Marie trained as a barrister and was called to the Bar in 1999. She then trained at Nelsons Solicitors where she obtained dual qualification as a solicitor in 2002. Marie then joined Richard Nelson LLP in 2003 where she has been a Partner since 2009 and the Managing Partner since 2015. She specialises in defending healthcare and education professionals in fitness to practise investigations before their regulatory bodies.
Marie is a highly regarded professional discipline lawyer who defends a variety of professionals in fitness to practise investigations in the GMC, NMC, GDC, GPhC, HCPC, GOC and the TRA. As well as fitness to practise hearings, she also regularly defends professionals in interim order hearings and registration appeals. She regularly prepares robust written representations defending allegations, which often results in matters not proceeding to full fitness to practise hearings. She also advises healthcare professionals on issues relating to their registration and has experience of appealing decisions by regulators to the High Court.
Marie was recently recognised as ‘the safest pair of hands’ in her professional disciplinary work in the Legal 500 2021.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We work with current and prospective GCC members to support with fitness to practise investigations, registration challenges, restoration, appeals and more.
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.
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.
We represent teachers in disciplinary proceedings with the TRA, as well as providing support in criminal investigations and employer disciplinary hearings. Whatever your situation, our specialist solicitors are here to advise you.
Richard Nelson LLP's specialist solicitors support vets in disciplinary proceedings with the RCVS, including representation before preliminary and disciplinary committees. We also support with internal and commercial matters.
- Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
- Middle Temple
- The Law Society
- Pharmacy Law and Ethics Association
Marie Dancer manages to combine a fee-earning role with being the Managing Partner. She's THE solicitor you'd recommend to any friend needing representation in the field of professional discipline. She's cool, calm and collected; realistic and reassuring. She's the safest pair of hands in this area.
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