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SRA threatens firms with disciplinary action for failing to comply with new AML obligations

More than one in ten law firms assessed for compliance with government money laundering obligations brought in last June have been referred to the disciplinary process, a proportion which if extrapolated to the wider profession would amount to over 1,200 firms.

March 5th, 2018 | 1 Comment »

Cybercrime against law firms higher than ever, SRA says

Reports of cybercrime from law firms reached record levels in the first quarter of this year, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has said. The figures are contained in the regulator’s latest Risk Outlook, which for the first time includes questionable investment schemes involving solicitors.

July 26th, 2017 | No Comments »

Partners who were “authors of their own misfortune” fined £35,000 by SDT

Two partners at a high street firm have each been fined £35,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for multiple accounts rule breaches – very much at the higher end of the financial penalties it usually hands out. One was also found to have breached the money laundering regulations and both failed to act with integrity.

June 8th, 2017 | No Comments »

SRA attacks “disproportionate and unnecessary” money laundering regulations

New anti-money laundering regulations planned by the Treasury would impose “disproportionate and unnecessary” burdens on law firms, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has warned. It was particularly unhappy about a ‘criminality test’ for lawyers.

April 20th, 2017 | No Comments »

Solicitor who transferred £1.3m to Belize is suspended for money laundering breaches

A solicitor who transferred nearly £1.3m to an offshore bank account in Belize has been suspended for a year for breaches of the money laundering regulations and accounts rules. A disciplinary tribunal said she have have unwittingly facilitated the movement of monies during the course of a suspected fraud.

April 11th, 2017 | No Comments »

SDT slams regulator for “shambolic” handling of banking facility case

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has slapped down the Solicitors Regulation Authority for its conduct in a disciplinary case involving alleged money laundering, describing it as having “verged on the shambolic” and dismissing five out of the seven charges laid.

September 26th, 2016 | No Comments »

Court of Appeal overturns solicitor’s convictions for money laundering

A solicitor’s convictions for money laundering have been overturned by the Court of Appeal in a case involving corrupt payments linked to a multi-million dollar UN medical aid contract for the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was convicted despite the judge finding him unfit to be cross-examined.

July 19th, 2016 | No Comments »

SDT throws out wide-ranging allegations against solicitor

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has dismissed all charges made against a solicitor including alleged breaches of accounts rules and money laundering regulations, and failing to supervise properly a consultant who had been struck off the roll. It is unusual for charges to be thrown out wholesale.

June 22nd, 2016 | No Comments »

We need full separation from Law Society to police money laundering, SRA tells Treasury

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has opened a second front in its campaign for full separation from the Law Society by appealing to the Treasury to intervene over the issue of money laundering. The Ministry of Justice is expected to reveal its plans on separation after the EU referendum.

June 7th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

SRA warns firms against charging for money laundering checks

Law firms that charge clients for money laundering due diligence checks are at risk of breaking the rules, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has warned in a report that in the main painted a positive picture of how firms are approaching their responsibilities in relation to anti money laundering.

May 13th, 2016 | No Comments »