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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 advises regulatory clients on a range of areas including procedural matters, policies, direction of investigation, disclosure, evidence and the interpretation of the relevant rules and tests including their application. Natasha also assists corporate investment clients by advising upon education, health and social care matters, including Ofsted and Care Quality Commission requirements and the regulation of education and healthcare providers.

Natasha is skilled in managing a caseload of fitness to practise matters, litigation (including statutory appeal cases of fitness to practise outcomes), restoration and registration application cases from commencement through to conclusion of the Court or Tribunal process. She prosecutes and defends professionals in proceedings with their regulatory bodies, including defending doctors at inquests. She has experience of managing a broad range of allegations and handling cases that are procedurally and technically complex.

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Consultant Psychiatrist

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Consultant Anaesthetist

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 start-up business - advised a client in relation to regulatory considerations involved in the development and launch of a new app to collate live personal data and provide healthcare to patients with diabetes.
  • 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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