Professional Conduct

UK Supreme Court refuses Marks & Clerk permission to appeal in secret commissions case

Trial expected next January as judges say appeal bid ‘does not raise an arguable question of law’ over group claims

  • 1mo
News | UK

UK legal regulators urged to prioritise policing of ethics in response to Post Office scandal

Legal ethics academic Richard Moorhead highlights risks posed by culture of ‘adversarial partisanship’ and ‘excessive zeal’ in profession

Legalweek organiser condemns reported instances of sexual harassment at offsite parties

ALM pledges to champion ‘meaningful, positive change’ within legaltech community after LinkedIn post by woman attendee goes viral

Clyde & Co fined £500k for anti-money laundering regulation breaches

Former chair of UK firm’s global marine practice group also fined for due diligence failures unearthed in 2018

  • 4mos
News | UK

‘Nobody should be experiencing these behaviours’: report highlights employee bullying at the Bar

Landmark research by the Legal Practice Management Association and Institute of Barristers’ Clerks found more than a quarter of Bar employees had been bullied

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’

  • 6mos
News | UK

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

  • 7mos

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

  • 7mos

Axiom Ince director challenges SRA intervention in High Court

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

  • 9mos
News | UK

SRA suspends Axiom Ince head Pragnesh Modhwadia

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

  • 9mos
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

  • 9mos
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

  • 1yr
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