Legal Awareness for Regulators

Regulators’ code, principles of regulatory function, judicial review, legal implications and risk are concepts that, to those with limited regulatory knowledge, seem rather abstract. Part of our Law and Legal Awareness series, this training course will help to demystify the legal concepts and terminology that underpin regulatory systems, clarify their workings within the European Union and highlight any international law issues that can arise.

Like any other public bodies, regulators’ decisions can face legal challenge. Through the use of case studies and examples this course offers delegates insights into how regulators defend their judgments.

At Civil Service College, we pride ourselves on our ability to tailor our courses to each attendee’s role and organisations, ensuring that each delegate gets the best possible results from the training. Our courses and trainers are continuously updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.  

Key features of the course include:

  • Basic legal framework and terminology
  • Legislation and common law: both UK and EU law
  • Working effectively with lawyers
  • Your remit and your powers
  • The law of Judicial Review
  • The impact of Human Rights Law
  • Handling a case

Designed for:

Delegates with no legal background from organisations with regulatory and enforcement functions.

Learning outcomes:

Delegates with gain clarity in judicial interpretation of regulators remit, ensuring that robust decisions are made that can be defended in a case of Judicial Review being granted. 




10:00 - 17:00


£550 + VAT


St James’s Park, London


23 November 2017 Book

In-House Option

This course is available In-House and can be tailored to meet your individual training requirements.


Course Trainer

Helen Bennett

Helen is a barrister and former senior government lawyer who has worked for numerous public sector and third sector organisations, including the Department of the Environment, the Wales Office and the Office of Rail Regulation.

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Helen Bennett

Helen Bennett is a barrister and former senior government lawyer who has worked for the Department of the Environment, the Wales Office and numerous other Public Sector and Third Sector organisations.  She was a Senior Principal Lawyer at the Department of the Environment, where she advised Ministers and Civil Servants on legal issues, worked on Parliamentary Bills, drafted statutory instruments and dealt with judicial reviews.

In addition, she was the former Senior Legal Adviser at the Office of Rail Regulation where she provided legal advice on health and safety law, the economic regulation of the railways and on implementing EU directives.

Helen established her own consultancy where she acted as the Interim Legal Adviser to the   Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. Here she would give complaints and regulatory advice. She also provided legal consultancy for the Wales Office. Helen also sat on Employment Tribunals and the Fitness to Practice Panel of the General Dental Council.

Helen created and directed the first legal awareness programmes for the National School of Government, planning and delivering courses and conferences on public law for non-lawyers. She also established the annual conferences on European Law and on Administrative Law.


  • B.A. Hons in PPP ( Philosophy and Psychology), Somerville College, University of Oxford   1967 – 1970
  • M.Psych.  Masters in Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney  1971 – 1972                                 
  • Diploma in Law, City University, London  1980 – 1981                       
  • Inns of Court School of Law- Bar Finals 1981 -1982                         
  • Pupillages:   11 Kings Bench Walk (now Keating Chambers); construction law and 11 Old Buildings; chancery and commercial law, 1982 -1983 

Civil Service College can deliver In-House training within your organisation that is exactly tailored to meet your individual training requirements.

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