Professional Conduct

Bar Council to commission review after reports of bullying and harassment grow

Barristers’ professional body for England and Wales commits to tackle ‘systemic issue’

SRA defends oversight of Axiom Ince and promises review of ‘accumulator firm’ supervision

Regulator says it uncovered ‘sophisticated’ suspected dishonesty including ‘falsified bank statements and letters’

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SFO makes seven arrests amid dawn raids in connection with Axiom Ince collapse

More than 80 investigators involved in operation sparked by discovery of £66m hole in client accounts

SRA and Law Society at odds as compensation fund levy looms over Axiom Ince intervention

Solicitors Regulation Authority concedes additional levies are likely as law soc flags ‘atypical’ business model of collapsed firm

Will judge’s ‘withering attack’ on $11bn arbitration award against Nigeria lead to more interventionist tribunals?

Mr Justice Knowles’ ‘forensic examination’ of case welcomed, but reforming rules for high-value investor state disputes may be hard

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UK companies lack managers who are trained to handle whistleblowing, survey finds

Freshfields says companies need to review whistleblowing training and policies in a world of hybrid work

Regulator takes control of Axiom Ince to protect clients’ interests

Solicitors Regulation Authority makes what is expected to be the largest – and most costly – intervention into a law firm

UK ethics institute sets up taskforce examining legal profession’s work for oligarchs and kleptocrats

City law firms are facing scrutiny for their relationships with such individuals in non-criminal matters

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Axiom Ince director challenges SRA intervention in High Court

Shyam Mistry denies knowledge of alleged wrongdoing in appeal against “draconian” suspension by regulator

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News | UK

SRA suspends Axiom Ince head Pragnesh Modhwadia

Modhwadia and two other directors of fast-growing UK firm prohibited from practising as solicitors

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News | UK

One in 10 law firms find unenforceable clauses in NDAs despite SRA clampdown, study finds

Survey shows that more than a third of lawyers were unaware of UK regulator’s 2018 warning notice

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News | UK

UK government extends Russian sanctions to include City legal advice

Business lawyers barred from advising on deals that would benefit Russian economy

‘Time for a fresh start’ – legal profession calls for reset of flagging justice system after Raab quits as Lord Chancellor

Former criminal barrister Alex Chalk KC takes reins after bullying allegations against predecessor are upheld

Professional vandalism or conscientious objection: UK lawyers' eco-declaration sparks national debate over 'cab-rank' rule

Barristers' pledge not to take instructions relating to fossil fuel projects criticised by Bar Council head and could lead to disciplinary action

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News | UK

Baker McKenzie's Belgium head departs as firm completes review into Brussels office discrimination claims

Global giant to assemble new management team after allegations surfaced in email from departing lawyer to colleagues

Legal ethics academic enlisted to advise on compensation scheme for Post Office scandal victims

Richard Moorhead joins independent board advising on scheme for postmasters whose settlement was swallowed up by legal costs

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UK legal regulator calls on law firms to do more to combat SLAPPs

Review by Solicitors Regulation Authority finds lack of policies and training to protect against abusive litigation

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News | UK

New Bar Council chair champions independent Bar and calls for regulatory reform

Commercial silk Nick Vineall KC’s speech will ruffle feathers at Bar’s oversight and frontline regulators

Former Law Society president cleared of misconduct

David Greene seeks to ‘draw a line’ under ten-year dispute after ruling by Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

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News | UK

‘Engage with the training – someday it may save your job’: top tips for partners to avoid sexual misconduct risk

Clare Murray, Andrew Pavlovic and Beth Hale of employment law specialists CM Murray offer practical advice for partners to protect themselves against sexual misconduct allegations

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