Compliance & Regulation

SRA issues M&A warning to law firm buyers and sellers

18 June 2024

Solicitors have been warned by their regulator about undertaking adequate due diligence on mergers and acquisitions and putting client interests first when striking the deal.

Law firm fined for allowing COFA to steal £157,000

18 June 2024

A law firm whose compliance officer for finance and administration stole £157,000 has been fined for not having proper systems governing payments from client account.

Solicitor rebuked for leaving client unrepresented at hearing

17 June 2024

A solicitor who withdrew from a Family Court hearing over a fee dispute so late that he left his client no chance to find a replacement has been rebuked by the SRA.

Suspension for senior partner who had sex in the office

14 June 2024

A male senior partner found guilty of multiple instances of sexual misconduct in the office with junior female staff – including having sex with one on a desk – has been suspended for two years.

Lawyers and law firms “need to talk much more about integrity”

14 June 2024

Lawyers and law firms should be “actively” reflecting on and talking about integrity “much more” than they currently do or appear to do, a leading legal academic has argued.

FSCS wrongly tells law firm clients their solicitors are unauthorised

13 June 2024

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme has admitted writing to law firm clients and wrongly informing them that their solicitors were no longer authorised.

High Court judge “compromised integrity” with CA application

13 June 2024

A High Court judge has been given a formal warning after it emerged that he had seen an independent assessment written for his application to join the Court of Appeal.

Second solicitor to face tribunal over “threatening” vaccine letters

13 June 2024

A solicitor accused of baselessly threatening legal proceedings over the Covid vaccine is to face the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Warning for judge who “accidently” liked anti-Israel LinkedIn post

13 June 2024

A senior judge has been issued with a formal warning for misconduct after he “accidentally” liked an anti-Israel LinkedIn post which he later described as “repulsive”.

Paralegal banned for discontinuing claim without instructions

12 June 2024

A paralegal lied to both her client and her employer over how she handled a holiday sickness claim that she sought to discontinue without instructions.

Harman to lead review of bullying and harassment at the Bar

12 June 2024

Solicitor Harriet Harman KC has been named as chair of the Bar Council’s independent review of bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, at the Bar.

BSB allows university to restart Bar training course

12 June 2024

Hertfordshire University can start taking Bar training course students from September again, after the Bar Standards Board reinstated its authorisation. The regulator stopped it enrolling students last August amid concerns about weaknesses in its course delivery and initially said that… Read More

Exclusive: SRA forced to revise SSB advice after five days

11 June 2024

The SRA has had to revise an updated statement issued just last week for former clients of SSB Group in the wake of questions raised by Legal Futures.

Axiom fund adviser joins Schools in jail after eight-year sentence

11 June 2024

An investment manager at the heart of the Axiom Legal Financing Fund fraud has been jailed for eight years having being found guilty of fraudulent trading after a retrial.

SRA “has gone too far” with demands in SLAPPs guidance

10 June 2024

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s guidance on SLAPPs may go too far in requiring practitioners to ascertain the truth of their client’s case, a senior barrister has suggested.

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