Herbots is an accredited law firm of Disciplinary Defence (“DD”). DD is an insurance policy covering regulated professionals, in all business sectors, to include the architecture, engineering, medical, pharmaceutical, financial services, charitable and voluntary sectors in a fitness to practice/disciplinary claim against them. Herbots has previously acted for Regulators, but now only represents DD clients before Disciplinary Tribunals. In this capacity, Herbots has witnessed the increased regulation applicable to regulated professionals and increased complaints against such professionals before their respective Regulators, whose power to investigate and prosecute has equally increased.
For example, the Medical Council regulates doctors practicing in Ireland, and therefore it has a statutory duty to investigate any complaints made against doctors. Similarly, other professions, such as Architects, who are regulated by the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (“RIAI”) have the power and statutory obligation to investigate complaints made against their members.
Dealing with a complaint is time consuming and stressful for any professional; these complaints are personal to the individual in his or her professional capacity and could sit outside the remit of the employment terms. Through its broker, JV Hutton, DD offers an insurance cover for such disciplinary actions. This insurance is separate from Professional Indemnity Insurance, as a disciplinary complaint is not a claim in damages for negligence. Herbots represents and defends practitioners in any regulated professions.