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In this series of news alerts, our regulatory and professional discipline partner, Andrew Pavlovic, identifies 3 key regulatory trends which firms and solicitors need to be aware of in 2023. In this first alert, Andrew considers the SRA’s continued focus on firm culture, following its thematic review and guidance on workplace environments in February 2022. Firm […]

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In the next of our Ten-Minute Talk series, Partners Corinne Staves and Andrew Pavlovic discuss own interest conflicts for lawyers and law firms, with a particular emphasis on how they can arise through mistakes.  In particular, Corinne and Andrew discuss the following: If I make a mistake, do I have to tell the client? If so, what do I tell […]

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Andrew Pavlovic, professional discipline and regulatory Partner, has authored a practice note for PLC’s new Practice Compliance and Management resource hub.   The practice note is essential reading for Partners and General Counsel having to grapple with potential own interest conflict issues which arise either at the outset or during the course of a matter. […]

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The SRA’s Warning Notice on Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participations (SLAPPS) follows reports that solicitors are facilitating the suppression of free speech by bringing meritless claims on behalf of wealthy clients to intimidate journalists/the wider media from publishing stories on matters of public interest. The Warning Notice makes clear that acting in this way would breach […]

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We are delighted to share with you the recording of our recent webinar ‘SRA Sexual Misconduct Guidance – What Lawyers and Firms Need to Know’ . The panel discussion includes a detailed analysis of the key areas in the SRA guidance: When does the threshold for self-reporting apply?   The SRA’s view on the influence of […]

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Failure to consider regulatory issues at an early stage when mulling a merger can result in fundamental SRA Principles and Rules relating to confidentiality and conflicts of interest being infringed, leading to potential SRA investigations and disciplinary sanctions. In this article, first published by The Law Society Gazette, regulatory and professional discipline Partner, Andrew Pavlovic, […]

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These are the top 15 practical things that – in our experience – partners in law firms can do to protect themselves against allegations of sexual misconduct, and the internal and regulatory investigations, and potential harm to their reputation, career, family life, and more, that can result. This follows the SRA’s recently published Guidance on […]

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Yesterday, 22nd September 2022, the Government published the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill. If passed, this will overhaul Companies House and the processes of registering companies, LLPs and limited partnerships. Objectives include tackling, in the Government’s words, “dirty money” flowing through the UK. The key LLP and partnership proposals include: All LLP members will […]

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SRA Sexual Misconduct Guidance – What Lawyers and Firms Need to Know – Webinar – Friday, 7 October 2022, 9.00 am – 10.00 am BST

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The guidance sets out the SRA’s revised approach to sexual misconduct cases following the High Court’s decision in Beckwith at the end of 2020, where the Court warned the SRA against being “dogmatic” and holding out solicitors as “paragons of virtue”, making clear that the SRA should only be investigating and prosecuting cases where the conduct in question realistically touches on the standing of the legal profession.

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