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Book review | Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings – 6th edition

Brian Harris OBE QC and Andrew Carnes Jordons Publishing, 2011, £95 ISBN: 978-1846612701

10 March 2012

As the authors, Brian Harris OBE, QC and Andrew Carnes, acknowledge in the preface to the sixth edition of Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings: “The growth of regulation continues a pace.” Whether or not they are correct that this is in part due to “[o]ver regulation as a panacea for all life’s ills”, disciplinary and regulatory proceedings certainly now embrace many different areas of life: from financial regulation and the FSA, through doctors and the GMC, to circus acts and the Showman’s Guild.

Each area is subject to differing types, and degrees, of regulation. However, based upon my experience, the overarching question that practitioners must seek to answer is: what does fairness demand in this particular field of regulation having regard to the circumstances of the case? The teasing out of the package of rights to which a person may be entitled may then lead to further sub questions, ...

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