“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.

Solicitor fined for abusive call to client who’s also a relative

23 February 2021

A solicitor was verbally abusive to a client and attempted to dissuade them from continuing a complaint against him, it has emerged – and the pair were related.

Quran-quoting barrister receives apology from counsel who asked him to stop

22 February 2021

The barrister who asked a fellow counsel to stop posting quotes from the Quran on LinkedIn has apologised and said they should not have sent the message.

Partner lied to client about settlement that never was

22 February 2021

A partner at leading regional firm Clarke Willmott has been struck off for lying to his client that settlement monies were on the way when he had not actually negotiated any settlement.

Solicitor struck off over falsified decree absolute

19 February 2021

A solicitor who led a client to believe he was divorced after she falsified a decree absolute has been struck off. She also admitted having the client pay her in cash, rather than pay her firm.

Barrister suspended after appearing in court when unauthorised – again

19 February 2021

An experienced barrister who appeared in two courts without having a practising certificate has been suspended for four months, having been fined twice in previous years for the same offence.

Barrister asks Shariah law specialist to stop quoting Quran on LinkedIn

18 February 2021

The head of Sharia law at a well-known chambers has expressed his shock after another barrister asked him to stop posting quotes from the Quran on LinkedIn.

Solicitor fell in love with architect of translation fraud

18 February 2021

A solicitor who described how she fell in love with the architect of a translation fee fraud – who used her to facilitate it – has accepted that she had to be struck off.

Tribunal explains three-month suspension for “sexual touching” barrister

17 February 2021

The actions of a barrister suspended for three months for the “intentional sexual touching” of two junior colleagues could amount to sexual assault and unlawful harassment, a tribunal has found.

Top 100 firms have “trust issues” because of online failures

17 February 2021

Many of the top 100 law firms have online trust issues because they do not comply with an SRA rule requiring them to display the regulator’s badge prominently and fail to engage with reviews.

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