Regulation


Partner “too embarrassed” to tell clients truth is struck off

5 December 2019

A partner who misled beneficiaries about the progress of a case to resolve a dispute over estate assets and then found himself “too embarrassed” to tell them the truth has been struck off.


STaRs and SQE “will drastically increase supply of lawyers”

4 December 2019

The combination of the new Standards and Regulations and the Solicitors Qualifying Exam “will drastically increase the supply of lawyers”, the European head of Rocket Lawyer has predicted.


Barristers still struggling with concept of CPD “reflection”

4 December 2019

Barristers are generally happy with their new continuing professional development regime but are struggling to understand the concept of ‘reflection’, independent research has found.


Solicitor took 15 years to finish distributing estate

2 December 2019

A veteran solicitor who failed to complete several probate matters promptly – with one taking 15 years – has been fined by a tribunal. He said it had been a case of “out of sight out of mind”.


Sets without equal numbers of women “will lose work”

2 December 2019

Market forces will mean that commercial sets without a diverse gender pool at all levels will soon find themselves losing work to more gender-equal sets, according to a circuit judge researching equality.


Former partner ordered to pay costs of SRA closing firm

29 November 2019

The High Court has ordered a former partner to shoulder the £182,000 costs of the Solicitors Regulation Authority shutting down his law firm in the first case of its kind.


US firm employee sanctioned for ‘drunk on plane’ conviction

29 November 2019

An employee in the London office of US law firm WilmerHale whose drunken actions on a transatlantic plane caused it to turn back has been rebuked and fined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.


Tribunal rejects SRA’s disciplinary “ambush”

28 November 2019

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has rejected four allegations of multiple rule breaches against a solicitor because they were so badly drafted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.


Ince eyes opportunities from new SRA rules

28 November 2019

Listed law firm Ince Group is examining how it could take advantage of the new rules allowing solicitors to practise from unregulated businesses, it said today as it announced strong half-year results.


Online law school bursts onto scene for SQE

28 November 2019

An online-only law school entered the market yesterday to deliver the new Solicitors Qualifying Examination, with heavyweight backing from leading academics and lawyers.


Solicitor helped client conceal damages from husband

27 November 2019

A solicitor who helped a client conceal from her “controlling” husband the full amount of damages she received in settling a personal injury claim has been struck off.


“No right” to judge women lawyers on appearance

27 November 2019

It is about time that men and women realise that they have “no right to judge a woman’s commitment to and ability to do her job based on her appearance”, a leading QC has declared.


SRA rules open up working or competing with the Bar

27 November 2019

The new rules allowing solicitors to work from unregulated businesses open up several opportunities for solicitors – including working with or in competition with barristers, specialists have predicted.


Pre-92 universities lead way with BPTC pass-rates

26 November 2019

The pre-1992 universities achieve the best results in the centralised exams taken by students on the Bar Professional Training Course, it has emerged.


Reach for the STaRs – new solicitors’ rulebook goes live

25 November 2019

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s new rulebook – Standards and Regulations (STaRs) – comes into force today, with experts highlighting several areas of significant change and opportunity for firms.

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6 December 2019

Still running Windows 7? Cyber-criminals are on your trail

When the end-of-life date arrives, it is estimated thone in four PCs will still be running Windows 7. This figure will be higher in industries slower to embrace IT developments – legal is likely to be amongst those.

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