Jessica is a Senior Associate with over a decade’s worth of experience specialising in legal services regulation. Jessica’s work in this sector focuses  on advising her clients in relation to complying with regulatory obligations, better understanding the importance of legal ethics within regulation, regulatory investigations and public law matters, including reviewing regulatory frameworks and decision making processes.  Outside the legal services sector, she acts both for and against the regulators of the accountancy and actuarial professionals.

Having worked for a legal services regulator and provided advice to those handling complex disciplinary cases, Jessica understands first-hand, how allegations are considered and on what basis decisions are made. This provides a unique and valuable insight to her clients, enabling her to better understand the full range of regulatory outcomes and the ones more likely to be imposed, as well as thinking of other creative solutions leading to the resolution of cases.  Jessica is known for having an eagle eye for detail but never losing sight of the bigger picture for her clients.  She will consider all the options available and will seek to obtain the best outcomes she can for clients, at the earliest possible opportunity.

Jessica’s clients in the legal sector include those who are subject to regulatory investigations and any subsequent disciplinary proceedings, as well as those seeking regulatory advice about their regulatory and ethical obligations, changes to business structures, authorisation processes, and those facing public law challenges.

Jessica regularly advises regulators in the legal sector and beyond, where she provides policy and strategy, regulatory reform, governance and litigation advice and advises on extensive drafting projects, as well as delivering training on focus areas.

Jessica’s early legal regulatory career was spent in private practice, before moving in-house, first at the Legal Services Board (LSB) and then at the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Jessica joined Kingsley Napley in July 2019.  Having worked both in private practice and in-house, gaining experience both in prosecution and defence, ensures that she is ideally placed to advise regulated professionals on how a regulator may view alleged conduct, what action may follow, and how best to defend any allegation.

Recent work

  • Advising a regulator on a review of its disciplinary scheme
  • Advising law firms and individual solicitors in relation to their regulatory and ethical obligations, including in relation to the SRA’s Standards and Regulations and the underpinning Enforcement Strategy
  • Advising SRA regulated individuals and firms in relation to SRA investigations
  • Drafting regulations for a regulator 
  • Advising regulators on governance issues, their statutory powers and other ad-hoc issues arising

 

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An effective team player who role models the combination of intellectual rigour and speed of delivery which clients need in this area of law”

A client

Has expert level knowledge in legal regulation and wider public law experience”

A client

I always knew if I instructed Jessica to do something, it would be done thoroughly, to a high standard and with thought”

A client

 


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Blogs

Preventing solicitor burn-out: more than ‘just an HR issue’

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

No strike-off for dishonesty: A case law review of exceptional circumstances

Post-Beckwith – where to now for sexual misconduct cases?

The use of artificial intelligence: interesting technological developments in the legal and accountancy sectors

Technology in the accountancy and legal sectors – what are the regulators doing? The long read…

The SRA Standards and Regulations – a year on

Innovation and Regulation – Necessary Bedfellows

Are you getting complacent with compliance?

An independent, strong, diverse and effective legal profession – if at first you don’t succeed, try try again, but how many chances do we need?

Sexual misconduct allegations in law firms are ever-present – following due process is key

“Regulation beyond the echo chambers”: who is listening?

Promoting a good working culture in law firms - Part 3: The importance of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives in promoting a good working culture

Promoting a good working culture in law firms - Part 2: The importance of wellbeing in the workplace

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

Promoting a good working culture in law firms - Part 1: What is a manager's role?

Guidance and updates for regulated legal professionals during Coronavirus pandemic

Covid 19 - a reminder for solicitors and law firms about their regulatory obligations

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

What will the StaRs mean for you?

Reach for the StaRs!

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