“Web sweep” of 500 firms to check prices are published

7 February 2019

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is to carry out randomised “web sweeps” of around 500 law firms over the next few months to check they are publishing fees for certain consumer and business transactions.

Firm sent letters with Latin phrases despite client’s learning difficulty

5 February 2019

A law firm sent a vulnerable client letters full of Latin and technical phrases, despite being repeatedly told the client had a learning difficulty and needed communications to be in plain English, according to the Legal Ombudsman.

LSB closes Law Society investigation after censure prompts reform

4 February 2019

The Legal Services Board has closed its investigation into the Law Society’s governance arrangements – which led to an unprecedented public censure last year – after a series of reforms.

Solicitor put “financial gain for family” before clients

31 January 2019

A solicitor who let her daughter live rent-free in a probate property amid a string of offences – including allowing a client to make her a beneficiary of their will – has been struck off.

Solicitor grabbed £90,000 of client money to pay tax bill

30 January 2019

A solicitor who took £90,000 from client account to pay his personal tax bill and avoid bankruptcy has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Convicted solicitor MP told she faces being struck off

30 January 2019

Fiona Onasanya, the Labour MP and solicitor jailed yesterday for three months for perverting the course of justice, has been told she is likely to be struck off.

“Bullied and manipulated” young solicitor struck off

29 January 2019

A young solicitor who was “deceived, pressured, bullied and manipulated” has been struck off, despite being the one to blow the whistle on misconduct in her firm.

End of the line for fare-dodging solicitors

29 January 2019

Two solicitors have been struck off for dishonestly obtaining rail travel without paying – one a newly qualified and the other who had not practised since soon after he qualified almost 15 years earlier.

Duty solicitor drove to police station over drink limit

28 January 2019

An experienced duty solicitor who drove to advise at a police station while over the drink-drive limit has been rebuked and fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

High Court dismisses depressed solicitor’s appeal against strike-off

25 January 2019

The High Court has rejected an appeal by a former solicitor who claimed that the disciplinary tribunal which struck him off should have dismissed the prosecution because of his mental ill-health.

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18 February 2019
John Espley LEAP

E-signatures: A sign of the times

Using the internet or a smartphone app has become second nature to most of us and handling legal transactions digitally should be no different. The emergence of e-signatures is making this a reality.

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