ARDL Seminar: Dishonesty and Integrity – How are they dealt with in regulatory proceedings?


Date: Tuesday 17th September 2019 at 5.00pm at Anderson Strathern offices, Edinburgh

Speakers: James Mulgrew, Solicitor Advocate; Graeme Watson, Partner, Clyde & Co

Chair: Jennifer Macdonald, Director of Regulation and Legal Services, General Teaching Council for Scotland



Our fourth seminar in the ARDL Scotland Seminar Programme 2019 will look at how dishonesty and lack of integrity are charged, interpreted, prosecuted and defended in regulatory proceedings across the range of regulators. The case of Ivey v Genting Casinos [2017] UKSC 67 brought a new perspective on the way in which panels were to assess dishonesty, while the case of Wingate & Evans v the Solicitors Regulatory Authority [2018] EWCA Civ 366 gave focus to how a lack of integrity might be applied in professional regulation more widely. Our seminar will discuss what these cases and the subsequent related cases have meant for professional regulation, regulators and registrants. We’ll also look at the increase in the use of dishonesty and lack of integrity allegations and whether or not this has brought about a sliding scale of seriousness in terms of dishonesty and lack of integrity.    We’ll hear from those on the front line with the opportunity for the audience to join in a panel discussion and Q&A after the presentations.



Jennifer Macdonald, GTC Scotland: As Director of Regulation and Legal Services, Jennifer is a member of the Corporate Management Team. She is responsible for drafting the various Rules, constitutional and other legal documents that GTC Scotland must have in place in terms of its governing legislation. Jennifer is also responsible for the team that supports the adjudication of fitness to teach cases.



James Mulgrew, Solicitor Advocate: James is an experienced Solicitor Advocate and regularly appears in the criminal courts. He brings a representative and also a legal adviser perspective to his professional regulatory work. James represents nurses before the conduct committees of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and also at Fatal Accident Inquiries. He sits as a legal adviser to the Fitness to Teach Panels of the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Graeme Watson, Partner, Clyde & Co: Graeme acts for healthcare professionals, particularly doctors and dentists, in clinical negligence claims and before the regulators, including the MPTS and the GDC. His practice covers fatal accident inquiries and public inquiries. He undertakes judicial reviews arising from healthcare disputes. His disciplinary and regulatory practice extends to teachers, actuaries, accountants and other professions. He sits as a legal adviser to the disciplinary tribunal panels of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.


Registration & tea/ coffee: 5.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Seminar: 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Refreshments: 6.30 pm onwards


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

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