Speakers: Nabila Zulfiqar (Solicitors Regulation Authority), Alexis Hearnden (39 Essex Chambers), Peter Mant (39 Essex Chambers)
Chair: Alexandra Felix QC (QEB Hollis Whiteman)
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/sign-up/
Join us for this remote seminar where we will be exploring:
Dishonesty and Good Character – One Size Fits All?
ARDL is pleased to present this webinar which will be taking a closer look dishonesty and good character. We welcome three highly experienced speakers from the regulatory sector. Nabila Zulfiqar will look at pre-registration dishonesty issues and dishonesty involving interactions with the regulator. Alexis Hearnden and Peter Mant will then compare and contrast the approach to cases of dishonesty in the legal and healthcare sectors, with consideration of the weight given to good character in fitness to practise processes.
Nabila Zulfiqar (Chief Adjudicator at the Solicitors Regulation Authority). Nabila is a solicitor and has worked in local government, legal services regulation and for a variety of regulators in different roles. She specialises in professional regulation. Nabila is the Chief Adjudicator at the SRA which regulates solicitors and legal services in England and Wales.
Nabila has experience in the regulation of teachers, healthcare scientists, the press and advertising. She was a lay member of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and was Chair of ARB for two years. Nabila is also a member of the Advertising Advisory Committee which advises the Advertising Standards Authority, a member of the Serious Case Panel for the Football Association and an Independent Safeguarding Panel member for UK Athletics.
Alexis Hearnden (Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers). Alexis is an experienced advocate with a successful regulatory and public law practice and acts for regulators and those they regulate across a range of professions. In the healthcare field Alexis has acted in cases concerning the GMC, GOC, GDC, HCPC, RCVS, and NMC and has advised on wider healthcare regulation (e.g. HFEA). She appears before tribunals, in judicial review proceedings, in statutory appeals, and acts for the Professional Standards Authority. Alexis undertakes defence work on behalf of solicitors and barristers. More recently, Alexis has developed a practice in professional discipline in sport and advises Sports National Governing bodies, particularly on the topic of safeguarding. She is a Specialist Member to the Sport Resolutions’ Arbitration panel. Alexis is a contributor to Harris “Disciplinary and Regulatory proceedings” and is on the editorial board of the Law Society’s Legal Compliance Bulletin. She is recommended as a leading junior by Chambers UK and The Legal 500 for Professional Discipline. Alexis was nominated for Professional Discipline Junior of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2020.
Peter Mant (Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers). Peter is ranked by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading junior in regulatory law. The focus of his work is in the High Court where he appears on behalf of individuals and their regulators in judicial reviews proceedings and appeals. He also undertakes advisory work; he has worked closely with a number of major regulators on matters concerning their policies, rules and procedures. His regular clients include the Professional Standards Authority and the General Medical Council. He is a contributor to Harris “Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings” and Gomez “The Regulation of Healthcare Professionals”.