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.

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.

Bar chair urges solicitors to act over barrister bias

9 November 2018

The chairman of the Bar Council has sent a strong message to solicitors about the need to challenge clients who discriminate against barristers because of gender, race or other bias.

SQE “will increase inequality and deter working class students”

9 November 2018

The idea that the Solicitors Qualifying Examination will improve diversity is false and instead it will have “devastating effects” on many individuals, two academics have claimed.

Female Asian barrister returns brief because client wanted ‘white man’

8 November 2018

The only female Afghan-born practising barrister revealed yesterday that she had been asked by a solicitor to return her brief because the client wanted “a white male barrister”.

SQE to be introduced in autumn 2021

8 November 2018

The Solicitors Qualifying Examination – the new way that solicitors will qualify – will be launched in autumn 2021, with the candidate fee likely to range between £3,000 and £4,500.

SRA chief shrugs off Leigh Day loss: “Just one of those things”

8 November 2018

The Solicitors Regulation Authority will not appeal the dismissal of its prosecution of Leigh Day, its chief executive confirmed yesterday as he described the loss as “just one of those things”.

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