“She is really approachable. She’s a very good advocate, who has dealt with some monster cases.”
“She’s clever, good on technical points and never misses a trick.”
Alexis Hearnden is an experienced advocate with a successful regulatory and public law practice. She acts for professionals and regulators across a range of professions including solicitors, dentists, opticians, vets, and osteopaths before tribunals, in judicial review proceedings and statutory appeals. Alexis acts for the Professional Standards Authority in s29 appeals and for the GMC on appeal.
Alexis regularly represents family members, local authorities, health authorities and the Official Solicitor in the Court of Protection. Mental health, community care, healthcare judicial reviews and disputes also form part of her practice.
She is recommended as a leading junior by Chambers UK in the areas of Professional Discipline and in the Court of Protection, and by The Legal 500 for Professional Discipline.
Alexis accepts instructions across a wide range of disciplines for both practitioners and regulators.
Alexis has extensive experience of the regulation of the legal profession. Work includes:
Alexis is a member of the editorial board of the Law Society’s “Legal Compliance Bulletin”.
In the healthcare field Alexis’ work includes a range of professional regulators including the General Optical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Osteopathic Council, the Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. For example:
Alexis regularly represents local authorities/health bodies, the Official Solicitor and families in health and welfare and property and affairs cases in the High Court and in the Court of Protection. She has experience in cases concerning capacity to consent to sex and marriage (and Forced Marriage legislation) e.g. Luton Borough Council v (1) SB, (2) RS  EWHC 3534 (Fam). Alexis has also acted for the NHS Trust in a mother’s application to sterilise her adult daughter and acting for P in a case concerning whether or not life sustaining blood transfusions should continue to be given when P’s underlying a-typical eating disorder was not being properly treated. On the property and affairs side, Alexis’ advisory work includes the obligations owed by deputies and attorneys, which links to her practice in (legal) professional discipline, and the interpretation of LPAs: e.g. Miles v Public Guardian  EWHC 2960 (Ch),  COPLR 676.
In the field of Mental Health, Alexis has represented patients and local authorities in applications to displace the nearest relative and has acted for the Defendant in habeas corpus proceedings. In the First Tier Tribunal Alexis is happy to accept instructions from patients or the responsibility authority and has particular experience in cases concerning high security patients.
Alexis regularly undertakes work for and against local government which particular emphasis on community care.
Alexis regularly represents local authorities, the Official Solicitor and families in health and welfare and property and affairs cases in the High Court and in the Court of Protection, including urgent applications. As a result, she has experience of working with vulnerable clients and witnesses. Alexis’ background in personal injury litigation has been valuable in recent cases where Court of Protection proceedings are litigated alongside civil proceedings.
Recommended for Professional Discipline and Regulatory work in The Legal 500 and for Professional Discipline and Court of Protection: Health & Welfare in Chambers UK.
She comes across exceptionally well and all of her submissions are incredibly thorough. One of those people who has a fantastic bank of knowledge to call on and is a genuinely nice person to work with.” Chambers UK
“She is very knowledgeable about COP procedures, and is able to focus very quickly on the main points we need to deal with.” Chambers UK
“Very approachable and hard-working, with a great manner.” Chambers UK
“Very knowledgeable about the field and a very competent, very user-friendly advocate.” Chambers UK
“She can find the faults in judgments necessary for successful appeals.” Legal 500
“Thorough and very approachable.” Chambers UK
’”Always very well prepared and ready to take on more senior counsel.” Chambers UK
“Very highly regarded and often instructed by the Official Solicitor.” Chambers UK
“She has a very good technical brain.” “She has got good judgement.” Chambers UK
“Quickly gets to grips with complex cases and can assimilate vast amounts of information” Legal 500
“She gets to grips with complexities very quickly.” Chambers UK
“Her forte is dealing with lay clients. She is very skilled in this area of work.” Chambers UK
“a frequent presence in the SDT and is praised for the strength of her written work” Chambers and Partners
“Considerable experience of solicitors’ disciplinary work” Legal 500
“Sensitive to clients’ plight in traumatic proceedings” Legal 500
“She’s very sensible and reasoned – an excellent person to have on board.” Chambers UK
“She’s very confident and has excellent client-handling skills” Chambers UK
“she’s clever, good on technical points and never misses a trick” Chambers UK
‘Sought-after by both the regulator and the regulated.’ Legal 500
Nooh v General Medical Council  EWHC 2948 (Admin)
The GMC appealed the restoration decision of a fitness practise tribunal. The GMC argued that the restoration tribunal had re-evaluated the seriousness of the original misconduct when considering the question of restoration.
Doherty v Nursing and Midwifery Council  EWCA Civ 1344
The Court of Appeal held that the criteria to be applied at the renewal of registration was different to that to be applied when considering sanction after a finding of misconduct and impairment in the context of fitness to practise proceedings.
Professional Standards Authority v (1) Health and Care Professions Council (2) Doree  EWHC 822 (Admin)
The Professional Standards Authority brought a s29 appeal against a decision of the Health and Care Professions Council Conduct and Competence Committee to impose a caution in a case involving findings of sexual harassment and bullying. Alexis acted for the Professional Standards Authority.
Virdi v Law Society & Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal 18 February 2010 EWCA Civ 100  3 All ER 653
Alexis was led by Andrew Hopper QC on behalf of the Tribunal in an appeal based on the apparent bias of the Tribunal clerk was dismissed.
R(Whapples) v Birmingham East and North PCT  EWCA Civ 258
Acting as junior counsel to Fenella Morris QC, in a case concerned the scope of the extent of the duty owed by an NHS to provide accommodation where there is a clinical need for such accommodation.
Luton Borough Council v (1) SB, (2) RS (by his litigation friend the Official Solicitor)  EWHC 3534 (Fam),  4 WLR 61
Acting for the local authority in a forced marriage case and securing a finding that P lacked capacity to consent to sex and the marriage
Miles v Public Guardian  EWHC 2960 (Ch),  COPLR 676
Acting for the Public Guardian in an appeal concerning the correct interpretation of two lasting powers of attorney which provided for a “hybrid” appointment, whereby two attorneys were appointed, with one named as the replacement (if the other could no longer act) and a third named as replacement if neither of the original attorneys could act.
SCC v MSA  EWCOP 18
Alexis drafted written submissions for the local authority, which contended that P’s mother (responsible for operating a care package which deprived P of his liberty at home) was not unsuitable to act as his Rule 3A representative.