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.


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