Solicitors

SRA: Law Society governance problems prove need for independence

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The Law Society’s governance troubles – with the resignation of chief executive Catherine Dixon earlier this month – are proof that it is “unsuitable” for any role in the regulation of the profession, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has told the Legal Services Board.

January 24th, 2017

Bourns and Philip clash over SRA reform plans and independence wish

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The president of the Law Society and chief executive of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) have clashed in public over the latter’s controversial proposal to allow solicitors to practise from unauthorised businesses. They also sniped at each other over the independence of the SRA.

January 23rd, 2017

Solicitor applies to vary disciplinary condition – and admits he’s already breached it

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A solicitor who applied to vary a condition on his practising certificate made when a disciplinary tribunal suspended a five-year suspension from practice, now instead faces the possibility of having the ban activated after it emerged during his application that he had breached the condition.

January 20th, 2017

Law lecturers flay SQE plan for creating “inferior solicitors”

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The Bar will “truly be able to say that barristers are better educated in the law than solicitors” if the Solicitors Regulation Authority presses ahead with its reform of education, law lecturers have said in an excoriating response to the regulator’s consultation.

January 20th, 2017

SDT throws out surveillance allegations against News of the World solicitor

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The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has thrown out charges against a solicitor for Rupert Murdoch’s News International accused of unreasonably advising and commissioning surveillance of two high-profile lawyers bringing phone hacking cases.

January 19th, 2017

The SRA’s “folly”? Lawyers warn over changes to training of would-be solicitors

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City solicitors, regional solicitors, consumers and the Law Society have all pushed back at the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s plans to reduce the two years that students have to spend in workplace training before qualifying.

January 18th, 2017

Senior judge launches extraordinary attack over “blackmail” by solicitors and tells barristers to stop defending them

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A senior judge has accused solicitors of “blackmailing” the immigration tribunal in an extraordinary attack that also branded their conduct as “disgraceful” and “shameful” in not pursuing the appeals they had lodged.He also warned that some barristers had wrongly seen their role as protecting their instructing solicitors.

January 16th, 2017

Law Society warns solicitors may be damaged by Brexit

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US law firms will have less incentive to employ UK-qualified lawyers as a way to access European market and the UK solicitor title will become less desirable after a hard Brexit, the Law Society has warned. In any event, transitional arrangements to ensure continuity if negotiations are not concluded with two years after article 50 is triggered are essential,

January 16th, 2017

Disciplinary round-up: fine for firm which failed to make client’s visa application and then lost his passport

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A north London law firm has been rebuked for misleading its client into thinking that it had made a visa application on his behalf. It is one of a series of recent disciplinary cases, including the bankrupt insolvency barrister fined for not paying over fees to his trustee in bankruptcy.

January 13th, 2017

Report highlights delays in SRA bringing disciplinary cases to tribunal

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Figures from the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal have highlighted gaps of a year or more between some decisions by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to refer cases for prosecution and actually sending over the case papers.

January 12th, 2017