Compliance & Regulation

High Court criticises SDT for “sweeping anonymity orders”

7 July 2022

The High Court has criticised the SDT for taking it upon itself to issue “sweeping anonymity orders” in respect of all the third parties in a case about a solicitor’s social media posts.

Firm ordered to pay wasted costs over lack of authority to act

5 July 2022

A law firm has been ordered to pay wasted costs of £7,920 for not satisfying itself that the director of a company in deadlock with the other director had the authority to give it instructions.

Rugby and football club boss sanctioned by SDT still “fit and proper” owner

4 July 2022

The rugby and football club owner sanctioned by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal last week says he will be able to continue in those roles as he remains a ‘fit and proper person’.

Firm owner and consultant sanctioned for €9m supercar failures

30 June 2022

A solicitor failed to supervise an unadmitted consultant who allowed his firm’s client account to be used by a foreign royal as a banking facility in a bid to buy three supercars.

Immigration advice scammer jailed for absconding while on bail

30 June 2022

A man who fled to Dubai after he was found guilty of an immigration advice scam has been imprisoned on his return to the UK. He was one of three people convicted of multiple offences.

Complaints about claims management companies continue to fall

30 June 2022

The number of complaints about claims management companies continues to fall, the Financial Ombudsman Service says as it consider charging professional representatives to make one.

Government approves increase in SRA’s fining power to £25,000

29 June 2022

The government has today approved the increase in the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s fining power, from £2,000 to £25,000, despite opposition from the profession.

Barrister reprimanded for “bullying and aggressive” emails

29 June 2022

A non-practising barrister who wrote “bullying and aggressive” emails to a group supporting people with autoinflammatory conditions has been reprimanded by a disciplinary tribunal.

Firm fined for inadequate anti-money laundering controls

28 June 2022

A law firm in Telford whose multiple failures raised the risk of it facilitating money laundering and terrorist financing has been fined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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.

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