UK: Solicitor charged by SRA over Covid vaccine letters

The UK Law Society Gazette reports

Alaw firm director has been charged by the SRA over allegations that she sent legal threats to schools and doctor surgeries during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lois Bayliss, the sole director of Broad Yorkshire Law based in Sheffield, is alleged to have improperly sought to have relied upon her standing and role as a solicitor.

The SRA alleged in its prosecution notice that over two-and-a-half weeks in February 2022, she sent letters to up to 450 individuals at up to 247 schools and GP surgeries threatening that recipients would face criminal and/or civil liability.

Those proceedings, it is alleged she said, would follow if the school or surgeries required face-coverings and carried out routine lateral flow tests for schoolchildren, or if they facilitated children receiving the Covid-19 vaccine. It is alleged by the SRA that these threats were misleading.

The allegations are subject to a hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and are as yet unproven.

The Gazette has attempted to contact Bayliss, who was admitted as a solicitor in 2006. Her firm specialises in personal injury and was incorporated in 2011.