Afshan Ali

Senior Solicitor


Afshan qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and joined Richard Nelson LLP in 2024 as a senior solicitor in the professional discipline and regulatory team. She specialises in defending professionals facing fitness to practise investigations, with a particular focus on accountancy and healthcare professionals.

Afshan brings years of experience and a unique skill set. Prior to joining us, Afshan served as an interim head of regulation at the British Psychoanalytic Council, where she managed fitness to practise concerns from initial enquiry through to completion. During her tenure, she was also a member of the senior leadership team.

Afshan has extensive experience as a case presenter at the Association for Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), where she regularly prepared and presented cases before various Committees, including the Interim Order, Admissions and Licensing, Disciplinary, Health and Appeal Committees. She also worked in the professional conduct department at the Bar Standards Board.

Additionally, Afshan has a background in criminal defence, having worked as a solicitor with police station accreditation. She regularly defended clients at the police station and magistrate’s court.

Afshan is a member of both the Law Society and the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL).

  • Professional Disciplinary

    We work with medical professionals, teachers, lawyers, accountants and sportspeople who are undergoing professional disciplinary investigations. We also support with a range of other matters, such as applications for registration and restoration.

  • Defence Lawyers for Accountants

    We represent accountants before their regulators, defend claims of professional negligence and malpractice against accountants and conduct litigation. We also offer regulatory and criminal defence for accountants and their clients, including defending Companies House prosecutions.

  • Chiropractor

    We work with current and prospective GCC members to support with fitness to practise investigations, registration challenges, restoration, appeals and more.

  • Dental Solicitors

    We provide specialist services for dental practitioners who are registered with the GDC or applying for registration. Contact us to discuss fitness to practise proceedings or any other challenges.

  • GMC Lawyers

    Our solicitors represent doctors in proceedings with the GMC and MPTS, helping you with written documentation and advising you at every stage of the process in a range of different matters.

  • HCPC Lawyers

    Richard Nelson LLP works with health and social care practitioners who are regulated by the HCPC, supporting you in disciplinary investigations, hearings and other registration challenges.

  • NMC Lawyers

    If you are a nurse or midwife registered with the NMC, or applying for registration or restoration, we can support you in a variety of fitness to practise issues.

  • Opticians

    Our solicitors work with opticians and other professionals registered with the GOC to provide advice and representation in fitness to practise cases and other matters of registration and discipline.

  • GOsC Lawyers

    Our GOsC lawyers provide expert representation in fitness to practise matters, as well as a range of other regulatory issues including interim orders, commercial disputes and internal investigations.

  • Pharmacist Lawyers

    Richard Nelson LLP’s Pharmacy Solicitors have significant experience in providing advice and legal representation to pharmaceutical professionals, on all regulatory, disciplinary and professional misconduct matters.


  • The Law Society
  • The Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
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