UK: SOLICITORS REGULATION AUTHORITY 20 CASES AGAINST LAW FIRMS BEING INVESTIGATED FOR POSSIBLE WRONGDOING OVER SO-CALLED ‘STRATEGIC LAWSUIT AGAINST PUBLIC PARTICIPATION’ (SLAPP) LITIGATION 

On 24 June, the Law Society Gazette reported that the SRA chief executive has said that the regulator had identified a cohort of cases where it had received reports or intelligence that a firm may be involved in a SLAPP.  Critics accuse law firms of aiding kleptocrats – including oligarchs and allies of Vladimir Putin – in intimidating journalists and shutting down reports of corruption.  Even when such cases are meritless they can be prolonged so that costs escalate and defendants are forced to back down.

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/sra-reveals-number-of-open-slapps-investigations/5112901.article

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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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