2010 Conference theme: “Keeping ahead of the Challenge”
Today is tomorrow yesterday. This simple statement in many ways appears to be where we are today with some of the disciplinary issues. Many of the issues we have discussed over the last 10 Conferences are coming back into focus whilst at the same time we have new approaches and influences to consider.
New tiers of regulation; a boost for consumers; financial pressures; legislation both new and outdated are just a few of the pressures for the world of discipline.
Hard times for the professions encourage the taking of short cuts whilst those who perceive they have suffered are more likely to seek redress within an increasingly complaints driven society. Disciplinary complaints tend to follow. There also appears to be an increasing interest in challenging tribunals and process.
With all of this in mind we are examining the effective management of the tribunal and the parties – and dealing effectively with challenge without damaging the integrity of the process or the parties legitimate rights. We will at this Conference be looking at these subjects, benefiting from the Scottish experience which increasingly seems to show the shape of things to come for England whilst discussing the increased use of Human Rights issues and practical data problems.
Keynote Address Rt Hon Lord Neuberger - Master of the Rolls
That was the year... a Legal update Tony Child -Beachcroft LLP
The Standard of Proof Angus Withington -Henderson Chambers
The Fair Hearing Hodge Malek QC -4-5 Gray's Inn Square
The Quest for Fiarness - The policy makers approach Des Hudson -Law Society of England & Wales
Disciplinary news from Scotland Philip Yelland -Law Society of Scotland
Practical Issues in Case Management at hearings - the parties Andrew Colman -2 Hare Court Robert Rhodes QC-Outer Temple Chambers John Williams -Bankside Law
Information/data protection issues William Malcolm -Pinsent Masons