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Regulatory Trends for Lawyers in 2022: Personal Misconduct, Junior Lawyer Mistakes, and Cyber-Security – Ten-Minute Talk

In the third episode of our Ten-Minute Talks video series, our Managing Partner, Clare Murray, and Regulatory and Professional Discipline Partner, Andrew Pavlovic, look at three key regulatory trends that firms and solicitors need to be aware of in 2022.

  1. Mixing business with pleasure; a career-ending cocktail?
  • When does personal misconduct lead to professional strike-off?
  • To what extent is the SRA continuing to investigate and prosecute personal misconduct, including workplace sexual harassment, following the High Court Judgment in Beckwith?
  • When does conduct that is part of a solicitor’s private life cross the line and become a regulatory issue, with reference to the Fouracre case?
  1. A change in approach towards junior solicitors?
  • Does the SRA’s approach to the Matthews case suggest an increased recognition of the impact of mental health, unsupportive workplace cultures and increased workload on junior lawyers?
  • What can law firms do to foster and support an environment in which junior solicitors do not fear reporting mistakes?
  1. Don’t be held to ransom by cyber attacks
  • What steps can law firms take to better protect themselves from the rising risk of cyber-security issues?
  • What are the regulatory implications of cyber-crime on firms?
  • What regulatory obligations do firms have to report cyber-security breaches, and how much time do they have to report them?

If you have any questions arising from this video, or you would like to discuss any issues relating to SRA investigations and regulation, please contact our Partner Andrew Pavlovic, who specialises in regulatory and professional discipline law. Andrew Pavlovic is recognised by Legal 500 UK 2021 & 2022 as a “Rising Star” in the field of professional discipline, and has substantial regulatory experience, having previously acted for the Solicitors Regulation Authority over several years in complex disciplinary proceedings and subsequent appeals. 

Integrated Partner Behavioural Training: CM Murray LLP provide specialist partnership, anti-harassment and professional discipline training programmes for Partners, Inhouse Counsel, HR and other first responders, on how to avoid law firm partner behavioural issues and how to recognise, escalate and, where necessary, report them if they do occur. If you are interested in a tailored programme for your Partners, Inhouse Counsel and HR Group please contact our Managing Partner, Clare Murray.

If you are interested in other Professional Discipline and Regulation topics, you may also be interested in viewing our Ten-Minute Talk: The SRA Consultation on Financial Penalties – 3 Key Issues for Firms and Individuals and reading our news alert, 3 Key Legal Regulatory/Professional Discipline Trends for 2022 – Part 1: SRA Investigations into Personal Misconduct.

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