SQE decision delayed as legal academics urge rejection

21 September 2020

The decision on whether to approve the Solicitors Qualifying Examination has been delayed amid a call from groups representing more than 4,000 legal academics to reject it.

Jailed solicitor struck off for historic child abuse convictions

18 September 2020

A veteran solicitor serving nearly nine years in prison after being convicted of multiple counts of historic indecent assault against children has been struck off.

£60k fine and JR ban for immigration solicitor

17 September 2020

An immigration solicitor who brought meritless judicial reviews has been fined £60,000 and banned for an indefinite period from making further applications.

Government eyes regulating the law’s unregulated providers

16 September 2020

The Ministry of Justice is considering whether to create a register of unregulated providers of legal services and give their clients access to redress if things go wrong, it emerged yesterday.

Commercial chambers offers £20k to fund withdrawn pupillage at crime set

16 September 2020

A London commercial chambers has put up £20,000 to fund a pupillage that a criminal set has had to withdraw because of the impact of Covid-19, in a move hailed as showing the spirit of the Bar.

Solicitor who raided client’s estate to pay debts is struck off

16 September 2020

A solicitor who used £100,000 from a client’s estate to pay debts to HM Revenue & Customs and an indemnity insurer before closing his firm has been struck off.

PI solicitor “compromised independence” in dealings with CMC

15 September 2020

A personal injury solicitor has been sanctioned for allowing the claims management company that supplied almost all of his work to dictate the terms of clients’ engagement with his firm.

Convicted conveyancer struck off for facilitiating mortgage fraud

15 September 2020

A conveyancer who recklessly facilitated a mortgage fraud before being convicted of three money laundering offences and then failing to surrender to bail has been struck off.

BSB: Exams problems “worse than thought” as it rejects alternative plan

14 September 2020

Problems with the Bar exams were far more extensive than previously reported, the Bar Standards Board admits as barristers warn that ‘pen and paper’ resits next month could breach equality law.

Firm fined for secretly charging clients to repay loan

14 September 2020

A law firm which surcharged more than 2,000 clients to help repay the loan it took out for a new case management system has been fined £30,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

High Court rejects challenge to foreign in-house lawyers’ privilege

14 September 2020

Legal advice privilege extends to communications with foreign lawyers working in-house even if they are not recognised or regulated as “professional lawyers”, the High Court has ruled.

Solicitor used jailed client’s money to prop up firm

11 September 2020

A criminal law solicitor who used money from a jailed client for an appeal to stabilise his firm’s “precarious financial position” has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Immigration solicitors made bankrupt by SRA

11 September 2020

The two partners of former immigration firm Malik Law Chambers have been adjudged bankrupt after petitions were filed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

“Caring” solicitor undone by accounting system

10 September 2020

A “passionate, caring and in many respects competent” solicitor, whose firm got into a financial mess in part because of the accounting software she used, has escaped removal from practice.

Employment tribunal rejects BSB race discrimination claim

10 September 2020

Claims of race discrimination brought by a barrister against the Bar Standards Board as part of a decade-long dispute have been dismissed as time-barred by an employment tribunal.

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