Defending Professionals Law Blog

17 January 2019

Is a solicitor under a duty to warn their client of risks falling outside their retainer?

The Court of Appeal decision in Cathal Anthony Lyons v Fox Williams LLP [2018] EWCA Civ 2347 has provided welcome guidance on a solicitor’s duty to advise their clients on potential risks and confirms that no such duty exists in respect of matters falling outside a solicitor’s retainer.

Jemma Brimblecombe

9 January 2019

AML: targeting the professional enablers – action not just talk

The significant sentence handed down (4th January, 2019) to a solicitor after being found guilty of three offences of money laundering shows that law enforcement is serious about cracking down on “professional enablers”. Scott McKay was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for money laundering committed in the course of his business as a conveyancing solicitor. It is reported that his conviction related to his work in the purchase of over eighty properties bought on behalf of members of a criminal gang.

Jonathan Grimes

27 November 2018

3,000 doctors face checks after psychiatrist who practised without a licence is sentenced to a five year prison sentence

The General Medical Council (‘GMC’) is urgently checking the qualifications of foreign doctors who were able to register in the UK under a now defunct provision in the Medical Act 1983 (‘the Act’).

Shannett Thompson

11 October 2018

The Rise of the Influencer: Advertising Standards Agency release clear guidance for ‘Influencers’- #AD not #Spon?

On 28 September 2018, The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) published new guidance for influencers to assist them in abiding by the relevant advertising rules.

Fiona Strachan

12 June 2018

Love Island and your professional obligations

The launch of ITV2’s reality TV show ‘Love Island’ amassed an audience of approximately 2.95 million, becoming the highest-rating programme at 9pm across all channels last Monday. Another first for the series is the inclusion of contestants with professional qualifications such as an A&E doctor and a newly qualified solicitor.

Katherine Galza

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