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.

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.

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.

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.

Withers bids to help couples negotiate separation

3 April 2020

A service for couples wanting an amicable separation without instructing separate lawyers has been launched by Withers, which has also worked with Mariella Frostrup on a relationship podcast series.

Bomb hoax barrister fails to overturn law firm ban

3 April 2020

A barrister jailed in 2014 for a bomb hoax at the London Olympics has failed in his attempt to overturn an order imposed by the SRA that banned him from working for law firms.

SRA: Client-care letters not compulsory for emergency wills

2 April 2020

Solicitors can give client-care information verbally if a client urgently needs a will due to the coronavirus, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has confirmed.

Coronavirus hits SRA’s plan to target AML laggards

1 April 2020

The coronavirus crisis has hindered the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s efforts to pursue law firms that have ignored its efforts to check they are complying with its anti-money laundering rules.

In-house lawyer facilitated sham £16m property schemes

1 April 2020

A solicitor who acted as head of legal and a “puppet director” for a variety of companies involved in sham £16m property schemes has been struck off.

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