SRA and BSB change approaches to gender in diversity surveys

14 May 2021

Both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board are this year changing their approach to recording the sex and gender identity of those they regulate, it has emerged.

Non-solicitors sanctioned by SRA for range of misconduct

14 May 2021

The SRA has banned a host of non-solicitors from working in the profession for misconduct ranging from taking money and fabricating correspondence to accepting a £20,000 gift from a client.

Solicitor turned “wilful blind eye” to highly suspicious PI claims

13 May 2021

A solicitor who turned “a wilful blind eye to the obvious suspicious circumstances” of dozens of virtually identical personal injury claims has been handed a £35,000 fine.

Solicitor who deliberately misled High Court struck off

12 May 2021

A former partner at US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher found by a High Court judge to have deliberately misled the court has now been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Solicitors’ community interest company to donate all profits to charity

11 May 2021

Two private client solicitors have launched a community interest company that will donate all of its profits to charity. Not for Profit Law will give its profits to Norfolk Community Foundation

Solicitors Regulation Authority eyes £2m budget boost

7 May 2021

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to increase its budget by £2m in the next year as it looks to step up work on issues ranging from anti-money laundering to supporting lawtech.

Trial set for “most serious allegations” made against solicitors in civil courts

6 May 2021

What a High Court judge said yesterday were among “the most serious allegations ever levelled against English solicitors in civil proceedings” will be heard in January 2023, he has decided.

Sub-postmasters’ solicitor calls on SRA to investigate Post Office lawyers

27 April 2021

One of the solicitors who acted for sub-postmasters cleared last week by the Court of Appeal is to call on the Solicitors Regulation Authority to investigate every lawyer acting for the Post Office.

Law Society warns against forcing firms to point clients to review websites

23 April 2021

The Law Society has outlined its opposition to the idea that law firms be required to signpost clients to review websites as part of moves to generate indicators of providers’ quality.

Solicitor cleared of most allegations against him fails in costs bid

22 April 2021

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has rejected a bid by a solicitor cleared of most of the allegations made against him for a contribution to the £143,000 he spent defending himself.

Law firms “not being held to account for toxic cultures”

22 April 2021

Law firms are not being held to account for “toxic” work cultures, particularly where there is a lot of pressure on young lawyers, a leading expert on regulation has said.

Solicitor misled hundreds into investing £19m in failed claims scheme

21 April 2021

A solicitor who misled hundreds of investors and attracted £19m to bring claims for miscalculated mortgage payments – none of which succeeded – has been struck off.

Owners of closed law firms told: Find extra run-off cover – if you can

19 April 2021

Owners of law firms that closed down in the last 20 years have been warned that they face a difficult task in finding insurance to replace the automatic supplementary run-off cover that ends later this year.

“I totally cracked” – law firm founder struck off for client money theft

19 April 2021

The founder of new-model law firm Cubism Law has explained how he “totally cracked” under the pressure of its financial problems, leading him to dishonestly misappropriate client funds.

SDT: Drink-drive solicitor did not automatically undermine public trust

16 April 2021

A solicitor convicted of drink-driving after a motorbike accident did not automatically undermine public trust in the profession, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has ruled.

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