“Self-critical” solicitor cleared of dishonesty

24 March 2020

A solicitor described as “self-critical to an extent that was beyond any fault found” has been cleared of dishonesty after facilitating a transaction which bore the hallmarks of mortgage fraud.

Government identifies justice system’s keyworkers

23 March 2020

Legal professionals involved in court and tribunal hearings, as well as those advising people deprived of their liberty or on executing wills are ‘keyworkers’, the Ministry of Justice has said.

Partner fined for using firm’s accounts as bank

23 March 2020

A partner who used his law firm’s office and client accounts as personal banking facilities has been fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

“Strong improvement” in AML oversight by regulators

20 March 2020

There has been a “strong improvement” among the legal regulators in their approach to anti-money laundering, their oversight body has reported.

Bar students urge BSB to reconsider exam delay

20 March 2020

Students on the Bar professional training course have written a letter to the Bar Standards Board to object to its decision to cancel the April sitting of their exams. LPC students are preparing a similar letter.

Consumer panel urges more fixed fees and SRA fining powers

19 March 2020

More use of fixed fees and an increase in the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s fining powers are among recommendations made today by the Legal Services Consumer Panel.

Ban for legal executive who used own money to cover error

19 March 2020

A chartered legal executive who covered up a mistake by paying a client her own money to increase her settlement has been banned from working for solicitors’ firms.

Covid-19 round-up: BSB reassures barristers about rule breaches

18 March 2020

Barristers who follow official guidance on Covid-19 will not be in breach of their professional obligations, the BSB has said amid a range of developments in the courts, PI and conveyancing.

SRA to make immigration regulation permanent

18 March 2020

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to extend indefinitely the suspension of immigration work from its removal of restrictions on solicitors providing non-regulated services.

SRA rebukes Withers for money laundering training delay

17 March 2020

Leading London law firm Withers has been rebuked by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for failing to ensure staff received timely anti-money laundering training.

SRA: “Solicitors conceal disability for fear of harming careers”

16 March 2020

Many disabled solicitors have downplayed the extent of their disability because they don’t trust law firms to treat them equally with their able colleagues, new research has revealed.

Law firm rebuked for breach of undertaking

16 March 2020

A law firm in Suffolk has been rebuked by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for breaching an undertaking in a conveyancing transaction.

Solicitor overlooked AML because client was law firm partner

13 March 2020

A solicitor acting in a property transaction has admitted not following anti-money laundering procedures because her client was a partner at a large international law firm.

Flight delays solicitor suspended for “taking shortcuts”

13 March 2020

One of the first solicitors to enter the flight delay compensation market expanded his firm too quickly and took “shortcuts in the way he managed the claims”, a tribunal has found.

71 bang on the drum for freelance solicitor status

12 March 2020

Some 71 solicitors have so far taken advantage of new rules allowing them to practise as freelancers, it has emerged. The SRA is also to issue 20 pieces of new guidance on the STaRs.

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