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I recently represented an Iranian-born solicitor – let us call him Mr Zadini – in disciplinary proceedings at the SDT. Some of the allegations against Mr Zadini were very serious, but he was not responsible for any of the serious regulatory breaches because he did not carry out any of the relevant work within the firm. One of Mr Zadini’s partners accepted responsibility for the serious matters and the SRA withdrew the allegations against him. He was dealt with only for two breaches of the accounts rules and one minor matter dealing with inadequate cascading of money-laundering information within the firm. His culpability fell towards the bottom of the scale. He was fined £2,000. In the meantime his business had been wrecked, not least because of the SRA’s policy of publicising forthcoming disciplinary appearances by solicitors. If you were to put Mr Zadini’s name into Google you would find on the first page ‘Solicitors Regulation Authority Solicitor ID 123456 – record check’. With one click you would find yourself at the SRA webpage ‘Published regulatory and disciplinary outcomes’. With two more clicks you would find the six charges faced by Mr Zadini. If you were thinking of instructing Mr Zadini to carry out some legal work for you, I suspect you would think again. I spend much of my professional life trying to help and advise solicitors in trouble with their regulator. Some deserve harsh disciplinary treatment, but many do not. Time after time my clients complain to me about the unfairness of having the disciplinary charges published by the SRA on its website, there for all to see. And time after time they report a downturn in new instructions as a result of that catastrophic publicity. Is this fair? To my mind the answer is no. The SRA has a very wide range of regulatory powers. It can impose conditions upon practising certificates, and in this way it can efficiently protect the public interest pending the resolution of disciplinary charges by the SDT. It has no need to publish those charges to the world at large. Often it does not impose any conditions upon solicitors who are facing charges. Whether it does or not, a careful judgement is made as to what the public interest requires. Such conditions are inevitably imposed for the protection of the public, and are, properly, published on the SRA website. Back in June 2007, when the publication policy was being thrashed out, Peter Williamson, chairman of the SRA, wrote in the Gazette: ‘The consequences of publishing disciplinary information could have serious effects and there will need to be appropriate thresholds and safeguards, including the right of appeal to the SDT.’ That admirable statement of principle has since been entirely abandoned. There are no thresholds and there is no right of appeal. Instead, all referrals to the SDT are published on the SRA website unless the solicitor concerned is fortunate enough to be represented by one of the very few firms of solicitors who oppose this indiscriminate policy. And there is no right of appeal to the SDT against a decision to refer a case to the SDT (any challenge must be by way of judicial review – there has been no reported successful challenge). There is another reason why the policy produces manifest unfairness. It discriminates against those with unusual surnames. My instructing solicitor in the Zadini case was the redoubtable Nigel West of Radcliffes le Brasseur. If you web-searched Mr West, you would have to wade through pages of materials about the eponymous spy writer before finding anything about Nigel West the solicitor. I cannot help believing that the SRA publication policy must discriminate against ethnic minority lawyers. It is time that the SRA reconsidered and abandoned its policy of indiscriminate publication and formulated a more rational and proportionate one. Gregory Treverton-Jones QC is a barrister at 39 Essex Street chambers, London, and co-author of The Solicitor’s Handbook
The Boston Celtics have agreed to trade Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks after more than a year of speculation on the point guard’s future, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.In exchange for Rondo and rookie big man Dwight Powell, the Celtics will receive big man Brandan Wright, point guard Jameer Nelson and small forward Jae Crowder, along with the Mavericks’ 2015 first-round draft pick. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the trade, first reported by ESPN and Yahoo Sports, has not been made official.The move boosts the Mavs’ weak point guard play, as Nelson and Devin Harris had been splitting time there. The Celtics were eager to move Rondo, who will be a free agent this offseason, and bring in a reasonable haul headlines by Wright, the 27-year-old who leads the NBA in shooting 74.8% from the field as he finally has been able to stay healthy.Rondo, a Louisville native, leads the NBA in assists per game for the third time in four years. His passing skill cannot be doubted, and he has a penchant for triple-doubles as an elite rebounding guard. But his shooting percentage, once an asset at about 50%, has slipped down to about 40% the past two seasons. He is on pace to be the third player in NBA history to average more than 10 assists and fewer than 10 points per game.Trade talks heat up again for Louisville’s Rajon RondoThe four-time All-Star tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in January 2013. The Celtics traded former costars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets and allowed coach Doc Rivers to go to the Los Angeles Clippers in the ensuing offseason, and Rondo became a focus of trade rumors even while rehabilitating.Celtics President Danny Ainge has committed to a rebuilding process that included hiring coach Brad Stevens from Butler University and drafting combo guard Marcus Smart sixth overall. This trade is the latest for a team built around young players such as Smart, shooting guard Avery Bradley and big men Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk.Dallas now has a starting lineup of Rondo, Monta Ellis, Chandler Parsons, Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler, among the NBA’s most formidable units. But the move hurts the Mavericks’ depth, as Wright had been their primary big man off the bench. Greg Smith and Charlie Villanueva now will shoulder more of the burden. Powell, a 6-11 rookie out of Stanford, only appeared in five games for the Celtics.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down That’s included big-name rappers in recent years, such as Tech N9ne, Lil Yaghty and 2 Chainz.None of them brought the cache of Snoop, though. The 47-year-old rapper and well-known sports fan was expected to take the minds of players, fans and recruits off the specter of the NCAA investigation and turn attention fully to a season in which the Jayhawks are expected to be title contenders.The school even promoted his appearance with a social media video of Hall of Fame coach Bill Self wearing a gaudy chain and Adidas shirt — the focus of the NCAA inquiry has been on the apparel company’s dealings with recruits, including whether officials paid them to steer them to its schools.Wearing a No. 20 jersey with “Snoop” on the back, the artist performed for about 35 minutes to a full house that included the men’s and women’s basketball teams. But he wound up singing unedited versions of several hits, such as “Gin and Juice” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” as pole dancers performed and fake $100 bills featuring the rapper’s face were shot over players and recruits.Self said he wasn’t feeling well and spent most of the performance in the locker room. He later told The Kansas City Star he expected a “radio edited” version of the songs.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees Djokovic beats Millman in straight sets to win Japan Open LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 photo, rapper Snoop Dogg performs during Late Night in the Phog, Kansas’ annual NCAA college basketball kickoff, at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. (Nick Krug/The Lawrence Journal-World via AP)LAWRENCE, Kan. — The University of Kansas apologized for its risque Late Night at the Phog event in which rapper Snoop Dogg performed, stripper poles were wheeled onto the Allen Fieldhouse floor and fake money was shot over the heads of prospective recruits.Athletic director Jeff Long said Friday night “we expected a clean version of the show.”ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t guess you have visuals on radio. I learned that tonight,” Self told The Star. “That’s not the direction anybody at our school would want that to go at all, regardless of any entertainment that it provided many, it was still not the right way to provide the entertainment.”Especially given the controversy already surrounding the tradition-rich program.The school received a notice from the NCAA late last month alleging three severe violations tied to recruiting and a responsibility charge leveled against Self. Also cited is a lack of institutional control within the program.The document does not detail what Kansas is accused of doing. The program is among the most prominent in an NCAA inquiry into a pay-for-play scheme that began with an FBI investigation into the apparel company Adidas.A former employee for the company later testified that he made payments to the family of one Kansas recruit and the guardian of a current player, and text messages presented in court revealed a close relationship between Self and the Adidas employee.The school has said it will appeal and “strongly disagrees” with the assertion it lacks institutional control.Kansas will be allowed to present its case at a hearing. The NCAA will then rule, often within several months, and the school has the right to appeal.North Carolina State also has received a notice of allegations. Arizona, Auburn, Creighton, Louisville, LSU and Southern California are among those under the NCAA microscope. Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ The Jayhawks instead got an R-rated performance for their annual basketball kickoff and another big headache as they deal with a high-level NCAA infractions case tied to recruiting.“We made it clear to the entertainers’ managers that we expected a clean version of the show and took additional steps to communicate to our fans, including moving the artist to the final act of the evening, to ensure that no basketball activities would be missed if anyone did not want to stay for his show,” Long said in a statement. “I take full responsibility for not thoroughly vetting all the details of the performance and offer my personal apology to those who were offended.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“We strive to create a family atmosphere at Kansas and fell short of that this evening.”Kansas has been putting on Late Night for 35 years, but what began as a scrimmage to celebrate the start of basketball practices has turned into a night of skits, music and entertainment. 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