Compliance & Regulation


Call for law to enforce undertakings given by incorporated law firms

23 July 2021

Parliament should extend the courts’ supervisory jurisdiction over solicitors’ undertakings to cover those given by incorporated law firms, particularly LLPs, the Supreme Court said today.


SRA: Number of workplace bullying investigations on the rise

23 July 2021

Solicitors under investigation by their regulator are increasingly citing workplace bullying as a reason for their misconduct, according to a report published yesterday.


High Court criticises Bar Standards Board for “unjust” decisions

23 July 2021

The High Court has ruled that the Bar Standards Board made “unjust and unsustainable” decisions in refusing a Bar student’s application for an exemption from the vocational element of his training.


Firms “overlooking compliance implications” of homeworking

23 July 2021

Most law firms are planning to formalise hybrid working arrangements for staff but a significant number have yet to deal with all the compliance implications, research has found.


We need more judges with CILEX backgrounds, says Buckland

23 July 2021

The Lord Chancellor yesterday described CILEX lawyers as some of the most impressive lawyers he has seen and said the country needed more judges from their ranks.


Regulators target inconsistencies in approach to bullying and harassment

22 July 2021

Work has begun to create a consistent approach across all the legal regulators to sexual misconduct, racial harassment, bullying and other forms of “anti-inclusive misconduct”.


Solicitor struck off for “reckless” prison legal aid claims

22 July 2021

The joint head of a law firm’s prison law department has agreed to be struck off after making legal aid claims for prison visits which never took place.


CA grants innocent partners limitation defence in huge law firm fraud

20 July 2021

Two innocent partners of a solicitor jailed for a multi-million-pound theft from their firm’s client account can rely on a limitation defence after being sued for the losses caused, the Court of Appeal has ruled.


Solicitor who forged loan documents is struck off

20 July 2021

A solicitor who forged documents for a £30,000 loan, secured against his matrimonial home during an “acrimonious” divorce, has been struck off, even though the events did not relate to his practice.


Stronger rules on ongoing competence move step closer

20 July 2021

The current regulatory approach to lawyers’ ongoing competence needs to change, the Legal Services Board has concluded, with assessments such as spot checks likely to be part of the reform.

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A recent story hit the headlines that CEOs were struggling to get their employees back into the office following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions.


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Our latest special report, produced in association with Temple Legal Protection, looks at the role of after-the-event (ATE) insurance in commercial litigation post-LASPO.

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