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ARDL runs events throughout the year in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.
The main events are seminars, Junior ARDL events, the AGM, the ARDL Dinner and the ARDL Annual Conference.
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Inspiring Inclusion in 2024: Celebrating International Women’s Day Building connections with ARDL – Discussion, Learning and Empowerment – “career challenges and tips for success”

Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Venue: Clyde & Co, London, EC3A 7AR

Arrival/ registration from 17:30 onwards

Join us for an interactive session with a panel of senior female lawyers practising in regulatory and disciplinary law, who will share their own experiences.

This will be followed by a chance to have drinks/canapés and a chat with our speakers and fellow ARDL members.


  • Melinka Berridge, Partner, Kingsley Napley LLP
  • Jocelyn Ledward, Barrister, QEB Hollis Whiteman
  • Rachel Birks, Partner, Ward Hadaway LLP and Chair of ARDL
  • Lucy Kinder, Barrister, 9BR Chambers

Chair:  Kate Steele, Partner, Capsticks LLP

Discussion topics will include:

  • Authenticity in the workplace
  • Career progression routes: experiences, challenges, hints and tips
  • Organisational culture
  • The KC application process – challenges generally and particularly for women working in professional discipline

Venue: With thanks to Clyde & Co the seminar and networking drinks will be held at The St Botolph Building, 138 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7AR. The closest underground station is Aldgate on the Circle line.

This is an in person event with limited numbers and we therefore encourage members to book as soon as possible.

Melinka Berridge, Partner, Kingsley Napley LLP

Melinka is an experienced regulatory and criminal lawyer who became the Head of Kingsley Napley’s Regulatory Team in November 2023.

She leads a talented ‘Band 1’ team of over 50 solicitors, barristers and paralegals who investigate and prosecute regulatory cases, as well as defend students, professionals and regulated organisations facing investigations and disciplinary action.

Melinka works across the practice areas of regulatory law, health and safety, private prosecutions and public inquiries.

Jocelyn Ledward, Barrister, QEB Hollis Whiteman

Jocelyn Ledward is a much sought-after junior in the field of general crime and professional discipline. She has particular expertise in sensitive, high-profile and long-running complex cases and of the difficult technical legal arguments that invariably accompany them.

Jocelyn has developed a substantial practice combining fraud and mainstream serious, high-profile, sensitive and complex crime.  She has converted her criminal experience into the regulatory forum with great success, acting for various parties in both criminal and disciplinary proceedings arising from incidents in the workplace. She is repeatedly sought-after for both the prosecution and the defence.

Lucy Kinder, Barrister, 9BR Chambers

Lucy is a Practising Barrister at 9BR Chambers.  As well as presenting cases on behalf of Social Work England and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Lucy has developed a broad prosecution and defence practice across other areas.

Before coming to Bar, Lucy started out as a journalist at the Daily Telegraph and worked at the Ministry of Justice advising the Secretary of State for Justice.

Rachel Birks, Partner, Ward Hadaway LLP and Chair of ARDL

Rachel is Chair of ARDL and heads Ward Hadaway’s professional discipline and regulatory team in their Manchester office.  She is a solicitor-advocate and has been a ranked lawyer for Professional Discipline in Chambers and Partners for the last eight years.

Rachel has a regulatory career spanning over 20 years, both in-house and in private practice, and much of her current work centres around regulation within healthcare, social care, childcare and the talking therapies.  She also carries out work in other professional services sectors.

Rachel has been a Legally Qualified Chair at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service since 2017 and a Legal Adviser for Social Work England since 2019.

Kate Steele, Partner, Capsticks LLP

Kate is an experienced regulatory lawyer leading a ‘Band 1’ team of solicitors, barristers and paralegals prosecuting cases on behalf of a number of statutory regulators in the health and social care, education and legal services sectors.

Kate has extensive experience of preparing presenting cases before a number of statutory regulators and in advising regulators on complex and high profile case, appeals, judicial reviews and other related civil litigation and public law matters.  She has been a ranked lawyer for Professional Discipline in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 for a number of years.

Kate routinely supports clients with all aspects of regulatory law, procedure and policy including advice on strategy, policy and guidance, operational casework, fitness to practise improvement work and regulatory reform.

Kate is a member of the ARDL Committee and Chair of the ARDL Seminar Sub Committee.