Compliance & Regulation

SDT releases Ecohouse documents to campaign group

15 October 2021

The Transparency Task Force has been granted access to a limited number of documents used in Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearings relating to a collapsed Brazilian property investment scheme.

Bar students need more pupillage data to avoid “buyer’s remorse”

15 October 2021

Bar students should be given detailed information from chambers about their pupillage criteria to avoid suffering from “buyer’s remorse” when they realise how difficult it is to succeed.

SRA sends police money laundering reports linked to £180m of funds

14 October 2021

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has almost quadrupled the number of suspicious activity reports it sends to the police about possible money laundering by law firms.

Unbundled family law service to expand as SRA eyes pilot

13 October 2021

A pilot version of an unbundled family law service for litigants in person has enabled them to save 70% on legal fees and is to be expanded; meanwhile, the SRA is to run its own unbundling pilot.

High Court rejects appeal from sham marriages solicitor

12 October 2021

The High Court has rejected an appeal from a solicitor struck off after being recorded by an undercover TV reporter giving advice on what he knew was a sham marriage.

London law firm launches novel association with Italian MDP

11 October 2021

An English law firm and an Italian multi-disciplinary practice offering accounting, tax and unreserved legal services have formed a novel association to assist each other’s clients.

New ABS regulator grants first licence to lifetime planning business

8 October 2021

CILEx Regulation has become the sixth body to license an alternative business structure after approving an application from lifetime planning and bereavement firm Trust Inheritance.

Students used by law firm for agency advocacy are ‘workers’

8 October 2021

A Bar student who handled agency advocacy work through a law firm was a worker with certain rights and not self-employed, an employment tribunal has ruled.

Jail sentence for barrister guilty of child sex offences

8 October 2021

A barrister who travelled across the country with the intention of sexually abusing teenage girls – unaware that they were not real – has been jailed for three and a half years.

Nearly 1,200 students sign up to first SQE sitting

8 October 2021

Nearly 1,200 people have signed up to take the first ever Solicitors Qualifying Examination assessment in November, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has revealed.

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