Regulation


SRA “needs to monitor” enforcement staff more closely

5 March 2021

The Solicitors Regulation Authority spends too much time on diversity training and monitoring, and not enough on assuring that its enforcement staff act in a non-biased way, it has been claimed.


Solicitor who submitted false oath agrees to leave profession

5 March 2021

A former partner at a Yorkshire law firm who submitted a false statement to the probate court as part of the oath for executors has agreed to leave the profession.


SDT clears pro-Beijing lawyer over “kill protestors” allegation

4 March 2021

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has rejected allegations that a pro-Beijing lawyer and politician based in Hong Kong called for pro-independence protestors to be “killed mercilessly”.


Law Society president steps down ahead of SDT hearing

3 March 2021

The president of the Law Society is to step down later this month in the wake of a High Court ruling that the SDT was wrong to dismiss a prosecution brought against him by a former client.


Legal aid fraud solicitor fails to set aside £5m judgment

3 March 2021

A solicitor and her practice manager husband jailed for legal aid fraud have failed in their bid to set aside a default judgment for nearly £5m obtained by the Ministry of Justice.


Bar Council chair rejects challenge from Twitter row barrister

3 March 2021

The chair of the Bar Council has dismissed as nonsense the suggestion that it had to publicly support the barrister at the centre of a racism row over his comments on Twitter.


Solicitor who “did not know” he was a partner is rebuked

2 March 2021

A solicitor who said he did not know that he had been appointed a partner and compliance officer for legal practice (COLP) of his firm has been rebuked.


Solicitor fined for fly tipping and supervision failure

1 March 2021

A solicitor who failed to supervise a caseworker he wrongly thought to be a barrister and also fly tipped legal documents containing client information has been fined.


Pupil barrister uses hemp to create first vegan wig

1 March 2021

A pupil barrister and animal protection activist has created what is thought to be the first vegan barrister’s wig, made from hemp rather than horse hair.


“Power of the purse” will bring diversity to Bar

26 February 2021

The “power of the purse”, coming not from solicitors but from their clients, will “make the difference” in improving diversity at the Bar, a leading Black QC has said.


Consumers “enthusiastic” about all-encompassing register of lawyers

25 February 2021

Consumers are “enthusiastic” about the creation of a single digital register of legal services providers, including elements such as fees, reviews and even star ratings, research has found.


Solicitor who left clients “high and dry” struck off

25 February 2021

A solicitor left clients “high and dry” by failing to register their property purchases and pay stamp duty, while misappropriating some £175,000 of their money, a tribunal has found.


Solicitor failed to check whether jailed client wanted to sell property

24 February 2021

A veteran solicitor did not confirm that his imprisoned client had given instructions to transfer a £300,000 property to his mother, with the client claiming after it happened that he knew nothing about it.


First cohort of graduate solicitor apprentices start work towards SQE

24 February 2021

Eight graduate solicitor apprentices have started work at defendant firm Keoghs, one of the first law firms to offer this approach, as we round up a host of SQE and other training news.


Senior barrister rails against ‘direct access discrimination’

23 February 2021

Direct access barristers can be looked down on, and ignored by legal directories, because they do not have “well-heeled” solicitors singing their praises, a leading family law specialist has argued.

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