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Family law solicitor “fabricated and backdated” letters to cover up her lack of progress on cases

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A family lawyer found to have fabricated and backdated letters across of host of cases – including child contact and domestic violence matters – has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. It said “significant harm” had been done to the reputation of the profession and of Ms Wheeler’s firm, Bridge McFarland.

August 22nd, 2017

“Disgraceful” solicitor struck off for misusing power of attorney and creating fake wills to pocket £250k

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A “disgraceful” solicitor has been struck off after taking around £250,000 from a client under a power of attorney after he had died and also creating false wills for other deceased clients to pay off the legitimate beneficiaries of the first estate. He said the beneficiaries were “hassling” him to distribute money.

August 21st, 2017

Another male solicitor rebuked for “inappropriate” behaviour towards woman at firm Christmas party

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Another male solicitor has been rebuked for inappropriate behaviour to a female colleague at his firm’s Christmas party, following two similar incidents last month. The Solicitors Regulation Authority recorded that “whilst intoxicated, he behaved in an inappropriate, physical manner towards a female employee”.

August 21st, 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