Events and Seminars

The barristers at QEB Hollis Whiteman use their expertise and connections to host high quality educational and networking events.

Barristers at QEB Hollis Whiteman regularly conduct training on a wide range of legal subjects – both general and highly specific. Many of our members are acknowledged as experts in their specialist field of law and are experienced speakers and trainers.  We provide training across the full spectrum of our expertise: Corporate & Financial Crime, Crime, Professional Regulatory, Private Prosecutions and Public Law.  We often tailor training to a client's requirements, providing bespoke educational events in each of our practice areas.

Corporate & Financial Crime 

Chambers has great depth in its Corporate & Financial Crime team.  The barristers provide training on topics covering all of the current issues and challenges facing those practising in the field.  Jason Mansell and Rhys Meggy regularly provide training on Financial Regulation.   Together with  Nicholas Griffin QC and Tom Broomfield they recently also delivered bespoke training on the new corporate criminal offences of failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion.   Polly Dyer and Tom Doble have provided training on disclosure in the context of financial crime and Tom Doble has headed seminars on privilege.  Adrian Darbishire QC frequently heads Chambers' seminars on Health & Safety offences, often using his most interesting cases as case studies.  Over the years Chambers has been proud to host highly topical events on changes in the law, frequently with high profile guest speakers, including the Solicitor General and heads of prosecuting entities, such as the SFO.  

Crime

Our Crime Team draws on a heavyweight portfolio to deliver key and exciting training to support and assist those who work in the field.   Eleanor Laws QC has unrivalled knowledge and experience of prosecuting and defending serious sexual offences and provides training across the industry to those needing guidance in this sensitive and complex area of law.   Edward Brown QC, Julian Evans and  Roger Smart provide serious and general crime training to specialised prosecuting authorities at home and abroad.   Jocelyn Ledward and  Julian Evans lecture on social media offences and the use of social media in the context of a criminal trial.  David Spens QC and  Tom Coke-Smyth draw from their experience in headline cases, such as the News of the World Phone-hacking trial, to provide insight into lessons to be learnt.  Paul Raudnitz lectures on a range of legal subjects, including The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 and The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and on unused material/disclosure.  He has also recently recorded a podcast with Brent and Harrow Trading Standards dealing with “Wheel Clamping: Regulation and the Criminal Law”.  We use interesting, high profile subject matters from the field of general crime, to provide educational events and thought provoking discussion. 

Regulatory

We have provided training on preparation for disciplinary tribunals for a range of professional bodies and user groups. We have trained lawyers on how to approach various charges,  hearings, experts and witnesses.  And we have provided training on complex legislation and niche areas of law.  Lydia  Barnfather and  Rebecca Harris, amongst others, regularly train lawyers at the General Dental Council on drafting charges and best practice.  Tom Kark QC, Paul Wakerley, Paul Raudnitz,  Alexandra Felix, Julian Evans, Natasha  Tahta and Fraser Coxhill have all conducted bespoke training days for the General Medical Council as well as those in the wider medical regulatory field.  Zoe Johnson QC and Philip Stott have drawn from their experience in Gross Negligence Manslaughter in a quasi medical regulatory/criminal context to speak to medical regulatory defence unions.  Mark Aldred, Alexandra Felix and Susannah Stevens regularly provide training on police discipline to the federation and solicitors operating within the field. Mark Aldred is an expert in police pursuits, covert surveillance-related legislation – the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), Public Interest Immunity (PII) and the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act – and has frequently spoken on these and related matters.  Mark is often a guest speaker at Police Federation conferences, including at their annual national conference.  

Private Prosecutions

Members of our specialist Intellectual Property group within QEB Hollis Whiteman regularly provide training in intellectual property and trading standards – both the law and practice. This training is delivered to local authorities, the police, prosecutors (in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland) and all those involved in the enforcement of the relevant legislation. Ari Alibhai is a specialist in intellectual property crime, fraud and confiscation and has given numerous seminars and lectures to Trading Standards, Police Regional Intelligence Units and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. David Groome regularly addresses trading standards authorities on effective prosecution.   William Boyce QC and  Rachna Gokani have regularly provided training on the merits of a criminal private prosecution as well as to the difficulties posed by them and how these can be overcome. They have been lead guest speakers as well as heading events in Chambers.

Public Law

Our Public Law Team provides training across the full spectrum of the field.  Nicholas Griffin QC heads the team, attending as a guest speaker at high profile events and providing seminars on all areas of his expertise, including Public Inquiries, Surveillance and Internal Inquiries.  Alexandra Felix and Susannah Stevens provide seminars on Judicial Review, using their key cases as studies to provide training on lessons learnt.  Various members of chambers have provided training on the inquests they have been involved in, detailing how to overcome particular issues and how to get the best for the party you are representing,  Chambers has had impressive guest speakers at these seminars, including the Chief Coroner.

Commitment to Education and Training

With our breadth and depth of expertise in all areas of the fields we specialise in, we are well equipt to put together bespoke training and seminar programmes targeted specifically at the audience involved and the intended outcome of the training.  We are often asked to focus on improving practical expertise in a particular area of the law and have run workshops to all levels of seniority in all practice areas.  We continue to support the advancement of the profession with the sharing of ideas, knowledge and experience and can be contacted to arrange future seminars and events at barristers@qebhw.co.uk.