Solicitors


Rebuke for solicitor who made offensive comment to blind client

24 May 2019

An experienced partner has been rebuked for making an offensive comment to a registered blind client in front of others after she asked for a form to be enlarged so that she could read it,


Number of law firms shut down falls to 10-year low

24 May 2019

The number of law firms shut down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority fell to a 10-year low in 2018, but payouts to victims of dishonest solicitors have increased, new figures have shown.


Green light for new regime on when to report rule breaches

21 May 2019

New requirements for reporting rule breaches to the Solicitors Regulation Authority have been approved by the Legal Services Board. The changes include a new ‘early investigation’ rule.


Principles for lawyers dealing with offshore structures published

20 May 2019

International standards for lawyers advising on offshore commercial structures have been put forward at the same time as parliamentarians called for stronger laws on foreign ownership of UK property.


Solicitor struck off for weaving elaborate “web of deception”

17 May 2019

An experienced partner has been struck off after dishonestly drawing on hundreds of thousands of pounds of client money to top up private investments, and then covering it up with fake documents.


Solicitor’s “atrocious” conduct over child contact case condemned

16 May 2019

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has struck off a solicitor whose conduct in a sensitive child contact case it described as “atrocious”. He was “motivated by his desire to cover up his incompetence”.


Solicitor “paid £1.5m in salaries from client account”

15 May 2019

The boss of a high street law firm who paid over £1.5m in staff salaries from client account over more than five years has agreed to leave the profession. She blamed salary software for what happened.


“Too kind” solicitor struck off for backdating EPA to save client money

14 May 2019

An experienced solicitor who tried to save an elderly client the cost of updating her power of attorney by dishonestly purporting to have witnessed it seven years earlier, has been struck off.


Law firm central to scheme that lost ‘hotel room’ investors £52m

13 May 2019

A dubious ‘hotel room’ investment scheme involving a law firm cost nearly 900 investors up to £52m, a decision of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has revealed.


Nally speaks out against greater fining powers for SRA

9 May 2019

The president of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has outlined his opposition to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s campaign for greater powers to fine errant solicitors.

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