Regulation


“No evidence” of worse outcomes from unregulated firms

8 April 2021

There is “no conclusive evidence” to show that consumers who use unregulated services obtain worse outcomes than those using regulated firms, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said.


QC’s opinion “crudely altered” to mislead third party, court finds

7 April 2021

A QC’s opinion was dishonestly altered to reassure a third party charged with marketing an investment scheme that eventually collapsed, the High Court has found.


Tribunal awards ex-Kingly solicitors £37k in compensation

7 April 2021

Five solicitors, a solicitor apprentice and a legal assistant who worked at one of the largest law firms to be shut down by the SRA have been awarded more than £37,000 by an employment tribunal.


Law firms should advertise unbundled advice, says consumer panel

7 April 2021

Law firms should advertise unbundled services or offer them directly to clients, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said, highlighting the “untapped potential” to support consumers in accessing advice.


Negative perceptions of Bar “still a barrier to social mobility”

7 April 2021

A shortage of money and negative perceptions can still be deterrents to working class barristers  entering the profession, a seminar on diversity in the legal profession was told last week.


Senior judge criticises counsel for withdrawing from case without explanation

6 April 2021

A supervising judge has criticised counsel who withdrew on the eve of an important consequentials hearing for not specifying the concerns they had raised about the conduct of the trial judge.


US court lifts prosecution risk for City firm holding disputed funds

6 April 2021

City law firm Clyde & Co has been given permission to pay into court $325m it is holding in an escrow account, after an American judge removed the risk of it being prosecuted for doing so.


Former Bar chair’s rallying call: “We are all Essex Court now”

6 April 2021

A former Bar Council chair has issued a call to arms to the profession over China’s sanctions on a London chambers, saying nobody should take on work transferred away from the set.


Fitness to practise regime “can deal with incompetent lawyers”

1 April 2021

There must be a “third way” of ensuring that qualified lawyers are competent without relying on disciplinary proceedings, the director of regulation and policy at the Legal Services Board has said.


Pandemic led to “dramatic” change for notaries

1 April 2021

The pandemic has led to “dramatic” change for notaries, introducing electronic notarisation of documents for the first time, a leading scrivener notary has said.


Tribunal rejects solicitor appeal against £1,000 SRA fine

31 March 2021

A tribunal has rejected an appeal by a solicitor against a £1,000 fine imposed by the SRA for breaching a written agreement he made during probate litigation.


SRA flags over £200m of potential money laundering by solicitors

30 March 2021

The Solicitors Regulation Authority made 26 reports of suspected money laundering by solicitors to the National Crime Agency last year, involving more than £200m in possible criminal proceeds.


Chambers hit by China sanctions battens down the hatches

30 March 2021

The London chambers sanctioned by the Chinese government last week has battened down the hatches, appearing to distance itself from the report which drew China’s ire.


Two-thirds of Bar sexual misconduct cases referred for disciplinary action

29 March 2021

Two-thirds of the reports of sexual misconduct by barristers received by the Bar Standards Board over the past two years have been referred for regulatory action, it has revealed.


Wide LPC attainment gap based on provider and ethnicity

26 March 2021

The disparity between the best and worst legal practice course providers has continued to grow, with the attainment gap for White and BAME students remains stubbornly large.

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