Francis at a glance:

Francis Dingwall is a solicitor and partner in Legal Risk LLP.  He advises a range of law firms on compliance issues: recent issues include referral arrangements, CFAs and Damages Based Agreements post the Jackson reforms, establishing Alternative Business Structures, client engagement, COLP’s duties, client account issues, conflicts, and SRA investigations.  He has been conducting compliance reviews for firms, and giving them the tools (including compliance manuals and associated materials) to ensure compliance with OFR.

He also advises firms and their insurers on professional liability issues, handling the defence of claims and policy coverage issues, including successor practice issues.  He has been recommended as a leading practitioner by Chambers UK for the last 4 years.  Francis Dingwall is co-author of The Compliance Calendar Toolkit for Law Firms.

Francis is ranked for Professional Discipline in Chambers UK 2019 and is a recognised practitioner for Professional Negligence.

He is also a recommended lawyer in Legal 500 2018 for Professional Discipline and Professional Negligence.

"Highly regarded for his professional discipline practice, which focuses on advising law firms and solicitors on SRA disciplinary investigations" - Chambers 2020 (Professional Discipline)
"He has an excellent understanding of regulatory regimes and is very good at protecting our position." - Chambers 2020 (Professional Discipline)
"'The team is at the forefront of knowledge in all matters connected with solicitors' practice and regulatory and conduct matters'." - Legal 500 2020 (Professional Discipline)
"easily understandable advice and practical solutions at short notice" - Legal 500 2018 (Professional Negligence)
"very knowledgeable, competent and nuanced" - Legal 500 2018 (Professional Discipline)
"responsive, thorough and helpful" - Chambers 2019 (Professional Discipline)
"Their knowledge and experience is remarkably good. They give incisive, relevant and reliable advice promptly." - Chambers 2019 (Professional Negligence)
"Francis Dingwall is an expert in SRA regulation." - Legal 500 2014 recommendation (Professional Discipline)
"Legal Risk acts for numerous law firms, and has a feeling of community and continuity that is lacking in other consultancies." - Legal 500 2013 recommendation (Professional Discipline)
"They're extremely responsive - their timing turnaround is superb." - Chambers UK 2013 recommendation (Professional Discipline)
"They are on top of the developments and proactive in informing you on what impacts you." - Chambers UK 2015 recommendation (Professional Negligence)
"Francis Dingwall is noted for his knowledge of retainer and conflict issues." - Chambers UK 2015 recommendation (Professional Discipline)
"Francis Dingwall is a leading expert whose views carry a great deal of weight." - Chambers UK 2015 recommendation (Professional Negligence)
"Legal Risk has a ‘responsive, practical and knowledgeable’ team" - Legal 500 2016 recommendation (Professional Negligence)
"Clients "couldn't speak more highly of" Francis Dingwall's contribution to their cases. His broad practice covers areas such as data protection, referral arrangements, SRA investigations, SDT proceedings and consumer credit issues." - Chambers UK 2016 recommendation (Professional Discipline)
"They offer decisive, practical and quick advice: exactly what you want in difficult, speedy situations." - Chambers UK 2016 recommendation (Professional Discipline)
"Francis Dingwall is thorough, to the point and provides good holistic advice." - Chambers UK 2017 recommendation (Professional Discipline)
"at the top of his game." - Chambers UK 2017 recommendation (Professional Discipline)
"He gives very clear and consistent advice and is focused on the key issues" - Chambers 2018 recommendation (Professional Discipline)