Government lawyer struck off for falsifying court documents in attempted cover-up

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A government solicitor has been struck off for dishonestly backdating documents in an attempt to cover up his mistake after missing a court deadline in a high-profile case on behalf of the Ministry of Justice. He backdated the documents in order to resist an application for default judgment.

May 26th, 2017

“Don’t call them McKenzie friends” – Court of Appeal looks to counter growth of unqualified advisers in crime cases

Lady Justice Hallett

The term ‘McKenzie friend’ is not appropriate in the criminal division of the Court of Appeal, the vice-president of the court has said in a ruling detailing the problems that the increasing number of “unqualified third parties” is causing. It also said there needed to be clearer guidance to aid law schools with projects to help convicted people.

May 26th, 2017

SRA fails with bid to strike out solicitor’s damages claim

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority has failed to strike out a damages claim by a solicitor at the High Court who claims it breached his confidentiality when it handed over documents from the firm to that solicitor’s former partner in relation to a separate legal action.

May 25th, 2017

Personal injury firm sold multi-track work after “sudden and unexpected” rejection by bank

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A personal injury firm was forced to sell its multi-track work at a “considerable” loss after the “sudden and unexpected” withdrawal of support from its bank, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has heard as it fined two partners and a non-lawyer partner for retaining unpaid professional disbursements in its office account.

May 23rd, 2017

Senior management of defunct firm Cobbetts set to face tribunal over alleged incompetence

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The former senior and managing partners of Manchester firm Cobbetts, as well as its former finance director, are among eight people who have been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over alleged incompetence in the demise of the practice.

May 23rd, 2017

Regional practice becomes ABS to facilitate equity swap with Singapore firm

Ed Turner Taylor Vinters

A law firm has acquired an alternative business structure licence to facilitate an equity swap, as part of its bid to integrate with a firm of Singapore lawyers and comply with restrictive local laws on ownership. A regulatory rule change in Singapore made it difficult for the branches of foreign firms to operate.

May 22nd, 2017

New APIL chief urges SRA to act over solicitors taking referrals from cold-callers

The Solicitors Regulation Authority needs to do more to crack down on law firms that take cases from companies that generate leads through cold-calling, the new president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers has said. He also warned that government PI reforms have been paused, not scrapped.

May 22nd, 2017

Barrister disbarred after failing to pay share of fees to chambers

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A barrister who dishonestly failed to pay his share of chambers’ fees has been disbarred. Over two years, he failed to inform 4 Kings Bench Walk of the fees he had received for 32 public access and then dishonestly failed to pay the chambers £4,236 which he was legally liable for as a result.

May 22nd, 2017

High Court ticks off unregulated legal business for not being clearer about its status

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The High Court has criticised an unregulated legal business run by a non-practising barrister for “sailing too close to the wind” by failing to be clear in correspondence that it was not a solicitors’ firm. However, service of a claim by the company on behalf of a litigant in person was not invalid.

May 19th, 2017

Tories pledge whiplash reform and “stronger” legal services regulation

Theresa May

The Conservative Party is to press on with reforming personal injury, with a pledge in its election manifesto today to “reduce insurance costs for ordinary motorists by cracking down on fraudulent and exaggerated whiplash claims”. It has also promised to “strengthen legal services regulation”.

May 18th, 2017