Hundreds of UK officers should never have been appointed, says police watchdog – The Guardian

‘Officers with prior convictions and close links with criminals are among hundreds who have joined the police in the last three years who should not have been allowed in, according to the head of the police watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 5th February 2023

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Covid: Powys doctor given nine-month ban for false claims – BBC News

Posted January 31st, 2023 in coronavirus, disciplinary procedures, doctors, news, standards, tribunals by tracey

‘A private doctor who put false claims about Covid-19 treatments online has been banned from practising for nine months after a medical tribunal.’

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BBC News, 30th January 2023

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Retired vicar banned over ‘virulently antisemitic’ posts Published 11 hours ago – BBC News

Posted January 31st, 2023 in Church of England, clergy, complaints, disciplinary procedures, internet, Judaism, news by tracey

‘A Church of England priest who shared “virulently antisemitic” material has been barred from ministry for 12 years.’

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BBC News, 30th January 2023

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New ‘failure to prevent’ offence could hit lawyers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 27th, 2023 in bills, crime prevention, disciplinary procedures, fines, fraud, news, solicitors by sally

‘The government is preparing to bring in new laws to create an offence of ‘failure to prevent fraud’ that could put solicitors at risk of facing prosecution.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th January 2023

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BSB to commission independent review of enforcement processes – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is to commission an “independent end-to-end” review of its enforcement processes in a bid to improve its much-criticised performance.’

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Legal Futures, 27th January 2023

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How Deep Does Misogyny Run In The Met? – Each Other

‘The Metropolitan Police Service (Met) was put under “special measures” in 2022, following a series of acts carried out by serving police officers, including: the rape and murder of Sarah Everard, unethical handling of the bodies of Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry, the strip-search of Child Q, and a series of WhatsApp groups which cultivated rape culture. But that was the tip of the iceberg in unearthing misogyny in the Met.’

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Each Other, 25th January 2023

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Met chief ‘can’t promise women reporting sexual offence will not meet officer accused of wrongdoing’ – The Independent

‘The head of the Metropolitan Police said he can’t promise that women reporting sexual offences will not encounter an officer under investigation.’

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The Independent, 17th January 2023

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SRA sanctioned for wrongly publishing trainee’s ban – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has been sanctioned in costs after prematurely stating on its website that it had banned a former trainee solicitor from working for law firms.’

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Legal Futures, 16th January 2023

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No action taken on 90% of complaints against police officers, figures show – The Independent

Posted January 13th, 2023 in complaints, disciplinary procedures, news, police, professional conduct, statistics by tracey

‘No action has been taken on almost 90 per cent of complaints against police in England and Wales, figures show. Of over 86,000 allegations handled under an official process in 2021-22, a tiny 0.2 per cent resulted in disciplinary proceedings.’

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The Independent, 12th January 2023

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Legal regulators “need to work on building trust” with their communities – Legal Futures

Posted January 10th, 2023 in conveyancing, disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors by sally

‘Legal regulators can reduce the amount of enforcement work they need to undertake if they can build enough trust that lawyers will approach them before things go wrong, an event has heard.’

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Legal Futures, 10th January 2023

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SRA can enforce costs order against solicitor struck off in 2010 – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) can enforce a £15,000 costs order against a struck-off solicitor more than 12 years after it was made, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 6th January 2023

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Solicitor fails to persuade judge to reconsider unfair dismissal ruling – Legal Futures

Posted January 5th, 2023 in disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors, unfair dismissal by sally

‘An assistant solicitor who won his unfair dismissal claim solely on the basis of the procedure followed has failed to persuade the judge to reconsider his decision.’

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Legal Futures, 5th January 2023

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Forty potential ministerial code breaches never investigated, report reveals – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2022 in codes of practice, disciplinary procedures, government departments, news by tracey

‘Forty potential breaches of the ministerial code have never been referred for investigation by the ethics adviser, data shows.’

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2022

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One for all: SRA regulation for staff – Kingsley Napley Employment Law Blog

‘All those who work in law firms, not just lawyers, are liable to sanction by both their employer and the SRA for acts of misconduct…’

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Kingsley Napley Employment Law Blog, 29th November 2022

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Offences Against Match Officials: Where to Draw the Line? – Football Law

Posted November 30th, 2022 in assault, disciplinary procedures, interpretation, news, sport by sally

‘What constitutes an “assault” in the FA Disciplinary Regulations? Where is the line to be drawn within the FA Disciplinary Regulations between an “assault” and the lesser offence of “physical contact”? A recent decision of an FA Appeal Board has provided some much-needed clarity addressing these questions insofar as they relate to offences against match officials as outlined in paragraph 96 of the FA Disciplinary Regulations, Part D – On-Field Regulations, Section 3 (“OFR, Section 3”).’

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Football Law, November 2022

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Chelsea Bridge death: family bring test case against police watchdog – The Guardian

‘The family of Oladeji Omishore, who drowned in June shortly after he was shot with a stun gun by police, are taking the police watchdog to the high court in a test case, accusing them of failing to properly investigate the officers involved.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2022

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Royal Navy chief defends service’s handling of sex abuse allegations – The Independent

‘The head of the Royal Navy has defended the way in which the service handles allegations of rape and sexual abuse, arguing that independent investigations would take longer and “lead to less good outcomes”.’

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The Independent, 26th November 2022

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Bar Council piles pressure on BSB over Dinah Rose case – Legal Futures

Posted November 24th, 2022 in barristers, complaints, disciplinary procedures, news by sally

‘The Bar Council has taken the unusual step of criticising the Bar Standards Board (BSB) for its “unacceptable and inexcusable” handling of a complaint against Dinah Rose KC.’

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Legal Futures, 24th November 2022

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MPs back tougher economic crime fines and oversight for lawyers – Legal Futures

‘MPs have backed giving the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) unlimited fining powers in cases of economic crime.’

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Legal Futures, 24th November 2022

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Alleged Islamophobia in misconduct proceedings: El Diwany – Law & Religion UK

‘Mr Farid El Diwany was twice convicted in Norway of harassment [16] and, in consequence, was struck off the Roll of Solicitors [16(ix)]. In El Diwany v Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd [2022] EWHC 2882 (Admin), he appealed against an order of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (“the SDT”) dated 18 November 2021 refusing his application to be restored to the Roll [1].’

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Law & Religion UK, 16th November 2022

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