Gorey Medical Centre, St. Michael's Rd., Gorey

Professional regulatory law is an area of law that covers the regulation of a person's professional qualification (commonly referred to as Fitness to Practise). This includes Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists and many other professions that are now subject to statutory regulation. Most recently, Part 5 of the Teaching Council Acts 2001-2015 commenced on the 25th July 2016 and this means that Teachers are now subject to statutory regulation (commonly referred to as Fitness to Teach). 

A person’s professional qualification is pivotal to a person’s ability to earn a livelihood and it is for this reason that a significant amount of case law has arisen with regard to the right of statutory regulators, and indeed the courts, to restrict or prevent a person working in their chosen profession.

O’Doherty Warren Solicitors has particular expertise in acting for professionals in relation to Fitness to Practise Inquiries and prosecutions taken by statutory regulators.  


  • The Medical Council – Doctors.

  • The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland – Nurses and Midwives.

  • Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland – Pharmacists and Pharmacies.

  • The Teaching Council – Teachers.

  • The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland – Architects.

  • Property Services Regulatory Authority – Auctioneers, Estate Agents, Letting Agents and Property Management Agents.

  • Bar Council/King’s Inns – Barristers.

  • Law Society of Ireland – Solicitors.

  • Veterinary Council of Ireland – Veterinary Surgeons.

  • Dental Council – Dentists.

  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council – Registered Practitioners providing pre-hospital emergency care.

  • The Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU) - As of the 8th September 2016 Registers are open for Dieticians, Occupational Therapists, Radiographers and Radiation Therapists, Social Workers, Speech and Language Therapists, Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians.