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Course Overview

This course explains and discusses the law and practice adopted by the main UK professional regulators when dealing with disciplinary charges.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Mr Derek Auchie

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course is very practical and is taught by specialists in representation at regulatory proceeedings. It would be suitable for those considering moving into the area of repersentation in regulatory procedings (or  panel membership or being a legal assessor).  It also offers a broader perspective on dispute resolution processes beyond those used in employment and commercial disputes.

It takes students through the main framework of a disciplinary case starting with the main principles of administrative law, the Codes and Standards of Practice as well as the Public Office Governance principles. ECHR relevance and the interaction between regulatory tribunals and the courts are covered.

The course then turns to preparing for the hearing and the kind of issues that may arise at hearings, as well as discussing the role of the chair, the legal assessor and the representatives. The various tests used for deciding on outcome and sanctions (as developed by the courts) are discussed, as are advocacy techniques during Tribunal hearings. The latter topic is supported by video footage of a mock Tribunal case, for discussion and comment.

Students will be given weekly tasks and activities to keep them engaged. Assessment is based on those tasks and on a written coursework. There is no exam for this course.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Essay (60%); Coursework (40%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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