Speakers: Rachel Birks (Partner, Ward Hadaway), Alexander dos Santos (Barrister, Serjeants’ Inn Chambers), Rosemary Rollason, (Legal Adviser to Disciplinary Tribunals), Kenneth Hamer (Barrister,  Henderson Chambers).

Chair: Joanne Harrison (Associate, Carson McDowell LLP)

Date: Monday, 28th 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 https://www.ardl.org.uk/membership/


This is the next event from Junior ARDL’s series of seminars to provide those who are less than 10 years qualified with opportunities to develop essential skills in regulatory proceedings. 

The evening will cover a range of topics regarding the preparation and presentation of a professional discipline case. 


Rachel Birks, Partner, Ward Hadaway, Solicitor-Advocate and Legally Qualified Chair – Drafting a witness statement that gets to the heart of the regulatory issue

Rachel is a regulatory lawyer with a specialist interest in healthcare, social care and childcare regulation.  She has worked in the field of regulatory law for eighteen years.  Rachel sits as a Legally Qualified Chair at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service and is a Legal Adviser for panels at Social Work England.  Rachel is a Ranked Lawyer for Professional Discipline in Chambers and Partners and is Vice-Chair of ARDL.

Alexander dos Santos, Barrister, Serjeants’ Inn Chambers Drafting an effective skeleton argument.  

Alexander dos Santos (Serjeants’ Inn Chambers). Alex has a broad common law practice with a focus on regulatory and public law matters. In professional discipline matters, he has significant experience acting both for and against regulators and is ranked in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. He is a contributor to 10th Edition of Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings published by LexisNexis.

Rosemary Rollason, Legal Adviser to Disciplinary Tribunals  Avoiding common pitfalls in case preparation before a Tribunal

Rosemary Rollason has practised as a solicitor in regulatory and disciplinary law throughout her career. In late 2017, Rosemary established her own practice, R J Rollason Law, advising a wide range of professional regulators, designing and presenting training for tribunal members and in- house teams.  She is appointed as a legal assessor to the disciplinary panels of several regulatory bodies and is the Convener to the Financial Reporting Council. 

Rosemary has been a partner in regulatory teams at Field Fisher Waterhouse and Russell Jones & Walker/Slater & Gordon, and a Consultant at Bevan Brittan LLP.  She was a founder member and Secretary of ARDL and is currently a committee member. 

Kenneth Hamer, Barrister,  Henderson Chambers, Legally Qualified Chair and author of the Professional Conduct Casebook – Presenting an effective legal argument

Kenneth Hamer is an experienced barrister and former Recorder of the Crown Court. He sits regularly as a legally qualified chairman at the GMC (MPTS) and is a legal adviser/legal assessor to the GDC and NMC. He regularly represents regulators and practitioners in a range of professional conduct cases, as well as advising and lecturing on fitness to practise processes. He is the author of the leading textbook Professional Conduct Casebook, now in its third edition, the joint editor of ARDL’s Quarterly Bulletin, and a council member of the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting in England and Wales.  


Joanne Harrison, Associate, Carson McDowell LLP.  Joanne is the secretary of ARDL and has been an active committee member since 2012.  Joanne is an Associate Solicitor at Carson McDowell LLP, specialising in regulatory and professional disciplinary matters, with a particular focus on healthcare cases.

ARDL Webinar: Virtual hearings in regulatory matters

Speakers: Marios Lambis (2 Hare Court) and Clare Chapman (BLM)

Chair: Richard Coleman QC (Fountain Court)

Date: Thursday 24th 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 https://www.ardl.org.uk/membership/


Please join our second webinar on the topic of virtual hearings in regulatory matters.

Marios Lambis will discuss the legality of virtual hearings and Clare Chapman will be providing details of the membership’s responses to our questionnaire. If you haven’t completed the questionnaire already, we would be very grateful if you could do so. Completed responses can be sent to ARDL@blakemorgan.com


Marios Lambis (2 Hare Court) : Marios started his career in crime but for the last 20 years has specialised in the area of professional discipline and regulatory law. His experience and level of knowledge has led to him undertaking work before most regulators not only presenting and defending but also advising. He has assisted regulators in the training of Chairs in their tribunals and was one of only eight lawyers (the only junior counsel) invited to advise on the new fitness to practice rules for the organisation that was to take over the hearings for the General Medical Council.  He often lectures to indemnifier organisations. His experience covers all the regulators, including accountants, architects, education, engineers, healthcare, vets and many others.Since 2007 he has also been a Recorder of the Crown Court with a Licence to try Serious Sexual Offences.

Clare Chapman (Partner, BLM): Clare is a partner and head of the professional discipline and regulatory practice group at BLM and has practised in this field since 2001. She routinely represents  healthcare practitioners in regulatory and disciplinary matters and also provides advice and assistance in criminal investigations, inquests and public inquiries.