Marion Simmons QC Essay Prize 2019

Marion Simmons QC Essay Prize 2019

ARDL is delighted to announce that the annual Marion Simmon QC essay prize is now open to entrants: ARDL 2019 Marion Simmons QC prize announcement

Competition Terms and Conditions:

To be eligible, an entrant must fall into at least one of the following categories (subject to the discretion of the competition organisers to extend eligibility on a case by case basis as they see fit):

• undergraduates or postgraduates in study at a recognised educational establishment in the United Kingdom;
• trainee solicitors in the UK;
• pupil barristers in the UK;
• those training in the UK as part of a Chartered Institute of Legal Executives’ approved training programme;
• solicitors who qualified in the UK and who have been so qualified for fewer than three years;
• barristers called in the UK fewer than three years ago;
• those who qualified with Cilex in the UK and who have been so qualified for fewer than three years;
• those who are taking a period of up to sixteen months as a sabbatical or “gap year” within their undergraduate or postgraduate study or after such study and before starting a confirmed place as a pupil barrister in the UK, trainee solicitor in the UK or Cilex training in the UK.

Entries must be no longer than 2,000 words (word count includes footnotes but excludes bibliography) and should be type-written in the English language. The judges’ decision will be final. Essays must be submitted so as to be received by 5pm on Friday 31 May 2019 by post or email to:

Nicole Curtis, Bates Wells Braithwaite, Queen Street Place, London EC 4R 1BE;

ARDL Seminar – Telling patients the truth when something has gone wrong: the role of regulation in embedding candour among healthcre professionals

Date: 5 March 2019

This seminar will explore the barriers to professionals being candid, what means professional regulators have tried to embed candour among their registrants and thoughts on how a culture of candour can prevail in healthcare. The session will be based on the Professional Standards Authority’s recent research into candour and fitness to practise case studies.



Paul Ozin QC, Chair of ARDL’s Seminar Committee and ARDL’s Vice-Chair

Paul Ozin QC specialises principally in the fields of financial and business crime, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings and related public law and civil actions. He is an established writer and speaker in those fields. He is consistently ranked in the leading legal directories in both regulatory and financial crime categories. He leads the 23 Essex Street Regulatory and Disciplinary team.



Christine Braithwaite, Director of Standards and Policy, Professional Standards Authority

Christine Braithwaite is Director of Standards and Policy at the PSA. She leads the team responsible for providing advice on regulation, setting standards, developing research and encouraging learning and debate. She is also the PSA’s external relations lead.

Christine has previously worked as Head of Investigations and Enforcement at the Care Quality Commission and headed the Healthcare Commission’s healthcare infection inspection programme. She also worked for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. She holds a masters in law.

Christine is currently a member of a research and ethics committee for the Health Research Authority and sits as a lay panel member on the Bar Standards Board’s professional conduct committee.


Michael Warren, Policy Adviser, Professional Standards Authority

Michael Warren is a Policy Advisor at the Professional Standards Authority. At the Authority he has worked on a variety policy projects from fitness to practise allegation categorisation to the influence of regulation on professional identity. He also assisted Harry Cayton in his recent inquiry of the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia for the Minster of Health of British Columbia. He was previously a Management Consultant at Accenture in the Health and Public Service and Project Co-ordinator at the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Health.



Registration: 5.30 pm

Seminar: 6.00 pm

A drinks and canapes reception will follow the seminar.


We hope you can make it.
Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers

Edinburgh Seminar, 28 February 2019


“Scotland’s contribution to the regulatory jurisprudence: From Dr Mallon to Dr Mehta and more……”

Date: Thursday 28th February 2018 at 5.00pm at Anderson Strathern offices, Edinburgh

Speaker: Roddy Dunlop QC, Axiom Advocates

Panelists: Jim Percival, Deputy General Counsel, General Medical Council and Catriona Watt, immediate past Chair ARDL


ARDL’s Scotland Seminar Programme 2019 gets underway with our Inaugural Seminar delivered by a speaker who has been at the forefront of the regulatory jurisprudence developed in Scotland during the 21st century across almost every profession. Scotland’s seen the case of Tehrani v UKCC for Nursing & Midwifery 2001 S.C. 581, the first challenge to a regulator under the Human Rights Act lead the way. More recently there’s been GMC v Dr Mehta 2018 CSIH 69, the first challenge in Scotland by the GMC of a decision of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal. And there’s everything in between. Join us for a lively review of the law and a panel Q&A afterwards.

Speaker: Roddy Dunlop QC was named Scottish Silk of the Year in the Legal 500 in 2018 and is recognised in Band 1 for Professional Discipline by Chambers & Partners. He has appeared in many of the seminal regulatory cases of the 21st century, including Dr Mallon v GMC 2007, the first ever appeal to the Inner House of the Court of Session for the GMC. Roddy has acted for regulators and registrants in range of appeals, judicial review and interim interdict, including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Law Society of Scotland, the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, the General Dental Council and the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Panelists: Jim Percival is Deputy General Counsel at the GMC with responsibility for the provision of legal support to the Chair, Chief Executive and Senior Leadership team and the conduct of all litigation involving the GMC in the UK. He is a senior lawyer in and manager of GMC Legal, the in-house legal team. Previously a partner in private practice, Jim also sits as a judge in the First Tier Tribunal and member of the Valuation Tribunal for England. Catriona Watt is a partner at Anderson Strathern specialising in professional regulation across a multitude of professions from medical to teaching, from architects to accountancy. She is the immediate past Chair of ARDL and is now responsible for delivering the ARDL Scotland seminar programme.

Date: Thursday 28th February 2019; Time: Registration & tea/coffee – 5.00pm; Seminar: 5.30pm – 7.00pm; Venue: Anderson Strathern LLP, 1 Rutland Court, Edinburgh, EH3 8EL. ARDL seminars qualify for CPD. Please remember to sign the relevant CPD sheets at the seminars.

ARDL Scotland Seminar Programme 2019

Please use the following link for a list of upcoming seminars this year in Scotland: ARDL Scotland Seminar Programme