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Tribunal declines to strike out pupillage discrimination claim

22 September 2021

An employment tribunal has refused to strike out a claim that a chambers discriminated against a pupillage applicant who had previous dealings with the QC who headed the pupillage committee.


SRA board to shrink to just nine members

22 September 2021

Decisions on the regulation of solicitors will be made by just nine people from next year, the smallest the board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority has ever been.


Barrister waived privilege in document by showing it to opposing counsel

22 September 2021

Counsel for a defendant in possession proceedings voluntarily disclosed a draft witness statement to her opposing number and in doing so waived privilege, the High Court has ruled.


Solicitor struck off after overcharging clients for stamp duty

22 September 2021

A solicitor who overcharged a client for their stamp duty and paid the excess to an unknown third party has been struck off. He also lied to the SRA about his whereabouts to avoid answering its questions.


Mishcon de Reya ups innovation focus with Taylor Vinters deal

21 September 2021

London firm Mishcon de Reya is upping its focus on both the innovation economy and innovation in legal practice by merging with Cambridge-based practice Taylor Vinters.


Tribunal fines solicitor convicted of dangerous driving

21 September 2021

A solicitor who received a suspended prison sentence for dangerous driving after hitting a telegraph pole as well as multiple parked cars has been fined by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.


Multi-disciplinary ABS aims to buy professional services firms

21 September 2021

The head of a new multi-disciplinary law firm based in the City combining legal, finance and conflict resolution advice has outlined ambitious growth plans.


Lammy: ‘Tap on the shoulder’ better for judicial diversity than JAC

21 September 2021

The old ‘tap on the shoulder’ system of appointing judges would have yielded better diversity for ethnic minority lawyers than the current system, Labour MP David Lammy has claimed.


Solicitor fails in discrimination claim against SRA

21 September 2021

A solicitor trying to challenge disciplinary action taken against him by the Law Society 15 years ago has failed in a bid to have an employment tribunal intervene on the grounds of discrimination.


Susskind: Remote hearings have “opened door slightly” to courts revolution

20 September 2021

A year of video hearings does not constitute “a lasting revolution in court service” but it has shown the potential for improving the justice system, Professor Richard Susskind has argued.

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