Burton Copeland LLP, the leading criminal and regulatory firm, has recruited a professional discipline specialist to develop a new team at its Manchester office.

Charlotte Ellis joins the law firm from Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP, where she predominantly acted for indemnified and non-indemnified regulated professionals.

Charlotte qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and has extensive experience of advising and defending professionals from a variety of sectors, including healthcare.

Prior to joining Berrymans Lace Mawer, Charlotte spent a year at Shoosmiths, heading up their Professional Discipline team and three years at Nabarro LLP, defending doctors on behalf of the Medical Defence Union (MDU).

She has since developed a niche area of regulatory work relating to the registration of various professionals with their regulatory bodies, with particular experience in matters relating to the General Medical Council (GMC), the General Dental Council (GDC), the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the General Teaching Council (GTC) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). This work includes advising professionals in relation to registration via the International Medical Graduate route or via the EU rights route.

Charlotte is highlighted for her 'excellent judgement in handling difficult discussions' by legal directory Chambers UK 2012 and her ‘key strength is the commitment to the case and desire to do the best for the client. She has a phenomenal brain and can see where weaknesses are in a case and work out a tactical approach’ Chambers 2013.

She is a member of the Law Society and the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL), and sits on the Manchester Law Society's Regulatory Affairs Committee.

Burton Copeland already has an excellent reputation in the national market and Charlotte is looking forward to using her experience to develop the firm further in this area.