March of accountants halted as Lidington rejects bid to handle tax litigation and advocacy

David Lidington

The Lord Chancellor, David Lidington, has unexpectedly rejected the Legal Services Board’s recommendation that chartered accountants should be able to handle litigation, advocacy and legal instruments in taxation work. It is the first time the Ministry of Justice has rejected a regulatory extension of this nature,

September 22nd, 2017

HMCTS delays flexible operating hours pilots and commits to working with profession

Susan Acland-Hood

HM Courts and Tribunals Service has delayed the start of the flexible operating hours pilot until next February, its chief executive announced today. Susan Acland-Hood also made it clear that she was listening to the concerns raised by the legal profession about both the current problems with listing and how flexible hours might work.

September 21st, 2017

Judge throws McKenzie Friend out of court over “tirade” against him and solicitors

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A district judge has explained how he had to throw a McKenzie Friend out of his court after she disrupted proceedings and threatened complaints against him and the other side’s solicitors. Mary Bennett was aiding the husband in the final hearing of a wife’s application for financial remedies in a divorce.

September 21st, 2017

Solicitors “failing to vet” holiday sickness cases for cold calling and fraud

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The boss of a claims management company specialising in holiday sickness has accused solicitors of failing to vet cases for cold calling and fraud and “living in a world of denial”. Richard Conroy, a food scientist and founder of, told solicitors: “You can do a far better job of vetting the cases coming to you.”

September 21st, 2017

Director ban for boss of rogue CMC that plagued public with automated calls

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The owner of a claims management company fined £175,000 for cold-calling consumers and described as demonstrating “the worst excesses of the industry”, has now been banned as a director for six years. The Information Commissioner’s Office received 5,535 complaints in the space of just four months.

September 21st, 2017

Solicitor in jail for attempted murder of his wife handed indefinite suspension from practice

Iain Farrimond court case

A solicitor jailed for the attempted murder of his wife while suffering from severe depression has been handed an indefinite suspension by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal due to the “wholly exceptional” circumstances of his case. Normally such an offence would lead to a strike-off.

September 20th, 2017

BSB makes unprecedented public apology to QC over investigation failures

Khawar Qureshi QC

The Bar Standards Board issued an unprecedented public apology to a QC yesterday for the errors and delays it made in clearing him of misconduct. Welcoming the move, Khawar Qureshi QC outlined concerns about the potential for abuse of the BSB process to unfairly attack barristers.

September 20th, 2017

Controversial law firm suffers final blow and enters administration

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London and Manchester firm Neumans – which was shut down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority following a referral by the Court of Appeal – has gone into administration. It comes just a few weeks after the firm lost its bid to overturn the intervention.

September 15th, 2017

Job description for new main board chair gives first sight of Law Society governance reform

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The first sign of action to implement governance reform has emerged from the Law Society, which is recruiting a non-executive chair for its new main board. The reforms process has largely been carried out behind closed doors for over a year, but some details have crept out in the job description for the new role, which will pay £42,800 a year for two days a week.

September 15th, 2017

SRA chair’s term extended as regulator seeks new board members


Enid Rowlands has been reappointed as chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s board for one more year as it begins recruiting three new members. Ms Rowlands, who became the regulator’s first lay chair in 2015, will now continue until December 2018. Her reappointment was confirmed by an independent panel.

September 15th, 2017