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SRA powers and client legal professional privilege: Part I

Published on 23 June 2020. By Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation

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Legal professional privilege gets a pretty good billing in the case-law.

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The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal: new rules, new game?

Published on 05 May 2020. By Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation and Thelma Ainsworth, Associate

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There are few things that strike fear into the heart of a solicitor more than the prospect of being sent to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. This article looks at its new rules of procedure.

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Coronavirus/COVID-19 and the Impact on Litigation

Published on 23 March 2020. By Michelle Dean, Senior Associate and Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation

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In these unusual times, we are all having to adapt our social, family and working lives to deal with an unprecedented global situation which throws up a vast number of new worries and issues to deal with. This article looks at concerns raised specifically about litigating in the current climate.

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Coronavirus/COVID-19 – Regulatory Update

Published on 23 March 2020. By Michelle Dean, Senior Associate and Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation

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Our lawyers' liability and regulatory team take a look at the areas of solicitors' regulation that are likely to be impacted by Coronavirus/COVID-19 and the consequent move towards working away from the office.

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Bossing the rules - the SRAs enforcement strategy

Published on 21 February 2020. By Sarah Lloyd, Associate and Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation

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The new SRA Standards and Regulations came into force on 25 November 2019. In this article in our 'Bossing the Rules' series, Sarah Lloyd and Graham Reid examine the SRA's enforcement strategy which sets out their approach to the new rules. Important reading for solicitors and those who insure the profession as guidance on the new rules is scarce.

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SRA v Ryan Beckwith and the regulation of the private lives of solicitors

Published on 17 February 2020. By Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation and Charlotte Thompson, Associate

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In October 2019, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) upheld professional misconduct allegations against Mr Ryan Beckwith, an ex-magic circle partner. The Tribunal’s reasons were published on 30 January 2020.

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Bossing the rules: lowering the standard?

Published on 27 January 2020. By Michelle Dean, Senior Associate and Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation

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Solicitors everywhere will be concerned at the recent move of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, alongside the recent SRA Standards and Regulations reforms, to alter the standard of proof to be applied in disciplinary proceedings. This article looks at the background to the Tribunal's recent decision, the reasons for the change, and the concerns around it.

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Bossing the rules: Your obligations to report concerns

Published on 20 January 2020. By Michelle Dean, Senior Associate and Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation

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Our lawyers' liability and regulatory team continue their series demystifying the SRA's new Standards and Regulations in this article looking at solicitors' revised reporting obligations under #StaRs Rules 7.7 and 7.8.

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Bossing the Rules: StaRs Rule 1.4: “you do not mislead anyone”

Published on 23 December 2019. By Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation and Aimee Talbot, Senior Associate

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The Solicitors’ Practice Rules 1990 (“SPR”) did not contain any express prohibition on misleading anyone; although, depending on the circumstances, such conduct was likely to have contravened the basic principles. Like today’s principles, these required solicitors not to do anything in the course of practising as a solicitor (or permit anyone to do anything on their behalf) which compromises or impairs (or is likely to compromise or impair) the good repute of the solicitor or the profession or the solicitor’s duty to the court.

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Lost chances à la Moda

Published on 04 June 2019. By Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation and Nick Bird, Partner

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Lost chance case-law has come a long way since the ground-breaking decision in Allied Maples. One of its more interesting offshoots is the case of Moda International Brands Ltd v Gateley LLP & Anor. Moda is required reading for any firm of solicitors who wants to defend a lost chance claim arising from its transactional work for a claimant.

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What’s gone wrong with putting things right?

Published on 21 May 2019. By Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation and Nick Bird, Partner

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Solicitors are becoming concerned about their ability to put things right when they make mistakes. We do not consider that much has changed in this area. It is as important as it has always been for a solicitor to realise if he or she has made a mistake and to think carefully about how to remedy it. This is not an easy task. We hope this article will assist in guiding solicitors and their insurers through this complex area.

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LSB approves SRA’s revolution in legal services regulation

Published on 07 November 2018. By Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new regulatory arrangements were approved by the Legal Services Board on 6 November 2018. Part of the changes will allow solicitors of England & Wales to sell legal advice to the public from within unregulated firms, as long as they steer clear of reserved legal activities such as conveyancing and litigation. These firms will not be regulated by the SRA and will not need to take out full SRA-mandated professional indemnity insurance. These new kinds of legal practice offer unique opportunities for competition with big law firms, and for in-house legal teams to be converted from a cost to a profit centre. RPC has exceptional degree of experience in advising on innovation in the the provision of legal services.

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Dreamvar and identity fraud in conveyancing transactions

Published on 17 May 2018. By Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation

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The issue at stake in the combined appeals of Dreamvar (UK) Ltd v Mishcon de Reya and P&P Property Ltd v Owen Catlin LLP was a fairly fundamental one, namely: “Who ought to bear the risk of loss when a fraudster pretends to sell a property?”

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SRA Handbook - a slim volume of new rules for solicitors?

Published on 07 October 2011. By Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation

In 1974 the Law Society published a slim volume entitled "A guide to the professional conduct of solicitors."

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Legal Ombudsman swamped by complaints against claims management companies (CMCs)

Published on 27 January 2011. By Graham Reid, Legal Director, Professional Regulation

The Legal Ombudsman, which launched in October 2010 under rules similar to the FOS' DISP regime, recently reported to a professional negligence conference that some 20,000 enquiries were received in its first few months.

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