Approval of SQE not a foregone conclusion, LSB warns

12 November 2019

Approval of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam is not a foregone conclusion, the Legal Services Board is to make clear to the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Issues such as quality and cost must be addressed.

Law degrees unnecessarily homogenous, research finds

11 November 2019

Law schools are not taking advantage of the “enormous regulatory freedom” they have and instead are largely all offering the same kind of law degree, new research has found.

Tribunal lifts practising controls from ABS accountant

11 November 2019

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has lifted practising restrictions on a finance director who was sanctioned less than three years ago, over the objections of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Chambers should “be generous” on parental leave

8 November 2019

Chambers should give barristers the right to return to work after two or three years of parental leave, the Western Circuit Women’s Forum has said.

Top insurer accuses solicitors of breaching referral fee ban

7 November 2019

Claimant personal injury solicitors are buying leads obtained illegally and in breach of the referral fee ban, a leading insurance company has claimed. Aviva said solicitors should have to declare their source.

Communications giant hands over ABS to listed law firm

7 November 2019

Communications giant BT has handed over ownership of its alternative business structure to listed law firm DWF, it has emerged. Meanwhile, an Italian law firm has set up a BSB-regulated ABS.

Solicitor transferred property without asking co-owner

7 November 2019

A solicitor who transferred the title of a property from a joint owner without checking whether they had agreed to it – and when they knew nothing about it – has been rebuked by the SRA.

Dozens of sexual misconduct cases head to tribunal

7 November 2019

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal is expecting to adjudicate on a steady stream of sexual misconduct cases in the coming year, its annual budget has revealed.

Exclusive: CMA ramps up pressure on Bar Standards Board

6 November 2019

The Competition and Markets Authority has ramped up the pressure on the Bar Standards Board over its decision to stop funding the cross-regulator Legal Choices website.

Solicitor who forged documents to fool SRA struck off

6 November 2019

A solicitor who forged three documents to help him in an investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority has been struck off. He also forged the dates of legal charges and a mortgage deed.

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13 November 2019

The October PII renewal: Why the market changed

Since the abolition of the Solicitors Indemnity Fund, the October professional indemnity insurance renewal season has always been a challenge, but this year most law firms saw their premiums go up.

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