LSB consultation on first-tier complaints – Law…
The Legal Services Board is consulting on proposals to replace its requirements and guidance on first-tier complaints handling.
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.