Training & Knowledge: Professional Discipline

27th Nov 2019Articles

The New SRA Standards and Regulations: a StaR is Born

Gavin Irwin and Helen Lavery review the demise of the SRA Handbook On 25th November 2019, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (‘SRA’) Standards and Regulations (‘StaRs’) came into force and replaced the current SRA Handbook. This marked only the fourth change to the Solicitors Code of Conduct in 12 years. The latest changes are designed to […]

7th Aug 2019Articles

Unprecedented: Adverse Inferences in Regulatory Proceedings

R (Kuzmin) v General Medical Council [2019] EWHC 2129 (Admin) In a dramatic new development, the Divisional Court has ruled that a tribunal is entitled to draw an adverse inference from a registrant’s refusal to give evidence. Dr Kuzmin is accused of dishonestly failing to tell his employer of certain interim conditions. He provided a […]

5th Aug 2019Articles

Minor Crime; Major Problem

Last month, the Privy Council handed down judgment in an appeal from the Disciplinary Committee [‘DC’] of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons [’the College’]. The DC had found dishonesty allegations proved against the Appellant, Dr Schulze Allen, and directed that his name be removed from the register of veterinary surgeons. Dr Gerhard Schulze Allen […]

30th May 2019Newsletters

SRA Developments in 2019

2019 has seen the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) taking an increasingly assertive approach towards the regulation of solicitors and the protection of consumers of legal services. A New Enforcement Strategy On 7 February 2019, the SRA announced a new Enforcement Strategy to ‘focus on serious issues’ and confirmed that action will be taken against solicitors […]

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