Junior ARDL Round Table Event – Skills and Knowledge For Onward Progression

Date:   24 January 2019

Venue:   23 Essex Street Chambers, London, WC2R 3AA

Format:   Round-table expert led discussion

Chair:   Gary Burton, Junior ARDL



Time: 5:30pm registration

Seminar: 6:15pm – 7:15pm

Refreshments: canapés, tea/coffee, wine, beer and soft drinks – 7:15pm



Junior ARDL is continuing its regular series of seminars to provide those who are less than 10 years qualified with opportunities to develop essential skills in regulatory proceedings.

This event will take the format of a series of ‘topic tables’, each one chaired by a senior practitioner, with the evening covering a range of topics including:

Do’s and don’t’s from a panel member’s perspective

 Vulnerable witnesses and registrants

 Lawyer to Leader

 The role of the Legally Qualified Chair

 Witness Handling: calling and challenging expert evidence

 Navigating your Successful Journey to Judicial Appointment

 Our senior speakers who will chair the tables and lead the discussions are:


Robert Slack has been a member of the Solicitors Discipline Tribunal since 2009. He is currently on the Lay Member Qualifications Committee and Bar Standards Board. Robert was previously a Council Member, screener and member of Fitness to Practise Committee, General Medical Council (1999-2008); Chair of Professional Behaviour Committee (2006-2008) and Investigating Officer for Medical and Dental Undergraduate Fitness to Practise, Bristol University (2008-2013); Examiner, Royal College of Surgeons; Consultant ENT Surgeon.


Rachel Birks is a partner in the Regulatory Team at Ward Hadaway and has specialised in Regulatory Law and Professional Discipline for the last 16 years. She sits as a Legally Qualified Chair at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, is a member of the ARDL committee and is part of the Assurance Team at St John Ambulance.


Manjula Bray is a motivated business psychologist, facilitator, consultant and executive/career coach. Manjula communicates credibly and effectively to enhance people performance at an individual and organisational level. Manjula has worked in partnership in a range of sectors and organisations.


Nimi Bruce was called to the Bar in September 1999 and practised for 7 years at the Criminal Bar, undertaking prosecution and defence work in the Crown Court. After Nimi left the Criminal Bar she worked in house for the General Medical Council preparing and presenting cases before fitness to practise panels, with an emphasis on advocacy work. At Capsticks Nimi undertakes fitness to practise work for a variety of regulators, including the GPhC, GDC, GCC, GOsC and SRA. As well as overseeing all aspects of investigatory casework, Nimi also regularly appears before a variety of different committees and panels, prosecuting regulatory cases including sexual misconduct cases, complex frauds and serious cases of deficient professional performance.


Leanne Wild is a Leadership Coach who works with accomplished lawyers and business leaders to expand their impact and ability both personally and professionally. She is also a trainer for the International Coaching School iPEC (Institute for Professional Development in Coaching) and she is the co-founder of WELead events.


Kate Lumdson QC practises principally in crime but undertakes regulatory and quasi criminal work. She took silk in 2018. She has dealt with experts in a variety of disciplines both in chief and cross-examination.


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

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