Solicitor who misled tribunals on Ugandan law is struck off

20 January 2021

A solicitor who misled the First-tier and Upper Tribunals in immigration cases about anti-gay legislation in Uganda has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

“Troubling inequality” persists for BAME consumers of legal services

19 January 2021

A “troubling inequality” between BAME and White British consumers in the way they access legal services has changed little in the five years since it raised the issue, the consumer panel has found.

Veteran solicitor practised without insurance

19 January 2021

A sole practitioner in his 70s has been struck off after practising for over six months without professional indemnity insurance, despite telling others he had cover.

High Court highlights “implausibility” of multi-hand fraud at City law firm

18 January 2021

A court has highlighted the “implausibility” of multiple people from “a well-known firm of solicitors being involved in a fraudulent scheme” in dismissing a claim against Simmons & Simmons.

Herbert Smith paralegal banned for fake overtime approval

18 January 2021

A former paralegal at City giant Herbert Smith Freehills has been banned from the solicitors’ profession after submitting multiple overtime claims with fake approvals on them.

Transparency failures put three firms in the dock

15 January 2021

Law firms in London, Manchester and Bath have become the first sanctioned for failing to publish price and service information, with compliance made a condition of their authorisation.

Prosecution of A&O partner over Weinstein NDA stayed

14 January 2021

A disciplinary tribunal has stayed proceedings against an Allen & Overy partner over the infamous non-disclosure agreement he helped negotiate on behalf of Harvey Weinstein, because of ill-health.

SDT “wrong” to strike out prosecution of Law Society president

13 January 2021

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal was wrong to throw out a private prosecution brought by a former client against the current president of the Law Society, the High Court has ruled.

City dominance of SRA board ends with ABS appointments

13 January 2021

Senior figures from three alternative business structures are among the latest appointments to the board of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, introducing non-City backgrounds to its membership.

QC and accountant set up ABS regulated by SRA

12 January 2021

A commercial QC has taken the unusual step of setting up an alternative business structure with an accountant, in contrast with what he described as the “outmoded” chambers structure.

Solicitor fined for role in £29m off-plan development schemes

12 January 2021

A solicitor has been fined £8,000 for failing to advise clients of the risks inherent in three off-plan development schemes which were not completed, putting nearly £30m at risk.

High Court grants barrister her “dying wish” and halves suspension

12 January 2021

The High Court has granted the “dying wish” of a barrister, suspended by a Bar disciplinary tribunal, that she should end her life as a practising member of the profession.

Profession backs reforms to Law Society council

12 January 2021

Solicitors have voted in favour of changes to the make-up of Law Society council and limits on how long members can sit on it, although only 6% of the profession took part in the ballot.

Solicitor used disbursement cash to keep firm afloat

11 January 2021

A solicitor who used disbursements meant for experts and counsel to keep his firm afloat – and lied to his regulator about the debts he was being chased for – has been struck off.

Law Society to investigate historical links with slave trade

11 January 2021

The Law Society has become the latest institution to start researching its relationship with historical slavery and colonialism through its activities during the 19th and early 20th century.

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