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Solicitors’ group tip-off leads to activist’s conviction

A campaigner who used her email address as a committee member of the Solicitors International Human Rights Group to conduct unlawful immigration law work was convicted this week.

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Ince set to raise £16m to fuel growth

Listed law firm Ince Group raised £12m through a placing today – with a further £4m in the pipeline – in a bid to support growth and its balance sheet, but saw its share price crash as a result.

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“Disgraceful” solicitor left trainee to face angry clients

A “disgraceful” solicitor disappeared with over £415,000 of client money and apparently went travelling to Malaysia, warning his trainee solicitor that “there are going to be some angry clients”.

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Union’s arrested head of legal mulls claim against Met Police

A barrister working as a trade union’s in-house lawyer is considering a claim for false imprisonment against the Metropolitan Police after he was briefly arrested on a picket line.

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Court wellbeing protocol targets ‘last minute’ culture

Birmingham Family Court will today introduce a wellbeing protocol which aims to end a ‘last minute’ work culture that increases stress on practitioners outside of work hours.

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Pioneering listed law firm and staff reap rewards

The country’s first listed law firm will continue to diversify its offering, it said today as it unveiled a strong set of half-year results that showed how partners and staff are benefiting too.

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Solicitor fined for acting in conflict of interest

A solicitor who acted where there was a real conflict of interest and paid out almost £6m from buyer clients before they had obtained any security in the flats they were hoping to buy, has been fined.

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Firms “risking financial ruin” over SRA prosecutions

Law firms assume – wrongly – that their professional indemnity insurance covers them if they are investigated or prosecuted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, research has warned.

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£1.2m lost after solicitor duped by bogus fee-earner

A solicitor who was duped into employing a bogus solicitor, who then facilitated a £1.2m conveyancing fraud, has been struck off. The fee-earner stole the identity of a genuine solicitor.

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Barristers to lose out from Iraq claims firm’s liquidation

Barristers instructed by now-defunct Birmingham law firm Public Interest Lawyers are set to lose out significantly from its liquidation, although its collapse may yet spark legal action.

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16 January 2020

Making Tax Digital throws spotlight on outdated legal IT systems

The first year of Making Tax Digital for VAT, known as the soft landing period, ends this April. During these first 12 months, firms without a compliant legal accounts package have used bridging software.

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