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The crux of the SRA’s warning is that regardless of whether solicitors are communicating in a personal, private or work context, communications must not contain statements which are ‘derogatory, harassing, hurtful, puerile, plainly inappropriate, or perceived to be threatening, causing the recipient alarm and distress’. Exchanges of communication with others that are perceived to be humorous pose a particular risk, as the butt of ‘light-hearted banter’ can often be caused offence.
Generally, the speed of email correspondence can create more informality and a less measured, less professional communication, but communications may even amount to a criminal offence under the Malicious Communications Act 1988, the Communications Act 2003 or the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, as well as under the Equality Act 2010...
For a full copy of this article, including LBS Legal’s advice about the risks to which you and your practice may be exposed and the steps you can take to mitigate those risks, email Andre Tahmassian-Zarneh (Compliance Consultant) at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact him on 07572 068105.
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The Law Society has issued a practice note about the risks to solicitors posed by this new legislation, which came into force on 30 September.
The SRA has urged all practices to check HM Treasury’s consolidated list of asset freeze targets, which lists designated persons subject to financial sanction under EU or UK legislation.
The practising certificate renewal period opened on Monday 2 October.
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