Inaugural One Day Conference

Friday 22 January 2021
Registration from 08.45
Conference 09.15 – 17.05; Drinks reception 17.05 – 18.00

ARDL is pleased to announce details of its Inaugural Professional Discipline and Regulation Conference, which will take place on Friday 22 January 2021 at the Museum of London. There is a back-up date of Friday 26 March 2021 in the event that ARDL cannot hold the conference in January.

The conference will be of interest to members of ARDL practising in all aspects of professional discipline and regulation and will involve updates on key developments and interesting insights from the ‘coalface’.

Why Regulation Still Matters in 2021’

We are delighted to confirm that The Rt. Hon. Lord Dyson, former Master of the Rolls and Justice of the Supreme Court in the United Kingdom, has agreed to present the opening session of the conference.

‘Corporate Governance for Public Bodies and Regulators – Has Regulation Failed?’

ARDL welcomes David Gomez, author of the leading healthcare regulatory law textbook “The Regulation of Healthcare Professionals: Law, Principle and Process (2nd Ed. Sweet & Maxwell)” and a well-known lawyer in the field of regulation and professional discipline, latterly as the senior lawyer at the Professional Standards Authority, to present this key address.

Conference Speakers include:

Jonathan Dillon, Executive Director of Fitness to Practise, Social Work England

‘Why a Regulator Established in 2019 Looks a Little Different’

Kenneth Hamer, Henderson Chambers ‘Regulatory Case Law Update’

James Stuart, Lamb Chambers ‘Regulation and the Twittersphere’

Shannett Thompson, Senior Associate, Kingsley Napley

‘Bite-sized Regulatory Principle Refreshers’ chaired by Rosemary Rollason, RJ Rollason Law, covering topics including: Judicial Review, Privacy and Ill-Health of a Registrant, Hearsay, Registrant Engagement and Abuse of Process with speakers:

Holly Bontoft, Senior Lawyer, Social Work England

Richard Coleman QC, Fountain Court Chambers

Katie Costello, Partner, BLM

Sarah Ellson, Partner, Fieldfisher LLP

Fenella Morris QC, 39 Essex Chambers

Vikram Sachdeva QC, 39 Essex Chambers

‘What Keeps Regulators Awake at Night?’ chaired by Paul Ozin QC, 23 Essex St Chambers, Deans Court Chambers and Chair of ARDL, with speakers:

Phil Evans QC, Head of Rugby Judiciary, Rugby Football Union

Juliet Oliver, General Counsel, Solicitors Regulation Authority

Jim Percival, Deputy General Counsel, General Medical Council

Theresa Thorp, Head of Regulatory Enforcement (Interim), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Refreshments and lunch will be provided and we hope delegates will also join us for a drinks reception at the close of the event.

Tickets, for what we hope will be the first of many annual conferences and what we hope you will agree will be a fascinating event, are priced at £150 and include both lunch and drinks at the reception. They can be obtained through the Eventbrite link, which will be emailed to ARDL Members in the next few weeks.

ARDL Webinar: How have and how could regulators react to the Black Lives Matters movement?

Speaker: Nadine Pemberton

Chair: Paul Ozin QC

Date: Wednesday 16 September 2020

Seminar Start time: 18:00

This seminar, will take place remotely on an appropriate platform. Those signing up will be provided with a link in advance of the seminar. Please note that the seminar is open to members only and you are asked to confirm that you are a member before joining the event.

The ARDL membership page is


This is the first of ARDL’s seminars responding to the Black Lives Matter movement. In this seminar, Nadine, with her extensive experience working within the regulatory sector, will provide an assessment of the varied public responses of regulators to Black Lives Matter and offer a personal view, of what regulators could be doing by way of a proportionate and constructive response to the inequalities highlighted by the movement.

Speaker and Chair:

Nadine Pemberton. Nadine is a solicitor with extensive experience in front line and senior leadership roles in regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters, spanning the regulatory, criminal and civil fields across the public sector. These include roles as: the first Executive Director of Legal at Social Work England, the newly formed national regulator for the social work profession in England; the Head of Governance and Legal Services at the Care Quality Commission; the Head of Prosecutions at the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission; a Senior Crown Prosecutor for The Crown Prosecution Service; and an advisory lawyer at the Independent Office for Police Conduct. Throughout her career Nadine has also specialised in strategic organisational development, team change and transformation; and equity and inclusion. Nadine recently founded Pemberton+ Consulting, where she works internationally as a coach and consultant.

Paul Ozin QC (23 Essex Street Chambers) is the Chair of ARDL. As such, he has helped to shape ARDL’s approach to equality and diversity issues, its programmes to promote increased access to the legal regulatory sector and its response to the Black Lives Matter movement. He specialises principally in the fields of financial and business crime, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings and related public law, civil and international work. He is consistently ranked as a Leading Silk in the legal directories.

High Court Lawyer vacancy – Nursing and Midwifery Council

The NMC is recruiting for a High Court Lawyer in its Case Preparation and Presentation team. The postholder is responsible for supporting the management and delivery of the team’s busy caseload of High Court Interim Order extension applications across the UK’s jurisdictions.

The postholder will assist in ensuring the High Court team is well resourced, trained and motivated, with an emphasis on close collaborative working with internal stakeholders to ensure a seamless service delivery in this priority area of the organisation.

The role will also work closely with the Paralegals in the team and therefore play an important role in supporting and encouraging their development.

For further details, please click on the below link;

High Court Lawyer

Closing date for applications is Sunday 9th August 2020 at 23:59