Compliance & Regulation


Law firm owner rebuked for caseworker supervision failure

27 June 2022

A solicitor who failed to supervise an immigration caseworker in a matter which led the High Court to refer his firm to the Solicitors Regulation Authority has been rebuked.


Greens urge disciplinary action against lawyer MPs over rule of law threats

27 June 2022

The Green Party has called for disciplinary action against solicitor and barrister MPs who vote for legislation which disregards the rule of law.


Traditional partnerships dying out as ABSs top 1,000

24 June 2022

The traditional partnership is now the least popular form of law firm structure, while alternative business structures now make up more than 10% of all practices, new figures have shown.


BSB prosecutions of striking barristers “unlikely to succeed”

24 June 2022

The Bar Standards Board would be “ill advised” to take disciplinary action against barristers who take part in the strike action over legal aid rates, as dozens of QCs complain about the Lord Chief Justice.


Lord Chief Justice and BSB warn striking barristers of disciplinary risks

23 June 2022

The Bar Standards Board has told striking barristers that it will focus in particular on any harm caused, following the Lord Chief Justice’s warning that their actions may amount to misconduct


SRA seeks whistleblowing role as part of SLAPPs action

23 June 2022

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to make it easier for law firm staff to blow the whistle on their employers, as part of its work on SLAPPs – of which it is investigating more than 20.


Costs lawyers urged to play bigger role in “out of control” market

23 June 2022

The whole profession needs to address “out of control” legal costs, a major new report has concluded, but costs lawyers have a significant role to play in exerting downward pressure on them.


SRA reports £161m of suspect transactions by law firms to NCA

23 June 2022

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reported £161m worth of suspect transactions involving the profession to the National Crime Agency, with failures to check the source of funds the main trigger.


Family specialists choose employee ownership over acquisition

22 June 2022

The founders of a specialist family law firm have spurned potential acquirors to transfer it instead into an employee ownership trust, saying the move sends a positive signal to would-be staff.


Solicitor who let one mistake “snowball” fined by tribunal

22 June 2022

A solicitor who let one mistake on a property sale snowball so that it affected multiple transactions in a portfolio has been fined £10,000 – even though he preferred to be struck off.


Solicitor struck off for blue badge misuse fails in High Court appeal

22 June 2022

A solicitor who used a disabled badge that did not belong to him nine times to park near his law firm has failed in his appeal against being struck off.


Partner suspended over gift from client and seeking introduction fee

21 June 2022

A former partner at listed law firm Gateley has been suspended for a year after accepting a £2,500 cash gift from a client and later asking the client for an introduction fee.


Vulnerable clients struggle in face of “cold, clinical and chaotic” lawyers

21 June 2022

Vulnerable clients are being disadvantaged by the “cold, clinical and chaotic manner” in which they are treated by some lawyers, a report for the Legal Services Board has found.


Barrister failed to justify direct access client’s £420,000 bill

20 June 2022

A direct access barrister who failed to justify fees for herself and a colleague of £420,000 plus VAT for a divorce hearing has been fined £5,000 by a Bar disciplinary tribunal.


Barrister suspended for telling jury that judge was talking “rubbish”

17 June 2022

A barrister who described a judge’s summary of a witness’s evidence as “absolute rubbish” and asked if the judge was giving evidence has been suspended for four months.

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There are many good claims brought for damages that are likely to be significantly less than twice the cost of bringing the claim. These cases present a real challenge for insurers.


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Last month, two all-party parliamentary groups published a joint economic crime manifesto that sets out a “comprehensive list of pragmatic reforms” designed to tackle the UK’s dirty money crisis.


Using artificial intelligence in the legal profession

Applying AI technology to law firms involves the use of computers, algorithms and big data so that they can function competently, successfully and with foresight in their business environment.


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