Compliance & Regulation

Solicitor who changed dates of charges with Tipp-Ex struck off

27 October 2020

A property lawyer who used Tipp-Ex to change the dates of charges he needed to register at Companies House has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Appeal over failure to award indemnity costs against SRA

27 October 2020

A solicitor who obtained a rare costs award against the SRA is to ask the High Court to rule that the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal was wrong to say it could not award them on the indemnity basis.

“Not all mistakes are misconduct”, says SDT as it clears solicitor

26 October 2020

Not all mistakes made by solicitors are professional misconduct, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has ruled in dismissing allegations that an assistant misled the court.

Record fine for Co-op Legal Services after indemnity principle breach

26 October 2020

Co-operative Legal Services has been fined nearly £144,000 for recovering more costs in personal injury claims than it was entitled to – the largest fine the SRA has ever handed out to an ABS.

“KKK” solicitor fined for groping female colleagues

23 October 2020

A senior solicitor who did a Ku Klux Klan impersonation at his Black secretary and repeatedly groped her bottom has been fined and urged to undertake diversity training.

SRA slapped with costs order over failed prosecution

22 October 2020

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has taken the unusual step of making a costs order against the Solicitors Regulation Authority for the “grave errors” it made in a case it eventually had to withdraw.

Personal injury lawyer who “wrecked lives” is struck off

21 October 2020

A personal injury lawyer who inflated costs, put false information before a court, misled her insurer and “wrecked lives” has been struck off.

Law firm loses appeal against penalty for late tax payment

21 October 2020

A law firm has lost an appeal against a penalty imposed by HM Revenue & Customs for the late payment of tax under PAYE, with the tribunal saying it should have posted the cheque in good time.

Lawyers and accountants at odds over economic crime levy

19 October 2020

Solicitors and accountants are at odds over whether the new economic crime levy should be calculated by reference to their income or the number of suspicious activity reports they made.

Price transparency “dispelling fears” about cost of legal services

15 October 2020

The rules on price transparency are dispelling consumers’ pre-conceptions that legal services are unaffordable and many are now shopping around online, new research has claimed.

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