ARDL Seminar: The new Police Regulations and other recent developments in police regulation

Speakers: Cameron Brown QC (Red Lion Chambers); Hugh Davies OBE QC (Three Raymond Buildings Chambers); Hugh Giles (Capsticks)

Date: 26 March 2020

Venue: Blake Morgan LLP, 6 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3DJ

This seminar, the first ARDL seminar to focus on police disciplinary proceedings, will consider the new legislative and regulatory scheme and other recent developments in police disciplinary proceedings. It is intended to be of interest both to police law specialists and to the wider regulatory community.

A major overhaul of the police complaints and misconduct scheme comes in to force in 2020 effected by the Police (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/2), the Police Appeals Tribunals Rules 2020 (SI 2020/1), the Police (Performance) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/3) and the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/4) and accompanied by new Home Office and IOPC Guidance. The regulations reflect a more streamlined process, with an overarching requirement to handle complaints in a reasonable and proportionate manner.

Cameron Brown QC (Red Lion Chambers) will be appointed to QC in March 2020. He specialises in serious and complex fraud and corruption cases. He sits as a Legally Qualified Chair for the Metropolitan, City of London and Ministry of Defence Police. He also sits as a Legally Qualified Chair for the Lawn Tennis Association and England Golf and Legal Assessor for the HCPC.

 Hugh Davies OBE QC (Three Raymond Buildings Chambers) specialises in criminal and professional misconduct proceedings. He has extensive experience advising and representing police officers at public inquiries; inquests; during IPCC investigations; internal disciplinary proceedings; and associated judicial review proceedings, and is co-author of the leading OUP practitioner textbook Police Misconduct, Complaints, and Public Regulation.

Hugh Giles is a Partner in the Capsticks litigation team and is head of Emergency Services in the firm. He has extensive experience working at a senior level in public sector organisations, including as Head of Litigation at the Treasury Solicitor’s Department and as Director of Legal Services at the Metropolitan Police Service.

Registration: 5.30 pm

Seminar: 6.00 pm

A drinks and canapes reception will follow the seminar

ARDL Seminar: Abrogation of the right to silence/ adverse inferences in regulatory proceedings

Speakers: Mary O’Rourke QC (Old Square Chambers and Deans Court Chambers)

Date: 10 March 2020

Chair: Paul Ozin QC (23 Essex Street Chambers)

Venue: Blake Morgan LLP, 6 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3DJ

This seminar will consider the important recent developments in this subject following the Divisional Court’s decision in R. (Kuzmin) v General Medical Council [2019] EWHC 2129 (Admin). The Court held that a Medical Practitioners Tribunal was right to conclude that, as a matter of principle, it had the power to draw an adverse inference from the fact that a doctor who faced disciplinary charges did not give evidence.

Mary O’Rourke QC represented the registrant in the MPTS proceedings and the judicial review proceedings.

Mary O’Rourke QC is a long-standing and leading practitioner in professional discipline with a significant medical defence practice. Mary also appears in related judicial review and employment matters.

Paul Ozin QC is the Chair of ARDL’s Seminar Committee and ARDL’s Vice-Chair. He specialises principally in the fields of financial and business crime, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings and related public law and civil actions. He leads the 23 Essex Street Regulatory and Disciplinary team.

Registration: 5.30 pm

Seminar: 6.00 pm

A drinks and canapes reception will follow the seminar