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Family lawyer who confessed “within hours” to faking letter is fined £2,000

A solicitor who confessed to his law firm that he had faked a letter “within hours” of sending it to a client, has been fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Ian Giddings, based at the Warwick office of national family firm Woolley & Co, admitted creating and backdating the letter.

July 27th, 2017 | No Comments »

SRA bans paralegal and trainee from working for law firms

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has banned a paralegal at an alternative business structure and a trainee solicitor at former Hull firm Ward Legal from working for law firms. The SRA said the paralegal sent e-mails to his partner at another law firm making comments that “failed to encourage equality of opportunity and respect for diversity”.

July 7th, 2016 | No Comments »

Conveyancers sanctioned for advice failures and registration oversight

A conveyancer who failed to report important details to lender clients or follow their instructions in over 100 transactions has been fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Meanwhile, an assistant solicitor who failed to secure a party’s interest in a property by registering a form at the Land Registry, has been fined £5,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

June 7th, 2016 | No Comments »

Former Blake Lapthorn partner agrees to leave profession over client account withdrawals

A former partner at Blake Lapthorn has agreed with the Solicitors Regulation Authority that he will apply for his name to be removed from the roll after admitting five improper withdrawals of client money totalling almost £222,000. He used client money, without consent, for the benefit of another client – known as ‘teeming and lading’.

November 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Solicitor rebuked for actions in retirement

A retired solicitor who was not clear about his status with a client, and provided reserved legal activities in the mistaken belief that he could do so, has accepted a rebuke and fine from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Meanwhile, a solicitor convicted of bringing fraudulent PI claims has agreed to remove himself from the profession.

August 13th, 2015 | No Comments »

Tribunal suspends first solicitor called to account for breaching SRA settlement agreement

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has for the first time sanctioned a solicitor who breached a regulatory settlement agreement that ended a Solicitors Regulation Authority investigation into him.

June 27th, 2012 | No Comments »

Law firm that sent intimidating letters to alleged file-sharers accepts SRA reprimand

A law firm has escaped with a reprimand after being found by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to have breached professional practice rules in connection with intimidating letters sent to alleged Internet file sharers. It is the third firm to face SRA action over this.

November 3rd, 2011 | No Comments »