The Professional, Regulatory and Disciplinary Bar Association of Ireland (PRDBA) held its first annual conference recently at the Distillery Building in Dublin 7. The PRDBA is a specialist bar association for Irish barristers who practice before professional regulatory tribunals (such as Fitness to Practise Committees of the Medical and Dental Councils) and who are interested in professional regulatory and disciplinary law. The association was officially launched by the Hon. Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, President of the High Court, in November 2014, and now has over 40 members drawn from the Law Library of Ireland.
The conference featured fascinating presentations from a number of speakers with particular expertise in the area of professional regulatory and disciplinary procedures. Topics included ‘Reflections on the role of the legal assessor to professional regulatory tribunals’, ‘Publicity and the role of the media in professional regulatory tribunals’, and Differences between various professional regulatory schemes in the heath sector and the UK proposals for reform’.