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Bankside Law – Healthcare Defence Disciplinary Solicitor/Senior Paralegal Maternity Cover Required

Bankside Law – Healthcare Defence Disciplinary Solicitor/Senior Paralegal Maternity Cover Required

Bankside Law are looking for an experienced solicitor or senior paralegal in the healthcare disciplinary defence field for maternity cover. Self-employed or one year fixed term contract considered with flexible part time arrangements if required and attractive salary. Preferably to start end of October 2017 but will consider earlier for suitable candidate. Email john.williams@banksidelaw.com .

 

Spring/Summer 2017 Bulletin

Please follow the link for ARDL’s Spring/Summer Bulletin 2017:

Spring/Summer Bulletin 2017

ARDL Seminar: Integrity Allegations in Disciplinary Proceedings

ARDL Seminar: “Integrity Allegations in Disciplinary Proceedings”

Date: Thursday 20th July 2017 at 5.30pm

Venue: Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London

Chair: Timothy Dutton, CBE, QC

Speakers: Richard Coleman QC, Fountain Court Chambers, Paul Ozin QC, 23 Essex Street Chambers; Gregory Treverton-Jones QC, 39 Essex Street Chambers;

Followed by: Discussion and Questions and Refreshments

 

Overview

ARDL is continuing with its series of seminars looking at the subject of dishonesty in disciplinary proceedings by focusing in this seminar on the turbulent and rapidly developing case law on the linked topic of ‘integrity allegations in disciplinary proceedings’. The speakers will each talk from their own perspective on how integrity is being dealt with in disciplinary proceedings and the way in which it may be associated with allegations of dishonesty.

Chair

Timothy Dutton CBE, QC: Tim is one of the Bar’s best known Silks in the field of professional discipline and is ranked in both Chambers UK & Legal 500 as a leading Silk and a Star Individual in Professional Discipline.  He has undertaken a large number of high profile cases and is described as a doyen of the bar when it comes to professional conduct.”  Tim is a former Chair of ARDL and former Chair of the Bar Council. He was Head of Chambers at Fountain Court from 2008-2013.

Speakers

Richard Coleman QC, Fountain Court Chambers: Richard Coleman QC is a leading practitioner in the fields of commercial dispute resolution, banking, financial services and professional discipline. His practice has ranged across some of the most important commercial, banking and regulatory disputes of the day, including the Bank Charges litigation, the PPI judicial review, the FCA’s investigation into LIBOR manipulation and the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products.

Paul Ozin QC, 23 Essex Street Chambers: Paul Ozin QC specialises principally in the fields of financial and business crime, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings and related public law and civil actions. He is an established writer and speaker in those fields. He is consistently top ranked in the leading legal directories. Paul leads the 23 Essex Street Regulatory and Disciplinary Team and is Chair of the ARDL Seminar Sub-committee. He has written in the ARDL Bulletin on the subject of dishonesty directions and spoke last year in the related ARDL seminar, chaired by Mostyn J, on that subject.

Gregory Treverton-Jones QC, 39 Essex Street Chambers: Greg Treverton-Jones QC specialises in regulatory and disciplinary issues concerning legal professionals. He has appeared in many of the leading cases on the topic, both for the regulators and Respondents. He is co-author of Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings (8th edition, 2015), co-author of successive editions of The Solicitor’s Handbook (2008-2017) and is an editor of Cordery on Legal Services.

The seminar will be followed by a panel discussion and there will be plenty opportunity for questions from the audience. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion.

Event details:

Date: Thursday 20th July 2017

Time:    Registration & tea/coffee – 5.30pm

Seminar: 6pm – 7.30pm;

Refreshments: 7.30pm

Venue: Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Exchange House Primrose Street London EC2A 2EG

ARDL seminars qualify for CPD. Please remember to sign the relevant CPD sheets at the seminars.

Please email ardl@kingsleynapley.co.uk to reserve your space.

Chair’s Annual Report to AGM on 19th April 2017.

Please see link to the Chair’s Annual Report on 19th April 2017: CHAIR’S-ANNUAL-REPORT-TO-AGM-19th-APRIL-2017

New ARDL Committee following 2017 AGM

The Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers has a new committee following the Annual General Meeting on 19th April 2017. Five new committee members were elected at the AGM. At the first committee meeting following the AGM, the office bearers were elected, three new members were co-opted and two ex officio appointments were made.

The committee members elected at the AGM were Richard Coleman QC, Hannah Eales, Joanne Harrison, Iain Miller and Paul Ozin QC.

The elected office bearers are Catriona Watt – Chair; Iain Miller – Vice-chair; Nick Leale – Treasurer; Hannah Eales – Secretary.

Nick Leale, Vikram Sachdeva QC and Rachel Birks were co-opted onto the committee. Ex officio members are Kenneth Hamer and Leigh Linton.

The committee is also assisted by Paul Ozin QC as Chair of the Seminar Sub-committee, Joanne Harrison as the Chair of Junior ARDL, John Lucarotti as Membership Liaison and Kenneth Hamer and Nicole Curtis as ARDL Bulletin Editors.

Notice of ARDL Annual General Meeting 2017

Please note that ARDL’s AGM will be held on 19 April 2017 at 5.30pm. Any fully paid up ARDL member may attend the AGM. Please see below for venue and nominations for election to the committee.

Venue

The venue will be the offices of Weightmans who are offering a choice of three locations to attend the AGM.

  1. London – 6 New Street Square, New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 3BF
  2. Manchester (by video link to London) – 3 Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN
  3. Glasgow (by video link to London) – 144 West George Street, Glasgow G2 2HG

AGM Business

The meeting will include consideration of the Association’s Annual Report and audited accounts and the election of committee members.

Committee elections – Nominations

The following have been duly nominated to stand for election to the committee. For full information and biographies, please see links below. There are five places available for election. The vote will take place at the AGM. Only those in attendance and are paid ARDL members may vote.

  1. Joanne Harrison, Weightmans LLP
  2. Rachel Birks, Ward Hadaway
  3. Richard Coleman QC, Fountain Court
  4. Iain Miller, Kingsley Napley LLP
  5. Ravi Gupta, Hempsons
  6. Nicole Ridgwell, Ridouts Solicitors
  7. Paul Ozin QC, 23 Essex Street
  8. Hannah Eales, Kingsley Napley LLP
  9. Leigh Linton, Carson McDowell LLP

There will be a drinks reception afterwards for those attending the meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting, at any of the venues, would you kindly inform us on ardl@kingsleynapley.co.uk in order that we can monitor numbers.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) are recruiting their new General Legal Counsel

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) are recruiting their new General Legal Counsel

Deadline: Wednesday 26th April at midnight

Hays Executive are supporting the ICO, based in Wilmslow, in their search for an experienced lawyer as the final member of their executive management team as they manage significant internal transformation during the Brexit process. This role will be critical to the UK’s interpretation and implementation of the Law Enforcement Directive (GDPR and Directive (EU) 2016/680) through the ICO, as well as providing high-level, risk-based advice to the Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, and the wider organisation on legal matters.

Interested, or do you know a contact who could be? Please contact Sam on +44 (0)113 2003733 for a confidential discussion or email him at samuel.firth@hays.com as soon as possible.

BSB Position: Casework Manager (Maternity Cover, 12 months)

BSB: Casework Manager (Maternity Cover, 12 Months)

High Holborn, London

Up to £50,000 pa (depending on skills and experience) Plus a benefit allowance of £1,300 per annum

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) Investigations and Hearings team is responsible for investigating complaints against barristers, taking disciplinary or other action on behalf of the Professional Conduct Committee.

We would looking to appoint two full time roles, a Casework Manager and Senior Case Officer, for a qualified barrister, solicitor (or equivalent) within the team. Both roles will process a caseload including the most complex of cases and be responsible for case preparation including investigating complaints, drafting charges and reports, gathering evidence and preparing bundles, corresponding with barristers, complainants and witnesses. They will also be required to attend hearings and support counsel in the prosecution of cases and appeals before the High Court.

In addition to the above, the Casework Manger will be responsible for one unit within the team, comprising of three case officers. They will be required to supervise and manage the performance of staff.

Experience of legal procedures or litigation and substantial experience of casework is essential, as is the ability to work effectively as part of a team, sharing knowledge and supporting other members of staff.  Knowledge of regulatory procedures and experience of working for a regulator is desirable but not essential.

The ability to manage a small team in a co-operative and supportive environment is also essential for the Casework Manager role. Applicants for both roles must be a qualified solicitor or barrister (or common law equivalent), entitled to practice and have excellent IT, communication and organizational skills.

In return the Bar Standards Board offers excellent terms and conditions of employment, including:

  • Up to 31 days annual leave
  • Up to 14% employer’s pension contribution
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Life cover, and more

For more information about this role please click on the apply button. All candidates are required to apply online, CVs will not be accepted.

Candidates with a disability who require reasonable adjustments should contact, Michela Scarpa on 0207 611 1460. The Bar Standards Board operates the ‘two ticks’ scheme.  Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria for this role will be guaranteed an interview under this scheme.

Closing Date:  18 April 2017 at Midday

Proposed Interview Date:  Week commencing 24 April 2017

https://www.networxrecruitment.com/Jobs/Advert/642159

BSB Position: Senior Case Officer

BSB:Senior Case Officer

High Holborn, London

£29,650 – 35,113 pa (depending on skill and experience) Plus a benefit allowance of £1,300 per annum

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) Investigations and Hearings team is responsible for investigating complaints against barristers, taking disciplinary or other action on behalf of the Professional Conduct Committee.

We would looking to appoint two full time roles, a Casework Manager and Senior Case Officer, for a qualified barrister, solicitor (or equivalent) within the team. Both roles will process a caseload including the most complex of cases and be responsible for case preparation including investigating complaints, drafting charges and reports, gathering evidence and preparing bundles, corresponding with barristers, complainants and witnesses. They will also be required to attend hearings and support counsel in the prosecution of cases and appeals before the High Court.

Experience of legal procedures or litigation and substantial experience of casework is essential, as is the ability to work effectively as part of a team, sharing knowledge and supporting other members of staff.  Knowledge of regulatory procedures and experience of working for a regulator is desirable but not essential.

Applicants for both roles must be a qualified solicitor or barrister (or common law equivalent), entitled to practice and have excellent IT, communication and organizational skills.

In return the Bar Standards Board offers excellent terms and conditions of employment, including:

  • Up to 31 days annual leave
  • Up to 14% employer’s pension contribution
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Life cover, and more

For more information about this role please click on the apply button. All candidates are required to apply online, CVs will not be accepted.

Candidates with a disability who require reasonable adjustments should contact, Michela Scarpa on 0207 611 1460. The Bar Standards Board operates the ‘two ticks’ scheme.  Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria for this role will be guaranteed an interview under this scheme.

Closing Date:  18 April 2017 at Midday

Proposed Interview Date:  Week commencing 24 April 2017

https://www.networxrecruitment.com/Jobs/Advert/642266

Head of Conduct Assessment Position: High Holborn, London

Head of Conduct Assessment

High Holborn, London

56,000 per annum, depending on skills and experience (Plus a benefit allowance of 1,300 per annum)

The role of Head of Conduct Assessment sits within the Professional Conduct Department.  The post holder will be responsible for managing and overseeing the initial assessment of complaints, and other information, about the conduct of barristers and those we regulate in order to determine whether issues should be referred for consideration of enforcement action.

Managing a team of five people and acting as part of the management team of the Professional Conduct Department, the successful candidate will be a legally qualified self-starter with knowledge of regulation and experience of managing high volume casework.

We are looking for someone who can cope under pressure, juggle competing priorities, provide high quality legal advice as well as manage a team effectively to ensure excellent customer service and performance in line with the KPIs.

To be considered for this role applicants must be legally qualified i.e. capable of holding a practising certificate either in England and Wales or another similar common law jurisdiction.

In return the Bar Standards Board offers excellent terms and conditions of employment, including:

  • Up to 31 days annual leave
  • Up to 14% employer’s pension contribution
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Life cover, and more

For more information about this role please click on the ‘apply on company website’ button. All candidates are required to apply online, CVs will not be accepted.

Candidates with a disability who require reasonable adjustments should contact, Michela Scarpa on 0207 611 1460. The Bar Standards Board operates the ‘two ticks’ scheme.  Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria for this role will be guaranteed an interview under this scheme.

Closing Date: 27 February 2017 at 12.00pm

Interview Dates:17 March 2017

https://www.networxrecruitment.com/Jobs/Advert/576666

ARDL’s Winter Bulletin 2016/2017

Please follow the link for ARDL’s Winter Bulletin 2016/2017:

 

ARDL Bulletin Winter

Annual Dinner – Friday 30th June 2017

The Annual Dinner in 2017 is on 30th June and is being held at the Guildhall in London (http://www.guildhall.cityoflondon.gov.uk/), a larger venue to allow for more members and guests to attend.  Membership feedback was that the dinner was always sold out and although The Savoy was a great venue, more people than could be accommodated actually wanted to attend.

Please see the attached Annual Dinner notice for details of the venue, our speaker and the cost.  Also attached are the booking Terms and Conditions.

ARDL dinner 2017 TsCs

ARDL Annual Dinner Notice 2017

 

 

ARDL 2017 Membership now due

Membership

The annual membership year for the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers begins on 31st January 2017. Membership can be renewed via our website on the link here – http://www.ardl.org.uk/membership/ – and following technical difficulties experienced by some when applying for membership over the last year, the website has been updated to make this process a much easier one.  ARDL membership gives free access to a wide range of seminars on important topic regulatory issues and to the quarterly ARDL Bulletin.  Membership also allows the purchase of tickets for the highlight of the ARDL year, the Annual Dinner.  Thank you to those that have joined this week.

Marion Simmons QC Essay Competition 2017

Entries are now open for the Marion Simmons QC Essay Competition.

The question is:

What effect would the UK’s exit from the European Union have on the law of regulation in the UK?

Essays must be submitted so as to be received by 5pm on Friday 28th April 2017

Please see the attached flyer for further details and the terms and conditions: ARDL 2017 Marion Simmons QC prize announcement

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Legal Counsel position

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Regulatory Counsel                                                                           London or Coventry

£ Attractive

RICS is a self-regulatory professional body with significant global reach and influence. It promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Responsible under its Royal Charter for the regulation of 120,000 chartered surveyors across the globe, it is committed to the achievement of consistently high professional standards in order to provide confidence in all markets. It enforces standards of ethics and competence in the profession through a combination of best practice, monitoring, complaints handling and disciplinary proceedings.

Reporting to the Director Regulatory & Corporate Affairs, an exceptional individual is now required to shape and fulfil the new role of Regulatory Counsel. This is more than just an advisory role. As well as providing sound legal strategy advice, expertise and leadership on enforcement and regulatory governance matters to stakeholders throughout the global organisation, the appointee will also be required to initiate and lead on strategic projects, pro-actively identifying and responding to regulatory risk and developing legal policy areas in support of all regulatory activity.

This role calls for an experienced solicitor or barrister whose exceptional credentials and expertise has been gained in a regulatory body, the broader public sector or private practice. Regardless of background, you will be a credible strategist, influencer and trusted advisor with an exceptional grasp of regulatory law and policy and the intellect, confidence and communication skills to provide timely advice to a diverse stakeholder group as required.

A creative and lateral thinker with an international outlook, you will relish the opportunity to define solutions in response to complex challenges across a diverse geographical landscape and will enjoy providing influential and inspiring leadership to a range of teams and international legal partners to deliver best value from investment whilst providing exceptional support to the organisation.

To find out more and to apply, please visit www.gatenbysanderson.com/job/GSe30506

For a confidential   discussion, please call Duncan Ewart, Katrina Paget or Stephanie Wilson on 020 7426 3994.

Closing date: 5pm Wednesday 4 January 2017

Edinburgh Law Seminar: Blowing the whistle on professional regulation: discipline, policy and the challenge of relevance in 2016

Seminar date: Thursday 27 October at 18:00 – 20:00 – Edinburgh

For further details and to book please visit: http://www.edinburghlawseminars.co.uk/professional-regulation.html

 

 

ARDL’s Summer Bulletin 2016

Please follow the link for ARDL’s Summer Bulletin 2016:

Summer Bulletin 2016

Annual Dinner – moving to new venue – save the date

The annual dinner is moving to a new venue to allow us to increase the numbers who can attend this hugely popular event.  The ARDL Annual Dinner 2017 will be held in the magnificent surroundings of London’s Guildhall – https://www.uniquevenuesoflondon.co.uk/venue/guildhall.  The dinner will be held on Friday 30th June 2017.  Ticket booking information will be released shortly.  Please note that anyone wanting to reserve tickets for the event must be a fully paid up member of ARDL.  The committee has chosen the Guildhall as the venue for the next dinner in response to the membership survey feedback which told us that more people wanted to be able to attend the dinner but, at the same time, did not want to lose the atmosphere of the event.  The new venue allows us to increase the numbers attending by approximately 120. 

 

Solicitors Regulation Authority – tender for panel firm services

Solicitors Regulation Authority – tender for panel firm services

We regulate solicitors, law firms and their managers and employees in England and Wales, protecting consumers and supporting the rule of law and the administration of justice.

We currently have in place a panel of law firms providing us with legal services relating to disciplinary proceedings and a second panel providing litigation and legal advice services. In place of that arrangement we now wish to appoint one panel of firms capable of providing all of the following services:

  • Prosecution and other forms of advocacy before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT)
  • Dealing with appeals against decisions of the SDT
  • Dealing with regulatory appeals before the SDT and the High Court
  • Dealing with court proceedings arising from interventions into law firms
  • Representation in recovery litigation, including by way of conditional fee arrangements where appropriate, such as:
    • Compensation Fund subrogation claims
    • Tracing actions / injunctions
  • Defending and pursuing other types of claims and applications on behalf of the SRA
  • Providing legal advice as may be required from time to time.

A sound disciplinary record is essential. Successful firms must be committed to promoting equality and diversity. You must be able to demonstrate your experience and expertise in professional regulatory work and your capability of providing the services to an excellent standard.

If you are interested in tendering, you will need to apply for a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) by contacting dptenders@sra.org.uk by 4pm on Friday, 12 August 2016.

Responses to the PQQ must be submitted by 4pm on Wednesday, 31 August 2016.

For further information or if you would like any information in any alternative format, please contact jennifer.johnson@sra.org.uk

Legal Assessors – Nursing & Midwifery Council

The Nursing & Midwifery Council

Appointment of Legal Assessors

Minimum of 20 days per annum, £500 per day

Millions of people each year are cared for by the 692,000 nurses and midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). As their regulator, the NMC exists to protect the public by maintaining the UK’s nursing and midwifery register, setting standards for education and practice, and taking action if a nurse or midwife’s fitness to practise is called into question.

The NMC wishes to increase its pool of Legal Assessors to advise its practice committees in considering allegations about the ongoing fitness to practise of individual nurses and midwives. Each practice committee panel is supported by an NMC approved legal assessor who advises the panel in accordance with the requirements set out in the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001.

  • With ten years’ experience or more as a barrister, solicitor or advocate, applicants much be in good standing with their regulator and must hold a valid UK practising Experience of providing legal advice in a regulatory environment or tribunal setting would also be highly desirable. Collaborative yet able to exercise independence of judgement, individuals must also possess high levels of integrity, patience, resilience, confidence and professionalism in dealing with pressured, unpredictable and sensitive situations and, at times, differing points of view.

To find out more and to apply, please visit www.nmcfuture.com

Closing date: 12 noon Friday 19th August 2016

The NMC is committed to promoting equality and diversity and would welcome applications from women and individuals from a BAME background as these groups are currently under represented.  Appointments will be based on merit alone.

 

ARDL Spring Bulletin 2016

Please follow the link for ARDL’s Spring Bulletin 2016:

ARDL Spring Bulletin 2016

ARDL News Report

It has been a busy year so far for ARDL with our recent AGM, the new constitution, the recent ARDL Annual Dinner at the Savoy and our range of popular seminars. We keep our website updated with news and events – it can be visited on http://www.ardl.org.uk/

AGM

The ARDL AGM was held in April and two new committee members were elected, both working in-house with regulatory bodies and bringing this important dimension to the committee and the work of ARDL. The new committee members are John Lucarotti of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and Sadia Zouq of the General Optical Council.  Following the AGM, Catriona Watt was re-elected as Chair; Iain Miller was elected as Vice Chair; Julie Norris as Secretary and Nick Leale as Treasurer.  Sarah Ellson is our ex officio Membership Liaison officer and Kenneth Hamer is our ex officio ARDL Bulletin editor (working with Nicole Curtis on the quarterly bulletin).  Joanne Harrison leads the Junior ARDL programme and Vikram Sachdeva QC chairs the Education & Seminars Sub-committee. Full details of the committee are on the ARDL website.

Annual Dinner

The annual dinner at The Savoy took place on Friday 20th May with almost 400 ARDL members and guests enjoying a great evening of networking and socialising.  The guest speaker was Clive Coleman, Radio 4’s Legal Affairs Correspondent.  We are looking at ways to extend the event to allow more of our members to be able to attend.  More on that will follow in the coming few months.

Marion Simmons Essay prize winner

This year’s essay on the topic of “What determines – and what should determine – whether an occupation is regulated by fitness to practise procedures’ was won by Claire Elliot.  We were able to present Claire with her prize, a cheque for £2,000, at the annual dinner. Congratulations to Claire. Well done also to Holly Bontoft and Jeremy Balang, who were second and third respectively.

Seminar programme 2016

The next in the series of ARDL seminars takes place in London on 16th June.  The subject is ‘Public Inquiries & Inquests’.  Our speakers are Christina Lambert QC and Jenni Richards QC and the seminar is chaired by Vikram Sachdeva QC.  Please visit our website to sign up or respond to the event invitation sent to all ARDL members.

The very successful ‘Test for Dishonesty in Regulatory Proceedings’ seminar which took place in London on 10 March 2016 was delivered by Paul Ozin QC and chaired by the Hon. Mr Justice Mostyn. Thank you to Herbert Smith Freehills LLP who provided the venue.  This seminar is being held in Manchester on 28th June at Deans Court Chambers when Paul will be joined by Richard Coleman QC.  Please see the website for further details.

Our most recent seminar was held on 19 April 2016 when Joanna Glynn QC spoke on the subject of recent and prospective changes in the regulation of health professionals. Kieran Coonan QC was in the Chair. Thank you to Nabarro LLP for providing the venue.

The 2016 programme will continue with seminars in London on the regulation of both financial and legal services and an event in Edinburgh on the standard of proof. We look forward to welcoming ARDL members to these events. Please check the ARDL website for further details of speakers, dates and locations.

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Catriona Watt, Chair

Notice of ARDL Annual General Meeting 2016

Please note that ARDL’s AGM will be held on 21 April 2016 at 6.30pm. Any fully paid up ARDL member may attend the AGM. Please see below for venue and nominations for election to the committee.

Venue

The venue will be the offices of Weightmans who are offering a choice of three locations to attend the AGM.

  1. London – 6 New Street Square, New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 3BF
  2. Manchester (by video link to London) – 3 Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN (please note this is an updated venue address from the original AGM notice)
  3. Glasgow (by video link to London) – 144 West George Street, Glasgow G2 2HG

AGM Business

The meeting will include consideration of the Association’s Annual Report and audited accounts and the election of committee members.

Committee elections – Nominations

The following have been duly nominated to stand for election to the committee. For full information and biographies, please visit the ARDL website. There are six places available for election. The vote will take place at the AGM. Only those in attendance may vote.

  1. Rachel Cooper, Nabarros
  2. Nicole Curtis, Pennington Manches
  3. Hannah Eales; Kingsley Napley
  4. Sadaf Hussain; Financial Conduct Authority
  5. John Lucarotti; Nursing and Midwifery Council
  6. Julie Norris, Kingsley Napley
  7. Catriona Watt, Anderson Strathern
  8. Sadia Zouq; General Optical Council

There will be a drinks reception afterwards for those attending the meeting. If you wish to attend the meeting, at any of the venues, would you kindly inform us on ardl@kingsleynapley.co.uk in order that we can monitor numbers.

Seminar programme 2016

ARDL is pleased to announced a full programme of seminars for 2016 with seminars across a range of topics and held in London, Manchester and Edinburgh. Flyers with full details and information on how to register for each seminar will be sent out in advance. To see the full list of seminars, please click here.

 

ARDL’s new Constitution

We have a new Constitution.  At the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 28th January 2016 the members in attendance all voted in favour of adopting the new Constitution.  In order to read the read the new Constitution, please click here.  The Constitution allows the Committee to appoint a Vice-Chair, to convene various sub-committees, as may be required from time to time, and to have one place on the Committee reserved for an in-house member.  A full report on the developments which follow from the Constitution will be prepared in advance of the Association’s AGM in April.

ARDL 2015/2016 Bulletin

Please find the ARDL Winter 2015/2016 Bulletin here: ARDL Bulletin

Membership survey Report 2015

Membership survey

Thank you to everyone who took part in the membership survey. For information on the results of the recent membership survey, please click on the following link: ARDL Survey Report 2015

Junior ARDL Seminar Report

Junior ARDL Seminar Report 

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The Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (‘ARDL’) was proud to host its inaugural Junior ARDL event on 3 November 2015. The sell-out seminar entitled ‘Tips for Tribunal Advocacy’ was hosted by 23 Essex Street Chambers  and boasted a panel of experienced speakers in the field of professional regulation. Martin Forde QC enlightened delegates with tips in relation to handling experts, the admissibility of evidence, panel members and legal assessors. Geoffrey Williams QC, who qualified initially as a solicitor and became Silk in 2003 focused his talk on tips on prosecuting for regulatory bodies, including in particular the need for thorough preparation.  In contrast, Gregory Treverton-Jones QC’s tips were given from a defence perspective which included the need to gain and retain the credibility of a registrant witness. Simon Tinkler, a solicitor and SDT panel member, gave a helpful insight as to some ‘do’s and don’t’s’ from a panel member’s perspective. Simon highlighted the importance of knowing the relevant rules and being punctual as well as respectful and fair. The seminar was chaired by Vikram Sachdeva QC who also provided a number of helpful advocacy tips, including an advocates approach, document management and the importance of exercising common sense!

 

The feedback from the seminar was very good and suggestions will be followed up.  There will be regular Junior ARDL events throughout the year.

Marion Simmons QC Essay Prize 2015/2016

Entries are now open for the Marion Simmons QC Essay Competition.

The question is:

What determines – and what should determine – whether an occupation should be regulated by fitness to practise procedures?

 

Essays must be submitted so as to be received by 5pm on Thursday 31st March 2016

Please see the attached flyer for further details and the terms and conditions: ARDL Marion Simmons QC Essay Prize 2015_2016

New ARDL Chair and Committee members elected

New ARDL Chair and Committee members elected

Catriona Watt has been elected to replace Timothy Dutton QC as the new Chair of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.  Catriona is a partner in Scottish law firm Anderson Strathern. She has been a member of ARDL since 2005 and a member of the Committee since 2012.  She most recently served on ARDL’s Education Sub-committee.  During her time as Chair, Catriona intends to oversee a consultation with the membership, a review of ARDL’s constitution, an expansion of the seminar programme and a review of the annual dinner to find ways to allow a great number of the members to attend. There are also plans for a Junior ARDL (<10 years qualified) to be developed.  An electronic survey of the membership will be sent out and the results used to plan the activities of ARDL over the next year.

More news on all of these items will follow in regular updates to the membership by email and via the website.  Catriona said: “I am looking forward to our engagement with the membership and to taking ARDL onto its next stage of development, building on Tim  Dutton’s legacy of inclusion, diversity and education.”

There are several new Committee members as the result of election and co-option. The details of all of the Committee members can be found on the ARDL website committee page here [insert link to that page].  New Committee members are Chris Morris, partner at Hempsons, Alison Foster QC and Paul Ozin QC.  The Committee said farewell to Salim Hafijee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Kate Gallafent QC and thanked them for their valuable contributions during their time as Committee members.

Timothy Dutton QC stood down as Chair and a Committee member.  Tribute to his work was paid by Lord Justice Moses at the ARDL annual dinner at the Savoy and also by the Committee at a retiral dinner held in Tim’s honour.  A report of the retiral dinner and a photograph can be seen on the website here: Retiral dinner report.