Compliance & Regulation

Law firms “continue to threaten” journalists despite SRA warnings

29 November 2023

Libel law firms continue to mislead journalists and others that their letters cannot be published and the SRA needs to act, high-profile tax lawyer Dan Neidle said yesterday.

Solicitor MP clashes with CILEX leaders over regulatory reforms

29 November 2023

A solicitor MP yesterday clashed with the leaders of CILEX over the body’s planned reforms, including using the title ‘chartered lawyer’ and creating chartered paralegals.

Solicitor rebuked for baseless threat to prosecute law firm

29 November 2023

A solicitor who threatened another law firm with criminal proceedings if it did not settle a negligence claim, when in reality that would not happen, has been rebuked by the SRA.

“Shamelessness” of SLAPPs has grown but still no disciplinary action

28 November 2023

The number and “shamelessness” of SLAPPs has grown but there has been no disciplinary action against the lawyers responsible for how they are run, a major conference heard yesterday.

Reprimand for barrister who gave magistrates a Nazi salute

28 November 2023

A veteran barrister who used a German accent during proceedings before magistrates and raised his hand to the bench in a Nazi salute, has been reprimanded by a Bar disciplinary tribunal.

Leading firm fined £101,000 for anti-money laundering failures

27 November 2023

A leading South-West law firm has been fined £101,357 for failing to act over money laundering red flags on three property transactions, two of which may have involved a sanctioned entity.

Legal Services Board eyes 14% increase in budget

27 November 2023

The Legal Services Board is considering a 14% increase in its budget in a bid to strengthen its “direct oversight” of the frontline regulators’ performance.

SDT was wrong to slash SRA’s prosecution costs, High Court rules

27 November 2023

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal was wrong to slash the costs of the Solicitors Regulation Authority in a successful prosecution by 78%, the High Court has ruled.

Law firms “may avoid high-risk work” under new complaints rules

27 November 2023

Law firms may avoid carrying out work in “high-risk sectors” under the new regime planned by the Legal Services Board for client complaints, the Law Society has warned.

Disbarred barrister convicted over antisemitic blog posts

23 November 2023

A former barrister who was disbarred for antisemitic and racist tweets has now been convicted for grossly offensive antisemitic material posted on his blog.

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