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An introduction to financial sanctions involving Russia

The war in Ukraine, and latterly the news about Roman Abramovich and Chelsea Football Club, have brought the issue of the UK financial sanctions regime involving Russian nationals into sharp focus. But what is the regime and how does it operate on those who have business links to those who are or may be sanctioned?…

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Partygate: There was no good legal reason to redact Sue Gray’s report

In recent weeks, senior civil servant Sue Gray has been cast into the political and legal limelight. In December Ms Gray (SG) was tasked with investigating suspected breaches of covid regulations which took place at No 10 Downing Street in 2020-2021.  We now know there were 16 gatherings during this period, held either at No…

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Seeking the costs of an unsuccessful regulatory prosecution: when can a costs order be made against the SRA?

Under Rule 43 of the Solicitors (Disciplinary Proceedings) Rules 2019, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) may make such an order as to costs as it thinks fit.  The SDT is required to consider (a) the conduct of the parties and whether any or all of the allegations were pursued or defended reasonably, (b) whether the…

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Covid-19 no longer an acceptable excuse for procedural failings

Covid-19 and the restrictions imposed as a result have inevitably had an impact on whether court deadlines can be met in every case. What if you need to make an application for an extension of time as a result of Covid restrictions? What are the principles that the Court will apply? Does the Court’s sympathetic…

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Sex and the City: the right to a private life in the workplace

Just over a year ago, the High Court published its landmark decision in Beckwith v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2020] EWHC 3231 , which provided much needed guidance on the extent regulators could inquire into the private lives of those that they regulate. In Adam Fouracre v Solicitors Regulation Authority (1 November 2021), a trainee solicitor…

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SRA consults on drastically increasing its powers to impose financial penalties

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has initiated a consultation into the use of its internal powers to issue fines to firms and individuals. Under the current regime, the SRA is able to impose a maximum fine using its internal powers of up to £2,000. If it considers that a greater financial penalty would be warranted…

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‘Fresh Evidence’ in Regulatory Appeals

In Narayanasamy v Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd [2021] EWHC 2918 (Admin), the Appellant exercised his statutory right of appeal against a decision by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) to strike him off following a finding of dishonesty and other serious misconduct. In seeking to overturn the judgment of the SDT, the Appellant was relying on…

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My professional regulator is investigating me. Help!

In recent months, this firm has noticed a steep increase in enquiries from professionals facing regulatory investigation. This has spanned various professions including, but not limited to, medical, dental, academic and legal. The main reason for this appears to be that many regulators were running a skeleton service of sorts during (and beyond) the lockdowns. …

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Brett Wilson LLP and its lawyers recommended in Chambers and Partners 2022 directory

Brett Wilson LLP’s media and communications law and criminal defence departments have again been recommended by the prestigious Chambers and Partners directory. In the firm’s media and communications law department, partners Iain Wilson (noted for ‘having very good knowledge and understanding what a client wants), Max Campbell (‘outstanding knowledge, practical approach and amazing client service‘) and…

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Brett Wilson LLP’s departments and lawyers recognised by Legal 500

Brett Wilson LLP has again been recommended in three categories in the prestigious Legal 500 directory of leading law firms:- Reputation Management Professional Discipline Crime (General) Media and communications law partners Iain Wilson (described as ‘superb’) and Max Campbell (noted for his ‘brilliant judgement and [standing] out among solicitors in this area for his strategic approach’) have been…

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