Junior solicitor who lied about lost documents struck off

A junior solicitor at the SRA’s external advisers lied about losing documents while acting for the regulator in a data protection case. She has been struck off despite questions over her mental health.

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Huge growth at PI ABS but Leeds office put on ice

Staff numbers at personal injury law firm Bond Turner grew by 65% last year but the listed company that owns it has put the firm’s expansion to Leeds on hold during the coronavirus crisis.

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Scottish Bar chief resigns over train chat indiscretion

The head of the Scottish Bar has announced his intention to resign after being caught talking on a train about his client, Alex Salmond, in a derogatory manner.

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Court rejects “fanciful” conveyancing negligence claim

The High Court has rejected a “fanciful” £600,000 conveyancing negligence claim against the law firm Gateley, based on an error admitted by the firm.

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MoJ offers some financial support for legal aid firms

The Ministry of Justice has introduced economic help for legal aid firms, making hardship payments easier to access and pausing debt repayments to the Legal Aid Agency.

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Most chambers “face collapse” without government cash

More than half of barristers’ chambers will go out of business within six months if they do not receive financial support from the government during the coronavirus crisis, the Bar Council has warned.

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Accountant severely reprimanded over SRA report

An accountant found to have “improperly” issued a report to the Solicitors Regulation Authority about a law firm has been severely reprimanded by his regulator.

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Withers bids to help couples negotiate separation

A service for couples wanting an amicable separation without instructing separate lawyers has been launched by Withers, which has also worked with Mariella Frostrup on a relationship podcast series.

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Bomb hoax barrister fails to overturn law firm ban

A barrister jailed in 2014 for a bomb hoax at the London Olympics has failed in his attempt to overturn an order imposed by the SRA that banned him from working for law firms.

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Week one of lockdown: new enquiries dived, furloughing began

The first week of the coronavirus lockdown saw new enquiries fall by up to 60% and firms start furloughing staff at once, research by a leading consultant has found. But they are “up for the fight”.

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7 April 2020

Remote working during coronavirus

Coronavirus is having a profound effect upon many facets of society and everyday life, not least in terms of how people work now that most office-based employees are working from home.

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