Solicitor fined £50,000 for misusing client’s interim payments – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who spent £46,600 of a disabled client’s interim payments on costs and disbursements instead of on rehabilitation, has been fined £50,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2019

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Tribunal savages SRA witnesses as prosecution left in tatters – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has savaged two witnesses who gave evidence on behalf of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) against a Yorkshire sole practitioner.’

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Legal Futures, 12th December 2019

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Doctors at West Suffolk hospital ‘too scared’ to report safety issues – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2019 in bullying, disciplinary procedures, doctors, hospitals, news, whistleblowers by tracey

‘Doctors at a hospital accused of bullying its staff have told the NHS care regulator that they are too scared to report lapses in patient safety in case they end up facing disciplinary action.’

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The Guardian, 11th December 2019

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Met officer in child abuse video case faces fast-track dismissal – The Guardian

‘A decorated senior Metropolitan police officer controversially convicted of possessing a child abuse video is facing a fast-track dismissal from the force, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2019

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s.103A and concealed reasons; Royal Mail v. Jhuti [2019] UKSC 55 – Parklane Plowden Chambers

‘The Supreme Court has confirmed that a Tribunal may find that the reason for the dismissal is something other than that given to the employee by the decision-maker – even where that reason is genuinely held by the decision maker; Royal Mail Group Ltd v. Jhuti [2019] UKSC 55 (“Jhuti”).’

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Parklane Plowden, 9th December 2019

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Automatic Unfair Dismissal: Can the reason for the dismissal be other than that given to the employee by the decision-maker? – Pallant Chambers

‘The question for the Supreme Court in Royal Mail Group Limited v Jhuti [2019] UKSC 55 was whether in a claim for unfair dismissal can the reason for the dismissal be other than that given to the employee by the decision-maker?’

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Pallant Chambers, 5th December 2019

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Solicitor who felt “intimidated” by clients struck off – Legal Futures

‘A partner who said she felt “threatened and intimidated” by clients who would not accept her advice to discontinue has been struck off for lying about the progress of their cases.’

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Legal Futures, 9th December 2019

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Partner “too embarrassed” to tell clients truth is struck off – Legal Futures

‘A partner who misled beneficiaries about the progress of a case to resolve a dispute over estate assets and then found himself “too embarrassed” to tell them the truth has been struck off.’

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Legal Futures, 5th December 2019

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The Reason Behind the Reason Behind the Decision to Dismiss – Littleton Chambers

‘The Supreme Court has allowed the appeal in Royal Mail Group Ltd -v- Jhuti [2019] UKSC 55 and has held unanimously that when deciding what was the reason for dismissal in unfair dismissal, it may not be enough simply to consider what was subjectively in the mind of the decision-maker. In a unanimous decision delivered by Lord Wilson (Lady Hale (President), Lord Carnwath, Lord Hodge and Lady Arden concurring) the Supreme Court has held that where the real reason is hidden from the decision-maker behind an invented reason, the court must penetrate through the invention and decide upon the basis of the real reason [paragraphs 60-62 of the Judgment]. ‘

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Littleton Chambers, 27th November 2019

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Jones v Secretary of State for Education – Blackstone Chambers

‘The High Court has given an important decision on governmental powers to supplement statutory procedures with non-statutory guidance and directions.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 3rd December 2019

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Solicitor took 15 years to finish distributing estate – Legal Futures

Posted December 2nd, 2019 in delay, disciplinary procedures, fines, news, probate, solicitors by sally

‘A veteran solicitor who failed to complete several probate matters promptly – with one taking 15 years – has been fined by a tribunal.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd December 2019

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Tribunal rejects SRA’s disciplinary “ambush”- Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has rejected four allegations of multiple rule breaches against a solicitor because they were so badly drafted.’

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Legal Futures, 28th November 2019

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Northamptonshire PC dismissed for Auschwitz eBay sales – BBC News

Posted November 26th, 2019 in disciplinary procedures, dismissal, internet, news, police, racism by tracey

‘A police officer who sold items from Auschwitz on eBay has been dismissed without notice.’

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BBC News, 26th November 2019

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Dog walker finds dossier of paedophiles and victims ‘dumped by police officer by public skip’ – The Independent

‘A police officer accused of dumping documents identifying paedophiles and their victims near a public skip is to face a misconduct hearing.’

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The Independent, 21st November 2019

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Professional Standards Authority v HCPC and Wood [2019] EWHC 2819 (Admin) – Charging motivation and lies in investigation – 2 Hare Court

‘Mr Wood was a paramedic called to attend Patient A, a highly vulnerable patient who suffered from a split personality disorder. Within 10-15 minutes of leaving the patient, Mr Wood began to text her. Over the course of the following month he continued to contact her. Some of those messages were sexually explicit and others attempted to arrange a meeting with the patient for sex. He also asked her to keep the messages a secret.’

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2 Hare Court, 1st November 2019

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Independent report into NMC’s handling of Morecambe Bay cases finds significant failings – 2 Hare Court

Posted November 20th, 2019 in birth, disciplinary procedures, hospitals, midwives, news, reports by sally

‘The Morecambe Bay Investigation (the Kirkup Report) was an inquiry into the deaths of mothers and babies at Furness General Hospital midwifery unit between 2004 and 2012. It found ten stillbirths, six neonatal deaths, and three maternal deaths were part of a pattern of failures in care at every level within the unit. There was an inability to confront the endemic poor practice that linked the incidents, and a defensive approach amongst the midwifery team. This pattern of failures was not identified or acted on for several years.’

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2 Hare Court, 15th November 2019

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Partners made “secret profit” from flight delay ATE insurance – Litigation Futures

Posted November 20th, 2019 in airlines, delay, disciplinary procedures, insurance, news, secret profits, solicitors by sally

‘Two law firm partners who made a “secret profit” by opting thousands of flight delay clients into an after-the-event (ATE) insurance policy have been fined a total of £55,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Litigation Futures, 20th November 2019

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Solicitor sanctioned for indemnity insurance breaches – Legal Futures

Posted November 20th, 2019 in disciplinary procedures, indemnities, insurance, mental health, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor who practised without insurance has been spared an appearance before a disciplinary tribunal, in part because he was suffering from depression at the time.’

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Legal Futures, 20th November 2019

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Barrister posted “misogynistic” comments on Facebook – Legal Futures

Posted November 19th, 2019 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, internet, news by sally

‘A barrister suspended last month for offensive messages on Facebook posted one that was effectively a threat to kill a member of the public, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 19th November 2019

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Solicitor tried to take unfair advantage of other lawyer’s error – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor discarded an undertaking he had given and tried to take advantage of a mistake made by the law firm on the other side of a conveyancing transaction, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 15th November 2019

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