Fitness to practise regime “can deal with incompetent lawyers”

1 April 2021

There must be a “third way” of ensuring that qualified lawyers are competent without relying on disciplinary proceedings, the director of regulation and policy at the Legal Services Board has said.

Tribunal rejects solicitor appeal against £1,000 SRA fine

31 March 2021

A tribunal has rejected an appeal by a solicitor against a £1,000 fine imposed by the SRA for breaching a written agreement he made during probate litigation.

SRA flags over £200m of potential money laundering by solicitors

30 March 2021

The Solicitors Regulation Authority made 26 reports of suspected money laundering by solicitors to the National Crime Agency last year, involving more than £200m in possible criminal proceeds.

Wide LPC attainment gap based on provider and ethnicity

26 March 2021

The disparity between the best and worst legal practice course providers has continued to grow, with the attainment gap for White and BAME students remains stubbornly large.

Law Society victimisation claim struck out over volunteer status

25 March 2021

A solicitor has had her claim for victimisation by the Law Society struck out by an employment tribunal on the basis that, as the chair of a committee, she was not an employee or office-holder.

Ex-Wolstenholmes partner allowed to return to law firm ownership

25 March 2021

A former partner at Wolstenholmes – the conveyancing firm whose catastrophic collapse cost the profession £13m – can become a partner once more after a ban was removed.

Solicitor struck off after contempt finding allowed to return to profession

24 March 2021

A solicitor who was struck off more than 20 years ago after being found in contempt of court and breach of undertakings to the High Court, has been restored to the roll.

High Court: No duty on barrister not to cause instructing solicitor loss

23 March 2021

A barrister was not liable to her instructing solicitors for the fees they claimed they lost out on as a result of her alleged negligence, the High Court has ruled.

Solicitor who lied about lost documents wins SDT rehearing

23 March 2021

A junior solicitor struck off last year after she left confidential documents in a locked case on a train is to have a retrial to reconsider the impact of her mental health on her actions.

Junior solicitor who lied to opponent “in blind panic” avoids strike-off

22 March 2021

A newly qualified solicitor who said she was “blinded by panic” when she lied about sending an email containing personal data to the wrong person, has been spared a strike-off.

Solicitor struck off for forging signatures while a trainee

19 March 2021

A solicitor who forged a qualified colleague’s signature on conveyancing documents while still a trainee has been struck off, with a tribunal rejecting her claim that she had been authorised to do it.

High Court “considered referring Duncan Lewis to SRA”

18 March 2021

The High Court has condemned an “utterly hopeless” urgent application by national legal aid firm Duncan Lewis, relating to six asylum judicial reviews, which was “bound to fail”.

Solicitor who plundered client account struck off – and now has unregulated firm

16 March 2021

A solicitor who plundered his firm’s client account for nearly £400,000, while failing to redeem a mortgage or pay stamp duty as required, has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Conveyancers offered digital ID check ‘safe harbour’

15 March 2021

HM Land Registry published its first Digital Identity Standard last week, offering conveyancers a ‘safe harbour’ if they use it to verify their client’s identity digitally.

Solicitor who “juggled” client funds struck off

12 March 2021

A solicitor who tried to “juggle” client money to meet her firm’s needs, and to claim that purchases from a cosmetics website were for the business, has been struck off.

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