Regulation


Solicitors fined for allowing firm to take on work beyond expertise

11 June 2021

Two solicitors have been fined for allowing their firm to take on work in areas where they had no experience and accepting client money when it did not have a client account.


SRA eyes pilot to promote greater unbundling of legal services

10 June 2021

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is planning a pilot with other legal regulators on how to extend the use of unbundling as evidence showed it could save consumers up to 50% in fees, it has emerged.


Ex-client used fake threat to sue solicitor to obtain information

9 June 2021

Correspondence between solicitors involving “an element of deception” as to its real purpose can be covered by litigation privilege, the High Court has ruled.


Black lawyers call on profession to be “example of anti-racism”

9 June 2021

The group Black Women in Law has called on fellow lawyers to be an “example of anti-racism in action” by challenging racism whenever they see it and wherever they hear it.


Barrister under fire for “racist” comments about Royal baby

8 June 2021

A family law barrister has been suspended from the innovative business she founded after being accused of making racist comments about the new Royal baby.


Plan for single register of all regulated and unregulated legal providers

8 June 2021

A digital register of regulated and unregulated legal services providers would be “the simplest solution” to improve consumer navigation of the market, the Legal Services Board has said.


LSB eyes accreditation scheme for comparison websites

7 June 2021

The Legal Services Board is set to recommend an accreditation scheme for review and comparison websites as take-up among both law firms and consumers continues to rise.


International innovation to inform ongoing competence reform

4 June 2021

New forms of intervention introduced in other countries to ensure the ongoing competence of lawyers – such as annual assessments and greater self-reflection – will influence reform in England and Wales.


LPC applicants refuse en masse to disclose ethnicity

3 June 2021

Nearly 60% of applicants for the legal practice course refused to disclose their ethnicity last year – an extraordinary rise from the 2.3% who refused in 2019.


Lawyers agree ‘baseline document’ for standardised NDA

3 June 2021

An initiative to create a standard non-disclosure agreement for use when beginning negotiations over corporate transactions has completed its first phase, with the publication of a ‘baseline document’.


Tribunal refuses to restore sanctioned solicitor’s “pride”

3 June 2021

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has refused to remove conditions on the practising certificate of a 63-year-old solicitor who said he wanted to recover his “pride and dignity”.


Tribunal rejects solicitor’s plea to end indefinite suspension

2 June 2021

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has refused to terminate an indefinite suspension imposed on a solicitor a decade ago, saying he had not proved he was ready to return to practise.


Black solicitors occupying senior roles is “key to success”

2 June 2021

One-off training sessions and wellbeing schemes do not go far enough to ensure diversity and inclusion, and nothing short of ethnic minority lawyers occupying senior roles in firms will show real change.


Barrister who practised while suspended over drugs avoids disbarment

1 June 2021

A barrister who practised while suspended following his high-profile conviction for possession of drugs that led to the death of his boyfriend has been sanctioned but not suspended or disbarred.


Ban for law firm consultant jailed after secret mobile calls to prisoner

1 June 2021

A law firm consultant jailed for communicating with a prisoner on mobile phones that were smuggled into prison has been banned from working in the profession.

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