Richard Fox, Jessica Clay and Lucinda Soon review the SRA’s approach to non-solicitor misconduct

All those who work in firms, not just lawyers, are liable to sanction by both their employer and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for acts of misconduct. The SRA’s all-pervasive ‘Principles’, introduced in November 2019, make clear those who it regulates must – among other things – act in a way that upholds public trust and confidence in the solicitors’ profession; act with integrity; and act in a way that encourages equality, diversity and inclusion. What is not commonly appreciated is these obligations not to misbehave extend to non-lawyers working in firms as well as those who are solicitor qualified. This has been brought home in several recent cases, which highlight that loss of employmen...

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