Solicitors


Consumers “ignore” conveyancing fraud risk as solicitor jailed

3 June 2020

Consumers are more worried about the fee conveyancers charge to transfer their money than the risk of it being stolen, research has found at the same time that a solicitor is jailed for fraud.


Asons liquidators settle action against successor firm

2 June 2020

The liquidators of Asons have settled their claim against its successor practice, after alleging that the controversial personal injury law firm was sold at an undervalue.


Solicitor and firm sanctioned over property work

1 June 2020

A law firm earned some £800,000 in fees on three failed property development schemes as well as ‘quick sale’ conveyancing where it acted for both sides, a tribunal has heard.


Virtual legal business launches US subsidiary

29 May 2020

A virtual law business that uniquely combines regulated and unregulated legal practices, with lawyers in the UK and across the world, has launched a subsidiary in the USA.


SRA defends decision to prosecute Matthews

29 May 2020

The boss of the Solicitors Regulation Authority has told junior lawyers that he is satisfied that its handling of the Claire Matthews case was “appropriate”.


Solicitor “abandoned clients” after PI reforms wrecked firm

27 May 2020

A solicitor who closed his firm in a chaotic manner after it was devastated by the personal injury reforms – even allowing two clients to attend court without representation – has been suspended.


Solicitor struck off for lying about counsel attending mediation

26 May 2020

A solicitor who “reluctantly” admitted that he acted dishonestly in telling the other side of a dispute that counsel would be attending a mediation, when she had not been instructed, has been struck off.


Call for review of regulator costs in unsuccessful prosecutions

26 May 2020

The Law Commission should review whether regulators such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority should be insulated from costs orders in disciplinary actions they lose, a senior judge has suggested.


Shut-down firm ordered to pay former staff £375,000

22 May 2020

A law firm shut down by its regulator last year has been ordered to pay former staff £375,000 for multiple employment law breaches.


Coronavirus prompts SRA to rethink closure of SIF

21 May 2020

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to look again at whether to close the Solicitors Indemnity Fund – which covers claims made after firms’ run-off cover expires – in September this year.


Partner who lied about indemnity insurance is struck off

20 May 2020

A solicitor who let his firm operate without indemnity insurance, then lied about it to his regulator and a new insurer, has been struck off.


SDT makes open justice pledge over releasing papers

14 May 2020

Non-parties should in principle be given access to documents placed before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and referred to during hearings, it has emphasised in a new policy.


SRA: Firms can prolong extended PII cover with agreement

13 May 2020

Law firms unable to secure professional indemnity insurance because of Covid-19 can prolong the extended indemnity period by agreement and with regulatory approval.


Law firm facilitated £8m “cheque-clearing scheme”

12 May 2020

An experienced solicitor who allowed her firm’s client account to be used as a banking facility in a £8m “cheque-clearing scheme” has been struck off.


Kennedys to launch SQE apprenticeship

12 May 2020

City law firm Kennedys is to launch a 30-month ‘graduate solicitor apprenticeship’ when the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) comes into effect in autumn 2021.

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