Regulatory Blog

18 January 2021

Beckwith v SRA – an analysis of the Court’s landmark decision

The decision of the Divisional Court in Beckwith v SRA [2020] EWHC 3231 (Admin) has attracted extensive press attention as it is the first SRA case involving allegations of sexual misconduct that are not based on criminal conviction to reach the High Court.  In high level terms the Court found that sexual misconduct cases should be confined to cases that clearly engage the SRA’s Code of Conduct and expressed the view that there were limits on how far a regulator should take action in relation to matters of private life.

Iain Miller

12 January 2021

The SRA’s updated NDA warning notice introduces welcome clarity

On 12 March 2018 the SRA published its warning notice on the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). This was in the wake of the widespread publicity at the time given to NDAs which had been considered too draconian in reach and effect.

Julie Norris

21 December 2020

Unacceptable Professional Conduct and Conviction cases: avoid the pitfalls of applying the wrong tests to the wrong facts

Wray v General Osteopathic Council [2020] EWHC 3409 (QB)

Mr Wray (‘Mr W’), an osteopath, appeared before a Panel of the Professional Conduct Committee (‘PCC’) of the General Osteopathic Council (‘GOsC’) after self-reporting a series of events he had been involved in.

Kathryn Sheridan

10 December 2020

Has the Pandemic Further Emphasised the Need for Regulatory Reform in the Healthcare Sector?

We are now nine months into the pandemic and we are still learning new things about its effect on our personal and professional lives.

Shannett Thompson

9 December 2020

First anniversary of the extension of the Senior Managers & Certification Regime

As we near the first anniversary of the extension of the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SM&CR) to solo-regulated FCA firms, the first round of annual fitness and propriety assessments will be topping the to-do lists of many compliance professionals.

Jill Lorimer

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