Regulation


Apprenticeships “not working for the disadvantaged”

26 June 2020

Workers from disadvantaged backgrounds are being left behind by the apprenticeship system, including in the law, with numbers slumping by more than a third since the apprenticeship levy was introduced.


Solicitor who used client money to buy jewellery is struck off

25 June 2020

A director of a former London law firm who admitted fabricating grants of probate and using client money to buy jewellery has been struck off.


Call for Inns to act as pupillage shortage worsens

25 June 2020

The Inns of Court should build a “large co-working space”, possibly on one of their “grand gardens”, to increase the number of pupillages at a time when record numbers are looking for them.


Solicitor fined after conviction for abusive Facebook messages

24 June 2020

A junior solicitor diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome who was convicted after sending a woman he briefly dated abusive Facebook messages has now been fined £10,000 by a disciplinary tribunal.


Solicitor failed to advise on “obvious risks” of off-plan schemes

23 June 2020

A solicitor who failed to advise on the “obvious risks” of four off-plan property development schemes has been fined £10,000. His advice was “so inadequate as to be incompetent”.


Solicitor faked court documents to mislead client

22 June 2020

A solicitor has been struck off for falsifying court documents to make a client think his application to extend his leave to remain in the UK had been made before the leave had expired.


Your chambers aren’t colour blind, top QC tells barristers

22 June 2020

Barristers who believe their chambers are ‘colour-blind’ and treat everyone the same “have a problem” and need to change their mindset, a high-profile black QC has said.


Tribunal upholds LSB decision not to release Leigh Day emails

19 June 2020

The First-tier Tribunal has upheld the decision of the Legal Services Board not to release an email exchange with the Solicitors Regulation Authority over the Leigh Day case.


SRA to launch project on BAME student underachievement

19 June 2020

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to begin a multi-year project to increase understanding of why Black, Asian and minority ethnic students perform worse than white students.


Licensed conveyancers to embrace third-party managed accounts

19 June 2020

A revised accounts code that expressly allows firms of licensed conveyancers to use third-party managed accounts has been approved by the Legal Services Board.


Large chambers “should give space to smaller ones”

17 June 2020

Large chambers should be prepared to look after smaller sets “chased out” by their landlords by sharing premises and clerks, a senior criminal law barrister has said.


Firm boss cleared of telling clients to delete holiday posts

17 June 2020

The managing director of a Liverpool law firm has been cleared a tribunal of telling holiday sickness clients to delete social media posts which could undermine their claims.


90% of law firms “breaching transparency rules”

15 June 2020

The vast majority of law firms are still failing to comply with the SRA rules on price transparency, a survey has found. The news comes with the regulator planning to step up its checks.


GMC can investigate solicitor doctor over legal advice

15 June 2020

A claim that a solicitor who is also a doctor provided dishonest advice to his clients can be subject to the General Medical Council’s disciplinary process, the High Court has ruled


EHRC urges compulsory disability training for lawyers

15 June 2020

Disability awareness should be a professional requirement, and a mandatory element of criminal lawyers’ CPD, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has recommended.

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Our latest special report, produced in association with Temple Legal Protection, looks at the role of after-the-event (ATE) insurance in commercial litigation post-LASPO. We are at a time when insurers, solicitors, clients and litigation funders work ever more closely to create funding packages that work for all of them, with conditional fee and even damages-based agreements now part of many law firms’ armoury.