JP McDowell, Managing Partner at Fieldfisher Ireland, calls for more power to regulators

JP McDowell, managing partner of Fieldfisher in Ireland, a leading international law firm representing various Irish professional regulators, has advocated for granting more regulatory bodies the authority to conduct searches, seize documents, and bring prosecutions. McDowell highlighted the importance of transparency in regulatory processes and welcomed recent scrutiny of regulatory practices. He emphasized the need for similar powers and templates across health regulators, suggesting that broader inspection powers and the ability to appoint authorized officers would enhance regulatory efficiency. McDowell also praised the impact of holding disciplinary hearings in public, stating that it raised standards and instilled public confidence in regulated professions. Fieldfisher Ireland, following its merger, has diversified its work, grown by 15%, and expanded its client base.

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