High Court rejects challenge to SDT case management decisions – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) was right not to order the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to seek information from the BBC on behalf of a solicitor facing prosecution, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 15th August 2022

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Fine for partners over years of multiple accounts rules breaches – Legal Futures

‘Two partners at a former London firm have been fined a total of £25,000 for an improper transfer of a client’s funds and allowing more than 1,700 matters to go stale, among other accounts rules breaches.’

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Legal Futures, 12th August 2022

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Judges to be disciplined by lay majority panels – Legal Futures

‘Disciplinary panels hearing cases of judicial misconduct will have lay majorities, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the judiciary have decided, as part of a major overhaul of the system.’

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Legal Futures, 9th August 2022

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Tim Westwood: Independent barrister to review BBC’s handling of DJ allegations – The Independent

‘A prominent barrister has been appointed to lead an independent investigation into the BBC’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations against DJ Tim Westwood.’

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The Independent, 4th August 2022

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Met fails in second bid to sack senior officer over child abuse video – The Guardian

‘The high court has thrown out the Metropolitan police’s latest attempt to sack a decorated senior black officer, with a judge branding one of its arguments “hopeless”.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2022

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Police officer who filmed woman getting changed in Primark avoids prison – Daily Telegraph

‘A Metropolitan Police officer caught spying on a woman in the changing room of a Primark store has avoided jail.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd July 2022

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Reforming clergy discipline in the Church of England – Law & Religion UK

‘The General Synod of the Church of England has voted in favour of the first steps to legislate for a Clergy Conduct Measure which will replace the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003. The vote follows the publication of the report by the Clergy Conduct Measure Implementation Group, Under Authority Revisited, which sets out proposals for complaints to be allocated into three different tracks, depending on seriousness: “Grievance”, “Allegation of misconduct” and “Allegation of serious misconduct”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 13th July 2022

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High Court criticises SDT for “sweeping anonymity orders” – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 7th, 2022 in anonymity, disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors, third parties by sally

‘A High Court judge has criticised the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for taking it upon itself to issue “sweeping anonymity orders” in respect of all the third parties in a case about a solicitor’s social media posts.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th July 2022

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Extra powers for regulators to clamp down on rule-breaking solicitors – Ministry of Justice

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will be given new powers to fine rule-breakers up to £25,000, under measures introduced today (29 June 2022).’

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Ministry of Justice, 29th June 2022

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Doctor accused of sex assaults in Oxford and Cambridge loses ban appeal – BBC News

‘A doctor who was struck off over accusations he stared at a patient’s breasts and sexually touched another has failed to have his ban overturned.’

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BBC News, 24th June 2022

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Lord Chief Justice and BSB warn striking barristers of disciplinary risks – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board has told striking barristers that it will focus in particular on any harm caused, if they are referred for disciplinary action.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd June 2022

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Three ex-officers banned from policing over racist, sexist WhatsApp chats – The Independent

Posted June 23rd, 2022 in disciplinary procedures, dismissal, internet, news, police, pornography, racism by sally

‘Two former police officers have been barred from working in the role again for their part in a WhatsApp group that shared bestiality porn and rape jokes.’

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The Independent, 22nd June 2022

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Fine for male trainee who told female colleague: “I roofied your drink” – Legal Futures

Posted June 16th, 2022 in alcohol abuse, disciplinary procedures, fines, harassment, news, solicitors by sally

‘A trainee solicitor who subjected two female colleagues to “harassing and abusive behaviour” at a work Christmas party has been fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 16th June 2022

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QC suspended over failure to disclose key evidence to defence – Legal Research

‘A very senior criminal law QC has been suspended for a year over a decision not to disclose surveillance evidence which ultimately led to a conviction being overturned on appeal.’

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Legal Research, 8th June 2022

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Tribunals agree to “deterrent” sanctions for sexual and racial misconduct – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) and Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) have agreed to impose “deterrent” sanctions for sexual and racial misconduct and other forms of discrimination, bullying or harassment.’

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Legal Futures, 7 June 2022

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Defending legal challenges to school exclusions – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court recently dismissed a judicial review challenge to a school exclusion decision. Alex Line looks at the lessons to be learned from the ruling.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st May 2022

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Court refuses judicial review of SRA and LAA over control order – Legal Futures

‘A non-solicitor has failed in his attempt to judicially review a control order imposed on him by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) six years ago.’

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Legal Futures, 30th May 2022

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SRA disciplinary decisions could stay in public domain for longer – Legal Futures

‘Details of disciplinary and other regulatory action taken by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) could be published for longer than the current three years to combat misinformation online, it said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 11th May 2022

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Report calls for primary school exclusions to be banned by 2026 – The Independent

‘Exclusions from primary school should be banned by 2026, a new report has said.’

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The Independent, 29th April 2022

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Doctors could soon face action over ‘misleading’ social media posts – The Guardian

‘Doctors who share “misleading” information on social media could face regulatory action, according to planned new guidelines.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2022

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