Consumer panel attacks SRA over freelance solicitors ‘u-turn’

17 April 2019

The chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel has strongly attacked the Solicitors Regulation Authority for changing its insurance requirements for freelance solicitors without giving a reason.

Immigration adviser who acted beyond remit referred to regulator

17 April 2019

The Upper Tribunal has referred an immigration adviser “persuaded to act outside his remit by the entreaties of clients” to the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.

Barrister and solicitor thrown out of profession for sex offences

17 April 2019

A barrister jailed for 10 years for multiple sex offences has been disbarred, while a solicitor convicted of three offences and handed a suspended sentence has been struck off.

Barrister’s non-contractual fees “vest in trustee in bankruptcy”

15 April 2019

A barrister’s non-contractual fees are property for the purposes of insolvency law and vest in his trustee in bankruptcy, the Court of Appeal has ruled as it overturned the High Court.

Solicitor sanctioned for role in fraudulent transfer of Islamic centre

15 April 2019

A solicitor who recklessly facilitated a “dubious transaction” involving an Islamic community centre has been fined £20,000 and given a suspended suspension by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Convicted solicitor MP to face disciplinary tribunal

12 April 2019

The Solicitors Regulation Authority confirmed today that it is prosecuting MP Fiona Onasanya after she was convicted of perverting the course of justice by lying about a speeding offence.

Solicitor convicted of subletting council home

12 April 2019

A solicitor’s conviction for illegally subletting his council flat in London has been upheld after he lost his appeal against a suspended jail sentence. He was living and working as a solicitor in Birmingham.

Female lawyers speak out over pregnancy discrimination

11 April 2019

The personal experience of chartered legal executives shows that more needs to be done to stop pregnant women and new mothers being “punished” by employers, their representative body has argued.

Insurers “not interested in backing freelance solicitors”

11 April 2019

An expert in law firm regulation has said he does not know a single insurer interested in providing indemnity insurance to freelance solicitors, a concern echoed by the Law Society.

High Court rejects bomb hoax barrister’s appeal

10 April 2019

The High Court has rejected an appeal from a barrister disbarred last year after being jailed for telling the government that the Olympic Games in London was at risk from terrorists with a nuclear bomb.

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