Solicitors

Solicitor “severely reprimanded” for misconduct while trying to correct 15-year-old error

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A solicitor has been “severely reprimanded” by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after he compounded an error made by his firm 15 years previously when it failed to follow instructions over a property transfer. It is not a sanction that is seen any more but the SRA said it was available when the events took place a decade ago.

February 19th, 2018

Cry freedom: SRA wants to become separate legal entity from Law Society

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Legal regulators have urged the Legal Services Board to use its review of the internal governance rules to give them greater independence from their representative bodies. The Solicitors Regulation Authority said the rewrite of the rules should allow it to become a “separate legal entity” from the Law Society.

February 16th, 2018

Asons boss set for tribunal on charges including illegal referral fees and inflated costs

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The principal solicitor of controversial Bolton personal injury firm Asons is to appear before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over multiple allegations, including the payment of illegal referral fees and false costs claims, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has confirmed.

February 16th, 2018

City partner who lied about presence of client when signing papers is struck off

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A partner at a City law firm who said a client had signed documents in his presence when she was actually abroad has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. It said the solicitor had been “pushed into a corner”, taking over a conveyancing matter where completion was fixed and there was “pressure to meet the date”.

February 16th, 2018

SRA receives 300 complaints in two years about PI firms paying referral fees or cold-calling

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The Solicitors Regulation Authority received nearly 300 reports of personal injury (PI) law firms either paying illegal referral fees or being involved in cold-calling, it has revealed. This is in the context of there being only 768 ‘specialist’ law firms, which the Solicitors Regulation Authority defines as generating at least half their turnover from PI work.

February 14th, 2018

State-school educated lawyers more likely to go into criminal law than corporate

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State-school education solicitors are far more likely to operate in criminal law than corporate, new figures published by the Solicitors Regulation Authority have shown. It also said that one-third of partners were women, although it was 29% for firms of 50 or more partners – both figures showing progress in recent years.

February 14th, 2018

High Court: SRA should have held oral hearing before deciding not to admit would-be solicitor

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The High Court has ordered the Solicitors Regulation Authority to make a fresh judgment of a would-be solicitor’s character and suitability to join the profession after finding that it had wrongly denied her an oral hearing to explain an issue that it decided showed dishonesty.

February 12th, 2018

Pay of up to £300,000 on offer for next Law Society chief executive

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The next chief executive of the Law Society could earn £300,000 after the job was finally advertised – more than a year since the last one quit. The post comes with a salary of up to £230,000, a bonus of up to 30% and a defined contribution pension scheme.

February 12th, 2018

Court of Protection: SRA regulation allows for immediate approval of trust corporations

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Trust corporations wanting to act as property and affairs deputies for incapacitated people must be regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to gain immediate approval, the Court of Protection has said.

February 12th, 2018

SDT: Criminal conviction does not automatically mean solicitor has failed to uphold rule of law

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A solicitor convicted of sexual assault did not fail to uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has ruled in a decision that will have implications for future prosecutions of those with criminal convictions.

February 9th, 2018