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


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.


Catriona Watt, Chair

ARDL Seminar – Public Inquiries and Inquests

Public Inquiries and Inquests

Thursday 16 June 2016


Speakers: Christina Lambert QC, Jenni Richards QC and Rachel Langdale QC

The Chair for the seminar is Vikram Sachdeva QC

Public Inquiries and Inquests are at the forefront of the legal and news agenda following the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry and, more recently, the Hillsborough Inquests and the re-opening of the Inquest in the Birmingham pub bombings.

Against this backdrop, ARDL is delighted to welcome Christina Lambert QC, Jenni Richards QC and Rachel Langdale QC, all leading silks in this area of law to deliver the next in its regular seminar series.

Christina Lambert QC will focus on the Hillsborough Inquests. Christina was appointed by Lord Justice Goldring as lead counsel to the Hillsborough Inquests (2013 – 2016), leading a team of 7 counsel.  Before the inquests, she was lead counsel to both the Jimmy Savile Review and the Stuart Hall investigation.  Her wide-ranging practice encompasses inquiries, inquests, clinical negligence and regulatory and disciplinary work.

Jenni Richards QC will focus on the obligations of investigation and inquiry imposed on public bodies by the Human Rights Act (in particular by virtue of Articles 2 and 3 of the ECHR) and will examine the developing case-law in this area. Jenni has an extensive public law and regulatory practice acting for individuals, public bodies and public interest groups in all areas affected by public law, human rights and regulation. She appears regularly in the High Court, Court of Protection, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, and before a range of tribunals. She was instructed by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service in the new inquests into the Hillsborough disaster.

Rachel Langdale QC will talk about her experience in the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (2010-2012).  Rachel has significant experience in public inquiries, the most recent being the ‘Mid-Staffordshire’ inquiry where she was instructed by the Trust.  The work at the Inquiry was extensive and involved analysis of the whole of the evidence, the calling of witnesses and the opening and closing submissions.  Rachel has acted in a number of childcare and healthcare inquiries, mainly surrounding the plight of children in care.

Eleanor Grey QC will chair the seminar.  Eleanor Grey took silk in 2011. She has a thorough understanding of public authorities, especially the health and social care sector, and of disciplinary and regulatory proceedings. Clients include the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Department of Health, the Professional Standards Authority and the General Medical Council, as well as numerous other public bodies. As a long-standing member of the Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel prior to taking silk, she possesses great experience in the field of administrative and public law, including in areas such as mental health. She has also acted in cases involving vulnerable adults in the Court of Protection.

Eleanor has acted as senior Counsel in a number of major public inquiries, most recently acting for the former Healthcare Commission in the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry. She is currently chairing an independent review of paediatric cardiac services in Bristol. She has represented clients in high-profile and sensitive hearings such as the 8-day public hearing of Ian Brady’s application to the Mental Health Tribunal for discharge from hospital. She has developed extensive expertise in the law relating to freedom of information and data protection.

The presentations will be followed by questions and discussion. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion.

Time: Registration & tea/coffee – 5.30pm
Seminar: 6pm – 7.30pm
Refreshments- 7.30pm
Venue: Chambers of 39 Essex Chambers, 81 Chancery Lane, London, WC2A 1DD


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