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Regulation and related issues

Legal support

from the nursing legal experts

The RCN has the largest in-house specialist legal team of any union or professional body in the UK. 

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Issues at work?

Our specialist team of in-house employment lawyers can deal with all aspects of employment law from unfair dismissals and redundancies to complex reorganisations, TUPE, whistleblowing, equal pay and discrimination
Contact our advisers here.

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Involved in a police matter or inquest?

Always seek legal advice if you are attending a police interview under caution. Read our advice here and contact us for support if it is a work-related matter.

If you've been asked to attend an inquest or Fatal Accident Inquiry, read our advice here and contact us if you need further assistance. You may be called as an 'Interested Person' and require representation.

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Referred to the NMC?

We represent almost 1,500 members a year facing NMC fitness to practise investigations. Our results show that you are less likely to be struck off and more likely to receive no sanction with the support of our specialist team of regulatory lawyers. If you are referred to the NMC, contact us straight away - we are here to help.
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Issues with a criminal records check or barring investigation?

We can help you with problems with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Disclosure Scotland or NIdirect checks.

If you are facing a barring investigation our specialists can help through every step of the process.
Read more here.

Additional legal services for you, your friends and your family

Personal injury

As an RCN member, you can apply for assistance with claims for compensation arising out of an accident or incident that was not your fault, and if successful keep 100% of your compensation.

We can also offer a service to your friends and family with such claims.

Find out how our expert lawyers can assist you.

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Wills, Probate, Trusts and Lasting Powers of Attorney

Do you, or your family and friends need help and advice with writing a will, dealing with probate, setting up a trust or lasting power of attorney?

Don't be caught out without the right provision. Find out more about how RCN Law can help you. 

Free legal advice

Your membership gives you access to 30 minutes free legal advice on non-work matters, including family law.  

Apply by completing this short form.

(Service provided by Stephensons Solicitors on behalf of RCNLaw)

If your issue is work related, please contact us.

Exceptions to legal support and representation

Please note the RCN does not take on the following types of case:

  • libel and slander claims
  • small claims 
  • clinical negligence cases (that you wish to pursue)
  • motoring offences
  • cases in which you were not a member at the time the incident happened.

75% of users rated our service 10 out of 10

I found the level of support received a great comfort on both a personal and professional level" 

"10/10 service! Thank you"

"My rep was very informative and helpful in getting a good resolution to my case" 

"The team kept me informed all the time … I can’t thank them enough"

Responses from our 2020 satisfaction surveys