"He's approachable, incisive in his advice and provides wise counsel specifically tailored to addressing client needs."

Chambers & Partners, 2022

"He knows absolutely everything and is a delight to work with. He's also trusted by regulators and is incredibly hard-working. He's an absolute superstar."

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Iain Miller rightly deserves his reputation as a doyen; he is not only a fountain of knowledge, but extremely user friendly and a delight to work with. He also sets the tone for everyone in his team – they all, as a result, recognise the human element in professional discipline, which is absolutely key, and do the best job possible.”

Legal 500 UK 2022

"Highly regarded for his specialism in advising major law firms and legal regulatory bodies on a broad range of issues. - He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the area and knows the rules inside out."

Chambers UK 2021 - A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the area and knows the rules inside out." - advising major law firms and legal regulatory bodies on a broad range of issues."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2021

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.

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 the Professional Discipline category and ranked as Band 2 in the Administrative & Public Law category. He is also ranked in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for professional discipline. In 2013 Iain was included in the Lawyer Magazine's Hot 100. 

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
  • Provided expert support on the law relating to undertakings to Your Lawyers in the Supreme Court case of Harcus Sinclair LLP v Your Lawyers Limited [2021] UKSC 32
  • 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



Articles and Comments

Other appointments

  • 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
  • Member of the Advisory Panel on Legal Regulatory Matters of the Astana International Financial Centre


what clients and directories have said

"He is a class act who has great powers of judgement and good knowledge of the issues."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2021

"He is just incredibly technically knowledgeable. He is also very pragmatic and adopts a very nuanced approach."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2021

"hugely experienced, solicitor of choice for advising the legal regulators (SRA and BSB etc.) and other regulators. Very good judgment, unflappable and very bright."

Legal 500 2020

"an SRA guru." 

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2020

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

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

Legal 500 2019


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'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

"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



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Move fast to fix NDAs if you want to avoid a ban- Iain Miller writes for The Times

Sexual impropriety cases at risk- Iain Miller quoted in The Times

This war’s gonna end – do the right thing: Iain Miller writes for the Law Society Gazette

The SRA's new rules - Iain Miller writes for the Times Online

New dawn for legal services as solicitors set free

Government promises NDA legislation - but is light on details - Iain Miller quoted in The Law Society Gazette

Iain Miller quoted in Legal Futures - Clients “more likely to sue law firms than freelance solicitors”

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

NDAs under fire as ‘weaponising’ mechanism to silence victims of sexual crimes - Iain Miller quoted in IBA article

Law firms investigated for gagging alleged victims of sexual abuse - Iain Miller quoted in The Times

Iain Miller named as "Lawyer of the Year" for Professional Malpractice Litigation

Price transparency: is it about to eat your lunch? Iain Miller writes for The Law Society's Legal Compliance Bulletin

Ethics and NDAs - A CELs Think Tank Report

Iain Miller takes part in The Law Society Gazette roundtable on Cybersecurity

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

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

COVID-19: If you get a fixed penalty notice for non-compliance with lockdown measures – do you have to tell the Solicitors Regulation Authority?

Maybe I am a feminist after all

Regulators had better get ready for partisan politicisation

Firms need to put legal ethics at the heart of their business

StaRs: Reporting concerns - understanding your obligations

Understanding the new SRA Principles and Code: the long read

Reach for the StaRs!

Lawyers must fix the problems with gagging orders before it is too late

SRA AML audits: be prepared

SRA to undertake AML audits as enforcers keep focus on “professional enablers”

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

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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

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