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Solicitor sanctioned for “violent” anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist Facebook comments

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A solicitor who wrote on Facebook that it was a shame a plane carrying Jewish refugees had not blown up has been handed a 12-month suspension and £25,000 fine after the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found his “despicable” comments to be anti-Semitic. However, the suspension of Majid Mahmood has itself been suspended for a year.

August 18th, 2017

Solicitor who paid ‘undercover policeman’ over £80,000 from client account is struck off

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A solicitor who loaned between £80,000 and £100,000 from the firm’s client account to a client claiming to be an undercover policeman has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The tribunal said it was “possible” that she had been deceived by the client.

August 17th, 2017

MoJ ignores own consultation and presses ahead with price competition for housing advice

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The Ministry of Justice is moving ahead with the introduction of price competition and larger contracts for court-based duty solicitor advice for housing cases, despite overwhelming opposition from respondents to its consultation. Just five out of 51 respondents agreed with it on price competition.

August 17th, 2017

Legal Futures Report

 

The march of the digital conveyancer continues apace, from the government planning to create the largest repository of open land data in the world, to the rapid adoption of sophisticated technology by conveyancers, such as chatbots and artificial intelligence. So, how does legal regulation keep up with this? In association with the Council for Licensed […]

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Make your mark: Personal branding for barristers

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A recent Legal Futures article reported that the number complaints involving use of social media by barristers is increasing. The BSB have warned that “as social media and the internet become more prominent in our daily lives, there is an increasing need for barristers to be very careful about what they post whether in their professional or personal lives”. While inappropriate use of social media isn’t anything new, what struck me when reading that paragraph is that, for barristers, I would argue, there shouldn’t be a defining line between the personal and professional. As a barrister, you are your own USP, your personal brand is everything.

August 17th, 2017