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Natasha Ricioppo

Senior Associate

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 The Avenue
M3 3AP
United Kingdom
Languages English

Natasha Ricioppo is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Professional Discipline and Regulatory team within the Litigation and Arbitration department. Natasha has specialised in professional disciplinary and regulatory law since 2011, previously working in-house at the General Medical Council for a number of years. She provides extensive advice to regulatory clients, with a particular focus on the health, social care and education sectors, in respect of the regulatory regimes in place across all four UK jurisdictions. She is experienced in both prosecuting on behalf of regulatory bodies and defending regulated individuals involved in regulatory proceedings, routinely advising on a wide range of areas including procedural matters, direction of investigation, disclosure, evidence and the interpretation and application of relevant rules and tests. Natasha is skilled in managing a caseload of fitness to practise matters, associated litigation cases and Coroner inquests from commencement through to conclusion of the Court or Tribunal process. She manages cases involving a broad range of allegations, including dishonesty and sexual motivation, and handles matters that are procedurally and technically complex. Natasha regularly represents clients such as the Medical Defence Union, General Optical Council, General Pharmaceutical Council and the Medical Protection Society, and is instructed to assist regulated individuals such as doctors, nurses, teachers and other professionals.

Natasha assists corporate investment clients by advising upon education, health and social care matters, including the regulation of providers of these services and the regulatory requirements of bodies such as Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission. Her work includes undertaking regulatory due diligence to support the refinancing or acquisition of organisations which operate within these sectors, including care homes, children’s care services, private clinics and hospitals, and independent schools and colleges. She is also frequently instructed to provide technical advice to healthcare clients looking to expand into the digital and remote healthcare arena.

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“Ranked as ‘Rising Star’ in Professional Discipline”

Legal 500, 2023

“Senior associate Natasha Ricioppo is ‘an excellent solicitor who is always on top of her cases’”

Legal 500, 2023

"I am very grateful for the hard work and kindness you have offered during what has been a very trying time."

Consultant Anaesthetist

"I wanted to express my sincere gratitude & appreciation for all your support. I wouldn’t have done it without your support, help & guidance. I am still in a state of disbelief that this nightmare is over."

Consultant Psychiatrist

"I cannot thank you enough for all your hard work."

General Practitioner

“Thank you for your help and support in this arduous process.”

Consultant Surgeon

Relevant experience

  • Google – advised in relation to offering cloud services in the health sphere, particularly the regulatory requirements of various healthcare organisations and professionals when utilising cloud services to store and share sensitive patient information.
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – conducting an investigation into historic allegations of fraud and corruption against a RICS Member based in Australia, involving cross-continent working in terms of gathering evidence from parties who are based in Australia and working with RICS staff members who are based in both Australia and Singapore.
  • An investor – advised in relation to the acquisition of five schools, two nurseries, three colleges, three summer schools and two language schools for overseas students. In addition to undertaking the underlying due diligence, advised our client on the required notifications to Estyn, Ofsted, the Independent Schools Inspectorate and the Department for Education. Also advised upon the extent of any criminal liability of the directors / members of the board, current and future regulatory compliance and regulatory risk as part of this deal which was worth £160 million overall.
  • A GMC registered doctor – successfully appealed the imposition of an Interim Order of conditions by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal in the High Court. The order was overturned on the basis that it was disproportionate as the detriment to the doctor in losing all of his private work outweighed the risk in the case, which has been determined as low by the Tribunal.
  • A GMC registered doctor – successfully overturned an erasure from the Medical Register, involving proven allegations of dishonesty, in an appeal to the High Court.
  • Start-up businesses – regularly advises clients in relation to regulatory considerations involved in the development and launch of new apps and/or digital platforms to collate live personal data and provide healthcare to patients.
  • General Optical Council – technically complex case which considered the fitness of a student ophthalmologist to undertake training with a diagnosed colour vision deficiency.
  • Various corporate investor clients in the healthcare, social care and education sectors on due diligence and reporting in connection with regulatory requirements, including safeguarding, in respect of the acquisition of care homes, schools, colleges, nurseries, childrens homes and fostering agencies.
  • A start-up business – advised a client in relation to regulatory compliance and risk in a cross-border matter involving setting up a business which sells dental appliances from Germany to consumers in the UK with input of UK registered dentists.
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  • 2014 – Civil Higher Rights of Audience, BPP, Manchester
  • 2013 – LPC, College of Law, Manchester
  • 2009 – LLB (Hons), Keele University
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