Business and regulatory crime / Professional discipline and misconduct / Motoring and haulage / Trading standards / Care / Health and Safety
I am a Solicitor in the regulatory team at Markel Law in the Manchester office. I undertake both regulatory and criminal work with a particular focus in health and social care regulation.
I am recognised in both the 2020 and 2021 editions of the Legal 500 as a ‘Rising Star’.
2020: “Lauren Wilson's 'knowledge of the interplay between the regulatory regime…is invaluable to lay clients”.
2021: “Lauren Wilson routinely goes the extra mile for clients in terms of the work that she puts into her cases. Lauren’s client care is excellent, and she is always able to put clients at ease, regardless of the challenging circumstances in which they find themselves.”
Entity Regulation – I specialise in acting for health and social care providers against their regulators. I have been instructed by Care Homes, Children’s Homes, Schools, Childminders and Nurseries who face action taken by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Ofsted and the Department for Education.
I defend action in both a regulatory aspect and against prosecution powers if health and social care providers are alleged to have failed to provide care and treatment in a safe way.
I provide advice on registration and compliance, challenging inspections, all enforcement action including suspension and cancellation, and appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Care Standards). I have a particular interest in statutory interpretation and the exercise of statutory powers and duties by Regulators.
Inquests - I have represented both individuals and providers at Inquests where they have Interested Person status. I was part of the team representing the Match Commanders at the Hillsborough Inquests; preparing for and attending the hearing daily, and providing the direct liaison between Counsel and Client. Since, I have advised and represented police officers, care homes and nursing staff at Inquests.
Understanding the interplay between legal sectors and the potential impact of such proceedings, I take a holistic approach to issues and ensure that a client’s position is protected.
Fitness to Practise - I represent and advise healthcare professionals before their professional regulators in fitness to practise proceedings and appeals. I have acted for a range of clients before the General Medical Council (GMC); Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC); General Dental Council (GDC); British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I advise and represent at all stages of proceedings including investigation and initial response; applications for interim orders and fitness to practise substantive hearings.
Licencing - I am experienced in matters involving Transport, Environmental, Health and Safety and Food Safety issues. I regularly represent transport operators in all aspects of regulatory issues in proceedings before the Office of the Traffic Commissioner (OTC) including repute, financial standing and general compliance. I defend drivers and operators in criminal proceedings brought by the DVSA including offences in relation to drivers’ hours and tachograph offences. I have experience in appeal cases and criminal matters concerning firearms, including acting for individuals in refusal and revocation appeals.
I am a member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.
“I was immediately impressed by her maturity beyond her years, her ability to listen, learn and very quickly absorb complex issues. She has a talent to communicate at all levels and never seemed stressed by the inevitable demands placed upon her. She has a willingness and ready smile that is infectious and heart-warming which a client needs on occasions.”
Retired Police Officer
"Once again thank you for the support and diligence you and [Counsel] have applied to this case."
“Lauren combines a detailed knowledge of the law with thorough case preparation and excellent client care."
“I just want to say thank you for all the help you and your team gave me with my prosecution… All in all an excellent result."
Markel Law Client
“We would like to sincerely thank both yourself and [Counsel] for your wonderful help and extremely professional manner in which you represented our company. Thank you so much for the outcome too - we were never in any doubt we were in excellent hands at all times and we'd like to congratulate both yourself and [Counsel] on the final outcome. The result was the culmination of very hard work done by both of you on our behalf. We are all eternally grateful for the tenacity shown in gaining a Not Guilty verdict - Thank you so very much.”
(Markel Law Client)
"Care 4 Quality Ltd have worked on numerous projects with Lauren Wilson and her team supporting Health & Social Care providers. Her tenacity and positive approach is second to none and has been successful in achieving positive outcomes. Lauren is a true professional providing practical advice and support for her clients ensuring that issues are understood and priorities are kept in focus. I would thoroughly recommend her services to any Provider requiring support with CQC enforcement or other regulatory issues."
Helen Fuller, Managing Director of Care4 Quality.
“Lauren was very supportive and sent many emails to put my mind at ease whilst being professional. She was happy to explain anything I didn’t understand but she delivered everything with explanation which was perfect for me.”
(Markel Law Client)
“Lauren thank you for helping us when things were dark are pointing us in the right direction and being an important part of our journey”
(Markel Law Client)
"I cannot thank Lauren enough for all of her vast experience, support and excellent legal representation that she has provided through one of the most challenging times of my career. I feel that it was Lauren’s excellent representation and ability to convey my evidence which resulted in such a positive outcome for my case.
I found Lauren to be very professional, highly experienced and very supportive. Lauren is a true professional and I feel she goes above and beyond for her clients. She has a wonderful ability of being approachable, reassuring and supportive whilst being tenacious, diligent, and meticulous. Lauren had an excellent grasp of my case, my profession and put together a robust response in my defence.
Lauren has a warm and calming nature and one which I found very reassuring. I could not have gotten through such a challenging experience without Lauren and her excellent legal support. Thank you Lauren!"