Manchester Seminar: The trials and tribulations of arm’s length adjudication

Date: Tuesday 3 March 2015
Registration: 5:30pm
Venue: Exchange Chambers Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3NW

Guest Speaker: His Honour Judge David Pearl
Seminar Chair:  Sarah Ellson, Fieldfisher

SRA: 1.5
BSB: 1.5

Please book your space via Eventbrite invite sent by email.

QC Applications open 2015


Recommendations for appointment as Queen’s Counsel are made by a Selection Panel which is independent of the Government and the professional bodies. The Panel invites applications from advocates with rights of audience in England and Wales who believe they meet the competency requirements to a standard of excellence. Solicitors who hold rights of audience in the higher courts and employed barristers are eligible, as well as barristers in independent practice.

All applications will be considered against a defined set of competencies related to:

  • Understanding and using the law
  • Written and oral advocacy
  • Working with others
  • Diversity
  • Integrity

All applications must be on the required form and accompanied by a fee of £2,160.00 (£1,800 + VAT). For an application form and further information please visit

For all other enquiries please call the Queen’s Counsel Appointments Secretariat on 020 7831 0020 or email The competition will open on Wednesday 18 February and applications must be received by no later than 5pm on Wednesday 1 April 2015.

The Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel is committed to equality of opportunity in the appointments process for Queen’s Counsel. Applicants who meet the standard of excellence required of Queen’s Counsel will be recommended for appointment on merit, regardless of any personal or legally protected characteristic or any other extraneous factors.

ACP legal panel appointments: help us uphold our high standards for child psychotherapy

ACP legal panel appointments: help us uphold our high standards for child psychotherapy

The Association for Child Psychotherapists (ACP) is the sole UK body recognised in statute and accredited by the Professional Standards Authority to set and maintain ethical and conduct standards for psychotherapists specialising in the treatment of children. To help it do so, the ACP operates a Disciplinary Procedure with investigation and hearing stages. In September 2014, the Procedure was overhauled and now includes provision for a legal panel from which specialist lawyers can be drawn to sit on Disciplinary Committees dealing with particularly complex and demanding cases. Legal panel members will sit with Ethics Committee members who will either be qualified child psychotherapists or lay members.

The ACP now wishes to recruit suitable lawyers for this panel. Applicants should be practising solicitors or barristers of three years or more call/PQE or equivalent with relevant professional disciplinary experience. Applications should be made by way of CV and covering letter submitted to the ACP’s solicitor, John Halford, Bindmans LLP, 236 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HD by 20 March 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in April 2015.

Once appointed to the panel and when assigned a case, members will receive an attendance fee at £353.00 per day (or £176.50 per half day), payable gross. The same rate also applies to training days. For each full Disciplinary Committee sitting day, members can usually expect to receive £1059 which includes the daily attendance fee and payment for 2 days asssociated preparatory work. Members will also be eligible to claim reasonable expenses at rates set by the ACP for travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred on ACP business. Panel members are likely to be called upon for no more than three Disciplinary Committee hearings each year. Most hearings take place in London. Further information about the ACP and its work can be found at

ARDL AGM 2015 Notice

Notice of ARDL Annual General Meeting 2015

Please note that ARDL’s AGM will be held on 16 April 2015 at 6.30pm. ARDL Members may attend the AGM.


The venue will be the offices of Kingsley Napley, Knights Quarter, 14 St John’s Lane, London, EC1M 4AJ.


AGM Business

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

Notice of any Resolution to be proposed at the AGM must be submitted to the Secretary in writing at least 14 days before the meeting date and will be circulated to all members 7 days in advance of the meeting. 


Committee elections

An election for a number of places on ARDL’s Committee will be held.  There are 2 elected positions available. ARDL Members present at the meeting are entitled to vote in the election.  Please note there is no postal voting. 

A member seeking election to the ARDL Committee requires a nomination from an ARDL member.  Nominations must be made in writing and sent to the ARDL Administrators at least two weeks before the date of the AGM, namely by 2 April 2015.  E-mail nominations will be accepted.

Candidates are also requested to submit by 9 April 2015 a written profile about themselves of not more than 100 words, setting out the experience and skills they would be able to bring to the committee.  The profiles of candidates will be circulated to those present at the AGM. Profiles should be sent to the ARDL Administrators.

There will be a drinks reception afterwards for those attending the meeting. 

If you wish to attend the meeting, would you kindly inform us on in order that we can monitor numbers.