Law firms failing to tell clients who complain that they can go to LeO

Simon Tunnicliffe LeO

Only a third of law firms are telling clients who make a complaint that they can refer it to the Legal Ombudsman if they are not satisfied with the outcome, research by the Solicitors Regulation Authority has found. The report also revealed limited support among firms for the compulsory publication of first-tier complaints data.

December 14th, 2017

Solicitor who “outrageously plundered” assets of elderly client struck off


A solicitor who stole more than £300,000 of his elderly and disabled client’s money using a secret bank account has been struck off. He was found have committed the “outrageous plundering” of his client’s assets in a particularly “deplorable” case of dishonest conduct.

December 12th, 2017

Insurer issues warning to profession after it uncovers solicitor’s dishonesty


Insurance giant Allianz has warned the legal profession that its effort to clamp down on fraud will not stop at policyholders, after its investigations led to a solicitor being struck off for falsifying signatures on witness statements.

December 8th, 2017

SRA removes both 80-year-old solicitor and “dishonest” trainee from profession

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority has removed from the profession two people at opposite ends of their careers – an 80-year-old solicitor who held unpaid disbursements in his office account, and a trainee solicitor who used client money to try and hide her mistakes.

December 7th, 2017

Forcing law firms to publish prices could make consumers focus just on cost, Law Society warns

Law Society

Forcing law firms to publish prices could “bias” clients in favour of choosing their solicitor on price rather than quality or consumer protection, the Law Society has warned. It came with research commissioned by the society that suggested that once consumers understood that some legal services providers were unregulated, they were strongly put off them.

December 7th, 2017

Support staff member banned from profession for forging solicitor’s signature


A non-lawyer working at leading Welsh firm Hugh James who forged a document in the name of an assistant solicitor has been banned from working in the profession. Meanwhile, a senior partner at a large City law firm has accepted a rebuke after being convicted of drink driving.

December 4th, 2017

Clifford Chance and litigation partner fined £100,000 for unlawful CFA

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City giant Clifford Chance and partner Alexandros Panayides have agreed to pay fines of £50,000 each for conducting the infamous Excalibur case under an unlawful confidential fee agreement. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has approved an ‘agreed outcome’ that means a full hearing will not be held.

December 1st, 2017

LSB rejects call to harmonise indemnity insurance and compensation rules

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The Legal Services Board has rejected a call from its consumer panel to consider a centralised regime of financial protection for clients to replace what the panel called the “fragmented” nature of insurance and compensation arrangements across the different legal regulators.

December 1st, 2017

Six years after it was due to begin, BSB pulls the plug on QASA

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The Bar Standards Board effectively killed the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA) today – six years after it was meant to come into force – by saying it was pulling out to go in a different direction to assure the quality of criminal advocates. QASA was originally meant to start in December 2011.

November 29th, 2017

Tribunal berates “careless and disrespectful approach” of SRA and solicitors it was prosecuting


The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has criticised both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and two former directors of a Preston law firm for their “careless and disrespectful approach” in applying for approval of an ‘agreed outcome’ only a day before their hearing. The pair were accused of multiple accounts rules breaches and also allowing non-solicitors to control the firm.

November 29th, 2017