SRA Recruitment – Adjudicator

We’re hiring. Join us as an Adjudicator on a permanent, full time basis. Exercising decision-making powers on a broad range of work delegated to our adjudicators, you will have previous experience in reaching reasoned and accurate decisions quickly. Comfortable analysing complex, technical and often protracted information, you will provide legal and technical support to make sure decisions comply with the law, our rules, regulations and guidance.

Link to apply:

Closing date is 8am Monday 13 July.

UPDATE ARDL Webinar: Legal Services

Speakers: Ben Hubble QC (4 New Square Chambers); Iain Miller (Partner, Kingsley Napley LLP); Richard Coleman QC (Fountain Court Chambers).

Chair: Timothy Dutton CBE, QC (Fountain Court Chambers)

Date: Tuesday 7 July 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


Join us for this remote seminar where we’ll be considering a number of topical subjects in the field of legal services regulation and discipline including:

  • How might entity regulation work in practice?
  • The role of the COLP and self-reporting (including consideration of Non-Disclosure Agreements).
  • How to respond to an SRA investigation – and how to avoid them in the first place


Ben Hubble QC (4 New Square Chambers). Ben is aspecialist in professional liability, disciplinary, regulatory and commercial work. He is particularly experienced in regulatory and professional disciplinary issues in the legal and financial sectors. Ben advises a number of city law firms on regulatory and compliance issues, as well as acting in disciplinary claims before the SDT. Ben was nominated for the 2017 Chambers UK Bar Professional Discipline Silk of the year and is highly ranked in the legal directories. In April 2020, Ben was the Times Lawyer of the Week and the Lawyer’s inaugural Barrister of the Week.

Iain Miller (Partner, Kingsley Napley LLP). Iain is a former Chair of ARDL and a Partner in Kingsley Napley LLP. Iain has practised in regulation for over 20 years with a particular emphasis on legal regulation and public law. He has acted for most of the legal services regulators and acts for law firms and solicitors advising them on their regulatory obligations..

Richard Coleman QC (Fountain Court Chambers). Richard is a leading practitioner in the fields of commercial dispute resolution, banking, financial services and professional discipline.Recent disciplinary cases include acting for a respondent in the recent Baker McKenzie case, acting for the SRA in Wingate & Evans v SRA and acting for Clifford Chance in the SDT proceedings arising from the Excalibur litigation.


Timothy Dutton CBE, QC (Fountain Court Chambers). Tim is one of the Bar’s best known Silks in the field of professional discipline and is ranked in both Chambers UK & Legal 500 as a leading Silk and a Star Individual in Professional Discipline. He has undertaken a large number of high profile cases and is described as a doyen of the bar when it comes to professional conduct”. Tim is a former Chair of ARDL and former Chair of the Bar Council. He was Head of Chambers at Fountain Court from 2008-2013. 2

New ARDL Committee & dates for the diary

At the AGM in April, Iain Miller stepped down as Chair. Paul Ozin QC was elected as the new Chair and Rachel Birks as the new Vice-Chair. Fiona Muirs and Sam Thomas join the Committee as new members. John Lucarotti and Vikram Sachdeva QC stepped down from the Committee.

The Committee wishes to express its gratitude to Iain for his tremendous work as ARDL’s chair and to John and Vikram for their enormous contributions to the work of the Committee.

A full list of Committee members can be found here.

The newly refreshed Committee aims, in these challenging times, to build on the achievements of its predecessors in maintaining and developing ARDL’s seminar programme and publications and, when it is safe to do so, restoring ARDL’s annual unsurpassed dinner.

Dates to note for the diary (with further details to follow in due course):

  • ARDL’s One Day Conference. Postponed to 22 January 2021.
  • ARDL’s Annual Dinner. Postponed to 26 February 2021.

ARDL Annual Dinner: 5 July 2019

We’re delighted to announce the ARDL Annual Dinner 2019 will take place at The Guildhall,  London, on Friday 5th July and our guest speaker will be Sir Robert Francis QC.

Please see the links for further information and booking terms and conditions. Terms & Conditions ARDL Annual Dinner Notice 2019

ARDL Seminar – “Carillion: the fallout – Has the collapse of Carillion precipitated the death of audit as we know it?”

Date: 9 April 2019

Registration: 5.30 pm

Seminar Start Time: 6.00 pm

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

A seminar and discussion on the regulation of the audit profession following the collapse of Carillion and the publication of the Kingman and the CMA Reports.

Seminar Chair:

Gareth Rees QC

Gareth Rees QC was called to the bar in 1981 and appointed Queens Counsel in 2003. His main practice at the bar was in crime and fraud but he was also instructed in disciplinary and regulatory matters and chairs RFU Disciplinary Tribunals. In 2012 he was appointed Executive Counsel at the Financial Reporting Council with responsibility for investigating and prosecuting auditors, accountants and actuaries for misconduct affecting the UK public interest. Since November 2017 he has been a partner at King & Spalding in its Special Matters team undertaking corporate investigations and advising on criminal, regulatory and disciplinary issues.


Ben Hubble QC

Ben has longstanding experience in disciplinary proceedings against accountants and actuaries dating back to when, as a junior, he prosecuted the Chief Executives of Equitable Life. Ben has been involved in many of the FRC investigations and disciplinary proceedings of the past decade and most recently acted for the finance director in the Equity Red Star case. Ben is a past Chair of the Professional Negligence Bar Association. He is a Senior Decision Maker for the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

Ben was nominated as the 2017 Chambers UK Bar Professional Discipline Silk of the yearand is highly ranked in the legal directories.

Philippa Hill

Philippa is a Partner in Grant Thornton’s Forensics team and is a Fellow of the ICAEW. She has specialised in accounting investigations and disputes since 2001, prior to which she was an auditor. She has particular experience advising on suspected accounting irregularities and misstatements, and the responsibilities and conduct of directors and auditors in this context, including regulatory and professional disciplinary inquiries. She investigated the role and conduct of auditors and corporate finance advisers to the ‘Phoenix Four��� directors of the MG Rover Group, and gave evidence for the Financial Reporting Council in its first contested tribunal hearing. She has advised on numerous other matters involving suspected accounting irregularities, corporate failures and financial misstatements, including Wickes plc, RBG Resources, the Presbyterian Mutual Society and Equity Red Star.

Philippa also acts as independent expert witness in High Court and arbitration cases, particularly in financial and accounting disputes such as fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty claims, and as quantum expert in other breach of contract or breach of duty matters. She is a transactions disputes specialist and regularly advises parties to deals on negotiating and determining the final equity price in transactions, including expert determination of post-deal disputes.

Duncan Wiggetts

Duncan is Executive Director, Professional Standards at ICAEW.

Duncan qualified as a solicitor in 1992 after obtaining a LLB law degree from Nottingham University in 1989.  After spending an initial period of 10 years in legal private practice specialising in high value commercial disputes and independent investigation work, Duncan joined PwC in January 2001, initially as Director in the EMEA litigation team and subsequently becoming Senior Counsel to the Audit business of the PwC Eurofirms network in January 2005 and a partner in PwC Netherlands.

After leaving PwC in 2009 for another five years back in legal private practice, Duncan joined ICAEW in January 2014 as Director of the Professional Conduct department.  Duncan subsequently moved up to his current position in June 2016. Since 2005, Duncan has written six drama films highlighting dilemmas faced by accountants and directors including the ICAEW films “False Assurance” and “Without Question”.  Duncan’s films have been used in training, shown at events and screened in boardrooms all around the world.

A drinks and canapes reception will follow the seminar.   


ARDL Summer 2014 Special Edition Bulletin is now available

Please find the ARDL Summer 2014 Bulletin here: Special Edition Summer 2014 Bulletin