Compliance & Regulation


Solicitor who misled tribunals on Ugandan law is struck off

20 January 2021

A solicitor who misled the First-tier and Upper Tribunals in immigration cases about anti-gay legislation in Uganda has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.


Veteran solicitor practised without insurance

19 January 2021

A sole practitioner in his 70s has been struck off after practising for over six months without professional indemnity insurance, despite telling others he had cover.


Herbert Smith paralegal banned for fake overtime approval

18 January 2021

A former paralegal at City giant Herbert Smith Freehills has been banned from the solicitors’ profession after submitting multiple overtime claims with fake approvals on them.


Transparency failures put three firms in the dock

15 January 2021

Law firms in London, Manchester and Bath have become the first sanctioned for failing to publish price and service information, with compliance made a condition of their authorisation.


Prosecution of A&O partner over Weinstein NDA stayed

14 January 2021

A disciplinary tribunal has stayed proceedings against an Allen & Overy partner over the infamous non-disclosure agreement he helped negotiate on behalf of Harvey Weinstein, because of ill-health.


SDT “wrong” to strike out prosecution of Law Society president

13 January 2021

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal was wrong to throw out a private prosecution brought by a former client against the current president of the Law Society, the High Court has ruled.


Solicitor fined for role in £29m off-plan development schemes

12 January 2021

A solicitor has been fined £8,000 for failing to advise clients of the risks inherent in three off-plan development schemes which were not completed, putting nearly £30m at risk.


Solicitor used disbursement cash to keep firm afloat

11 January 2021

A solicitor who used disbursements meant for experts and counsel to keep his firm afloat – and lied to his regulator about the debts he was being chased for – has been struck off.


Solicitor who hid evidence of error “didn’t know what she was doing”

8 January 2021

An assistant solicitor who had a panic attack after missing a hearing and tried to destroy evidence that she had been notified about it has avoided being struck off.


Young solicitor who faked email in “moment of madness” avoids strike-off

7 January 2021

A young solicitor who amended an email to give a client a false impression of when it was sent has avoided being struck off for what a tribunal described as a “moment of madness”.

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