Regulation


Legal Access Challenge winners scoop extra £50k each

9 April 2020

A technology platform which supports survivors of domestic abuse and a chatbot helping people with learning disabilities understand their social care rights, have won the Legal Access Challenge.


Law Society hives off SRA – but who keeps £73m of reserves?

9 April 2020

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to become a distinct legal entity within the Law Society Group, potentially triggering a difficult debate over the division of £73m of reserves.


Barrister lied to police “to help close friend”

9 April 2020

An unregistered barrister who lied about her status to extract information about an investigation by North Yorkshire Police has been disbarred.


Barrister breached court order to see ex-girlfriend

8 April 2020

An experienced barrister has been suspended for three months and fined £1,000 for twice breaching a non-molestation order to see his ex-girlfriend.


CLC allows firms to defer payment of regulatory fees

8 April 2020

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has become the first regulator to offer financial help during the coronavirus crisis, allowing the firms it regulates to defer the regulatory fees they pay.


Tribunal rejects SRA deal with flight delay solicitor

7 April 2020

A disciplinary tribunal has taken the unusual step of rejecting an agreement between the SRA and a solicitor who broke the rules through his involvement with flight delay compensation claims.


Bar Council calls on LSB not to recruit staff during crisis

7 April 2020

The Bar Council has called on the Legal Services Board not to recruit more staff during the coronavirus crisis for the task of overseeing legal bodies’ internal governance.


Junior solicitor who lied about lost documents struck off

6 April 2020

A junior solicitor at the SRA’s external advisers lied about losing documents while acting for the regulator in a data protection case. She has been struck off despite questions over her mental health.


Scottish Bar chief resigns over train chat indiscretion

6 April 2020

The head of the Scottish Bar has announced his intention to resign after being caught talking on a train about his client, Alex Salmond, in a derogatory manner.


Accountant severely reprimanded over SRA report

3 April 2020

An accountant found to have “improperly” issued a report to the Solicitors Regulation Authority about a law firm has been severely reprimanded by his regulator.

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9 April 2020

Protecting clients from home

Working from home is a new challenge for many, but as long as reasonable steps are taken to ensure clients are protected and standards of compliance are met, it does not need to be daunting.

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