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.
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