Disciplinary panel members and clerks

Judicial, barrister and lay panel members are nominated by the President of the Council of the Inns of Court to sit on disciplinary tribunals and other panels.

Barrister and lay panel members are appointed by the President of COIC on the recommendation of the Tribunal Appointments Body, following open competition.  The requirements around the BTAS recruitment process are set out in the Appointments Protocol 2019 and the BTAS Recruitment and Selection Policy.  Panellists are appointed against agreed competencies designed to identify individuals who will approach their work with integrity and objectivity and who will produce well-reasoned and fair decisions.  The competencies used in the most recent recruitment process were:

COIC Disciplinary Pool competencies:

  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Integrity & Impartiality
  • Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

COIC Clerk competencies:

  • Motivation
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Integrity & Impartiality
  • Commitment to Diversity and  Inclusion

Training for panellists is also based on these competencies.  This provides an objective and role-linked means of identifying the training and development needs of panel members and focuses on developing the desired performance characteristics.

The performance of the individual panellists is appraised regularly against the following core competences:

  1. Judgement and decision-making
  2. Analytical thinking
  3. Effective communication
  4. Interpersonal skills
  5. Integrity and impartiality

For further details please see the BTAS Performance and Appraisal Policy.

There is currently a pool of 72 lay (people who are not from the legal profession) and barrister panel members.  Both lay and barrister panel members are wholly independent of the Bar Council and the Bar Standards Board.

The list below shows, in alphabetical order, the details of the barrister and lay members who have been appointed by the President of the Council of the Inns to sit on disciplinary tribunals and other panels and their declaration of interests.

 

Mr Charles Bagot QC LLB, Diploma in French Law

Barrister (Inner Temple)

Disciplinary

Self-employed barrister; Recorder; Editorial Board of Kemp & Kemp; member, Personal Injury Bar Association; member, London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association [LCLCBA]; advocacy teacher, Inner Temple; appointed Deputy Queen’s Bench Master; member, Editorial Board of the Personal Injuries Quantum (Law) Reports; British Swimming Judge; member, Amateur Swimming Association.

Dr Manju Bhavnani OBE MBChB, FRCPath, BA (Hons)

Lay

Disciplinary

In receipt of NHS Pension (following retirement from professional medical work); Member, Bolton Octagon Board; friend of British Museum and Tate Gallery; Lay member, COIC Disciplinary Tribunals (July 2009- 2012).

Mr Godwin Busuttil MA (Cantab), MPhil (Cantab), Dip Law (City)

Barrister (Lincoln's Inn)

Disciplinary

Self-employed barrister; member (pro bono), Cochrane Library Oversight Committee.

Mrs Sara Carnegie nee Worrall

Barrister

Disciplinary

Director, International Bar Association; member, Human Rights Lawyers Association.

Mrs Helen Carter-Shaw MA (Cantab)

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Company Director, Jigsaw Management Services Ltd – offering consultancy and project management services to (mainly) public and 3rd sector organisations; member; Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Disciplinary Committee; Chair, ACCA admissions and licensing, disciplinary and appeals committee; specialist lay member, Mental Health Tribunal.

Mr Peter Causton

Barrister

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister of Middle Temple; Director, Promedite [UK] Ltd. [Mediation Provider]; Consultant, Southerns Solicitors; Deputy District Judge, Northern Circuit; Treasurer, UK Association of Fee Paid Judges; Member, Law Society Council; Member, Civil Mediation Council;

Mrs Louise Clements BSc, JP.

Lay

Disciplinary / SAB

Public Relations consultant; Justice of the Peace, sitting in Plymouth.

Mr David Crompton

Lay

Disciplinary

Chair, Fitness to Practice, Nursing and Midwifery Council; member, Fitness to Practice, Health and Caring Professions Council; member, Judicial Appointments Commission.

Ms Naomi Davey

Barrister

Disciplinary

Legal Counsellor [employed barrister] at Foreign and Commonwealth Office; member, Lincoln’s Inn.

Ms Lyndsey de Mestre QC QC

Chairman

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister, Mediator and Arbitrator; member, Middle Temple; Chancellor, St Albans Diocese [Church of England judicial part time appointment]; Legally Qualified Chair, Police Misconduct Panel [Eastern Region – part time tribunal chair]; member, Chancery Bar Association; member, Association of Contentions Trusts and Probate Specialists; member, Ecclesiastical Judges Association; member, Ecclesiastical Lawyers Association; member, Arbitral Women; member, LCIA; member, Civil Mediation Council; member, Bar Choral Society.

Mr Richard Doman LLB [Hons]

Barrister (Clerk)

Disciplinary

Self employed barrister; Door tenant, Foregate Chambers Kidderminster; Pupil Supervisor; Student Sponsor, Lincoln’s Inn; member, Criminal Bar Association; member, Employment Law Bar Association; member, Public Access Bar Association; member, Family Law Bar Association.

Mrs Jennie Ferrario

Barrister (Clerk)

Disciplinary

Self employed barrister; member, Advocate [Bar Pro Bono Unit]; member, Employment Lawyers Association; member, Women in Law; member, Association of Regulatory Lawyers; contributor, ‘Supperstone, Goudie and Walker: Judicial Review’.

Ms Hayley Firman

Barrister

Disciplinary / ICC

Employed Barrister; Head of RSPCA Prosecutions; Member, Inner Temple.

Mr Robert Fitt BA [Hons], LLDip.

Barrister (Clerk)

Disciplinary

Self employed barrister; member, Criminal Bar Association.

Mr David Flinter MBA JP

Lay

Disciplinary

Formerly Panel Chair, Conduct and Competence Committee, Nursing and Midwifery Council; Justice of the Peace, North London Local Justice Area; member, Magistrates’ Association.

Mr John Foy QC

Chairman

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister of Gray’s Inn; Member PIBA and PNBA.

Ms Elaine Freer

Barrister (Clerk)

Disciplinary

Barrister and Academic; Teaching Officer in Law, Robinson College, Cambridge; Affiliated Lecturer, University of Cambridge; Ad hoc paid activities for University; Civilian volunteer, City of London Police’s Mounted Section; Member, Criminal Bar Association; Member, Socio Legal Studies Association; Member, Society of Legal Scholars; Member, Lincoln’s Inn; Ad-eundum member, Inner Temple [member of Outreach Committee].

Mr Michael Gibbon QC

Chairman (Gray's Inn)

Disciplinary / ICC

Self-employed barrister; Committee member, Chancery Bar Association; member, Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR); member, Wales and Chester Circuit; Bencher, Lincoln’s Inn, Governor, King’s College School Cambridge; Council member, Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion.

 

Mr Jonathan Glasson QC

Chairman (Middle Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Member, Human Rights Lawyers Association [HRLA]; Member, Inquest Lawyers Group; Member, Professional Negligence Bar Association [PNBA]; Supporter, Labour Party.

Mr Lee Gledhill RGN, BA (Hons), CPE

Barrister (Lincoln's Inn)

Disciplinary

Self-employed barrister; member, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Disciplinary Board; member, Trustee, ELOP (East London Mental Health Charity) (voluntary); Youth worker, ELOP – Running Youth Group (voluntary); member, British Humanist Association

Mr Richard Gold Classics Degree, GDL, BVC.

Barrister (Clerk)

Disciplinary

Law Tutor, BPP Law School; Self employed barrister; member, Chancery Bar Association; member, Civil Mediation Council.

Ms Janine Green

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Self-employed Lay Member; Lay Member, Scottish 1st Tier Property Tribunal; Member, Independent Appeals Panel for the Department for Transport; Subject Matter Expert, Metropolitan Police; Lay Member, West Midlands Police Ethics Committee; Trustee, ASB Help; Consultant, Council and Housing Associations [in relation to Community Safety];

Mr Edmund Gross

Barrister (Clerk)

Disciplinary

Barrister; member, Gray’s Inn.

Ms Saima Hanif

Barrister

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn; Member, FSLA, COMBAR, ALBA.

Mr Stephen Harpum BSc[Open], MSc, MA, MCIPD

Lay

Disciplinary

Group Captain RAF (Ret’d); Deputy Director, Supply Chain, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust; Managing Director, Silver Strategies Consulting Ltd.;  member, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; fellow of the Chartered Management Institute; life member, Royal Air Forces Association.

Ms Sally Harrison QC

Chairman

Disciplinary / ICC

Practising Barrister; Head of Chambers – St Johns Buildings; Member, Family Law Bar Association.

Ms Siobhan Heron

Barrister

Disciplinary / ICC

Employed Barrister, working within the Crown Prosecution Service as Head of the Complex Casework Unit; member Middle Temple

Mr Jonathan Holl-Allen QC

Chairman (Inner Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Member, Professional Negligence Bar Association [PNBA]; Member, London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association [LCLCBA].

Mr Edwin Johnson QC

Chairman

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister; member, Property Bar Association; member, Chancery Bar Association; member, Professional Negligence Bar Association.

Mr Mohammed Khamisa QC

Chairman (Middle Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP; Recorder, Crown Court / County Court [Fee Paid]; Chairman, Code Adjudication Panel of Phone Services Authority [PSA] [Fee Paid]; Deemster [Part time Judge of High Court of Isle of Man] [Fee Paid]; Adviser, Dil Trust Charity [Pro Bono]; British Pakistan Foundation Charity [Pro Bono].

Mrs Kathryn King

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Graduate research student, Magdalen College Oxford; Graduate interviewer, Magdalen College Oxford; Lay panel member, General Optical Council’s Fitness to Practise Panel; board member, Office for Students.

Mr Anthony Lenanton

Barrister (Clerk)

Disciplinary

Panel Member, Bar Pro Bono Unit; Member, Personal Injury Bar Association; Member, Administrative Law Bar Association.

Mr Edward Levey MA (Cantab); BCL

Barrister (Inner Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Self-employed barrister; member, Commercial Bar Association [COMBAR]; member, London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association [LCLCBA]; member, Bar Pro Bono Unit.

Mr John Lloyd-Jones QC

Chairman

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister; member, Inner Temple; member, Criminal Bar Association; member, Midland Circuit; member South Eastern Circuit; member, Old Etonian Association; member, Coldstream Guards Association. member, BASC.

Mr Paul Lowenstein QC

Chairman (Middle Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Self-employed barrister; member, Investment Committee of the Harbour Litigation Funding; chairman, Trustees of the International Law Book Facility; Master of the Bench, Middle Temple; member, Commercial Bar Association [COMBAR]; member, London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; member, Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association; member, Professional Negligence Bar Association.

Mr John Lyon CB, MA, FRSA.

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Elected member, Council of the National Trust and Somerset Community Foundation.

Mr James McClelland

Barrister

Disciplinary / ICC

Practising Barrister; member, Executive Committee of the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk.

Mr Brian McCluggage

Barrister (Middle Temple)

Disciplinary

Fee Paid Employment Judge; Attorney -General’s A Panel for Government Work [Regional]; member, Personal Injuries Association.

Ms Stephanie McIntosh

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Member, Parole Board of England and Wales [employment]; Non-executive Director, Costs Lawyers Standards Board; Member, Judicial Appointments Commission [appointment].

Mr Max Melsa

Barrister (Clerk)

Disciplinary

Barrister; Member, Middle Temple; Member, Criminal Bar Association.

Mr Jonathan Monk

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Interim Manager, public sector – 33 Pheasants Consulting Limited; Trustee, 9 Lives Furniture Charity.

Mr Paul Ozin QC

Chairman (QC)

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister, 23 Essex Street Chambers; member, Middle Temple; member, Lexis Nexis Corporate Crime Lawyers Consulting Editorial Board;Trustee, Freebar; Vice-Chair and Chair of Seminar Committee, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; member, Fraud Lawyers Association; member, South Eastern Circuit; member, various Bar Messes; Team Leader, 23 Essex Street Chambers Regulatory and Disciplinary practice team; Co-Chair, 23 Essex Street Chambers Complaints Committee; member, Labour Party;

Mr Stephen Page BA [Hons], MA, BVC.

Barrister (Clerk)

Disciplinary

Self employed barrister; seconded to the Crown Prosecution Service [International and Organised Crime, Extradition Unit]; Lecturer, Open University.

Mr Leon Pickering MA, MPhil, PgDL, BVC.

Barrister (Barrister)

Disciplinary / ICC

Self employed barrister, 10 Old Square Chambers; member, Chancery Bar Association; member and Advocacy Tutor, Lincoln’s Inn; professional committee member, Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council; panel member, Rugby Football Union Independent Judiciary; member, Charity Law Association; member, Court of Protection Practitioners Association.

Dr Angela Pober Ph.D (King's College London), MBA, BSc

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Director of Kinzere Ltd; Trustee, Galahad Trust [environmental charity]

Mr Nigel Poole QC BA (Oxon), Diploma in Law

Chairman (Middle Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Self-employed barrister;fee paid judicial post as Deputy High Court Judge; Head of Chambers; member, Personal Injury Bar Association; member, Professional Negligence Bar Association; member, Middle Temple.

Ms Lakshmi Ramakrishnan

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Lay Member, Investigations Committee for ARB [Architect’s Registration Board]; Chair, Professional Conduct Committee, General Chiropractic Council; Specialist Advisor, Care Quality Commission; Chair, Audit Registration Committee [Institute of Chartered Accountants]; Lay Member, Professional Conduct Committee, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives; Lay Member, Professional Conduct Committee, General Osteopathic Council; Chair, Investigations Committee, Nursery and Midwifery Council [from April 2020].

Mr Paul Robb

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Senior Security Advisor Restrata, Dubai; Lead Auditor, IQ Verify.

Ms Zoe Saunders

Barrister (Gray's Inn)

Disciplinary / ICC

Member, Family Law Bar Association; Member, Resolution; Member, Western and South Eastern Circuits; Member, Professional Negligence Bar Association; Bencher, Gray’s Inn.

Mr Vincent Scully

Barrister (Clerk)

Disciplinary

Barrister; CPS Grade 2 Prosecutor; volunteer, Advocate; member, Middle Temple; member, Criminal Bar Association;’ member, Seldon Society;

Ms Vivienne Sedgley

Barrister (Clerk)

Disciplinary

Self employed barrister; Contributor, ‘Supperstone, Goudie and Walker: Judicial Review’ [6 Ed., 2017]. Member, Bar Pro Bono Unit; Member, Commercial Bar Association; Member, Administrative Law Bar Association; Member, Property Bar Association; Member, Public Access Bar Association; Member, South Eastern Circuit.

Mr Ashley Serr

Barrister

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister; Legal Advisor, General Dental Council’s Fitness to Practise Tribunal; Member, Health Care Professions Council Fitness to Practise Tribunal; Court Examiner, Ministry of Justice; Member, Employment Lawyers Association; Member, Middle Temple.

Mr Darren Snow LLB [Hons], LL.M [City], MCIArb Accredited Meditor

Barrister (Middle Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Member, Bar Pro Bono Unit; Panel Member, Essex Youth Offending Service; School Mentor, Citizen Foundation Mock Trial Competition; Member, Middle Temple; Member, Criminal Bar Association.

Ms Deborah Spring BA (Hons) (Cantab), MA (London)

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Chartered Secretary; publishing consultant, Justice of the Peace; family member connections to Doughty Street chambers and Temple Garden chambers;  lay member, Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

Mr Alan Steinfeld QC

Chairman (Lincoln's Inn)

Disciplinary / ICC

Self-employed barrister; member, Chancery Bar Association; member, Commercial Bar Association [COMBAR].

Miss Catherine Taskis MA (Oxon), BCL

Barrister (Inner Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Self-employed barrister; Deputy District Judge, South Eastern Circuit; part-time administrative assistant, Cleveland Scott York (Patent and Trademark Attorneys); member, Chancery Bar Association; member, Property Bar Association; member, Agricultural Law Association; member, Vesta Rowing Club; governor, Silchester Church of England Primary School; fellow, Chartered Institue of Arbitrators.

Mrs Alison Thorne SRN

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Lay member, Teaching Regulation Agency; State Registered Nurse;  Fellow, Royal Society of Arts; formerly independent member (non-executive director), Ministry of Defence Service Complaints Panel; lay member, Health and Care Professions Council.

Mr John Vaughan

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Lay Member; Retired Executive Director, NHS Foundation Trust; Director of Strategy and Partnerships [interim], Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust; Special Advisor and Executive Reviewer, Care Quality Commission [CQC]; Education Associate, General Dental Council [GDC]; Independent Panel Member, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime [MOPAC]; Lay Member, General Optical Council [GOC].

Mr John Walsh

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Self employed HR Consultant; Lay Member, Employment Tribunals [ET]; Lay Examiner, Royal College of Surgeons of England and Wales [RCS]; Lay Partner, Health and Care Professions Council [HCPC];  Lay Member [Reserve] Statutory Committees: General Pharmaceutical Council [GPHC]; Lay Member, Insolvency Licensing Committee, Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales [ICAEW]; Lay Chair/Adjudicator, Social Work England; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development [FCIPD]; member, Employment Tribunals Membership Association London Central [ETMALC]; member, National Landlords Association [NLA].

Mr Robert Walton QC MA Hons

Chairman (Lincoln's Inn)

Disciplinary / ICC / SAB

Self-employed barrister; volunteer, Planning Aid for London; member, Compulsory Purchase Association; member, Planning and Environment Bar Association [PEBA].

Mr Andrew Ward

Lay

Disciplinary / ICC

Panel member, Employment Tribunal Service [Scotland]; Invigilator. Sunderland College; Retired Police Sergeant, Durham Constabulary; Director / Management and Training Consultant, AMW Professional Ltd; Director / Trustee, National Appropriate Adult Network; Retired member, Police Federation of England and Wales.

Miss Isabelle Watson

Barrister (Middle Temple)

Disciplinary / ICC

Member, Family Bar Association.

Mr Jeremy Weston QC

Chairman

Disciplinary / ICC

Practising Barrister, Family Law; Head of Chambers, St Ives Chambers Birmingham; Chair, West Midlands Family Bar Association; member, Family Bar Association; member, Association of Lawyers for Children; member, Midland Circuit; independent member Parole Board; Recorder appointed in 2018 sitting in the Family Court.

Mr Thomas Williams

Barrister (Lincoln's Inn)

Disciplinary / ICC

Employed barrister; Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Member, Young International Arbitration Group.

Ms Heather Williams QC

Chairman (Gray's Inn)

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister in private practice; Chair, Legal Aid Agency’s Special Controls Review Panel, appointed and paid by the Ministry of Justice; Member, Liberty; Member, Administrative Law Bar Association [ALBA]; Member, Industrial Law Society; Member, The Coroner’s Society; Member, Discrimination Law Association; Member, Police Actions Lawyers’ Group; Member INQUEST and the INQUEST Lawyer’s Group; Member, Justice; Recorder [Crime – Northern Circuit and Civil]; Appointed Deputy High Court Judge.

Mr Brett Wilson

Barrister (Clerk)

Disciplinary

Self employed barrister; Member, The Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry [BACFI]; Member, Society of Computers and Law; Member, Worcestershire Medico-Legal Society.

Miss Sadia Zouq

Barrister

Disciplinary / ICC

Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn; Legal Assessor, Social Work England; Legal Assessor, General Optical Council; Legal Assessor, General Pharmaceutical Council; lay panel member, Nursing and Midwifery Council; chair, Health Care and Professions Tribunal Service, member, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers [ARDL].

Mr Ben Zurawel

Barrister (Clerk)

Disciplinary

Self-employed Barrister.