SRA consultation on health and wellbeing at work…
We've responded to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) consultation on changes to its health and wellbeing at work rules.
Action is needed on strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPS) to level the playing field between parties and protect the administration of justice.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has heightened concerns around SLAPPs – especially the impact of claims brought by wealthy individuals and corporations clamping down on free speech and reporting on events.
In May 2022, we responded to an urgent call for evidence on SLAPPs from the government.
“Action is needed against SLAPPs to prevent potential abuses of the administration of justice,” said Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce.
To help inform our response to this rapidly developing issue, we set up a working group with law firms representing both defendants and claimants.
Solicitors are held to the highest professional standards and there are rules in place which deal with inappropriate litigation or abusive litigation.
It’s important that we clarify and strengthen rules on SLAPP lawsuits to level the playing field between parties with different financial resources.
We suggest robust use of:
We also suggest limiting the legal costs incurred by SLAPP litigation, for example, by exploring:
There’s no quick solution to this complex issue, however.
Reforms need to strike the right balance between freedom of speech – particularly concerning the public interest – and the right of businesses and individuals to protect their reputation against false allegations.