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

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