19 September 2019

Professional Conduct Committee membership

The Professional Conduct Committee comprises a mix of barrister and lay members, though we actively seek to ensure a lay majority (non barristers). It meets once every three weeks to consider relevant complaints.


Aidan Christie QC

Barrister Vice-Chairs

Jeffrey Chapman QC 

Simon Colton QC 

Lay Vice-Chairs

Eileen Neilson

Tim Robinson

Barrister Members of the Committee

Nicholas Stonor QC

Nicholas Burn

Sinclair Cramsie

Graham Reid

Paul Sinclair QC

Daniel Bunting

James Cutress QC

Patrick Blakesley QC

Paul Jarvis

Lianne Murphy

Louisa Cannon

David Pievsky

Michael Salter

Anthony Harrison

Lay Members of the Committee


Richard Bayly

Christine Braithwaite

Peter Douglas

Robin Field-Smith

Sue Heads

Karen McArthur

Pauline McCabe

Brian Moore

Paul Pagliari

Ranjit Sondhi CBE

Linda Stone

Marie Pye

Judith Webb



Alex Williams

Jake Armes


Aidan Christie QC - Joined June 2011


Aidan was Called to the Bar in 1988 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2008. He was appointed a Recorder on the south-eastern circuit in 2009 sitting in crime and in 2012 he was appointed an Acting Deemster in the High Court of the Isle of Man for both civil and criminal matters. He became a member of the Professional Conduct Committee in 2011 and Barrister Vice-Chair in 2014. He practises in commercial law with particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance disputes.


Jeffrey Chapman QC - Joined December 2015

Barrister Vice-Chair

Jeff was called to the Bar in 1989 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2010.  He practises at Fountain Court Chambers where he deals with multi-jurisdictional commercial cases (often involving fraud) and disputes involving banking, financial services, (re)insurance and sports law issues.  He joined the Complaints Committee in 2006 and served two full terms before retiring in 2012.  Thereafter he joined the panel of experienced Barrister members advising the Complaints Committee/PCC until December 2015 when he was appointed as a Barrister Vice-Chair.  Jeff graduated from Sussex University and completed his LLM at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.  


Simon Colton QC- Joined January 2016

Barrister Vice-Chair

Simon was called to the Bar in 1999 and appointed Queen's Counsel in 2017. He is in practice at the Chambers of Lord Grabiner QC, One Essex Court, specialising in high value commercial disputes, acting both for private parties and as a former member of the Attorney-General's 'A' Panel, for the government. He first joined the Complaints Committee in 2007, remaining a member until he took a sabbatical from practice in 2012, following which he joined the panel of retired Barrister members. He is a former Chair of the Standards Committee of Richmond-upon-Thames Council, and a past member of the Investigation Panel of the Taxation Disciplinary Board


Eileen Neilson - Joined January 2016

Lay Vice-Chair

Eileen is the Director of Willow Consulting (London) Limited which provides advice and training on health policy, strategy and public affairs to the NHS, universities and the private sector. Eileen is also a freelance journalist and has published extensively in professional journals. She held senior roles in professional regulation for 12 years, as Head of Policy at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of GB and prior to that as Policy Adviser to the UK Council for Nursing, Midwifery & Health Visiting.  Eileen was educated at Surrey University and Bedford College, University of London, and she completed an MBA with the Open University Business School in 2010.


Tim Robinson - Joined May 2013

Lay Vice -Chair

Tim qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers and then moved to Human Resources where he worked in the Firm's London and Paris offices.  Subsequently Tim joined Accenture, becoming HR Director and a member of the UK and Ireland Board. He was later promoted to partner with responsibility for Accenture's corporate services. 
Tim has been a member of the Bar Standards Board since 2011. He is a Non Executive Commissioner at the Independent Police Complaints Commission and a panel member at the Central London Employment Tribunal.  Tim is also a member of the Audit Committee and the Human Resources Committee of Bristol University Council.


Nicholas Stonor QC - Joined March 2014

Barrister member

Nicholas read law at University College London and was called by Middle Temple in 1993. He undertook pupillage and practised in London before moving back to Newcastle and joining Trinity Chambers in 1996. He is a family law barrister with a focus on public law children's cases, and cases involving vulnerable adults. He has a particular interest in cases which raise complex medical issues and cultural/religious issues. He is a longstanding member of Trinity Chambers management committee and is a pupil supervisor. He regularly delivers seminars for solicitors and court skills training for social workers. He provides advocacy training to bar students at Northumbria University. He is a bar member of the Northumbria Family Justice Board. He was appointed to the Attorney-General's Regional panel (2012). Away from the Bar, he enjoys a hectic family life.


Nicholas Burn - Joined May 2012

Barrister Member

Nicholas obtained his degree from the Polytechnic of North London and was called to the bar in 1982. Following pupillage in London he was then employed as Magistrates Court Clerk in London. Nicholas was employed by the Kent County Council prosecuting solicitors department until it was incorporated into the Crown Prosecution Service in 1986. He then remained with the CPS and was employed as a Crown Advocate in the West Midlands.  He is currently in self employed practice as a sole practitioner at Seward Chambers. He served as a member of the Bar Council for 3 years, has acted as a Vice Chair of the Employed Barristers Committee and is a reviewer for the bar pro bono unit.


Sinclair Cramsie - Joined February 2012

Barrister Member

Sinclair studied law at the University of Leeds. He was called to the Bar in 1988 and became a member of 13 Kings Bench Walk in 1990. He now practices from 42 Bedford Row. His practice focuses on employment and personal injury litigation. He became a member of the Professional Conduct Committee in March 2012.


Graham Reid - Joined January  2016

Barrister Member 

Graham Reid is a barrister (1993 Call) employed by the solicitors' firm Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP. He used to be in self-employed practice at Hailsham Chambers. He specialises in advising in connection with negligence claims against solicitors, their professional indemnity cover, legal risk management, legal services regulation and disciplinary proceedings (involving solicitors). He has previously been involved with the Supervision, Equality & Diversity and Quality Assurance committees of the BSB.


Paul Sinclair QC - Joined January 2016

Barrister Member 

Paul Sinclair was called to the Bar in 1997 and practises at Fountain Court Chambers. He studied Law at Cambridge University and obtained a Masters at Harvard Law School. He has a broadly based chancery and commercial practice focusing on civil fraud, insurance/reinsurance and aviation. He was a director of the Fulham Legal Advice Centre where he was also a regular pro bono legal adviser and is now a pro bono legal adviser at Nucleus Law Centre.

Daniel Bunting - Joined February 2016

Barrister Member 

Daniel studied Maths at the University of Warwick, Contemporary History and Politics at the University of Birkbeck and the PGDL and BVC at BPP Law School. He was called to the Bar in by Middle Temple in 2001 and has been in practice full time since April 2002. He practices predominantly in criminal (split equally between prosecution and defence) and immigration law (appearing for appellants). He is also employed part-time in a solicitor's firm as a duty solicitor. He is a past member of the CBA Executive Committee and is a reviewer for the Bar Pro Bono Unit.


James Cutress - Joined February 2016

Barrister Member 

James was called to the Bar in 2000.  He practices at Fountain Court Chambers and specialises in commercial disputes, including banking, aviation, insurance, commercial fraud and professional negligence.  James completed his law degree and a BCL at Oxford University and then obtained an LLM from Harvard Law School.

Patrick Blakesley QC - Joined February 2016

Barrister Member 

Patrick was called to the Bar in 1993 and practises from Crown Office Chambers mainly in personal injury, industrial disease and insurance litigation.  He has extensive experience in barrister recruitment and equality and diversity initiatives, having chaired the chambers pupillage and tenancy committees for five years, and is a member of the Chambers Executive Committee.   Until recently he was the South Eastern Circuit representative on the Executive Committee of the Personal Injuries Bar Association.  He joined the PCC in February 2016.

Paul Jarvis - Joined February 2016

Barrister Member 

Paul read law at Downing College, Cambridge and was called to the Bar in 2001.  He is a member of 6KBW College Hill and specializes in criminal law and related areas, including homicide, serious sexual offending, financial crime, terrorism, cybercrime, health and safety enforcement, professional discipline, confiscation and asset forfeiture, inquests and inquiries, judicial review and civil claims against public authorities, such as the police and the prison service.  Paul is a member of the Criminal Bar Association's Education Committee and works closely with a number of legal charities, including JUSTICE.  He joined the Professional Conduct Committee in 2016.

Lianne Murphy - Joined February 2016

Barrister Member 

Lianne obtained her Scots Law degree in Glasgow before returning to England to undertake her CPE and BVC. She was called to the Bar in 2001 whilst working for HSBC Rail as Business Standards Manager. Lianne subsequently moved into self-employed practice in Northampton with a focus on Public Law. She is now a Pupil Supervisor and Joint Head of Chambers at Senate House Chambers. Lianne was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 2010.


Louisa Cannon - Joined May 2018

Barrister member

Louisa was called to the Bar in 2002.  She
specialised in criminal law before joining the Army, where she specialised in
criminal and military law and the law of armed conflict.  She now
specialises in regulatory law.  She holds a judicial appointment
as Chair of the Police Appeals Tribunal and an appointment as Legally
Qualified Chair of Police Misconduct Panels.  She joined the panel of
prosecutors for the Bar Standards Board in 2016 and the Professional Conduct
Committee in 2018.


David Pievsky - Joined May 2018

Barrister member

David was called to the Bar in 2001. He is a
barrister at Blackstone Chambers, specialising in public law, human rights, and
employment law. He was appointed a member of the Attorney General's A panel of
counsel in 2014 and has acted in a number of recent high profile judicial
review cases. David completed his degree in History and M.Phil in Political
Thought at Cambridge University, before transferring to law. He has extensive
experience in barrister recruitment and diversity issues, having served on the
chambers pupillage committee for 5 years. He is a member of the Administrative
Law Bar Association and the Employment Law Association.


Michael Salter - Joined May 2018

Barrister member

Michael was called to the Bar in
1999 and practises in employment, sports and regulatory law from Ely Place
Chambers. He was appointed as a fee-paid Judge of the Employment Tribunal in 2013;
a Legally Qualified Chair of Police Disciplinary Panels in 2015; a Deputy
Chairman of the Jersey Employment Tribunal in 2017; an Examiner of the Court in
2017, and sits as an Adjudicator on the Sports Resolution's Discipline and
Integrity and Equality and Diversity Panels. He is a pupil supervisor and
mentor and is security vetted to SC Level.


Anthony Harrison - Joined May 2018

Barrister member

Anthony was called to the Bar in 2004, having read law at
Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He is an employed barrister and senior regulator,
specialising in financial market regulation. Prior to that, he practised as a
self-employed barrister specialising in crime, professional misconduct and
regulatory law. He also worked in alternative dispute resolution as a financial
ombudsman. He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute for Securities
and Investment.


Richard Bayly - Joined January 2017

Lay Member

Richard is a former senior police officer with the Lancashire Constabulary. He has considerable experience in strategic leadership and in managing people, performance, budgets, partnerships and stakeholders through a range of operational and organisational roles. He has extensive experience in chairing and being a panel member on grievance and disciplinary hearings.

Richard is a Solicitors Regulation Authority lay adjudicator involved in making formal regulatory decisions on a wide range of powers contained in legislation and the SRA Handbook.  Richard is also a Trustee for the Albert Kennedy Trust, a national charity supporting young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or who are living in a hostile environment.


Christine Braithwaite - Joined January 2017

Lay Member

Christine Braithwaite (LLM) has a background in health regulation. She has a long-standing interest in professional standards and in justice, which led her to combine a career in healthcare, law and regulation.  She is currently Director of Standards and Policy at the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, which oversees the regulation of healthcare professionals. She has previously worked for the Health Service Ombudsman.   She holds a voluntary position on a research ethics committee for the Health Research Authority.


Peter Douglas  - Joined January 2016

Lay Member 

Peter is currently deputy chair and audit committee chair of the High Weald Lewes Havens CCG; member of Ashridge Business School audit committee; secretary to the Taxation Disciplinary Tribunal;member of the ACCA disciplinary and admissions and licencing committees; council member and audit chair of the General Optical Council; member of the Bar Standards Board Standards Committee.

Former National Managing Partner, HLB Kidsons;
Former member of the Health Professions Council;
Former Director of Professional Standards, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants;
Former non-executive director and audit chair of the National Measurement Office (BIS);
Former member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council audit committee (BIS).


Robin Field-Smith  - Joined January 2016

Lay Member 

Robin spent nearly 30 years as an Army officer, finally as Deputy Director of Education and Training Services and a senior member of the Defence Training Review. He was then appointed one of HM Inspectors of Constabulary with responsibility for inspecting and reporting on police capability in HR, training and diversity across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. After 9 years as an HMI, in recent years his portfolio has included being a member of the General Dental Council and a lay judicial member of Employment Tribunals (London Central), as well as being a senior assessor and independent appointments panel member for the College of Policing, and chairing the assessment panel for the Chartered Management Institute. At the Bar Standards Board he was on the Equality and Diversity Committee from its inception, and on the Education and Training Committee, where he chaired the group which produced the new Professional Statement.


Sue Heads - Joined January 2017

Lay Member 

Sue was employed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority from 1989 to 2015, investigating professional misconduct by solicitors. She was appointed as a Magistrate for the Coventry and Warwickshire Bench in 2016 and works as a compliance consultant to solicitors in the Midlands. She is currently volunteer Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the BASPCAN Child Protection Congress.


Karen McArthur - Joined January 2017

Lay Member 

Karen had successful career developing strategic sustainability positions for UK and global companies including Vodafone and Thomson Reuters, driving innovation across the environmental agenda to improve performance. As a founder NED for the Institute for Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (ICRS), she is committed to promoting standards for the profession and excellence within the wider business community.  

Karen sits on a number of other fitness to practice/standards panels as Lay Member including Teacher Misconduct ,CIPD, CIPR and is and independent member on the Chartered Banker Standards Board. Karen is also a Magistrate of long standing in the West London Area.

She now has a portfolio of roles which include advocacy for consumers, ethics and professional standards including being elected to the Phone Co-Op Board and the Pension Quality Mark. For Severn Trent Water she is advocating for the interests of consumers as part of the regulators price reviews framework.

For 6 years, she was Trustee at the Nationwide Charitable Foundation and was responsible for shaping the multi award winning strategy. She is now Founder Trustee and Vice Chair of MCS, a charity which promotes low carbon and renewable technologies in addition to having an oversight role on the trading company, a membership organisation which develops standards for the industry.


Pauline McCabe - Joined January 2017

Lay Member 

Pauline has thirty years' experience in executive and non-executive director roles in public and private sector organisations.   She currently works as an independent consultant and advisor supporting change management and criminal justice development projects in the UK and internationally. 

She was, for six years, a lay member and committee chair of the Policing Board responsible for overseeing Northern Ireland policing reform.  As Northern Ireland Prisoner Ombudsman, she investigated prisoner complaints, alleged assaults and deaths in detention from 2008 to 2013.

She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) and is a Visiting Professor in the University of Ulster Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy.

Pauline was awarded an OBE New Year 2014 for services to prisoners' welfare. 


Brian Moore - Joined March 2014

Lay member

Brian is the Operations Director at the British Board of Agrement. As a former Chief Constable and Director General of the UK Border Force, he was awarded the Queen's Police Medal for distinguished service in 2009. He has established a UK-based organisation to facilitate public awareness of war crimes and other international crimes. Brian is a graduate in the social sciences, holds a post graduate diploma in criminology, an MBA and an MA in human rights.


Paul Pagliari - Joined January 2012

Lay Member

Paul has had a successful career in Human Resources, holding Director positions in Scottish Power, Scottish Water and the Scottish Government. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development.  Presently, he is a Lay Member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, appointed in 2003 and was appointed as a Lay Member to the BSB Professional Conduct Committee in January 2012. In September 2013 Paul was appointed as a Lay Member of Asset Based Finance Association, Professional Standards Council.


Ranjit Sondhi CBE - Joined January 2016

Lay Member

Ranjit is currently a Commissioner at the Criminal Cases Review Commission, Vice Chairman of the Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group and lay member of the Council of the University of Birmingham. He has just been appointed as a member of the Queens Counsel Selection Panel.

Ranjit was previously Deputy Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, Chairman of the Refugee Education Training and Employment Forum, Governor of the BBC, Trustee of the National Gallery, Member of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct, a member of the Ethnic Minorities Advisory Committee of the Judicial Studies Board and a member of the Civil Services Commission and the Judicial Appointments Commission.


 Linda J Stone - Joined March 2014

Lay member

Lay Vice Chairman Bar Standards Board Qualifications Committee 2007 - 2013; Nursing Midwifery Council lay Conduct and Competence Committee Chair 2009 to date: General Medical Council lay member Interim Order Panels, 2013 to date (previously lay Fitness to Practice Panellist 2006 - 2013; MPharm degree accreditation Team Leader and registrant member of Investigating Committee for the General Pharmaceutical Council 2010 to date (role previously carried out for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society since 1990);

Fellow, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of GB; past President, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (2004 Charter gold medal recipient); Lay member General Dental Council 2009 - 2013; Lay Privy Council Appointment to General Chiropractic Council 1997 - 2009 and Chairman of its Professional Conduct Committee 2004 - 2009; Independent Member, Prescription Medicine Code of Practice Authority Appeal Board 1993 - 2014; Chairman, British Sjogren's Syndrome Association since 2002 and lay Justice of the Peace, Birmingham Bench since 1993.

Designated OBE in 2004 for services to the NHS.


Marie Pye - Joined January 2016

Lay member

Marie has a long career in the public sector with a particular focus on promoting equality. This began at City University where she was head of the first Disability Unit in the early 1990s. She went on to work for the national disability charity Radar leading all of their work in relation to housing and independent living. Following on from this she spent 7 years in a senior role at the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) developing and then promoting new areas of legislation. Marie also worked for the National Autistic Society and was the Chair of the Disability Equality Committee at Defra for several years and Lead Member for Equalities for London Councils.

At the present time Marie is a local councillor in East London, regularly undertakes equality peer reviews for the Local Government Association and is a member of the Tfl Independent Disability Advisory Group. She is also an equality reviewer for the Premier League and was a member of the BSB Equality and Diversity Committee for several years.

Judith Webb MBE - Joined March 2014

Lay member

Judith has a background in forestry and environmental management and has experience of public private and voluntary sectors. She is a public appointments ambassador and has been involved in the Science Engineering & Technology mentoring programme for Women in Public Life. In 2011 Judith was awarded an MBE for services to conservation. She holds a portfolio of non-executive board appointments, with significant audit and risk assurance committee, strategic review and change management experience.

Judith is Lay Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Disciplinary Committee. She is also a lay review panel member for the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office and a lay CILEX Disciplinary Tribunal member.