Review of Bar exam chaos points finger at BSB and Pearson VUE

7 May 2021

The Bar Standards Board and electronic testing company Pearson VUE have both come under fire from the independent review of last year’s Bar professional training course exams.

Solicitors Regulation Authority eyes £2m budget boost

7 May 2021

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to increase its budget by £2m in the next year as it looks to step up work on issues ranging from anti-money laundering to supporting lawtech.

Trial set for “most serious allegations” made against solicitors in civil courts

6 May 2021

What a High Court judge said yesterday were among “the most serious allegations ever levelled against English solicitors in civil proceedings” will be heard in January 2023, he has decided.

EAT upholds ‘worker’ status for barrister tribunal chair

6 May 2021

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld a ruling that a barrister who sat as a tribunal chair for the Nursing and Midwifery Council was a ‘worker’ and entitled to sickness and holiday pay.

Barrister fined for submitting misleading witness statement

4 May 2021

A barrister whose misleading witness statement led the High Court to rule that an arbitration award was obtained by fraud has been fined by a disciplinary tribunal.

Concerns mount over use of review websites to judge quality of lawyers

4 May 2021

The Bar Council and Council for Licensed Conveyancers have warned of the dangers of using “one-sided” consumer reviews to assess the quality of lawyers.

Bar set to beef up “lenient” sanctions for misconduct

30 April 2021

Plans to beef up the sanctions imposed on barristers for serious offences – including sexual misconduct, harassment and discrimination – were unveiled yesterday.

Contempt threat “seriously questionable”, says sub-postmasters’ barrister

29 April 2021

The barrister who withdrew from the sub-postmasters’ appeal after disclosing a document to the police has described the threat of contempt proceedings he faced as “seriously questionable”.

DPP: CPS ‘briefing principles’ to aid under-represented advocates

27 April 2021

New ‘briefing principles’ will ensure that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) delivers equality of opportunity among the advocates it instructs, the Director of Public Prosecutors has pledged. Max Hill QC said chambers would also have to meet diversity and equality… Read More

Sub-postmasters’ solicitor calls on SRA to investigate Post Office lawyers

27 April 2021

One of the solicitors who acted for sub-postmasters cleared last week by the Court of Appeal is to call on the Solicitors Regulation Authority to investigate every lawyer acting for the Post Office.

UK and Ireland Bar groups unite to condemn China sanctions on chambers

27 April 2021

The bodies representing barristers in the UK and Ireland have joined forces to condemn the sanctions announced by China against Essex Court Chambers.

Law Society warns against forcing firms to point clients to review websites

23 April 2021

The Law Society has outlined its opposition to the idea that law firms be required to signpost clients to review websites as part of moves to generate indicators of providers’ quality.

Solicitor cleared of most allegations against him fails in costs bid

22 April 2021

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has rejected a bid by a solicitor cleared of most of the allegations made against him for a contribution to the £143,000 he spent defending himself.

Law firms “not being held to account for toxic cultures”

22 April 2021

Law firms are not being held to account for “toxic” work cultures, particularly where there is a lot of pressure on young lawyers, a leading expert on regulation has said.

Solicitor misled hundreds into investing £19m in failed claims scheme

21 April 2021

A solicitor who misled hundreds of investors and attracted £19m to bring claims for miscalculated mortgage payments – none of which succeeded – has been struck off.

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Katie McKenna

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Like the weather, our feelings and perspectives change and undulate throughout the day. When you look outside, you get a snapshot of the world in that moment.

Anything else to say about SDLT?

SDLT is not stamp duty. This is something I have to say to firms too often. Whilst it has some of the same words in its name, it is not the former tax on property deeds that existed pre-December 2003.