Regulation


Law firm in court battle over alleged snooping

4 December 2020

The High Court has refused a City law firm permission to cross-examine the affidavits of people it accuses of trying to obtain confidential information it holds.


Solicitor ordered secretaries to retrospectively “witness” wills

4 December 2020

The managing director of a law firm who ordered legal secretaries and a trainee solicitor to retrospectively “witness” wills which had already been signed by clients has been struck off.


Second provider reveals price for SQE preparation courses

3 December 2020

QLTS School has become only the second training provider to announce how much it will charge students to prepare for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination from next year.


Barrister “of good judgement” was not negligent over client’s conviction

2 December 2020

A barrister of “good judgement” who had to make rapid decisions in a “pressurised environment” was not negligent even though it turned out her client was wrongly convicted.


BSB stats and Beckwith ruling put focus on misconduct outside practice

1 December 2020

There has been a significant increase in the number of complaints about the conduct of barristers outside of practice, it has emerged, as the implications of the Beckwith ruling continue to reverberate.


Non-lawyers banned from law firms in misconduct blizzard

1 December 2020

Six non-lawyers have been banned from working for law firms for a range of offences, from faking signatures and misusing season ticket loans to fabricating a client’s will to name themselves as a beneficiary.


High Court refuses to strike out solicitor’s surveillance harassment claim

30 November 2020

The High Court has refused to strike out claims of harassment brought by a solicitor and his wife over surveillance of them carried out at the instruction of a former client.


Silent sufferers? Bar’s efforts to improve harassment reporting failing

30 November 2020

The Bar Standards Board is to “reflect” on the duty on barristers to report harassment, with efforts to improve reporting proving ineffective, as it looks at new measures to tackle bullying and harassment.


Criminal solicitors billed med neg claimant £20k for “admin work”

30 November 2020

Two criminal law solicitors who billed the victim of an attack by a psychiatric patient a total of £20,000 for what they described as “administrative services” have been fined by a tribunal.


Beckwith wins appeal – conduct was inappropriate but did not breach code

27 November 2020

The High Court has overturned the decision that former Freshfields partner Ryan Beckwith breached the SRA code of conduct by having drunken sex with a junior lawyer at the firm.


Chambers “expected” to commit to race audits and ‘positive action’

27 November 2020

Chambers should conduct race equality audits and, if necessary, introduce “positive action” to address the problems identified, as well as publish anti-racist statements, the BSB is set to say.


Ireland rejects solicitor/barrister fusion – for now

27 November 2020

The Republic of Ireland’s single regulator for the legal profession has decided that it would be “premature” to abolish the distinction between solicitors and barristers.


Reality of law firms’ approach to AML not living up to their policies

26 November 2020

There is a difference between many law firms’ anti-money laundering policies and procedures, and what actually happens in practice, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has found.


Partners saw £100m pass through client account from car park scheme

26 November 2020

Two partners who saw more than £100m pass through their firm’s client account for a car parking and storage pod investment scheme have been fined for misconduct.


Investment schemes causing “huge number” of claims

25 November 2020

Dubious investment schemes involving solicitors are becoming “far more sophisticated” and leading to a “huge number of claims” on the Compensation Fund, the SRA has warned.

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