Professionals blamed Oxfordshire girls for their sexual abuse, report finds – The Guardian

‘Police and social workers in Oxfordshire had a tainted perception that girls as young as 11 consented to sex with men who raped and brutalised them, an independent report into the failure to stop their exploitation has said.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2015

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Metropolitan Police corruption suspensions near 50 over two years – BBC News

‘Nearly 50 Metropolitan police officers and 26 staff members have been suspended for alleged corruption in the past two years, figures show.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2015

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Barrister disbarred for practising without valid PC – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 26th, 2015 in barristers, crime, disciplinary procedures, disqualification, fines, news by sally

‘A barrister has been disbarred after he was found to have practised for almost 10 months without a valid practising certificate.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd February 2015

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SRA taken to task over perceived City bias – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 23rd, 2015 in costs, disciplinary procedures, fines, news, professional conduct, solicitors by sally

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has rebuked the Solicitors Regulation Authority for giving the impression that it treats City lawyers more leniently than solicitors from smaller firms in prosecuting allegations of lack of integrity.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd February 2015

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Regulator tidies up complaint handling powers – Bar Standards Board

Posted February 13th, 2015 in barristers, complaints, disciplinary procedures, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) wants to tidy up the regulations in relation to complaint handling by removing the power of its Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) to take “No Further Action” (NFA) decisions.’

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Bar Standards Board, 12th February 2015

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

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Law to make reporting of FGM mandatory – BBC News

‘Professionals who fail to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in children could face the sack under a new law for England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 12 February 2015

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Public access barrister wins appeal after BSB evidence blunder – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted January 22nd, 2015 in appeals, barristers, disciplinary procedures, disclosure, evidence, news by sally

‘A public access barrister disbarred for fabricating client letters has won his appeal after the Bar Standards Board was found to have withheld crucial evidence.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th January 2015

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Court of Appeal: BSB official “blind to any sense of fairness” in disciplinary prosecution – Legal Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has criticised in the strongest language the behaviour of an official at the Bar Standards Board (BSB) responsible for “subverting the rules” on disclosure.’

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Legal Futures, 21st January 2015

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Harley Street doctor suspended over Botox practices – BBC News

‘A leading Harley Street cosmetic doctor has been suspended for 12 months after being found to have acted “dishonestly” and encouraging nurses to obtain Botox illegally.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2015

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Law Society wins groundbreaking injunction against struck-off solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted January 16th, 2015 in disciplinary procedures, injunctions, Law Society, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Law Society has obtained a groundbreaking injunction that prevents a struck-off solicitor from holding himself out as a solicitor or being involved in a law firm without its approval.’

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Legal Futures, 16th January 2015

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Law Society of England and Wales v Shah – WLR Daily

Posted January 15th, 2015 in disciplinary procedures, injunctions, law reports, Law Society, solicitors by sally

Law Society of England and Wales v Shah [2014] EWHC 4382 (Ch); [2015] WLR (D) 5

‘The supervisory jurisdiction embodied in section 50 of the Solicitors Act 1974 could not be invoked by the Law Society in the case of a solicitor who may have pretended to be one, but who had not necessarily done so, who denied doing so, and had not been cross-examined on the issue. Section 41(4)(c) of the 1974 Act was wide enough to enable the court to grant an order against a struck off former solicitor, which could be framed so as to restrain him from committing criminal acts, namely that of acting as a solicitor when disqualified, or carrying on a reserved legal activity without entitlement to do so.’

WLR Daily, 12th January 2015

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Plans to restrict judicial review face further concessions – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2015 in bills, disciplinary procedures, human rights, judicial review, news by tracey

‘Justice secretary backs down to avoid third Lords defeat over bill which would make it harder to challenge government decisions.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2015

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New regulations prevent police officers retiring or resigning to avoid dismissal – Home Office

Posted January 13th, 2015 in disciplinary procedures, news, police, professional conduct, regulations by sally

‘The Home Office regulations, which come into force today [12 January], will ensure police officers are held to account for their actions.’

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Home Office, 12th January 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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49 year-old Rugby player’s ban doubled to 20 years for assaulting referee’ – Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted January 12th, 2015 in appeals, assault, disciplinary procedures, news, sport by sally

On 29 September 2014 the RFU Appeal Panel, chaired by Sir James Dingemans, handed down judgment in RFU v Barry Lockwood.

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Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 12th January 2015

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High Court: barrister has arguable discrimination claim against BSB – Legal Futures

‘A black barrister had an arguable case that she was indirectly discriminated against by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) through its disciplinary procedures, the High Court ruled yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 19th December 2014

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Appeal court throws out attack on Bar disciplinary tribunals over time-expired members – Legal Futures

Posted December 18th, 2014 in appeals, barristers, disciplinary procedures, inns of court, news, time limits by sally

‘Anomalies in the appointment of panel members to Bar disciplinary tribunals between 2006 and 2011 did not affect the validity of their findings, the Court of Appeal decided yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 17th December 2014

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Fare-dodging banker banned from City – BBC News

‘A London banker who regularly avoided buying a train ticket on his commute to the City has been banned from working in the financial services industry.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2014

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High Court judge overturns “overly generous interpretation” of relief from sanctions rules – OUT-LAW.com

Posted December 15th, 2014 in appeals, civil procedure rules, delay, disciplinary procedures, interpretation, news by tracey

‘Parties to civil litigation cases have been issued with an important reminder of the need to manage their cases effectively after the High Court overturned an “overly generous interpretation” of the rules governing when relief from sanctions can be granted.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th December 2014

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“Named and shamed” barrister hits back at “misleading” ombudsman – Legal Futures

Posted December 12th, 2014 in barristers, complaints, disciplinary procedures, legal ombudsman, news by sally

‘The first lawyer to be “named and shamed” by the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) for a series of complaints has argued that he is only “trying to adapt to new market forces”.’

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Legal Futures, 12th December 2014

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Public access barrister named as ‘a risk’ to clients – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 9th, 2014 in barristers, complaints, disciplinary procedures, disclosure, legal ombudsman, news by sally

‘The Legal Ombudsman has taken the unprecedented step of naming a lawyer who has been subject to 25 complaints in the past two years.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th December 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

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