Iain Miller

Partner

Regulatory

'incredibly accessible, knowledgeable, thoughtful and pragmatic in his approach'

Legal 500 2019

A standout practitioner who is highly sought after for his knowledge of legal regulatory processes

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2019

Iain specialises in legal ethics, investigations, and public law matters.     He is General Editor of the leading textbook on legal services regulation, Cordery on Legal Services as well as Chair of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers. 

Iain’s experience in relation to legal services regulation dates back to 1994.  Since then he has acted in many of the leading cases relating to the regulation of lawyers in England and Wales. His experience covers not only disciplinary proceedings but also, business structures, investigations, public law challenges, liability and restructuring.  Iain acts for a number of large law firms in advising them on SRA related issues as well as providing advice to law firm partners.  Iain also provides policy, governance and litigation advice to regulators in England & Wales and in other jurisdictions.

Iain is ranked as Band 1 in Chambers & Partners Guide to the UK Legal Profession in both the categories of Professional Discipline and Administrative & Public Law.  He is also a leading individual in the Legal 500 in the field of Professional Discipline as well as being named in relation to Partnership and Public Law. In 2013 Iain was included in the Lawyer Magazine's Hot 100. He is Vice-Chair of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.

Recent Work

  • Advising law firms and individual partners in relation to investigations by the SRA in relation to alleged sexual misconduct in the workplace;
  • Advising several large firms in relation to their reporting obligations to the SRA and the conduct of internal investigations
  • Advising a financial services company on potential business structures for setting up an Alternative Business Structure
  • Advising several in house legal teams on the work they can undertake without becoming an Alternative Business Structure
  • Drafting a lawyers’ and accountancy conduct of code for a Gulf based regulator
  • Advising a European regulator on developments in worldwide legal regulation
  • Advising accountancy clients in relation to investigations by their regulators
  • Advising several regulators on drafting their rules and decision making schemes
  • Presenting cases to the Architects Registration Board’s Professional Conduct Committee
  • Lumsdon and others v The Legal Services Board [2015] UKSC 41 – Challenge by the Criminal Bar Association to the implementation of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates
  • Hemming v Westminster City Council [2015] UKSC 41 - Whether the Provision of Services Regulations precluded charging for enforcement and other costs as part of an authorisation scheme
  • Acted for the Bar Standards Board in the drafting of their revised Code of Conduct, Entity Regulation Framework and application to become a Licensing Authority for Alternative Business Structures
  • Advised on the regulatory aspects of the insolvency of Halliwells LLP, Dewey and LeBoeuf LLP,  Cobbetts LLP,  Manches LLP, Challinors and Davenport Lyons
     

 

Publications

Articles and Comments

Other publications

  • General Editor, Cordery on Legal Services, Lexis Nexis, Looseleaf.
  • Co-Editor, Butterworth’s Guide to the Legal Services Act 2007.
  • Co-Author, Alternative Business Structures, Law Society Publications
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Law Society's Legal Compliance Bulletin
  •  Member of Consulting Editorial Board of LexisPSL Practice Compliance

 

what clients and directories have said

"incredibly accessible, knowledgeable, thoughtful and pragmatic in his approach"

Legal 500 2019

"fabulous"

Legal 500 2019

"He's very down-to-earth, unflappable and pragmatic," 

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2019

"he looks for solutions rather than issues."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2019

"He is pragmatic, very sensible and analytical in his approach. He is always well prepared and thinks through all of the issues."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2018

"Kingsley Napley LLP’s ‘star is rising this year’ with the lateral hire of Iain Miller"

Legal 500 2017

"He knows us as a client and our environment and he knows what are realistic and practical solutions for us."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2017

"fountain of all knowledge" 

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2017
 

“probably one of the top solicitors in this sphere.”

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2017

 

 

professional societies and memberships

"he looks for solutions rather than issues."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2019

"He's very down-to-earth, unflappable and pragmatic," 

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2019

"He's one of the most knowledgeable lawyers on legal regulation and the more difficult or specialist areas."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2018

"He is pragmatic, very sensible and analytical in his approach. He is always well prepared and thinks through all of the issues."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2018

“probably one of the top solicitors in this sphere.”

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2017

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Insight from Iain

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News

Disciplinary hearings rise 40 per cent in five years - Iain Miller quoted in The Times

The lowered standard of proof required to convict lawyers of misconduct - Iain Miller quoted in The Times

Solicitors warned to expect extension of price transparency rules - Iain Miller quoted in the Law Society Gazette

Conduct unbecoming - Iain Miller quoted in Law Society Gazette

Law firm bullying culture in the spotlight - Iain Miller quoted in The Times

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Blogs

Towards clarity on reporting obligations

At last we are moving away from a state of limbo over NDAs

SRA Handbook: The 5 changes you need to know about

Tribunal is the big winner in Leigh Day case

SRA Price Transparency FAQs

Is it time to re-visit Bolton?

SRA Handbook 2019 – Time to start preparing

New ethical challenges surrounding gagging orders in the #MeToo era

Sexual Misconduct and the Duty to Report to the SRA

Ordinarily hard to challenge ombudsman’s decision-making marred by illegality, irrationality, procedural unfairness and pre-determination

IWD: We need to talk about Non-Disclosure Agreements

Legal Services Regulation in 2018 – 6 things to watch

The Business Case For Legal Ethics

Supreme Court overrules the Ghosh test - The Implications for Professional Disciplinary Proceedings

#LSA10: Reflecting on 10 years of the Legal Services Act - An Introduction

White & Case fined £250,000: Is this the shape of things to come in Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal cases?

The brave new world of price transparency and what it means for firms

SRA Warning on Offensive Communications

More flexible regulation of solicitors: opportunity or threat?

The slow death of the criminal standard in professional disciplinary proceedings

Lack of Integrity – Has it just been abolished?

The Great Repeal Bill and the regulation of law firms

What is lack of integrity?

Solicitors acting as McKenzie Friends and unbundling legal services – a cautionary tale

Let's fast-track solicitor discipline

Brexit and Law Firms

Legal Services Regulation in 2017 – 5 things to watch

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imiller@kingsleynapley.co.uk

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