Solicitors


Solicitor sanctioned after calling client “sad and pathetic”

18 February 2020

A solicitor who sent “inappropriate, derogatory and offensive emails” to a client and his mother, describing him as a “sad and pathetic man”, has been censured by a tribunal.


SRA money laundering supervision to extend to tax advice

18 February 2020

The Solicitors Regulation Authority could face a cash shortage if the new anti-money laundering rules increase the number of firms it supervises, it has warned.


Sharp drop in LPC pass rate

17 February 2020

Pass rates on the legal practice course have fallen significantly, while the achievement gap between white and ethnic minority students remains large, new research has found.


New referral network shows model lives on after Connect2Law

14 February 2020

A north-west law firm has launched a referral scheme for other solicitors, against a national backdrop where the survival of networks formerly in Pannone’s Connect2Law suggests the model is alive and well.


Solicitor faked email to cover inaction

14 February 2020

A solicitor claiming to have become overwhelmed by pressure of work has been struck off after misleading clients that she had made court applications – even faking an email in one instance.


“Overcharging” partner who lied to SRA is struck off

13 February 2020

A partner who overcharged clients and then lied to the Solicitors Regulation Authority about sending bills to them has been struck off. A fellow partner was suspended for failing to stop this.


First indemnity insurance for freelance solicitors launched

13 February 2020

An insurance intermediary in the City of London has opened the door to the new breed of freelance solicitors by launching the first indemnity cover for them.


SDT clears partner in “accidental overcharging” case

12 February 2020

A former head of private client accused of overcharging an estate by up to £30,000 when acting as executor has been cleared of misconduct by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.


“Dishonest” ABS owner banned for multiple breaches

11 February 2020

A non-lawyer owner of an alternative business structure responsible for multiple rule breaches – including a £3.6m shortfall on his firm’s client account – has been banned.


Solicitor’s “manifest incompetence” in employing banned barrister

10 February 2020

A solicitor who employed a banned barrister as a consultant without checking his identity or his record with the Bar Standards Board has been fined £20,000.


Unlimited annual leave policies “work for right firms”

7 February 2020

Unlimited paid holiday leave has helped raise overall productivity, improved teamwork and reduced sick leave, according to one of the first law firms to adopt it.


Law lecturers demand delay to SQE

6 February 2020

Five associations representing law lecturers and academics have urged the Solicitors Regulation Authority to delay the introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam.


Beckwith “not a future risk”, tribunal rules

5 February 2020

Former Freshfields partner Ryan Beckwith is not a “future risk” to the public or the profession despite his “inappropriate conduct” with a junior colleague, the SDT has said in its long-awaited ruling.


Lawyers hit back at complaint publication plans

5 February 2020

The Law Society and Bar Council have strongly attacked plans by the Legal Ombudsman to extend its publication of information about complaints, arguing that it would not help consumers.


Solicitor sanctioned for dealing with unregulated CMCs

5 February 2020

A solicitor who took holiday sickness leads from unregulated claims management companies has been rebuked by his regulator – as has one convicted of assaulting an emergency worker.

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17 February 2020

Is the law still a man’s world?

The most recent figures show that women now make up a majority of practising solicitors, but I believe there is still a long way to go to establish the level of women in senior roles in law firms.

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