Solicitors


Solicitor lost unencrypted USB stick full of client information

29 July 2021

A solicitor who lost an unencrypted USB stick full of client information that was subsequently found by a member of the public has been rebuked by the SRA.


Law firm swaps regulator after enduring “bumpy journey”

8 July 2021

A family law practice started by two solicitors has divorced the Bar Standards Board as its regulator and taken up with the Solicitors Regulation Authority after difficulties beset the relationship.


Solicitor jailed for stamp duty land tax fraud

7 July 2021

A solicitor who falsified returns to HM Revenue & Customs so as to underpay stamp duty land tax and pocket the difference has been jailed for more than three years.


Insurance giant’s ABS hit with fine for money laundering failure

6 July 2021

The alternative business structure owned by global insurance services firm Crawford & Company has been fined for failing to confirm that it had a compliant anti-money laundering risk assessment.


SQE will “move the bottleneck” from law schools to employers

1 July 2021

The Solicitors Qualifying Exam will make it easier for people to qualify as solicitors but move the “bottleneck” to newly qualified roles, a leading academic and the training head of a major law firm have predicted.


Solicitor struck off after child pornography and cannabis convictions

1 July 2021

A solicitor who received a suspended jail sentence after being convicted of making indecent images of children and producing cannabis has been struck off.


Solicitor jailed for GBH avoids being struck off

30 June 2021

A young solicitor jailed for grievous bodily harm has escaped being struck off because of his genuine remorse and low likelihood of reoffending.


Lawyers should have to take competence tests “every 10 years”

30 June 2021

Lawyers should have to take online tests every 10 years to prove that they remain competent in their specialist fields, the chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel said yesterday.


Solicitor jailed for defrauding firm of £2.3m over seven years

29 June 2021

A partner who defrauded his firm of £2.3m over seven years – some of which was done with the help of a client – has been jailed for four years and also struck off as a solicitor.


Solicitor rebuked for failing to report staff member’s conviction

28 June 2021

A solicitor who failed to report that a fee-earner he employed had been convicted of an immigration offence has been rebuked by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.


Divorce firm looks to shake up field with fixed fee for whole process

25 June 2021

A freelance solicitor has teamed up with a former KPMG partner to launch a divorce business that guarantees its fixed-fee quote for the whole process, including ancillary relief.


Solicitors fined for failing to prevent £3.3m property fraud

24 June 2021

Two directors of an alternative business structure have been fined for not supervising a branch office where a fellow director and a bogus solicitor carried out a £3.3m property fraud.


SRA fines six firms for failing to provide AML compliance declaration

24 June 2021

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has published details of fines levied against six law firms for failing to confirm in time that they had a compliant anti-money laundering firm-wide risk assessment.


Solicitor who charged £9,000 for doing nothing is struck off

23 June 2021

A solicitor who charged a client’s estate fees of over £9,000 during a period of “complete inactivity” has been struck off. He was both its executor and residuary beneficiary.


Solicitor suspended for “complete dereliction of duty”

22 June 2021

A solicitor who held nearly 1,500 historical client balances and whose failure to remedy accounts rule breaches was described as a “complete dereliction of duty”, has been suspended for two years.

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