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Immigration solicitor who left “trail of destruction” sentenced

A district judge has described how an immigration solicitor who continued to practice despite being suspended left behind her a “trail of destruction”.

May 6th, 2015 | No Comments »

SRA and BSB told to improve regulation of immigration lawyers or risk losing their powers

The Solicitors Regulation Authority and Bar Standards Board have been warned to improve the way they regulate immigration practitioners or risk enforcement action by the Legal Services Board – including the ultimate sanction of losing their ability to regulate the area at all.

August 1st, 2012 | No Comments »

SRA and OISC make competing land-grabs for immigration work

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has launched a bid to regulate non-lawyer immigration advisers. However, at the same time the body that oversees them – the Office for the Immigration Services Commissioner – is seeking to take over the regulation of specialist lawyers.

June 1st, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Bar Standards Board hits back at “premature” LSB demands to single out immigration specialists

The Bar Standards Board is to push back against a Legal Services Board demand that it implement a regulatory regime for immigration specialist barristers by the end of 2012, saying the LSB has failed to produce evidence it is necessary.

May 21st, 2012 | No Comments »

LSB eyes making immigration work a reserved legal activity

Providing immigration advice and services may need to become a reserved legal activity, the Legal Services Board has suggested. It found that there is likely to be “significant consumer detriment” in the way this work is being regulated at the moment.

March 5th, 2012 | Comments Off on LSB eyes making immigration work a reserved legal activity