Andrew Pavlovic is a partner specialising in SRA professional discipline and regulatory investigations.
Recognised by Legal 500 UK 2021 & 2022 as a “Rising Star” in the field of professional discipline, Andrew has substantial regulatory experience, having acted for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (“SRA”) at his previous firm for several years in complex disciplinary proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and subsequent appeals to the High Court.
In addition to representing the SRA in disciplinary proceedings, Andrew has experience of acting for the SRA in obtaining injunctions, including in the high-profile case of The Law Society (Solicitors Regulation Authority) v Dixit Shah (AKA Sanjay Shah)  EWHC 4382 (Ch), which has been described as “unprecedented” and “ground-breaking” by the legal press.
Andrew’s exposure to the methods of the SRA and their approach to cases puts him in a strong position when advising both firms and lawyers who are subject to such investigations. He advises both individuals and firms subject to regulatory investigations on their duty to comply with investigations, the obligation to self-report, and negotiating settlement agreements with regulators.
Andrew also has strong expertise in commercial litigation. He has acted for a wide range of clients, including law firms and partners, high-net-worth individuals, companies, charities and regulators. He has considerable experience in civil fraud cases involving injunctive relief and is a member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association. He also advises on defamation and reputation management issues, contractual and financial disputes, and professional negligence claims.
Andrew edited the “Lawyers Liability” chapter of The Law of Legal Services and Practice (2nd edition)
Andrew was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in September 2010.
- Andrew has experience of acting for the SRA in several lengthy and complex prosecutions in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, and subsequent appeals of the Tribunal’s decisions in the High Court. These include a series of prosecutions brought against solicitors who received funds from the from the Axiom Legal Finance Fund, a collapsed Cayman Islands based litigation finance fund established by a struck-off solicitor (Lindsay v Solicitors Regulation Authority  EWHC 1275 (Admin), Solicitors Regulation Authority v Geoffrey Martin Signey (11603-2017), Solicitors Regulation Authority v Andrew Lindsay & Others (11576-2016, Solicitors Regulatory Authority v Paul Stott (11400/2015);
- Andrew has experience of acting for the SRA in obtaining injunctions and orders for the delivery up of documents. He acted in the case of The Law Society (Solicitors Regulation Authority) v Dixit Shah (AKA Sanjay Shah)  EWHC 4382 (Ch) in which an injunction was obtained preventing the Respondent, a struck off solicitor, from being employed or remunerated by law firms;
- More recently, Andrew has advised individuals and firms subject to investigation by the SRA, and has experience of negotiating regulatory settlement agreements. He has also advised on medical issues arising in the course of investigations, as well as self reporting obligations contained in the relevant Codes of Conduct.
- Civil fraud – Andrew has acted for both claimants and defendants in civil fraud matters relating to dishonest assistance, knowing receipt, breach of trust and section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986. He has experience of obtaining freezing orders and Norwich Pharmacal orders, and also acting for defendants in cases where such orders have been obtained. He is a member of the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association.
- Defamation/reputation management – Andrew has broad experience in acting for/advising claimants and defendants in defamation/harassment claims. Recent matters include (1) obtaining an injunction under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997; and (2) serving take down notices pursuant to section 5 of the Defamation Act 2013 on social media sites to secure the removal of defamatory content;
- Professional negligence – Andrew has experience of bringing professional negligence claims on behalf of high net worth individuals and companies, with a particular emphasis on claims against solicitors. Claims which he has recently advised on include (1) a claim against a firm of solicitors who fell victim to a “Friday afternoon fraud” and paid away their client’s sale proceeds (2) a claim against a firm of solicitors paying a mortgage advance of approximately £1,850,000 to another firm of solicitors who fraudulently misappropriated the funds, in circumstances where it was alleged that it was neither reasonable nor necessary to rely on a solicitors undertaking; and (3) a claim against a firm of solicitors for failing to advise on the Capital Gains Tax aspects of a divorce involving substantial assets.