Regulation


Restraint order for man who accused solicitors of fraud

19 November 2018

The High Court has slapped an extended civil restraint order on a man who claimed the application was an attempt “to legitimise” a law firm’s attempt to defraud him.


Solicitor suspended for firm’s work for dodgy trust business

19 November 2018

A solicitor has been suspended for his role in his firm acting for a client that scammed elderly people out of £500,000 with so-called estate preservation trusts.


Personal injury CMC boss jailed for fraud

16 November 2018

The boss of a personal claims management company, who lived an “extravagant lifestyle”, has been jailed for 21 months after being convicted of fraud.


Partners failed to pay disbursements in bid to prop up legal aid firm

15 November 2018

Three partners at a former legal aid firm have been fined a total of £40,000 for failing to pay disbursements as they struggled to keep the practice afloat.


SRA urged to tackle mental health problems with ‘fitness to practise’ regime

14 November 2018

The SRA needs to activate a dormant power that allows it to introduce ‘fitness to practise’ rules, in the wake of yesterday’s ruling about the role of mental health in solicitors’ misconduct.


Solicitor struck off for fraudulent claim against ex-employee

14 November 2018

A solicitor jailed for falsifying documents to bring a civil claim against a former employee, in actions a judge said attacked “the very heart of the justice system”, has been struck off.


Mental health problems “do not justify” solicitors’ dishonesty

13 November 2018

Pressure of work or extreme working conditions “cannot either alone or in conjunction with stress or depression” justify not striking off dishonest solicitors, the High Court has ruled.


Landmark jail sentence for man who stole client data for CMCs

13 November 2018

A man who passed on thousands of an accident repair company’s customer records to claims management companies has been jailed in a landmark prosecution.


SRA and Law Society warned over AML helpline confusion

12 November 2018

The body that oversees the legal profession’s anti-money laundering efforts has expressed concern over both the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority offering solicitors helpline advice.


Fake solicitor jailed after taking thousands from victims

12 November 2018

A man who posed as a solicitor has been jailed for taking thousands of pounds from unsuspecting members of the Pakistani community in Birmingham and then intimidating them.

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16 November 2018

Transparency is about a lot more than just price

The transparency agenda is much more than the figures you put on your website; it all comes back to communication, the root of so many lawyers’ problems if you look at the types of complaint that go to the Legal Ombudsman.

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