Barristers

Barrister disbarred for not disclosing previous run-in with SRA when applying to be called

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A barrister who made failed to disclose that he had previously run a law firm shut down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority before he applied to be called to the Bar, has been disbarred. Meanwhile, the SDT has struck off a former partner at London firm Hamlins for forging and backdating six letters.

July 18th, 2017

Bar Standards Board “to monitor impact of longer court hours plan on diversity”

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The Bar Standards Board is considering the impact of the HM Courts and Tribunal Service’s proposals for longer sitting hours on the diversity of the profession, the only legal regulator so far to take a step, however tentative, into an issue that has generated bitter opposition from the profession.

July 14th, 2017

“Perception” of high cost discouraging family law clients from going direct to barristers

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There is a “clear perception” among most family law clients that barristers are more expensive than solicitors and other legal services providers, major research commissioned by the Bar Standards Board has found. Only 13% of those surveyed used a barrister at all, and just 12% of these contacted the barrister directly.

July 12th, 2017

Jail for man who posed as a barrister to defraud clients

Leonard Ogilvy, 51, of McLeod Road, Abbey Wood

A man who posed as a barrister to con his victims out of thousands of pounds has been jailed for two years. Leonard Ogilvy, 51, of south London was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of three counts of wilfully pretending to be a barrister and three counts of fraud by false representation.

July 7th, 2017

LSB fires warning shot over SRA closing board meetings as it applauds regulators’ performance

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The Legal Services Board has given the frontline regulators largely positive reviews of their performance, but warned the Solicitors Regulation Authority that it will be monitoring the impact of its controversial decision to end public and press access to board meetings

July 6th, 2017

First disbarred, now in jail – “charlatan” barrister imprisoned for legal advice offences

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A barrister who continued to offer immigration law advice after being disbarred has been jailed and branded a “charlatan” by the sentencing judge for taking advantage of “vulnerable and often desperate people”.

July 3rd, 2017

New rules mean being cleared of misconduct by disciplinary tribunal may not be the end for barristers

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Barristers who are cleared of misconduct by a disciplinary tribunal can still be sanctioned for breaching the BSB Handbook, under new changes to the rules approved by the Legal Services Board. The Bar Standards Board said the changes aimed to fill a “gap” in its disciplinary powers.

July 3rd, 2017

Regulators to take price transparency rules slowly as SRA outlines limited pilot

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Legal regulators have responded cautiously to the Competition and Markets Authority’s recommendations on price transparency, pledging to pilot regulatory requirements and test their effects on the lawyers and firms they regulate. They promised to implement controversial measures to encourage lawyers to publish prices if possible.

June 30th, 2017

BSB consults on extending cab-rank rule to direct access cases – but comes out against it

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The Bar Standards Board has argued against extending the cab-rank rule to direct access work, on the grounds that access to justice would not improve, it might discourage them from taking instructions from the public, and may lead to clients invoking the rule inappropriately.

June 27th, 2017

Passed on Thursday, in force today – new AML regulations thrust on profession

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Law firm compliance officers and money laundering reporting officers have been scrambling to get to grips with the biggest shake-up in anti-money laundering rules in a decade, with the final regulations – which were only published on Thursday – coming into force today.

June 26th, 2017