Regulation


‘Sham marriage’ solicitor loses strike-off appeal

4 June 2020

The High Court has dismissed an appeal by a solicitor struck off after telling an undercover television reporter that he would help them apply for a visa on the back of a bogus marriage.


Compensation Fund cuts would be “devastating”

4 June 2020

Cutting the maximum size of Compensation Fund awards from £2m to £500,000 could have a “devastating” impact on “unlucky claimants”, the Law Society has warned.


High Court overturns barrister’s suspension due to “lacuna”

3 June 2020

The High Court has overturned a decision to suspend a barrister for failing to comply with a Legal Ombudsman direction – because he was already suspended at the time of the events.


Consumers “ignore” conveyancing fraud risk as solicitor jailed

3 June 2020

Consumers are more worried about the fee conveyancers charge to transfer their money than the risk of it being stolen, research has found at the same time that a solicitor is jailed for fraud.


Asons liquidators settle action against successor firm

2 June 2020

The liquidators of Asons have settled their claim against its successor practice, after alleging that the controversial personal injury law firm was sold at an undervalue.


Bar students urge online exams rethink

2 June 2020

Bar professional training course students have told the Bar Standards Board that its plans for online examinations risk discriminating against women, carers and the disabled.


Solicitor and firm sanctioned over property work

1 June 2020

A law firm earned some £800,000 in fees on three failed property development schemes as well as ‘quick sale’ conveyancing where it acted for both sides, a tribunal has heard.


Lawtech products “may need direct regulation”

1 June 2020

Lawtech products may need to be directly regulated as they become more complex, and it is harder for lawyers to understand how the underlying algorithms work, new research has suggested.


Virtual legal business launches US subsidiary

29 May 2020

A virtual law business that uniquely combines regulated and unregulated legal practices, with lawyers in the UK and across the world, has launched a subsidiary in the USA.


SRA defends decision to prosecute Matthews

29 May 2020

The boss of the Solicitors Regulation Authority has told junior lawyers that he is satisfied that its handling of the Claire Matthews case was “appropriate”.


BSB to review rules on barristers’ conduct outside practice

28 May 2020

The Bar Standards Board is to review its approach to policing barristers’ conduct outside of practice, including how they use social media, Legal Futures can reveal.


Solicitor “abandoned clients” after PI reforms wrecked firm

27 May 2020

A solicitor who closed his firm in a chaotic manner after it was devastated by the personal injury reforms – even allowing two clients to attend court without representation – has been suspended.


Solicitor struck off for lying about counsel attending mediation

26 May 2020

A solicitor who “reluctantly” admitted that he acted dishonestly in telling the other side of a dispute that counsel would be attending a mediation, when she had not been instructed, has been struck off.


Call for review of regulator costs in unsuccessful prosecutions

26 May 2020

The Law Commission should review whether regulators such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority should be insulated from costs orders in disciplinary actions they lose, a senior judge has suggested.


BSB outlines concern over post-virus ‘virtual’ chambers

22 May 2020

Some chambers may choose to continue operating virtually once the Covid-19 crisis passes, with “significant implications” for their support services and collegiality.

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4 June 2020

Reflecting on the spring PII renewal season

I reported last year that the October PII market was a challenging environment and many practices paid more for their cover. This trend of increased premiums continued into this spring.

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