The subject of professional disciplinary law is attracting increasing attention. This is because there is an increasing need for publicly calling people who have a special duty in society to account after they have taken improper actions. The introduction of professional disciplinary law in youth care and for bankers are examples of this development.
Pels Rijcken is an expert in the field of disciplinary law. Our expertise covers disciplinary law for all professional groups, from physicians to civil-law notaries and accountants. Disciplinary law has no secrets for us. In advising professional organisations on the organisation of disciplinary law, we thus benefit from our knowledge of the various disciplinary regulations.
It is very important for the democratic legitimacy of a professional organisation or regulatory authority that society understands why action against a professional practitioner is necessary. During disciplinary proceedings we set ourselves the task of translating the often complicated professional regulations into a clear message. Every disciplinary court has a need for that. Moreover, we understand better than anyone else that action against a professional practitioner on behalf of a professional organisation or regulatory authority is possible only if it is done with due regard for the interests of all parties involved. The political and administrative forces at play in the area where such cases are conducted are familiar to us.
In all major disciplinary law cases of the recent past, we were involved on behalf of the professional complainant. These cases include Jansen Steur, Ruwaard van Putten cardiologists, accountants of Vestia, DSB and SHV and the notarial service of HEMA. In short, we have extensive experience with complex and sensitive disciplinary proceedings and advisory processes. That experience ensures that we work efficiently and effectively when dealing with issues regarding the more regular disciplinary practice.