.
It is possible that the pupil will spend time with more than one supervisor during the course of the pupillage.
During the first six, the pupil will undertake the full range of NMC legal work under supervision. This includes:
• Legal research, advice, and drafting
• Reviews of cases which have been referred by the Case Examiners to Fitness to Practise Committee.
• Preparation for hearings
• Advocacy in non substantive hearings before NMC Practice Committees
• Assisting with the conduct and management of cases in the High Court/Court of Appeal
The pupil will be expected to attend all types of hearings to observe advocacy by the pupil supervisor and other advocates, including High Court appeals and Judicial Review applications.
In the second six, the pupil will continue to work on cases and undertake advocacy under supervision in both substantive and non substantive matters.
Applicants must either have their BPTC results at the time of application or be about to receive them. Applicants should have been assessed, or expect to be assessed, as “very competent” or “outstanding”.
For an informal discussion please contact Aja Hall, Senior Lawyer, on 020 7681 5793.
For more information about the role please read the job description and the person specification.
If you wish to apply for this position, please complete the application form and the recruitment monitoring form and send it together with a copy of your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. All documents and information can be found on the NMC website at https://www.nmc.org.uk/about-us/careers/current-vacancies/
For any application related queries please email email@example.com.
Closing date for applications: complete applications must be received by 12 noon on Monday 24th June 2019.
There will be a two stage interview process. First round interviews will take place in the week of 22 July 2019 and second round interviews will take place in the week of 5th August 2019.
Student visits, work experience, mini-pupillages are currently not available.
Sponsorship for the academic stages is not available.
The NMC is an employer that values the diversity of its workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We are particularly keen to attract a diverse field of suitable candidates and encourage applications from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) candidates.
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