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

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