SDT strikes off partner who faked ledger and “overcharged by nearly 1,000%”


The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has struck off a partner for dishonestly misappropriating funds from deceaseds’ estates and in one case overcharging by almost 1,000%. He admitted that the ledger given to the SRA was “a work of fiction” and that he had spent two or three days preparing it.

October 24th, 2016

Solicitor accepts rebuke for involvement in £2m SDLT schemes

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A solicitor involved in conveyancing transactions that resulted in the non-payment of £2m in stamp duty land tax has accepted a rebuke from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Now defunct Leeds firm Dixon Law Solicitors acted in 47 transactions over two and a half years that used two SDLT avoidance schemes,

October 24th, 2016

Solicitors’ mistakes costing indemnity insurers £200m a year

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Solicitors’ professional indemnity insurers paid out around £2bn due to negligence claims in the 10 years to 2014, startling new figures released yesterday by the Solicitors Regulation Authority revealed. The regulator said that around 142,000 claims were made in that decade, one in five of which was successful.

October 21st, 2016

Jail again for fraudulent ex-solicitor who hijacked law firm’s identity

Ian Charles Macfarlane, 20 October 2016

An ex-solicitor has been found guilty and jailed for five years for five counts of fraud by false representation after he hijacked a law firm’s identity – his second spell in jail for fraud after he previously stole from his own firm’s client account. The conviction came at the end of an 11-day trial.

October 21st, 2016

SRA floats putting firms’ complaints and claims records into public domain – but not their prices

Regulation and Compliance Conference

Placing law firms’ complaints data and insurance claims in the public domain are among the “initial ideas” published today by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to improve transparency in the legal market – but it is not currently planning to mandate firms to publish prices.

October 20th, 2016

Lawyers in dock after contrasting medical reports come to light in RTA claim

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The High Court has granted insurance company LV= permission to bring committal proceedings against solicitors from a defunct law firm after two starkly contrasting medical reports emerged in a road traffic case they were handling.

October 20th, 2016

Solicitors in trouble for allowing non-lawyers to have inappropriate control over firms

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Solicitors who ceded control of their firms to non-lawyers – in one instance they claimed their practice had been taken over by a criminal gang – have been sanctioned by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. In the first case, it struck off three partners following mortgage frauds that have already cost the profession nearly £3m.

October 20th, 2016

SRA makes direct independence plea to government

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority has made a direct plea to government to use next month’s Autumn Statement to make good on the plan announced in last year’s to grant it full independence from the Law Society.

October 18th, 2016

Briggs urges barristers to embrace direct access

Lord Justice Briggs

The Bar has nothing to fear from an online court, but it must take direct access “seriously”, Lord Justice Briggs has said. In particular, he said, the young Bar, which “excels” in providing a “competitive” service, would be well placed to play its part in the new court.

October 18th, 2016

“Growing interest” in barrister-run ABSs


The Bar’s regulator will take a “cautious” approach to licencing alternative business structures (ABSs) and look closely at non-lawyer owners to ensure no “naughty” behaviour, but said over the weekend that there is strong interest in the possibilities on offer.

October 17th, 2016