Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons – Solicitor, Disciplinary Cases

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Department:                             Professional Conduct                

Salary:                                     £60K – £65K

Type of Employment:              Full time, permanent (33.75 hours per week)

Location:                                 Central London with flexible working options

Reporting to:                           Head of Professional Conduct

Direct Reports:                        2


The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is the statutory regulator for the veterinary profession in the UK, thanks to the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, and also has a range of roles that are supported by our Royal Charter, including regulation of the veterinary nursing profession.

As a regulator, we set, uphold and advance veterinary standards. As a Royal College, we promote, encourage and advance the study and practice of the art and science of veterinary surgery and medicine. We do all these things in the interests of animal health and welfare, and in the wider public interest.

We strive to behave with clarity, courage, compassion and confidence, and our vision is to be recognised as a trusted, compassionate and proactive regulator, and a supportive and ambitious Royal College, underpinning confident veterinary professions of which the UK can be rightly proud.

We are looking for a lawyer to join our Professional Conduct team.

Job Purpose

The management of concerns against veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses, in particular cases

investigated by the Preliminary Investigation Committee; ongoing management of cases under the Health.

and Performance Protocols; preparation of cases referred to the Disciplinary Committee; provision of

advice to veterinary surgeons and members of the public.

Key Responsibilities


  1. Managing projects relating to the development of the complaints and Disciplinary procedures,


  1. Responsibility for the Investigation of cases referred to the Preliminary Investigation (Pl) Committee; attending meetings and providing legal advice to the Pl Committee; taking minutes of meetings;
  • Liaising with the DC Clerk on the preparation of cases referred to the Disciplinary Committee
  • Responsibility for the preparation of cases to be heard by the DC including the Instruction of external solicitors or barristers and veterinary experts
  • Considering disclosures of convictions and cautions by veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses for the Registrar and the Pl Committee, reporting annually.
  • Manage cases under the health and performance protocols in accordance with the conditions set by the Pl Committee, liaising with medical supervisors and examiners
  • Manage High Court judicial reviews and Privy Council appeals on behalf of the RCVS and assisting the Head of Professional Conduct with specific projects


  • Potential for line management responsibilities for members of the administrative team.

Essential Criteria


  • Solicitor or Barrister registered with the appropriate professional body, or equivalent qualifications.

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

  • Extensive experience of dealing with complaints
  • A track record of managing teams and systems;
  • In-depth knowledge of legal aspects of professional regulation;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication;
  • Excellent drafting and writing skills;

Desired skills & experience

  • Self-motivated with the ability to motivate staff – a collaborative approach;
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • A clear, concise, logical, and practical approach to issues;
  • Excellent telephone manner;
  • Energy, drive, and commitment to the improvement of team performance.

Closing Date Friday 27th October 2023

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