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Gideon Habel

Associate solicitor

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He's very clever and very astute.
Gideon assisted me when the SRA alleged I had been dishonest. He helped me draft a full response to the SRA, rebutting the allegations. Happily, the SRA decided to take no further action. I have no hesitation in recommending him.
Gideon is the lead associate in the firm’s regulatory and disciplinary team. 
Gideon acts for professionals dealing with disciplinary investigations and prosecutions. He has particular expertise in defending and advising solicitors and firms responding to investigations and proceedings brought by the SRA. 
Gideon combines his professional discipline defence practice with advisory work on regulatory and compliance matters (for individual and institutional clients) including in relation to compliance with professional Codes of Conduct, the GDPR and in the handling of complaints and disciplinary proceedings.
His recent work includes:
  • supporting a firm in an early-stage SRA investigation into its accounting practices;
  • acting for a solicitor in defending an SRA prosecution before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in a case lasting over two weeks; 
  • persuading the SRA to take no further action against a junior solicitor who blew the whistle on his former employer but who was then himself investigated by the SRA;
  • advising a junior solicitor responding to suggestions of potential misconduct by a former employer, including in relation to his self-reporting obligations to the SRA;
  • advising a professional training organisation in relation to aspects of its complaints handling and disciplinary procedures;
  • advising a barrister on issues relating to solicitors’ professional conduct duties in litigation;
  • assisting a national charity on a specific project with a complex GDPR dimension. 
Previously, Gideon was the lead solicitor on Leigh Day’s in-house defence team that successfully defended the SRA’s investigation, prosecution and appeal of allegations of professional misconduct arising from the Al Sweady Inquiry between February 2015 and October 2018.
Gideon is a member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers and the Law Society’s Risk & Compliance division.

Gideon Habel in the news

  • “Lawyer protestors advised to do ‘risk analysis’” Legal Futures 24 October 2019
  • “Sun newspaper ordered to print correction over Leigh Day article” Law Society Gazette 12 April 2019
  • “Misconduct while ill: difficult choices for the regulator”, Law Society Gazette 25 October 2018
  • “When should a lawyer admit to being ill?” Law Society Gazette 5 October 2018
  • “’Put up or shut up’ culture under the spotlight” Law Society Gazette 14 September 2018
  • “’We know what it’s like’ – Leigh Day sets up its own regulatory team” Law Society Gazette 11 September 2018
  • “Dealing with online reviews” Law Society Gazette 12 February 2018

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