Compliance & Regulation

Law firms helping oligarchs suppress criticism “a cancer”, says MP

21 January 2022

The government needs to “end the cancer” of high-end law firms selling “intimidation services” to oligarchs and others trying to use the legal system to silence journalists and critics, MPs heard yesterday.

Lawyer jailed after defying order to hand over firm’s files to SRA

21 January 2022

A lawyer has been jailed for 13 months after showing a “brazen disregard” for his regulator by failing to hand over his firm’s files to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Partners fined for letting non-lawyer take control of group litigation

20 January 2022

Two partners in a former City law firm have each been fined £7,500 for allowing a non-lawyer to have sole and unsupervised conduct of multi-jurisdictional group litigation involving 1,500 clients.

Lawyers hits back at attacks by international bodies on privilege

20 January 2022

Multiple international bodies are seeking to undermine both legal professional privilege and the independent regulation of the profession, a global lawyers group has warned.

Solicitor struck off for taking advantage of elderly client

19 January 2022

A solicitor who attempted to sell an elderly client’s house to her own civil partner at an undervalue, and was the sole beneficiary of the client’s will that she drafted, has been struck off.

MoJ threatened with fine over huge data request backlog

19 January 2022

The Information Commissioner has threatened to fine the Ministry of Justice if it fails to deal with thousands of outstanding subject access requests.

Barrister disbarred for false judicial review promise

19 January 2022

A non-practising barrister has been disbarred for dishonesty, after falsely persuading a client he would bring judicial review proceedings.

Solicitor who “accidentally bought run-off cover” struck off

18 January 2022

The solicitor at the centre of a collapsed dishonesty prosecution in 2019 has been struck off for dishonesty after a second prosecution for new offences, including practising without insurance.

Conveyancers might be forced to buy cyber-insurance in PII rejig

18 January 2022

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers has mooted requiring law firms to purchase standalone cyber-insurance as “evolving forms of cyber-risk” become more complex.

City firm boss and general counsel join slimmed-down SRA board

17 January 2022

A heavyweight City solicitor and leading Welsh in-house lawyer have been named as new members of what is now the smallest-ever board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Struck-off solicitor accuses SDT of Islamophobia in bid to return to profession

14 January 2022

An ex-solicitor who accused the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal of Islamophobia for not having Muslim panel members when striking him off in 2019 has failed in his application to be restored to the roll.

New barrister-run litigation firm chooses SRA regulation

13 January 2022

An alternative business structure specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration and led by barristers has opted for regulation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Solicitor jailed for contempt after defying SRA court orders

13 January 2022

A high-profile solicitor has been jailed for contempt of court after defying two court orders to hand over her practice’s files to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Junior solicitor at SRA’s lawyers struck off for misleading client

13 January 2022

A solicitor at Capsticks, the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s external lawyers, has been struck off for lying to a client and the firm about progress on a file.

In-house lawyer struck off after child pornography conviction

12 January 2022

A former in-house solicitor at NatWest has been struck off for child pornography convictions after he was found by police with 15,000 indecent images and videos.

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