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ARDL runs events throughout the year in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.
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Manchester Seminar and Supper: “Dealing with Regulator and Registrant Submissions in Interim Order Hearings

Time: 17:30 - 21:30
Venue: Manchester Art Gallery

We are delighted to invite all ARDL members to a Manchester in person seminar which will be followed by a three course dinner. Tickets are now available to buy through the members area on the ARDL website.

“Regulator and Registrant submissions in Interim Orders hearing”

Time: Registration 17:30 Seminar 18:00  Dinner 19:00

Cost: £56 (subsidised by ARDL)

This is an in person event with limited numbers and we therefore urge members to book as soon as possible. Bookings will close on 9 March 2024.

The seminar will be followed by a three course dinner with drinks included. Menu choices will be circulated in advance of the event.

The seminar will be of interest to members who act for Regulators and those who act for Registrants. Our speakers will cover key issues to consider when preparing for interim orders hearings, relevant evidence, risk assessment and considerations for both parties.


Iain Simkin KC – Deans Court Chambers

Iain Simkin was called to the bar in 1995 and specialises in Regulatory law and Serious Crime.

His practice focuses on Health and Safety, Environmental cases, Inquests, Professional Discipline and Serious Crime.

Iain has a strong coronial practice and regularly appears in inquests on behalf of Interested Persons. He is frequently instructed in cases involving ‘death in custody’ and has represented interested parties including prison transport companies, such as SERCO and GEOAmy. He acts for local authorities in a wide variety of cases including deaths in care homes and he has also been instructed on behalf of families, private companies, doctors and other healthcare professionals who have become interested persons in inquests.

Iain acts for the General Medical Council and in fitness to practice proceedings involving doctors and also has experience defending professionals within fitness to practise proceedings involving other regulatory bodies.

Iain is recognised as a leading consumer law and trading standards barrister. He is instructed by Local Authorities, as well as businesses and individuals. This ranges from breaches of Food Hygiene Regulations to Fraud, and covers all manner of investigations into businesses and traders.

Renowned for his expertise across the range of regulatory cases; Iain is a first class advocate and lawyer who has been the first choice for many national and international companies. He has offered his specialised advice, proficiency in negotiation and excellent representation both before and after action has commenced.

He is known as a robust advocate, and is highly praised for his modern and flexible approach.

He is a category A prosecutor with a wide range of defending and prosecuting in regulatory cases. This has included representing a variety of clients for a variety of food hygiene matters.

Michael Rawlinson – 2 Hare Court

Michael Rawlinson is a member of 2 Hare Court and has practised as a barrister since 2002.

From a background including the prosecution and defence of serious crime and a stint as in-house Regulatory Counsel for a leading Legal 500 firm, he now specialises in defending and advising a wide range of individuals and professionals facing professional regulatory proceedings, criminal proceedings, and all forms of internal and external disciplinary hearings.

His work has a particular focus on proceedings brought by the GMC/GDC/GOC and the robust representation of healthcare and dental professionals. He also has an extensive practice representing police officers at misconduct hearings and inquests, as well as acting for officers facing serious and high-profile criminal proceedings.

Michael appears regularly before a variety of disciplinary tribunals at both interim and final hearings, as well as regularly appearing before the Crown Court and the Administrative Court in associated proceedings.

He has been consistently ranked as a ‘Leading Junior’ in Professional Discipline and Crime in the various legal directories for many years.

Having built up a diverse practise, Michael’s broad range of work and specialisms also include inquests, judicial review, sports law, private/insurance funded crime and health and safety.

In 2020 Michael was also appointed to sit part-time as a Fee-Paid Judge in both the General Regulatory Chamber and the Employment Tribunal.

Chair: Sarah Ellson – Field Fisher Waterhouse

Sarah advises businesses in highly regulated sectors and has a particular interest in health and life sciences but also in education, sport, legal, surveying, policing, social care and finance.

She has acted for regulatory bodies for over 24 years and has earned a name as a leading individual in the field of healthcare regulation and professional discipline.

Drawing on her public and administrative law experience, Sarah provides independent audit, investigation and review services to Boards and Senior Executive Teams in relation to complaints handling, disciplinary processes and governance.  She will often work with them to manage their ongoing regulatory relationships.

Sarah provides strategic advice in relation to regulation and compliance in the UK and overseas.

She has helped develop new regulatory frameworks for new professions and she has supported innovative businesses. She trains and supports staff and decision makers at public bodies and acts for clients bringing and defending judicial review cases.

She is a regular speaker and writer on professional regulation issues.