Compliance & Regulation

SRA: Firms can prolong extended PII cover with agreement

13 May 2020

Law firms unable to secure professional indemnity insurance because of Covid-19 can prolong the extended indemnity period by agreement and with regulatory approval.

Law firm facilitated £8m “cheque-clearing scheme”

12 May 2020

An experienced solicitor who allowed her firm’s client account to be used as a banking facility in a £8m “cheque-clearing scheme” has been struck off.

Court of Appeal upholds law firm’s Chinese wall

11 May 2020

A law firm acting for different defendants against the same claimant does not owe that claimant a true fiduciary duty, and so it does not have to prove its Chinese Wall works, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Solicitor cleared over alleged confidentiality breach

11 May 2020

A solicitor accused of disclosing to a client confidential information about a former client has been cleared of wrongdoing by a disciplinary tribunal.

Junior lawyers “lose confidence” in SRA after Matthews case

11 May 2020

Junior lawyers have lost confidence in the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s approach to dealing with inexperienced solicitors who have mental health issues or worked in toxic environments.

Solicitor struck off for sub-letting council home

4 May 2020

A solicitor convicted of illegally subletting his council flat knew “right from wrong” despite ill health and personal problems, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has found.

Partners fined for sitting on almost 1,000 residual balances

1 May 2020

Four partners in a Welsh law firm have been fined for sitting on 979 residual balances, totalling over £468,000, for “lengthy periods of time” and where there had been no activity for six months.

SRA paralegal banned after child offences conviction

1 May 2020

A paralegal who was working at the Solicitors Regulation Authority has been banned from the profession after being jailed for online sexual offences involving children.

Solicitor who lied about lost documents to appeal strike-off

23 April 2020

A former junior solicitor who was struck off after lying about losing documents she was working on while acting for the Solicitors Regulation Authority, is appealing against the decision.

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28 May 2020

Are e-bundles here to stay?

I can’t see how we can go back from this point. E-bundles present no disadvantages, since no-one is prevented from printing out their bundle if they want to.

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