Regulation

Bar Council and Inns: Cut training cost by allowing students to learn the law how they want

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A model of training barristers that would split the Bar professional training course into two – allowing students to learn procedure and evidence however they want before undergoing compulsory skills training – has been put forward by the Bar Council and Council of the Inns of Court as an alternative to the regulator’s plans for training reform.

December 2nd, 2016

SRA tells MPs: Regulatory reform needed to mitigate impact of Brexit

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority has spelt out to MPs the many risks of Brexit to the legal market – to clients, solicitors, law firms, foreign lawyers, the UK as a legal centre and the cause of liberalisation generally. The regulator said this strengthened the case for regulatory reform.

December 1st, 2016

Early test for will-writing firm that opted into SRA regulation to help protect clients

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A man who tried to get a vulnerable client to loan him money – shortly after the will-writing firm he worked for became an alternative business structure – has been banned from working in the profession after it reported him to its new regulator.

December 1st, 2016

SDT strikes off solicitor who lied about guarantees on loans clients made to him

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The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has struck off a solicitor who borrowed £125,000 from longstanding clients to bail out his failing business and failed to mention that his wife had a prior charge over the firm’s assets. He also did not insist they take independent legal advice.

November 30th, 2016

ABS “engenders more entrepreneurialism” among conveyancers

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Alternative business structures are far more likely to invest in their businesses than non-ABSs, research in the licensed conveyancer community has suggested. The survey provided an unprecedented snapshot of how this part of the legal market operates, including what it charges.

November 29th, 2016

Bar’s entity regulation “better and cheaper”, claims solicitor

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Bar Standards Board (BSB) entity regulation is “significantly cheaper and simpler” for sole practitioners and better for clients, according to a solicitor whose start-up law firm is to be regulated by the BSB. She said its regulation was “more client friendly” than that of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

November 29th, 2016

Exclusive: High Court lambasts BSB for “seriously mishandling” disciplinary case

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The High Court has overturned a disciplinary finding against a barrister after finding that the Bar Standards Board “seriously mishandled” the case. It was also very critical of the disciplinary tribunal for allowing a crucial statement as hearsay evidence.

November 28th, 2016

Solicitor “embarrassed by wasted costs order” faked invoice to cover up payment

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A solicitor who hid a wasted costs order against his firm by faking a fee invoice on another matter so as to create a surplus he used to pay it, has been struck off. He said he had been too embarrassed to admit the £1,500 wasted costs order to his managers.

November 28th, 2016

SRA seeks help to encourage legal comparison websites

Competition and Markets Authority

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has asked the Competition and Markets Authority for advice on how it could stimulate more use of comparison websites in the legal market, saying there was consumer demand for more of such tools to help consumers choose lawyers.

November 28th, 2016

Third time unlucky for ‘named and shamed’ barrister as he is finally disbarred

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Barrister Tariq Rehman, still the only lawyer to be ‘named and shamed’ by the Legal Ombudsman for his complaints record, has been disbarred after the third separate disciplinary tribunal in less than a month. He had previously been suspended and barred from accepting public access work.

November 25th, 2016