‘Professionally embarrassed’ lawyers wrong to withdraw during murder trial

22 January 2021

The legal team of a man accused of murder was wrong to withdraw during the trial but the move did not render his subsequent conviction unsafe, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Solicitor allowed use of client account as £4.6m banking facility

22 January 2021

A solicitor who let his firm’s client account be used as a banking facility for payments from clients’ investors totalling over £4.6m has been fined £15,000.

Male barrister fined for smacking female colleague on backside

21 January 2021

A male barrister who told a junior female colleague that “I really wanted to smack your arse” – and then did so – has been reprimanded and fined £6,000 by a Bar disciplinary tribunal.

Another SRA prosecution fails but regulator avoids costs order

21 January 2021

The Solicitors Regulation Authority was justified in prosecuting two law firm partners even though all of the allegations were dismissed, a tribunal has ruled.

Email attachments are not privileged just because message is

21 January 2021

The Supreme Court has refused to interfere in a ruling that legal professional privilege which covers an email does not extend to any attachments.

Solicitor who misled tribunals on Ugandan law is struck off

20 January 2021

A solicitor who misled the First-tier and Upper Tribunals in immigration cases about anti-gay legislation in Uganda has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

“Troubling inequality” persists for BAME consumers of legal services

19 January 2021

A “troubling inequality” between BAME and White British consumers in the way they access legal services has changed little in the five years since it raised the issue, the consumer panel has found.

Veteran solicitor practised without insurance

19 January 2021

A sole practitioner in his 70s has been struck off after practising for over six months without professional indemnity insurance, despite telling others he had cover.

High Court highlights “implausibility” of multi-hand fraud at City law firm

18 January 2021

A court has highlighted the “implausibility” of multiple people from “a well-known firm of solicitors being involved in a fraudulent scheme” in dismissing a claim against Simmons & Simmons.

Herbert Smith paralegal banned for fake overtime approval

18 January 2021

A former paralegal at City giant Herbert Smith Freehills has been banned from the solicitors’ profession after submitting multiple overtime claims with fake approvals on them.

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