Compliance & Regulation

NDAs “cannot be controlled by professional regulators”

15 September 2021

The use of NDAs cannot be effectively controlled by professional regulators like the SRA and legislation is needed, a campaigner for tougher restrictions has told Legal Futures.

LSB demands regulators deliver “real change in outcomes for consumers”

15 September 2021

The Legal Services Board has today demanded further action from regulators to deliver “real change in outcomes” as it publishes a draft statutory policy statement on empowering consumers.

Fraud, overbilling and more – SRA bans non-solicitors over misconduct

14 September 2021

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has banned a string of non-solicitors from working in the profession, with issues like theft, overbilling and fabricating documents among the causes.

Male barrister suspended for groping female clerk and trainee solicitor

13 September 2021

A male barrister who groped a female clerk from his chambers and a female trainee from his main instructing solicitors while on a Friday night out has been suspended for a year.

QC criticises “partisan” City law firm over advice given to RICS

13 September 2021

A QC has heavily criticised City law firm Fieldfisher over the advice it gave the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) during a governance crisis.

£50k fine for partner at leading firm who “recreated” letters

13 September 2021

An equity partner at a leading law firm who recreated documents he thought had been sent, but passed them off as copies of the originals, has been fined £50,000.

Jail for lawyer who defrauded employers of £600,000

13 September 2021

A lawyer who defrauded the Commonwealth Secretariat and law firm Cooley out of over £600,000 has been jailed for seven and a half years.

Treat personal mitigation “with caution” in cases of sexual misconduct

10 September 2021

Personal mitigation needs to be treated with “caution” in the context of sexual misconduct, discrimination and harassment, draft new guidance on disciplining barristers warns.

Law firm was akin to “slow-motion car crash”, tribunal finds

10 September 2021

A law firm owner’s failures turned his practice into a “complete shambles” which was “akin to a slow-motion car crash occurring over a number of years”, the SDT has found.

Post Office scandal inquiry urged to put more focus on the lawyers

10 September 2021

The inquiry into the Post Office Horizon scandal has been urged to put more focus on the role of lawyers in perpetuating the organisation’s intransigence over the IT system’s problems.

Barrister apprenticeships a “viable option”, specialist argues

9 September 2021

Apprenticeships are a “viable option” to qualification as a barrister, but they would need collaboration between the Bar Standards Board, education providers and the Bar, a new paper has argued.

Leading firm rebuked for letting £21m pass through client account

9 September 2021

A leading south-coast law firm that allowed its client account to be used as a banking facility, with £21m passing through it, has been rebuked.

CLC presses ahead with ‘polluter pays’ rule for ombudsman costs

9 September 2021

The Council for Licensed Conveyancers is pressing ahead with its plan to introduce a ‘polluter pays’ element to how it recovers the cost of the Legal Ombudsman from those it regulates.

Solicitor threatened law firm in bid to have it withdraw complaint

8 September 2021

A solicitor threatened his former law firm with blowing the whistle on alleged breaches of its legal aid contract in a bid to have it withdraw a complaint about him, it has emerged.

Former CPS solicitor rebuked for offensive Facebook posts

7 September 2021

A solicitor who shared a petition from far-right group Britain First on her Facebook page while working for the Crown Prosecution Service has been rebuked by the SRA.

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