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The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has warned solicitors not to get involved in litigation aimed at silencing legitimate critics, known as ‘strategic lawsuits against public participation’ or SLAPPs.

The SRA is concerned, alongside increasing public concern, some solicitors in England and Wales are using SLAPPs on behalf of their clients to prevent publication on matters of public importance, such as academic research, whistleblowing or campaigning or investigative journalism.

It has published a