On 26th March, an article from the London School of Economics reports that Dr Blackwell, Assistant Professor of Law in LSE’s Department of Law has criticised the warning issued by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.  The warning notice issued by the SRA suggested that solicitors who facilitate tax avoidance are necessarily breaching the SRA Code of Conduct.  However, Dr Blackwell has said that the concept and facilitation of tax avoidance in and of itself does not necessarily entail such breaches or negligence.  He also says that the SRA has not altered their Code of Conduct, and the conclusions of the warning notice are inconsistent with established case law regarding the Code of Conduct; and that therefore it has arguably breached its own legal obligation to uphold the rule of law, by limiting the availability of legal advice to citizens.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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