Solicitor struck off for “playing” the immigration system to get clients released from detention

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A solicitor has been struck off for engaging in “a systematic course of conduct designed to undermine the immigration system”. His actions amounted to a “persistent” abuse of court process by issuing meritless judicial reviews to get his clients’ removal from the UK delayed, a tribunal ruled, saying its decision should act as a deterrent to others.

October 16th, 2017

Solicitor who received referral fees while on employment benefit struck off

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A personal injury solicitor convicted of benefit fraud after being paid for case referrals while receiving employment support allowance has been struck off. He was convicted of dishonestly failing to promptly notify the Department for Work and Pensions of a change in circumstances which he knew would affect his entitlement to benefit.

October 9th, 2017

SDT allows solicitor who failed to pay insurance premiums and went bankrupt to return to practice

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A solicitor who was suspended indefinitely after failing to pay his firm’s indemnity insurance premiums and later became bankrupt has been allowed to return to the profession by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Imposing conditions to prevent him managing a firm, the SDT said the bankruptcy had wiped out the debt relating to the insurance premiums.

October 5th, 2017

LSB removes run-off obstacle to firms switching regulators

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The Legal Services Board has approved a rule change by the Solicitors Regulation Authority which will make it easier for law firms to switch regulators. In a move which is likely to see more firms leave the SRA than join it, the requirement that they must obtain six years of run-off cover before switching to another regulator will be removed.

October 5th, 2017

Conservative MPs fire warning shots over PI to both government and SRA

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Conservative MPs yesterday cautioned the government against over-reacting to the abuses in the personal injury market by taking away the right of genuinely injured people to sue. Bob Neill, the chairman of the justice select committee, also warned the SRA that it needed to focus more on rogue PI solicitors than arguments with the Law Society over independent regulation.

October 4th, 2017

Hefty fines after Chinese wall failure sees solicitor disclose wife’s address to violent husband

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An assistant solicitor and his firm have been handed hefty fines after the failure of a Chinese wall between two clients, a woman and her abusive husband, led to the man being told her new address against her specific instructions.

October 4th, 2017

Solicitor who failed to ask for references before recruiting fraudster is struck off

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A solicitor who failed to ask for either personal or professional references before recruiting a conveyancer who went on to carry out a series of frauds, has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Among the documents forged by the fraudster was a practising certificate from the previous year.

October 3rd, 2017

LSB gives thumbs up to regulators’ action plans for price and service transparency

Neil Buckley

The Legal Services Board has marked as “sufficient” action plans produced by legal regulators to introduce price transparency and release other information to the public to help with purchasing decisions. The verdict on the original action plans published at the end of June came in the wake of the regulators moving to the next stage of consulting on how they would implement transparency.

October 3rd, 2017

European court throws out solicitor’s ‘fair trial’ challenge to SRA intervention

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The European Court of Human Rights has rejected the case of a solicitor who said the Solicitors Regulation Authority deprived him of the chance to challenge the decision to close down his law firm. Yesterday’s ruling came nearly four years after the solicitor had lodged his case.

September 29th, 2017

Partners who failed to supervise paralegal who stole £400,000 avoid referral to tribunal

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Three partners whose supervision failure led to a trusted paralegal stealing £400,000 from their firm’s clients have accepted rebukes and fines instead of being referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The paralegal took most of the money through a stamp duty land tax scam.

September 29th, 2017