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TRAINEE OPENING – BSG Solicitors

We are looking for a trainee solicitor to join our firm. Our preference would be one who has their LPC qualification.

Our firm was set up over 25 years .  We have a number of “seats” but subject to compliance with the Law Society requirements we have need of someone who will work in our niche regulation [ specifically medical] and health law under the senior litigation partner Paul Grant. We are mainly defence lawyers working in the main medical regulatory bodies to include the GMC/GDC and HCPC as well as the non-statutory bodies.  They will be thoroughly trained and expected to handle files  after suitable training but under supervision and assisting the two litigation partners in this area of work and other areas of litigation to include property and commercial  litigation. If the candidate works out well there will be an ongoing position for them in this department after qualification as a solicitor. Salary commensurate with  current levels

Our office located in North West  London [ Finchley Central]  is now open and the candidate would be expected mainly for training and supervision purposes subject to ongoing Government legislation to attend our offices daily. Standard PPE equipment is available  and distancing is observed within the office

Please contact Paul Grant in the first place sending your cv and contact details. His email is pgrant@bsgsolicitors.com

ARDL Webinar: An Inquiry for Inquiry’s Sake?

Speakers: Jeremy Hyam QC and Rajkiran Barhey (1 Crown Office Row)

Chair: Daniel Machover (Hickman and Rose)

Date: Monday 13th July

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

Overview:

Jeremy Hyam QC and Rajkiran Barhey debate the effectiveness of a public inquiry in response to COVID-19.

They will consider what an potential public inquiry could achieve, its advantages over other processes, possible approaches to scope, the timing of an inquiry and how a future inquiry could be designed.

Speakers:

Jeremy Hyam QC

Year of call: 1995

Year of silk: 2016

Jeremy Hyam QC has a wide practice in medical-related public law, professional discipline and public inquiries. He was instructed in respect of judicial review proceedings which led to the setting up of the Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry, and was subsequently lead counsel for a key core participant throughout that Inquiry. He is currently acting on behalf of leading consultant Haematologist and medical director in the Infected Blood Inquiry.

He is Editor of the 1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review (QMLR).

He was named one of The Lawyer’s Hot 100 in 2019. Jeremy is ranked as a leading silk in Chambers and Partners and in the Legal 500.

“Careful, measured, cerebral and great on the papers. He’s quick to turn advice and submissions around. Having Jeremy on your side in a technical argument is a real asset.” (Chambers & Partners 2020)

“He is very approachable, accessible and really listens to his clients. He is very thorough and really understands the bigger picture and the broader nature of a case.” (Chambers & Partners 2020)

‘He has an enormous grasp of the law; his written pleadings and arguments are thorough. ’ (Legal 500 2019)

“Jeremy is a smooth operator in court.” “He is clever, sees all the angles and is reasonable. He will tell you if an argument won’t fly.” (Chambers & Partners 2018)

Rajkiran Barhey

Year of call:2017

Rajkiran (Kiran) accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ work and is developing a broad practice, particularly in clinical negligence, personal injury, inquests, tax, environmental and planning law, immigration, public law and human rights. Kiran joined Chambers as a tenant in September 2018 following successful completion of a 12-month pupillage.

She has a wide range of advocacy experience, both led and unled, having appeared in the County Court, in the Coroners’ Courts, in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals, in a planning inquiry, and in the Employment Tribunal.

Kiran has been instructed on the Grenfell Tower Inquiry since 2018, working on the investigation into the performance of the lifts on the night of the fire. She is working with the appointed expert and counsel team.

Editor-in-Chief for the 1COR Quarterly Medical Law Review (QMLR)

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:

https://sra.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-2/brand-4/xf-04ae6a4f941e/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/3/opp/2757-Adjudicator/en-GB

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 https://www.ardl.org.uk/membership/

Overview:

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

Speakers:

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.

Chair:

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

ARDL Webinar “Virtual hearings in regulation: a necessity in a crisis or the new normal?”

Speakers: Edward Nally (Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal), Anneliese Day QC, Sheleen McCormack (General Osteopathic Council) and Iain Miller (Partner, Kingsley Napley LLP)

Chair: Iain Miller (Partner, Kingsley Napley LLP);

Date: Tuesday 30th June

Seminar Start Time: 18:00

Description:

Our latest virtual seminar is set to explore changes to hearings across the legal sector, considering how regulators are adapting to the Covid-19 crisis, the legality of virtual hearings and what we may expect in the future

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/

Iain Miller

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

Edward Nally 

Ed was admitted as a solicitor in 1980. He specialises in commercial property and charity trust law. Throughout his legal career, Ed has practised at Fieldings Porter, a mid-sized regional firm which provides a full legal service range from its Bolton and Manchester offices. Ed was Senior Partner there until 2014. 

Ed was a member of the Law Society Council from 1993 to 2006, and served as President of the Law Society of England and Wales between 2004 and 2005. He was a Judicial Appointments Commissioner between 2006 and 2011, and a member of the Legal Services Board from 2011 to 2015. Ed was also a Governor of the Legal Education Foundation until November 2018. He is currently President of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Ed has acted for and advised a range of commercial clients over many years, including a major religious charity and numerous substantial local and regional businesses.

Anneliese Day QC.

A highly sought-after silk described as a ”leading lawyer of her generation” who handles some of the most high-value and complex cases in the world, both as Lead Counsel and as Arbitrator, Anneliese has extensive expertise in commercial, energy, construction, investment treaty, insurance, regulatory and professional liability disputes in both a national and international context.  In the last year alone, Anneliese has been involved in a number of high-profile international commercial disputes around the world, including; the termination of a US$350 million contract in Trinidad; one of the largest arbitrations in the world in Singapore involving a mine in Australia, and investment treaty claim against Kazakhstan in Washington DC and several high profile professional negligence and conflicts of interest claims in the UK, the DIFC and Cayman.  Since lockdown she has conducted a number of fully remote hearings in both courts and tribunals.

Sheleen McCormack

Sheleen McCormack is a barrister and is the Director of Fitness to Practise and General Counsel for the General Osteopathic Council. Sheleen has extensive experience of working within professional regulation in a variety of senior, legal roles including the Architects Registration Board and the General Pharmaceutical Council. She currently sits as a chair on fitness to practise panels for the Health and Care Professions Council and was formerly a Chair on the fitness to practise panels for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service for  9 years.

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.

Recruitment: The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) – Senior Legal Adviser

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is looking for a Senior Legal Adviser to be based in either their Birmingham or London office.

What’s in it for me

  • Showcase your legal expertise giving high quality legal and regulatory advice across operational units.
  • Opportunity to be part of a fast-moving team who are at the cutting edge of legal regulation
  • Represent the SRA in a public arena at a high level
  • Be responsible for running high profile and complex prosecutions before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
  • Mentor and coach team members, encouraging a high-performance culture

The role

As a Senior Legal Adviser (as you will be known internally), you will be working within the Legal and Enforcement department, providing high quality legal and regulatory advice. You will support investigations at an early stage and develop and deliver case theory and strategy in complex and/or multiple cases.

You may also work closely with our external lawyers to obtain high quality advice at an appropriate cost.

Using your experience of mentoring and coaching you will help to develop and support team members to make sure that our Enforcement Strategy is applied to disciplinary proceedings in a consistent and proportionate way.

With previous practical experience of complex case analysis, you will utilise your strong case management skills and extensive knowledge of law, framework and rules within the regulation to lead and deliver solutions successfully. You will also have previous experience of advocacy in courts or tribunals preferably in a regulatory setting.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter who is proactive, has a high attention to detail and can demonstrate a track record of delivering quality results.

What we are looking for

  • A Solicitor or Barrister, with experience of conducting substantial litigation
  • Experience of complex case analysis and legal drafting
  • A strong communicator at all levels with the ability to work at pace
  • Resilience, to deliver quality results in a timely manner.

The role holder may be based in either our London or Birmingham offices and will be expected to travel between the two locations. If you are London based, we would expect that you will travel to Birmingham twice a week on average.

We are supportive of helping you achieve a balance between your personal and professional life and are happy to discuss scope for flexible working arrangements prior to interview, including providing examples of potential working patterns. If you would like to discuss the role, our culture or scope to work flexibly, we can arrange for this to happen – contact us to arrange a chat, in confidence at recruitment@sra.org.uk

Birmingham based salary range is £44,933 – £52,862 per annum and London based salary range is £50,694 – £59,640 per annum, based on skills and experience. We provide an attractive pension scheme and comprehensive benefits.

Our deadline for applications is Sunday 31 May. Interviews are envisaged to take place week of 8 June. In current circumstances, interviews and assessments are most likely to take place remotely via Skype. Our team will discuss arrangements in due course if you are to be shortlisted.

Next Steps:

If you are interested, please visit our Jobs page for more information on the role and to submit your application online: https://sra.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-2/brand-4/xf-741e36b168c4/candidate/so/pm/1/pl/3/opp/2748-Senior-Regulatory-Lawyer/en-GB

ARDL Webinar: Global Financial Services Regulation: views from the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Mauritius

Speakers: Charisma Lyall, General Counsel at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission; Nirupa Narayen-Couacaud, General Counsel Financial Services Commission, Mauritius; Helen Spiegel, Legal Counsel at Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. (Please note Nirupa Narayen-Couacaud replaces previous speaker Francesca Harte)

Chair: Paul Ozin QC

Date: Tuesday 19 May 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/

Overview:

This remote seminar will address:

  • The risk-based approach toanti-money laundering (AML) and combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) assessments, taking account of recent guidance promulgated by the Financial Action Task Force.
  • The related issue of the impact of the global COVID-19 health crisis.

Speakers:

Charisma Lyall, General Counsel at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. Charisma was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia. She has worked in Guernsey since 2008 and was called to the Guernsey Bar in 2012. She has worked as a taxation specialist and in private practice, gaining a diverse range of corporate and commercial experience, including with investment funds, private equity, securities and regulatory work. She joined the Commission in 2011. She is a member of the Bailiwick’s Medical Registration Panel and an Adjunct Lecturer for the Guernsey Bar Course.

Nirupa Narayen-Couacaud. Nirupa is the first General Counsel to be appointed to the Financial Services Commission, Mauritius. Previously, she held key positions internationally and, in particular, in the United Kingdom (UK) in the legal and regulatory fields prior to joining the FSC. She is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. She has been admitted to the Bar of Mauritius and to the Bar of England and Wales since 2001. She also holds a Masters in International Law from the University of Bristol and was admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 2011. She was the first female member of the Risk Committee of a UK international law firm. She received an award for excellence for her contribution to the Brexit impact on the business and for leading the risk due diligence exercise on the combination with a Singapore law firm. She was appointed as deputy MLRO during her tenure at Eversheds Sutherlands. She was a mentor in the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and was also a mentor in the Law Society of England and Wales in the Stephen Lawrence Foundation. Nirupa was a former member of the Attorney-General’s office of Mauritius and has extensive litigation experience, having appeared before the Supreme Court, lower courts and tribunals.

Helen Spiegel, Legal Counsel at Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. Helen was called to the Bar Middle Temple and worked as a lawyer in London before moving to the Cayman Islands over 20 years ago. Since coming to the Cayman Islands she has worked as a trust manager for two international banks with a focus on Latin America and as head of compliance for two local administration companies specialising in fund administration and structured finance. Helen returned to legal practice and was called to the Cayman Bar in 2009. She has been working as legal counsel for the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority since 2011 and is a member of STEP.

Chair:

 Paul Ozin QC (23 Essex Street Chambers) is the Chair of ARDL’s Seminar Committee and ARDL’s Chair. He specialises principally in the fields of financial and business crime, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings and related public law, civil actions and international work.

 

 

ARDL Webinar: Global Financial Services Regulation: views from the Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Mauritius

Speakers: Charisma Lyall, General Counsel at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission; Francesca Harte, Director, Directorate Enforcement, Financial Services Commission, Mauritius; Helen Spiegel, Legal Counsel at Cayman Islands Monetary Authority.

Chair: Paul Ozin QC

Date: Tuesday 19 May 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/

 Overview:

This remote seminar will address:

  • The risk-based approach to anti-money laundering (AML) and combating the financing of terrorism (CFT) assessments, taking account of recent guidance promulgated by the Financial Action Task Force.
  • The related issue of the impact of the global COVID-19 health crisis.

Speakers:

Charisma Lyall, General Counsel at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. Charisma was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia. She has worked in Guernsey since 2008 and was called to the Guernsey Bar in 2012. She has worked as a taxation specialist and in private practice, gaining a diverse range of corporate and commercial experience, including with investment funds, private equity, securities and regulatory work. She joined the Commission in 2011. She is a member of the Bailiwick’s Medical Registration Panel and an Adjunct Lecturer for the Guernsey Bar Course.

Francesca Harte, Director, Directorate Enforcement, Financial Services Commission, Mauritius. Francesca was called to the Bar of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. She was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1999. She worked in the Financial Conduct Authority, United Kingdom in its Enforcement and Financial Crime Division and latterly in the Business Department of the Enforcement and Market Oversight Division, where she led multiple investigations relating to regulatory breaches including money laundering and fraud. As a seconded Advanced Associate to the Conduct Risk Division of the FSA (predecessor of the FCA) she advised and supported projects on current and emerging risks in the structured product design and development and financial promotions space.

Helen Spiegel, Legal Counsel at Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. Helen was called to the Bar Middle Temple and worked as a lawyer in London before moving to the Cayman Islands over 20 years ago. Since coming to the Cayman Islands she has worked as a trust manager for two international banks with a focus on Latin America and as head of compliance for two local administration companies specialising in fund administration and structured finance. Helen returned to legal practice and was called to the Cayman Bar in 2009. She has been working as legal counsel for the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority since 2011 and is a member of STEP.

 Chair:

 Paul Ozin QC (23 Essex Street Chambers) is the Chair of ARDL’s Seminar Committee and ARDL’s Vice-Chair. He specialises principally in the fields of financial and business crime, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings and related public law, civil actions and international work.

 

ARDL Webinar – The new Police Regulations and other recent developments in police regulation

“The new Police Regulations and other recent developments in police regulation”

Speakers: Cameron Brown QC (Red Lion Chambers); Hugh Davies OBE QC (Three Raymond Buildings Chambers)

Chair: Paul Ozin QC (23 Essex Street Chambers)

This seminar, postponed from 26/3/20, will now take place remotely on an appropriate platform on Wednesday 6/5/20 at 18:00. Hugh Giles (partner, Capsticks) who was previously lined up as a speaker is unfortunately unable to join us on that date. We are delighted to retain the other original speakers, Cameron Brown QC and Hugh Davies QC. Paul Ozin QC will chair the event.

Invitations to join the event on the remote platform will be sent to members registering for the event.

 

This seminar, the first ARDL seminar to focus on police disciplinary proceedings, will consider the new legislative and regulatory scheme and other recent developments in police disciplinary proceedings. It is intended to be of interest both to police law specialists and to the wider regulatory community.

 

A major overhaul of the police complaints and misconduct scheme comes in to force in 2020 effected by the Police (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/2), the Police Appeals Tribunals Rules 2020 (SI 2020/1), the Police (Performance) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/3) and the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/4) and accompanied by new Home Office and IOPC Guidance. The regulations reflect a more streamlined process, with an overarching requirement to handle complaints in a reasonable and proportionate manner.

 

Cameron Brown QC (Red Lion Chambers) specialises in serious and complex criminal fraud and corruption cases. He sits as a Legally Qualified Chair for the Metropolitan, City of London and Ministry of Defence Police. He also sits as a Legally Qualified Chair for the Lawn Tennis Association and England Golf and as a Legal Assessor for the HCPC.

 

Hugh Davies OBE QC (Three Raymond Buildings Chambers) specialises in criminal and professional misconduct proceedings. He has extensive experience advising and representing police officers at public inquiries; inquests; during IPCC investigations; internal disciplinary proceedings; and associated judicial review proceedings, and is co-author of the leading OUP practitioner textbook, Police Misconduct, Complaints, and Public Regulation.

 

Paul Ozin QC (23 Essex Street Chambers) is the Chair of ARDL’s Seminar Committee and ARDL’s Vice-Chair. He specialises principally in the fields of financial and business crime, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings and related public law and civil actions, including police cases. He is the co-author of OUP’s ‘PACE – A Practical Guide to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984’ and the Consulting Editor of Blackstone’s Police Operational Handbook (2021-). He leads the 23 Essex Street Regulatory and Disciplinary team.

ARDL Seminar: 26 March – Cancelled until further notice

Dear All

 

In light of the government’s latest guidance on COVID-19 and social gathering, please note that the seminar on 26th March has been postponed until a date, as yet to be fixed, later in the year.

 

Thank you for your interest in this seminar. We will let you know when we have a new date.

 

We are presently planning a number of events that we intend to take place later in the year. In addition, we are looking at how we might use online facilities to keep in touch, share news and exchange views in these challenging times.

 

We wish you and yours well.

 

ARDL

ARDL Seminar: The new Police Regulations and other recent developments in police regulation

Speakers: Cameron Brown QC (Red Lion Chambers); Hugh Davies OBE QC (Three Raymond Buildings Chambers); Hugh Giles (Capsticks)

Date: 26 March 2020

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

This seminar, the first ARDL seminar to focus on police disciplinary proceedings, will consider the new legislative and regulatory scheme and other recent developments in police disciplinary proceedings. It is intended to be of interest both to police law specialists and to the wider regulatory community.

A major overhaul of the police complaints and misconduct scheme comes in to force in 2020 effected by the Police (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/2), the Police Appeals Tribunals Rules 2020 (SI 2020/1), the Police (Performance) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/3) and the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/4) and accompanied by new Home Office and IOPC Guidance. The regulations reflect a more streamlined process, with an overarching requirement to handle complaints in a reasonable and proportionate manner.

Cameron Brown QC (Red Lion Chambers) will be appointed to QC in March 2020. He specialises in serious and complex fraud and corruption cases. He sits as a Legally Qualified Chair for the Metropolitan, City of London and Ministry of Defence Police. He also sits as a Legally Qualified Chair for the Lawn Tennis Association and England Golf and Legal Assessor for the HCPC.

 Hugh Davies OBE QC (Three Raymond Buildings Chambers) specialises in criminal and professional misconduct proceedings. He has extensive experience advising and representing police officers at public inquiries; inquests; during IPCC investigations; internal disciplinary proceedings; and associated judicial review proceedings, and is co-author of the leading OUP practitioner textbook Police Misconduct, Complaints, and Public Regulation.

Hugh Giles is a Partner in the Capsticks litigation team and is head of Emergency Services in the firm. He has extensive experience working at a senior level in public sector organisations, including as Head of Litigation at the Treasury Solicitor’s Department and as Director of Legal Services at the Metropolitan Police Service.

Registration: 5.30 pm

Seminar: 6.00 pm

A drinks and canapes reception will follow the seminar

ARDL Seminar: Abrogation of the right to silence/ adverse inferences in regulatory proceedings

Speakers: Mary O’Rourke QC (Old Square Chambers and Deans Court Chambers)

Date: 10 March 2020

Chair: Paul Ozin QC (23 Essex Street Chambers)

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

This seminar will consider the important recent developments in this subject following the Divisional Court’s decision in R. (Kuzmin) v General Medical Council [2019] EWHC 2129 (Admin). The Court held that a Medical Practitioners Tribunal was right to conclude that, as a matter of principle, it had the power to draw an adverse inference from the fact that a doctor who faced disciplinary charges did not give evidence.

Mary O’Rourke QC represented the registrant in the MPTS proceedings and the judicial review proceedings.

Mary O’Rourke QC is a long-standing and leading practitioner in professional discipline with a significant medical defence practice. Mary also appears in related judicial review and employment matters.

Paul Ozin QC is the Chair of ARDL’s Seminar Committee and ARDL’s Vice-Chair. He specialises principally in the fields of financial and business crime, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings and related public law and civil actions. He leads the 23 Essex Street Regulatory and Disciplinary team.

Registration: 5.30 pm

Seminar: 6.00 pm

A drinks and canapes reception will follow the seminar

ARDL Mentoring Scheme

ARDL is introducing a new Mentoring Scheme which aims to assist the development of less experienced members of our Association and to enable them to develop successful careers within regulatory and disciplinary law.

Please see the below attachments for information in relation to this new scheme:

ARDL Mentoring Scheme Flyer

ARDL Mentoring Programme – Expectations_Guidance

Recruitment: Executive Director of Regulation at the Law Society of Scotland

Please follow link to brochure for this position:

Law Society of Scotland – Executive Director of Regulation – Brochure

 

ARDL Winter Bulletin 2019

ARDL Winter 2019 bulletin

Recruitment: The Bar Standards Board

Please see below Bar Standards Board vacancies:

Closing Date: 19 November 2019

Marion Simmons QC Essay Prize 2020

ASSOCIATION OF REGULATORY & DISCIPLINARY LAWYERS

Marion Simmons QC Prize 2020

ARDL is delighted to announce that the annual Marion Simmons QC prize is now open to entrants:

You are invited to submit an essay or article on a regulatory law or disciplinary law topic of your choice.

 

The first prize is £2,000, the second £1,000 and the third £500.

 

The competition was set up in memory of the late Marion Simmons QC, who sadly died on May 2, 2008, aged 59. Marion was a barrister, recorder, arbitrator and, latterly, chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Her areas of practice covered a wide range of financial and commercial law, including competition and regulation. Marion served on ARDL’s Committee for two years and was committed in her support of young lawyers.

 

Competition Terms and Conditions:

 

To be eligible, an entrant must fall into at least one of the following categories (subject to the discretion of the competition organisers to extend eligibility on a case by case basis as they see fit):

 

    • undergraduates or postgraduates in study at a recognised educational establishment in the United Kingdom;
    • trainee solicitors in the UK;
    • pupil barristers in the UK;
    • those training in the UK as part of a Chartered Institute of Legal Executives’ approved training programme;
    • solicitors who qualified in the UK and who have been so qualified for fewer than three years;
    • barristers called in the UK fewer than three years ago;
    • those who qualified with Cilex in the UK and who have been so qualified for fewer than three years;
    • those who are taking a period of up to sixteen months as a sabbatical or “gap year” within their undergraduate or postgraduate study or after such study and before starting a confirmed place as a pupil barrister in the UK, trainee solicitor in the UK or Cilex training in the UK. Entries must be no longer than 1,500 words (word count includes footnotes but excludes bibliography) and should be type-written in the English language. The judges’ decision will be final. Entries must be submitted so as to be received by 5pm on Friday 24 April 2020 by post or email to:
    • Nicole Curtis, Bates Wells Queen Street Place, London EC 4R 1BE; n.curtis@bateswells.co.uk

Recruitment: Case Presenter to join ACCA’s in-house Case Presentation Team

Please follow the below link for full details:

ACCA Case Presenter

ARDL Seminar: Confidentiality and disclosure in financial services and fraud investigations

Date: Thursday 17 October 2019

Venue: Irwin Mitchell, 40 Holborn Viaduct, Holborn, London EC1N 2PZ

Confidential documents produced or disclosed for the purposes of investigations conducted by financial services regulators and law enforcement agencies are increasingly the target of applications by third parties who have an interest in obtaining them (e.g. to pursue related civil litigation arising out of the subject matter of the investigation). How are the competing public interests of maintaining confidentiality and ensuring that disputes are decided on the basis of all relevant materials to be reconciled? The seminar will explore recent developments in the approach of the courts and whether the right balance is being struck. It will be of interest to practitioners who advise on investigations, to regulators and prosecutors and to anyone who acts in civil proceedings arising out of regulatory or criminal misconduct.

Speakers: Richard Lissack QC and Robin Barclay of Fountain Court Chambers

Chair: Richard Coleman QC, Fountain Court Chambers

Richard Lissack QC and Robin Barclay are leading practitioners in financial services and corporate crime. Richard Lissack QC’s practice includes international banking and financial services, anticorruption legislation/ Bribery Act, commercial fraud, health and safety, public inquiries and regulatory breaches. At present he is leading teams in the UK and internationally on several of the landmark banking/ regulatory/ criminal cases, including The London Whale, Barclays Capital Raising in Qatar, LIBOR, USB FOREX, ENRC v Dechert LLP, Conoco Phillips. Robin Barclay has a wide-ranging commercial practice specialising in international commercial, criminal and financial services fraud. He regularly appears as both leading or led counsel in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division; in judicial review proceedings in the Administrative Court; and in corporate, white collar and financial services enforcement investigations and prosecutions in the Crown Court or before regulatory/ disciplinary tribunals. As well as trials Robin routinely acts in pre-action and interim applications for or challenges to search orders/warrants, freezing/ restraint orders, disclosure/ production orders/notices, and confiscation and disqualification proceedings.

Time: Registration from 17:30; Seminar 18:00-19:00; Drinks and nibbles from 19:00

Email ARDL@kingsleynapley.co.uk to book your space.

BSB seeks panel for paid legal representation for tribunals and other hearings

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is seeking applications from chambers or other authoised organisations specialising in regulatory and disciplinary law, for their new Tribunal Representation Panel (TRP).  Please follow the below link for further details, and please also see below application pack.

https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/media-centre/press-releases-and-news/bsb-seeks-panel-for-paid-legal-representation-for-tribunals-and-other-hearings/

Application pack

 

ARDL Seminar: Dishonesty and Integrity – How are they dealt with in regulatory proceedings?

 

Date: Tuesday 17th September 2019 at 5.00pm at Anderson Strathern offices, Edinburgh

Speakers: James Mulgrew, Solicitor Advocate; Graeme Watson, Partner, Clyde & Co

Chair: Jennifer Macdonald, Director of Regulation and Legal Services, General Teaching Council for Scotland

 

Overview  

Our fourth seminar in the ARDL Scotland Seminar Programme 2019 will look at how dishonesty and lack of integrity are charged, interpreted, prosecuted and defended in regulatory proceedings across the range of regulators. The case of Ivey v Genting Casinos [2017] UKSC 67 brought a new perspective on the way in which panels were to assess dishonesty, while the case of Wingate & Evans v the Solicitors Regulatory Authority [2018] EWCA Civ 366 gave focus to how a lack of integrity might be applied in professional regulation more widely. Our seminar will discuss what these cases and the subsequent related cases have meant for professional regulation, regulators and registrants. We’ll also look at the increase in the use of dishonesty and lack of integrity allegations and whether or not this has brought about a sliding scale of seriousness in terms of dishonesty and lack of integrity.    We’ll hear from those on the front line with the opportunity for the audience to join in a panel discussion and Q&A after the presentations.

 

Chair 

Jennifer Macdonald, GTC Scotland: As Director of Regulation and Legal Services, Jennifer is a member of the Corporate Management Team. She is responsible for drafting the various Rules, constitutional and other legal documents that GTC Scotland must have in place in terms of its governing legislation. Jennifer is also responsible for the team that supports the adjudication of fitness to teach cases.

 

Speakers 

James Mulgrew, Solicitor Advocate: James is an experienced Solicitor Advocate and regularly appears in the criminal courts. He brings a representative and also a legal adviser perspective to his professional regulatory work. James represents nurses before the conduct committees of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and also at Fatal Accident Inquiries. He sits as a legal adviser to the Fitness to Teach Panels of the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Graeme Watson, Partner, Clyde & Co: Graeme acts for healthcare professionals, particularly doctors and dentists, in clinical negligence claims and before the regulators, including the MPTS and the GDC. His practice covers fatal accident inquiries and public inquiries. He undertakes judicial reviews arising from healthcare disputes. His disciplinary and regulatory practice extends to teachers, actuaries, accountants and other professions. He sits as a legal adviser to the disciplinary tribunal panels of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

 

Registration & tea/ coffee: 5.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Seminar: 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Refreshments: 6.30 pm onwards

 

ARDL seminars qualify for CPD. Please remember to sign the relevant CPD sheets at the seminars.

International Conference of Legal Regulators

This year’s ICLR, is being hosted in Edinburgh by the Law Society of Scotland on 5th and 6th September 2019.  The conference programme, is extensive with more than 70 speakers from sixteen different nations, and over twenty different jurisdictions representing five different continents. It will be truly international and we hope that the programme, which is a mix of plenary and workshops, will inspire insightful peer-to-peer conversations amongst attendees.

 

ARDL members are being offered a preferential rate to attend the conference and ARDL members would be very welcome at the conference.  The rate is £325 + VAT.  Please email jamesmckay@lawscot.org.uk to book a place mentioning their ARDL membership.

ARDL Seminar: “The fit and proper test in regulatory proceedings”: 3 July 2019

ARDL Seminar: “The fit and proper test in regulatory proceedings”

Date: Wednesday 3 July 2019

Chair:  Sir Robert Francis QC

Speakers: Tom Kark QC and Jamie Hunt, Case Presentation Manager, ACCA.

 

Venue: QEB Hollis Whiteman Chambers, 1-2 Laurence Pountney Hill, London EC4R 0EU.

Time: Registration & tea/coffee – 5.30pm; Seminar: 6pm–7.00pm, followed by refreshments.

Seminar Overview 

Tom Kark QC chaired the eponymous Kark review, commissioned by the Minister of State for Health, of the fit and proper persons test (FPPT). It was an independent review of how effectively the test prevents unsuitable senior directors from being redeployed or re-employed in health and social care settings. The review found that there were few fans of the test as it is currently applied and that, essentially, it does not ensure directors are fit and proper for the post they hold, and it does not stop the unfit or misbehaved from moving around the system. The review made five core recommendations to address the problems identified.

The FPPT remains the accreditation test commonly adopted in diverse contexts in a wide range of regulatory frameworks, including by the Financial Conduct Authority, accountancy regulators, such as ACCA and ICAEW, and in relation to the management of football clubs within the major football leagues (the Premier League, the Football League, the National League and the Scottish Premier League).

In this seminar, the speakers will consider the FPPT and the extent to which the problems identified and lessons learned in the Kark review have an impact on the test in its wider regulatory context.

Chair: Sir Robert Francis QC.  His practice encompasses clinical negligence, medical ethics, inquiries, professional discipline and regulation, medical employment issues and public law. He chaired the two Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust inquiries and the NHS Freedom to Speak Up Review and is currently acting in the Undercover Policing Inquiry. He is instructed in litigation in overseas jurisdictions including the Isle of Man, Cayman Islands and Hong Kong. He is a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission, Chair of Healthwatch England, and President of the Patients’ Association.

Tom Kark QC specialises in criminal, public and regulatory law and sits as a Recorder of the Crown Court.  His recent criminal cases include the prosecution of the Shoreham air show disaster. His professional regulatory practice includes presenting and defending in difficult and noteworthy cases for and against regulators.  He acted as counsel to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Inquiry and undertook the review of the FPPT for the Minister for Health in 2018.  He has acted for the Home Office in IICSA and has recently started a new service with Verita Consultants undertaking private internal investigations and reporting.

Jamie Hunt leads the in-house professional regulatory team at Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He initially practised at the Criminal Bar and soon developed a specialist professional discipline practice and went on to take up roles at the Nursing and Midwifery Council and then Blake Morgan LLP, where he undertook work for the General Dental Council, the General Osteopathic Council, Association of Accounting Technicians, Architects Registration Board and the General Optical Council. Jamie sits as a barrister member of the Bar Standards Board Authorisations Review Panel, he has also taught and assessed on the Bar Transfer Test and the Solicitors Higher Rights qualification.

 

ARDL seminars qualify for CPD. Please remember to sign the relevant CPD sheets at the seminars.

 

ARDL Seminar: “The Role of the Legal Adviser and the Legally Qualified Chair – the same or different?”

Date: Thursday 13th June 2019 at 5.00pm at Anderson Strathern offices, Edinburgh

Speakers: Kay Springham QC, Robert Frazer, Advocate and Maree Allison, Director of Regulation at the Scottish Social services Council

Chair: Christine O’Neill, Partner, Brodies

 

Overview

In the third in the ARDL Scotland Seminar Programme 2019 we will look at role of those giving legal advice to professional disciplinary panels and discuss the responsibilities of the legal adviser as compared to the newer role of the legally qualified chair. The Scottish Social Services Council has been one of the first regulators in Scotland to introduce the legally qualified chair, following on from regulators such as the GMC who have already moved from the separate legal adviser to the legally qualified chair. What are the similarities and the differences? What is it like to be a legal adviser, advising and sitting in on the panel’s decision making? And how difficult is the combined role of both chairing and advising the panel? What does the law tell us about the role of the legal adviser? We’ll hear from those on the front line with the opportunity for the audience to join in a panel discussion and Q&A after the presentations.

Chair

Christine O’Neill: Christine is a Partner, Solicitor Advocate and also the Chairman of Brodies.  As well as being ranked by the legal directories as a Star Individual in Administrative & Public Law and acting for a wide range of clients, including the BBC, the Gambling Commission and the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service, Christine is the first Solicitor Advocate to be appointed as First Standing Junior the Scottish Government.   Christine also has longstanding professional regulatory experience having sat as a legal adviser to the committees of the Scottish Social Services Council and acts for the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) in Scotland.  She has been involved in a number of key PSA appeals in Scotland, including PSA v NMC [2017] CSIH 29 and PSA v GDC [2016] CSIH 58.

Speakers

Kay Springham QC – Kay called at the Bar in 1999 and took silk in 2016. Kay was previously a Standing Junior to the Scottish Ministers and is on the A List for the preferred counsel for the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. Kay sits as a lawyer member on the board of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and sits as a legally qualified chair on the committees of the Scottish Social Services Council.

Robert Frazer, Advocate – Bobby called at the Bar following a career in private practice where he was a litigation partner at Drummond Miller. He is an experienced legal adviser, sitting with and advising panels across the regulatory sphere in Scotland and throughout the UK, including the Nursing & Midwifery Council, the General Teaching Council for Scotland, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Farriers Registration Council.   Robert’s interest in sport also sees him sit as a member of Cricket Scotland’s disciplinary panel.

Maree Allison – Maree is the Director of Regulation at the Scottish Social Services Council.  After an initial career in private practice, Maree joined the SSSC in 2010 as a solicitor and in recent years has overseen the transition of the regulatory function from a misconduct to a fitness to practise regime.  She has seen the SSSC’s register grow from initially registering social workers to now being responsible for registering and regulating over 200,000 social care workers in Scotland across care homes, children’s nurseries and many other local authority services.  The SSSC now has a significant in-house legal team. Most recently, Maree oversaw the move from legal advisers to legally qualified chairs at the SSSC.    

Date: Thursday 13th June 2019; Time: Registration & tea/coffee – 5.00pm; Seminar: 5.30pm – 6.30pm followed by refreshments; Venue: Anderson Strathern LLP, 1 Rutland Court, Edinburgh, EH3 8EL. ARDL seminars qualify for CPD. Please remember to sign the relevant CPD sheets at the seminars.

Social Work England – Partner Recruitment Drive

Every day, social workers support millions of people to improve their chances in life. Social Work England is a specialist body taking a new approach to regulating social workers in their vital roles.

Can you lend your expertise and help make a difference?

Social Work England is looking for partners who can offer their skills and knowledge for several days throughout the year to support their fitness to practice, education quality assurance, and registration functions.

The roles

Roles are available for:

  • Education and training quality inspectors, to approve and monitor social work education and training courses.
  • Panel members (adjudicators) and chairs for fitness to practise hearings.
  • Advisers to assess equivalency of qualifications and employment experience from applicants overseas.
  • Legal Advisers.

The offices are based in Sheffield, but applications from candidates across the UK are welcome.

If you would like to find out more please visit the recruitment campaign site https://partnersrecruitment.socialworkengland.org.uk/.

ARDL Seminar: “Which Standard of Proof in Regulatory Proceedings?”

Date: Wednesday 24th April 2019

Registration & Tea/ Coffee: 5.00 pm – 5.30 pm

Seminar: 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Refreshments: 6.30 pm onwards

 

Chair: Philip Yelland, Executive Director of Regulation, Law Society of Scotland

Speakers: Elaine Motion, Balfour +Manson, and Robert Carr, Anderson Strathern

 

Overview

The second in the ARDL Scotland Seminar Programme 2019 will look at the vexed question of whether or not there should be a single standard of proof in regulatory proceedings. Some professional regulatory bodies have moved from the criminal standard to the civil standard, while some have been using the civil standard since their inception and others remain on the criminal standard. What difference, if any, does the standard of proof make in disciplinary proceedings? What are the merits or otherwise of each standard in such proceedings? Are the consultations which have taken place in England & Wales and now underway in Scotland on the likely to lead to a change to the standard of proof for e.g. the Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal? These questions and more will be discussed by our speakers, Elaine Motion who will speak on the merits of the criminal standard and Robert Carr who will discuss the benefits of the civil standard, and in the Q&A chaired by Philip Yelland which will follow.

 

Chair: Philip Yelland, Executive Director of Regulation at the Law Society of Scotland

Philip was a solicitor in private practice before joining the Law Society in 1992 as a Complaints Investigator becoming Head of the Complaints Team. In 2008 he became Director of Regulation and is now Executive Director of Regulation, working with the Regulatory Committee which oversees the regulatory work of the Society. He also has direct responsibility for the Professional Conduct, Financial Compliance and Interventions team.

 

Speakers: Elaine Motion, Partner, Balfour & Manson

Elaine has more than 25 years of experience in regulation acting in numerous roles including presenting, defending, legal advising and as a judge in a wide range of professional arenas. Elaine has direct experience of the operation of the criminal standard in professional regulatory proceedings, including historically at the NMC and as a Fiscal for Scottish Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. She was involved in ground-breaking cases such as McMahon v Law Society of Scotland and Tehrani v UKCC. Elaine will advocate for the criminal standard.

 

Robert Carr, Partner, Anderson Strathern

Robert is also a seasoned practitioner in professional regulation having been at the forefront of developments in the area for more than 25 years. Robert acts for and advises regulators and representative bodies, including the Scottish Social Services Council and the Royal College of Nursing. As well as having appeared before numerous disciplinary panels, he has often identified key areas of challenge and has been involved in appeals and judicial reviews in some of the leading caselaw in the field, including Tehrani v UKCC 2001 SC 58 and Smith v SSSC 2015 SLT (Sh Ct) 103. Robert will advocate for the civil standard.

 

ARDL seminars qualify for CPD.  Please remember to sign the relevant CPD sheets at the seminars.

ACCA Panel Member Recruitment

ACCA are recruiting for panel members and regulatory assessors to sit on our disciplinary and regulatory committees to provide the appropriate professional and lay input into our decision making.

From 1 April ACCA will commence recruitment for the following roles:

To apply, and to find out more, please visit www.accaglobal.com/panelrecruitment.  

The closing date for applying is Friday 26 April 12 pm (noon).

 

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.

Speakers:

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.