Regulation


Public access barrister suspended over “hostile emails” to solicitors

13 July 2021

A public access barrister who engaged in “unnecessarily hostile and antagonistic correspondence” with opposing solicitors has been suspended for six months.


Barrister and ABS owner launches legal recruitment firm

13 July 2021

A practising barrister and sole director of an alternative business structure has added a third string to his bow by launching a legal recruitment firm.


Public supports stronger ongoing competence checks for lawyers

9 July 2021

There is near unanimity among the public that lawyers should have to demonstrate more actively than now that they remain competent throughout their careers, the Legal Services Board has found.


Court scolds QC but decides against referring him to BSB

9 July 2021

A QC who misused the urgent applications procedure for a Brexit-related judicial review has been ticked off by the Divisional Court but escaped being referred to the Bar Standards Board.


Law firm swaps regulator after enduring “bumpy journey”

8 July 2021

A family law practice started by two solicitors has divorced the Bar Standards Board as its regulator and taken up with the Solicitors Regulation Authority after difficulties beset the relationship.


Barrister suspended over Royal baby tweets returns to work

7 July 2021

The barrister suspended from the innovative family law business she founded after being accused of making racist comments about the latest Royal baby has returned to work.


Solicitor jailed for stamp duty land tax fraud

7 July 2021

A solicitor who falsified returns to HM Revenue & Customs so as to underpay stamp duty land tax and pocket the difference has been jailed for more than three years.


BSB more likely to raise complaints against minority ethnic barristers

7 July 2021

Minority ethnic barristers remain more likely than their White counterparts to be subject to complaints raised by the Bar Standards Board, with men more likely than women, new research has shown.


Insurance giant’s ABS hit with fine for money laundering failure

6 July 2021

The alternative business structure owned by global insurance services firm Crawford & Company has been fined for failing to confirm that it had a compliant anti-money laundering risk assessment.


Regulator intervenes over concern about “PII market failure”

5 July 2021

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has had to intervene after two professional indemnity insurers offered firms cover that did not comply with its minimum terms.

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