Introduction Introduction Tope is a dual qualified barrister (England & Wales and Nigeria), specialising in Professional Discipline, Regulation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. An experienced advocate who is highly regarded for her thorough case preparation, effective advocacy style and excellent client care, Tope appears regularly before the major regulatory bodies in professional disciplinary matters. As an arbitrator, she acts in a range of international disputes. Before joining Chambers, Tope was a member of the Financial Ombudsman Service’s panel of ombudsmen in which capacity she drafted hundreds of final awards on disputes between financial businesses and consumers. Her regulatory practice includes financial services and as a former ombudsman, she has extensive experience of retail banking disputes, Consumer Credit Act matters and financial mis-selling claims. Tope is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and is an elected member of the institute’s London Branch Committee. Additionally, she is a current Barrister Member of the Bar Council’s Appointments Service Panel. Tope is qualified to accept instructions directly from the public. Professional Discipline Professional Discipline Tope has extensive expertise in professional disciplinary work particularly regarding matters before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), General Optical Council (GOC), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Social Work England (SWE), Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She conducts lengthy substantive hearings, routinely acting for professionals and regulators in matters concerning the most serious allegations of professional misconduct. Many of her cases involve the cross examination of expert witnesses. Tope has particular expertise in the area of accountancy. She is currently a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Practise Assurance Committee and was previously employed as a case presenter at the ACCA. Tope is regularly instructed to advise registrants and regulators on cases prior to the hearing stage and has experience of conducting case reviews, advising on grounds of appeal and drafting representations for the consideration of the relevant regulatory committee. Notable Cases NMC v JE (2021)Successful defence of a mental health nurse accused of multiple failings said to have caused the death of a patient. Case involved the cross examination of numerous experts and members of the deceased’s family. SWE v AG (2021)Acted on behalf of a social worker facing allegations of breach of professional boundaries through the conduct of a sexual relationship with a service user. HCPC v AL (2021)Acting for the registrant. Case involving a paramedic accused of theft and the subsequent self-administration of opiate medication. No case to answer was found in respect of all the allegations following legal submissions. NMC V SD (2021)Appeared on behalf of the NMC in a two-week remote hearing involving extensive CCTV footage. Nurse faced allegations of falsifying medical records, dishonesty and breaching professional boundaries. ACCA V JQ (2014)Represented the ACCA; accountant accused of misconduct arising from multiple criminal convictions for fraud. ACCA V GK (2013)Represented the ACCA; accountant faced four allegations of misconduct concerning the alleged laundering of client’s moneys. Arbitration & Mediation Arbitration & Mediation A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a dual qualified barrister (England & Wales and Nigeria), Tope acts as arbitrator and counsel in disputes. She is often appointed as sole arbitrator in commercial disputes with a finance element and is an appointed member of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre’s panel of neutrals (LACIAC), the CIArb’s Business Arbitration Scheme and the Travel Arbitration Commercial Services panel. Tope also regularly receives adjudication appointments through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Independent Adjudication Scheme and the Communication & Internet Services Adjudication Scheme (CISAS). She is an elected member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London Branch Committee. Regulatory Regulatory As a former Financial Ombudsman, Tope has extensive experience of retail banking disputes, Consumer Credit Act matters and financial mis-selling claims undertaking advisory, drafting and court work in this area. She is qualified in both England and Nigeria and is therefore able to advise on matters with a cross border element. Appointments Appointments Committee Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London Branch (2021 – Present)Barrister Member, Bar Council Appointments Services Panel (2021 – Present)ICAEW Practice Assurance Committee Member (2019 – Present)Financial Ombudsman, Financial Ombudsman Service (2014 – 2019)Barrister Member, Bar Standards Board Professional Conduct Committee (2015 -2017)Barrister Member, Bar Standards Board Equality & Diversity Committee (2014 – 2016)Barrister Member, Bar Standards Board Education & Training Committee (2012 – 2014) Memberships Memberships Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)Arbitral WomenNigerian Bar Association (NBA)British Nigeria Law Forum (BNLF)Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) Teaching Experience Teaching Experience Lecturer, LLB Law Degree Course, Open University (2009 -2013) Qualifications Qualifications LLB Law, Brunel UniversityB.L Nigerian Law SchoolBar Vocational Course, BPPFellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Awards & Prizes Awards & Prizes Benefactors’ Scholarship, Middle TempleFlorida Advocacy Course Scholarship, South Eastern Circuit Direct Access Direct Access Tope is qualified to accept instructions direct from the public.