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Immigration lawyer who misled court suspended indefinitely

A solicitor who misled the court over the ‘student’ status of a client has been suspended indefinitely by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The tribunal heard that the client told Mansoor Ali that he had been “paying money to agents” to get certificates from universities, with the aim of getting indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

August 1st, 2017 | No Comments »

Solicitor rebuked for taking instructions from client’s daughter

A conveyancing solicitor has been rebuked and fined £2,000 after he dealt entirely with the daughter of the owner of a property in whose sale he acted, only for it later to emerge the seller had a lasting power of attorney in place that named his son as his attorney.

July 31st, 2017 | No Comments »

Law Society condemns SRA plans for solicitor-free workplace training

The Law Society has condemned the Solicitors Regulation Authority over plans to allow workplace training for solicitors to take place in organisations without any solicitors. The society warned that the proposals could “seriously undermine” high standards.

July 31st, 2017 | No Comments »

Partner struck off after settling PI claim for £5,000 then paying client £60,000 in fictitious damages

A partner has been struck off for dishonestly settling a personal injury claim for £5,000 without instructions, telling the client it had settled for £60,000, and then paying out the fictitious damages from unrelated client accounts.

July 28th, 2017 | No Comments »

“No reason” for sharp rise in interventions, SRA says

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has said it cannot explain why the number of interventions into law firms in the first five months of 2017 was twice the figure for the same period last year. The regulator said there was also a “noticeable increase” in the size of firm.

July 28th, 2017 | No Comments »

Family lawyer who confessed “within hours” to faking letter is fined £2,000

A solicitor who confessed to his law firm that he had faked a letter “within hours” of sending it to a client, has been fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Ian Giddings, based at the Warwick office of national family firm Woolley & Co, admitted creating and backdating the letter.

July 27th, 2017 | No Comments »

Cybercrime against law firms higher than ever, SRA says

Reports of cybercrime from law firms reached record levels in the first quarter of this year, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said. The figures are contained in the regulator’s latest Risk Outlook, which for the first time includes questionable investment schemes involving solicitors.

July 26th, 2017 | No Comments »

Solicitor who used office account “as personal account” is struck off

A sole practitioner who did not have a client account and admitted using his office account “at times as a personal account” has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The tribunal heard that Michael Healey, based in Liverpool, misappropriated over £31,000 of client money before going bankrupt.

July 21st, 2017 | No Comments »

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

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 | No Comments »

Clerk who pursued PI claims against wishes of clients banned by SDT

A clerk who pursued personal injury claims against the wishes of his clients has been banned from working for law firms by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Michael Davis said he was acting “in accordance with office procedures” and was managing up to 400 live cases at any one time.

June 16th, 2017 | No Comments »