495. Parties and representation.

The registrar1 is the respondent in any proceedings2. The appellant3 may be represented in any proceedings by any person, whether or not legally qualified, except a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council4 or any of its committees or a person employed by the Council5. Before the end of the period of 28 days beginning with the day on which the notice of hearing6 is sent, the parties must inform the Council whether they intend to attend the hearing, whether they will be represented at it and whether they intend to call any witnesses and, if so, they must