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Dual-qualified lawyer struck off as solicitor is disbarred for “persistent dishonesty”

A dual-qualified employment lawyer, struck off as a solicitor last year for deceiving clients, has been disbarred for his “persistent dishonesty”. The Bar Standards Board said Jean Etienne Attala attempted to cover up the fact employment claims he was handling had been struck out.

January 25th, 2016 | No Comments »

SRA asks: Are solicitors to blame for declining criminal advocacy standards?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to research this year whether standards of criminal advocacy are declining and whether solicitors are to blame. As part of the research, the SRA said it would ask judges whether solicitor-advocates were “working beyond their level of competence”.

January 8th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Barrister who claimed to have “same freedoms” as solicitor loses appeal against suspension

A barrister who told a direct access client he had “all the same freedoms” as a solicitor to conduct litigation, when he did not, has lost a High Court appeal against his three-month suspension. Garnham J described Oliver White’s misconduct as “serious”.

December 24th, 2015 | No Comments »

Lawyers denied further chance to complain, as LSB avoids government review

Lawyers will have to wait patiently for another chance to complain to the government about the Legal Services Board (LSB) as it emerged that the board’s second ‘triennial review’, due this year, has been scrapped.

December 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »

BSB sticks to its guns on limited ABS licensing

The Bar Standards Board has rejected suggestions that its application to become an alternative business structure licensing authority will unnecessarily restrict the extent of non-lawyer ownership and so have a detrimental effect on competition.

December 22nd, 2015 | No Comments »

BSB reveals low expectations of ABS take-up

The Bar Standard Board expects to regulate just 20 alternative business structures each year in the first three years after it becomes a licensing authority. Its prediction likely reflects caution prompted by the weaker than expected take-up of BSB-regulated entities.

December 15th, 2015 | No Comments »

First law firm regulated by the SRA gains access to BARCO

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has issued its first waiver to a law firm it regulates to allow it to use the Bar Council’s escrow service BARCO, with three other firms in the pipeline, it has emerged.

December 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

Legal regulators should work “much more closely together”, Conservative MP says

An influential Conservative MP has said he is “very keen” to see how the legal regulators could work “much more closely together”. Alberto Costa is a solicitor and member of the justice select committee.

December 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

New Bar chairman: the BSB is independent enough

The current arrangements for the regulation of barristers are “relatively cost-efficient” and there is no need to make the Bar Standards Board (BSB) fully independent, the incoming chairman of the Bar Council has said.

December 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

New figures highlight difficulties of finding pupillage as diversity of Bar students increases

The number of students on the Bar Professional Training Course from Asian backgrounds has increased to the point where it almost equals the number of white students, new figures have revealed. The figures have also highlighted the tiny number of students with lower second degrees who secure a pupillage.

December 2nd, 2015 | 1 Comment »