Solicitor deceived Claims Direct into paying him £9.75m, judge rules

21 June 2021

Colin Poole, the solicitor boss of Claims Direct, deceived the company into paying him £9.75m when he failed to deliver on a promise to divest his interest in his law firm, the High Court has ruled.

Review to probe impact of Post Office scandal on lawyer regulation

18 June 2021

A probe into the lessons of the Post Office scandal for corporate governance, criminal justice and lawyer regulation has been launched and will push regulators to effect change.

SRA to follow FCA on capping claims management fees

18 June 2021

The SRA is to follow the approach of the Financial Conduct Authority when capping the fees law firms charge for financial services claims management work – and will leave personal injury work alone for now.

£10m paid out last year to victims of solicitors’ dishonesty

17 June 2021

The SRA Compensation Fund paid out more than £10m to the victims of solicitors’ financial dishonesty last year, a 37% increase on the previous 12 months, new figures have shown.

SRA formally begins life as a separate corporate entity

16 June 2021

The board of trustees and directors of Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd met for the first time last week after agreeing the transfer of £9m in assets to the new company from the Law Society.

Ban for law firm revenue controller who diverted payments to own bank account

16 June 2021

A law firm revenue controller given a suspended jail sentence after diverting £32,000 in payments meant for suppliers to his own bank account has been banned from working in the profession.

SRA keeps SIF open in face of hardening insurance market

15 June 2021

A hardening indemnity insurance market and pressure from the Law Society have persuaded the Solicitors Regulation Authority to keep the Solicitors Indemnity Fund open for a further year.

Solicitors fined for allowing firm to take on work beyond expertise

11 June 2021

Two solicitors have been fined for allowing their firm to take on work in areas where they had no experience and accepting client money when it did not have a client account.

SRA eyes pilot to promote greater unbundling of legal services

10 June 2021

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is planning a pilot with other legal regulators on how to extend the use of unbundling as evidence showed it could save consumers up to 50% in fees, it has emerged.

Ex-client used fake threat to sue solicitor to obtain information

9 June 2021

Correspondence between solicitors involving “an element of deception” as to its real purpose can be covered by litigation privilege, the High Court has ruled.

LSB eyes accreditation scheme for comparison websites

7 June 2021

The Legal Services Board is set to recommend an accreditation scheme for review and comparison websites as take-up among both law firms and consumers continues to rise.

LPC applicants refuse en masse to disclose ethnicity

3 June 2021

Nearly 60% of applicants for the legal practice course refused to disclose their ethnicity last year – an extraordinary rise from the 2.3% who refused in 2019.

Lawyers agree ‘baseline document’ for standardised NDA

3 June 2021

An initiative to create a standard non-disclosure agreement for use when beginning negotiations over corporate transactions has completed its first phase, with the publication of a ‘baseline document’.

Tribunal refuses to restore sanctioned solicitor’s “pride”

3 June 2021

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has refused to remove conditions on the practising certificate of a 63-year-old solicitor who said he wanted to recover his “pride and dignity”.

Tribunal rejects solicitor’s plea to end indefinite suspension

2 June 2021

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has refused to terminate an indefinite suspension imposed on a solicitor a decade ago, saying he had not proved he was ready to return to practise.

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