Regulation


Woman faked email reference to get law firm job

4 November 2019

A woman who set up a fake law firm email address so as to provide a bogus reference to a real firm looking to employ her has been banned from working in the profession.


Police question solicitors’ lack of terror finance reports

1 November 2019

The low number of suspicious activity reports made by solicitors relating to possible terrorist financing indicates under-reporting, a senior policeman told the profession this week.


Review spells out toll of cyber-crime on law firms

31 October 2019

A study of 40 law firms which suffered a cyber-attack over the past three years has found that more than £4m of client money was stolen from 23 of them.


LSB builds case for ‘continuing competence’ push

31 October 2019

The Legal Services Board has heard calls for regulators to take a more “hands-on” approach to ensuring that lawyers remain competent through their careers.


Bar Council attacks “overwhelming” handbook updates

31 October 2019

The Bar Council has strongly criticised the Bar Standards Board for bombarding barristers with updates to its handbook which risked becoming “overwhelming”.


New law “to put more pressure” on solicitors’ NDA advice

30 October 2019

A new law ensuring that employees signing non-disclosure agreements receive independent legal advice will “increase the onus” on solicitors to act properly when drafting them, the government has said.


7,000 firms to face AML check over compliance concerns

29 October 2019

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to check 7,000 law firms’ compliance with anti-money laundering regulations after an initial sweep found that too many were not complying.


In-house lawyers’ ethics: “Bright spots amid the gloom”

29 October 2019

The largest study of the ethics of in-house lawyers ever undertaken has shown a “gloomy picture” of lawyers wedded first to the commercial objectives of the companies they work for.


Serious misconduct “does not mean automatic strike-off”

28 October 2019

A finding of serious misconduct against a solicitor does not require striking off or an immediate suspension from practice, the High Court has ruled.


Dozens of law firms enabling corruption, report finds

25 October 2019

Dozens of UK law firms are providing corrupt individuals with services that enable them to “move, hide and defend their ill-gotten gains with impunity”, Transparency International has claimed.

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11 November 2019

Taking a strategic approach to cyber-risk

If you forced 10 cyber-criminals to sit through an average law firm’s IT committee meeting, they’d be turning themselves in to the National Crime Agency before it reached AOB.

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