Account ForfeitureOrder Notices – The Administrative Method – Drystone Chambers

‘The idea behind Account Forfeiture Order Notices is that it makes it easier for law enforcement to forfeit recoverable property, or property that is to be used in unlawful conduct, without going to court. The powers should only be used where there is no likelihood that the forfeiture will be objected to. Although these seem simple provisions there are a lot of possible issues, such as the length of notice, who and how it is served, if it is reasonable to serve one in the first place, and if forfeiture occurs, if it can be set aside by an aggrieved party at a later date.’

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Drystone Chambers, October 2019

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Bart Casella writes about Unexplained Wealth Orders and changes to applications for Account Freezing Orders – 23 Essex Street

Posted November 7th, 2019 in accounts, HM Revenue & Customs, London, money laundering, news by sally

‘Before UWOs came into force on 31 January 2018, I provided seminars to solicitors on the potentially far reaching effects that the orders could have, including on mortgagees and trustees of property held by individuals who qualified for an order or in relation to enforcement by HMRC in respect of inappropriate tax planning. The reality is that the investigating authorities in the UK have thus far concentrated on the ‘low hanging fruit’.’

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23 Essex Street, 4th November 2019

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Court reforms may not be completed in time, PAC warns – Legal Futures

Posted November 6th, 2019 in accounts, courts, delay, HM Courts Service, news, reports, select committees by sally

‘The government’s court modernisation programme may not be completed by the deadline of 2023, the House of Commons public accounts committee (PAC) has warned in its latest report on the project.’

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- Legal Futures, 6th November 2019

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The new Accounts Rules – what can you do? – 4 New Square

‘On 25 November 2019 the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 will cease to have effect, and will be replaced by new accounts rules. In one quarter-stroke of the draftsman’s pen, 52 rules covering 50 pages of single-spaced typescript on pages of A4 will be replaced by 13 rules on 10 pages. The SRA has trumpeted loudly that the rules have been simplified and that they provide greater flexibility. Have they? Do they?’

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4 New Square, 28th October 2019

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Appeal judges rule on difference between ‘advice’ and ‘information’ – Litigation Futures

Posted February 8th, 2019 in accounts, legal services, negligence, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has set out a series of steps courts should take when deciding whether a professional negligence case involves ‘advice’ or ‘information’.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th February 2019

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Howard Grossman: Northampton Town ‘missing millions’ developer banned – BBC News

Posted February 5th, 2019 in accounts, company directors, fiduciary duty, insolvency, loans, news, sport by tracey

‘A property developer has been banned from running companies for 10 years after failing to provide accounting records to explain more than £5m missing from a football club loan.’

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BBC News, 5th February 2019

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Gosvenor London Ltd v Aygun Aluminium UK Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2695 – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted December 14th, 2018 in accounts, fraud, news, stay of execution by sally

‘Gosvenor was contracted to perform cladding works for Aygun. The project fell into delay and disputes arose. A subsequent adjudication determined that Aygun owed Gosvenor the sum of £553,958. Gosvenor later applied for summary judgment to enforce the adjudication and Aygun resisted on the basis of fraud. According to Aygun, a substantial proportion of the adjudication award was based on fraudulent invoices which did not reflect the actual value of the work done.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 7th December 2018

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CA: Statute bills do not need to include disbursements – Litigation Futures

Posted November 30th, 2018 in accounts, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor’s bill can be a statute bill without including both profit costs and disbursements, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th November 2018

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Criminal lawyer who lied in witness statement is struck off – Legal Futures

Posted September 3rd, 2018 in accounts, client accounts, disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors by sally

‘An experienced criminal law solicitor who broke the conditions on his practising certificate (PC) just days after they were imposed and then lied about it in a witness statement, has been struck off.’

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Legal Futures, 31st August 2018

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Investigation of law firm accounts reports “tripled in two years”, impact report shows – Legal Futures

Posted May 14th, 2018 in accounts, law firms, news by sally

‘The number of qualified accountants’ reports due to rule breaches has fallen by two-thirds since the rules were changed in 2015, but the amount then being investigated for possible rule breaches has tripled, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 11th May 2018

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New limb (g) added to Wimbledon v Vago principles and fraud allegations merit stay – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted April 9th, 2018 in accounts, fraud, intimidation, news, stay of execution, witnesses by tracey

‘Last week, Fraser J handed down his judgment in Gosvenor London Ltd v Aygun UK Ltd, a case in which the defendant (Aygun) was seeking to resist payment of an adjudicator’s award of around £650,000 on the grounds that a substantial part of the award was allegedly derived from fraudulent invoicing of Aygun. In the alternative, Aygun sought a stay on the basis of fraud, alleged witness intimidation and, most importantly, the entirely unsatisfactory nature of the claimant’s (Gosvenor) statutory accounts for 2016/2017 and the unbelievable explanations given on its behalf as to the contents. This combination of factors led the court to conclude it was unlikely that Gosvenor would repay the adjudicator’s award, were it required to do so following a challenge to the adjudicator’s decision in subsequent TCC proceedings.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 4th April 2018

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Tribunal berates “careless and disrespectful approach” of SRA and solicitors it was prosecuting – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has criticised both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and two former directors of a Preston law firm for their “careless and disrespectful approach” in applying for approval of an ‘agreed outcome’ only a day before their hearing.’

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Legal Futures, 29th November 2017

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Interim statute bills must contain disbursements, court rules – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 3rd, 2017 in accounts, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The High Court has served notice to solicitors to submit complete invoices after it backed a ruling that a statute bill served by a law firm should contain details of disbursements.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 3rd November 2017

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Home Office launches inquiry into G4S finances – BBC News

Posted September 20th, 2017 in accounts, detention, immigration, inquiries, news, security companies by sally

‘Claims that G4S gave inaccurate financial information about the running of two immigration centres are being investigated, the Home Office has said.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2017

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Privilege – Closing the Stable Door – Zenith PI Blog

Posted January 4th, 2017 in accounts, disclosure, negligence, news, privilege, solicitors by tracey

‘Everyone knows that the privilege of communications between client and lawyer is a fundamental principle of English Common Law. But there has been some uncertainty as to what happens if the privilege is waived for the purpose of some litigation. That, it seems to me, is clearly dealt with by the Court of Appeal in the recent case of Eurasian Natural Resources Corp Ltd v Dechert LLP [2016] 1WLR 5027.’

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Zenith PI blog, 3rd January 2017

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Tribunal “appalled and dismayed” by SRA’s approach to prosecuting solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted May 6th, 2016 in accounts, disciplinary procedures, news, solicitors, tribunals by tracey

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has slammed a prosecution by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in the strongest terms, saying it was “appalled and dismayed” that the regulator had asked it to “rubber stamp” a deal which saw charges of dishonesty dropped at the last minute after the solicitor involved admitted lesser allegations.’

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Legal Futures, 6th May 2016

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Forensic Accounting: Launch of a new, online course for pupils and new practitioners – Bar Standards Board

‘In 2015, the BSB authorised BPP Professional Education to deliver an online Forensic Accounting course to pupils and new practitioners following a review of the face-to-face two day mandatory course.’

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Bar Standards Board, 29th March 2016

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SRA fines family lawyer for failing to record cash payments – Legal Futures

Posted March 29th, 2016 in accounts, fines, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘A family lawyer who failed to record cash payments from clients has been fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 29th March 2016

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High Court awards Lord Chancellor £1m in battle with legal aid firm – Legal Futures

Posted February 19th, 2016 in accounts, law firms, legal aid, news by sally

‘The Lord Chancellor has been awarded almost £1m by the High Court in its battle with a legal aid firm over payments on account (POAs).’

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Legal Futures, 19th February 2016

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SDT anonymity ruling “breached principle of open justice”, High Court rules – Legal Futures

A decision by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) to grant retrospective anonymity to a solicitor who had only been found guilty of a technical rule breach flouted the principle of open justice, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 18th January 2016

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