Regulatory Blog

1 April 2021

Rule 12 – when the Assistant Registrar’s decision not to refer an allegation against a doctor is not final

R (on the application of Young) v General Medical Council [2021] EWHC 534 (Admin).
The material issue in this case was whether a second assistant registrar of the GMC (“AR2”) was right to decide that allegations should proceed, despite a decision previously made by an assistant registrar (“AR1”) that allegations should not proceed.

Shannett Thompson

30 March 2021

BEIS White Paper on Audit Reform: Implications for Audit Firms and Auditors

In this first part of a two-part blog series, we focus on the implications particularly for mid-tier audit firms and auditors arising from the consultation (the “white paper”) published last week by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), entitled “Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance.” The consultation is open for responses until 8 July 2021. 

Julie Matheson

30 March 2021

A review of the SRA's Upholding Professional Standards Report 2018/19

The SRA introduced a new assessment and early resolution process focusing on upfront engagement and delivering, where possible, earlier outcomes on concerns reported to it. Additionally, in February 2019, the SRA introduced a revised Enforcement Strategy, setting out its approach to enforcement and the factors it will take into account when considering whether regulatory action is needed. 

Jessica Clay

29 March 2021

How many more Claire Matthews have been victim of a regulatory systems failure?

Claire Matthews was unrepresented when she was struck off in March 2020 for the alleged dishonest cover up that followed her having left a (locked) bag of confidential papers on a train.

Julie Norris

25 March 2021

More clarity needed from the SRA on boundaries concerning sexual misconduct and harassment in law firms

The solicitors’ watchdog is right to take charge of misconduct cases but it needs firmer guidance to succeed 

Iain Miller

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