Bomb hoax barrister fails to overturn law firm ban – Legal Futures

‘A barrister jailed in 2014 for a bomb hoax at the London Olympics has failed in his attempt to overturn an order imposed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) that banned him from working for law firms.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd April 2020

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Guidance to Appropriate Authorities: police misconduct hearings during the coronavirus restrictions – UK Police Law Blog

‘This note is intended to assist Appropriate Authorities (“AAs”), Professional Standards Departments (“PSDs”) and hearings units to progress misconduct proceedings[1] under the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012 and 2020 (“PCR”), during the outbreak of COVID-19. We suggest that AAs should try to proceed with hearings by video and/or telephone where possible, and we explore the practical implications of doing so.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 30th March 2020

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Accountant severely reprimanded over SRA report – Legal Futures

‘An accountant found to have “improperly” issued a report to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) about a law firm has been severely reprimanded by his regulator.’An accountant found to have “improperly” issued a report to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) about a law firm has been severely reprimanded by his regulator.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd April 2020

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In-house lawyer facilitated sham £16m property schemes – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who acted as head of legal and a “puppet director” for a variety of companies involved in sham £16m property schemes has been struck off.’

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Legal Futures, 1st April 2020

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Barrister suspended for headbutting female colleague – Legal Futures

‘A senior barrister who headbutted a junior female member of chambers during a drunken row, leaving her on the ground with blood all over her face, has been suspended for three months by a Bar disciplinary tribunal.’

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Legal Futures, 1st April 2020

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“Grossly negligent” partner suspended over missing $2.2m – Legal Futures

‘A “grossly negligent” salaried partner has been suspended for a year after $2.2m in escrow monies belonging to the other party in a deal was “dissipated in a series of unauthorised transactions”.’

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Legal Futures, 27th March 2020

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What does Manchester City’s Champions League ban have to do with human rights? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 24th, 2020 in appeals, bias, disciplinary procedures, human rights, news, sport by sally

‘Last month European football’s governing body, UEFA, announced that English champions Manchester City had been fined 30 million Euros and banned from the Champions League – the most illustrious competition in European football. The Adjudicatory Chamber of UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) handed down a two-year ban on the basis that Man City had breached Financial Fair Play Regulations. The club have responded fiercely, complaining of a ‘prejudicial process’ and alleging that the case was ‘initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA.’ Against this background it is thought likely that City will rely on human rights arguments in their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (a somewhat ironic development in the view of some commentators given previous criticisms of the human rights records of the club’s backers).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd March 2020

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SRA will take “pragmatic” approach to breaches during pandemic – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has finally issued guidance to those it regulates on dealing with the coronavirus, stressing it will be “pragmatic” when taking action over rule breaches related to the pandemic.’

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Legal Futures, 24th March 2020

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Paralegal banned for settling PI claim without authority – Litigation Futures

‘A personal injury paralegal who settled his client’s claim without her authority for less than counsel had advised, and then misled her into retrospectively agreeing, has been banned from the profession.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th March 2020

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Ban for legal executive who used own money to cover error – Legal Futures

Posted March 19th, 2020 in disciplinary procedures, forgery, legal executives, news by sally

‘A chartered legal executive who covered up a mistake by paying a client her own money to increase her settlement has been banned from working for solicitors’ firms.’

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Legal Futures, 19th March 2020

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Nottinghamshire teacher banned after vagina comment – BBC News

‘A newly-qualified teacher who admitted making a “stupid comment” about a pupil’s vagina has been banned from the profession.’

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BBC News, 6th March 2020

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Solicitor got client to pay cheque into personal account – Legal Futures

Posted March 3rd, 2020 in disciplinary procedures, news, probate, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor who persuaded a vulnerable client to pay £4,700 into her personal bank account, pretending the money would be spent on repairs to a property had inherited, has been struck off.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd March 2020

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Barrister fails in appeal over “seriously offensive” tweet – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has upheld the reprimand and fine issued to a barrister who sent a “seriously offensive” tweet in a private capacity that was “racially charged and derogatory to women”.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd March 2020

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Short shrift for bias and recusal submissions in police misconduct hearings – UK Police Law Blog

Posted February 27th, 2020 in bias, disciplinary procedures, news, police, recusal by tracey

‘In R (Short) v (1) Police Misconduct Tribunal (2) Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police [2020] EWHC 385 (Admin), Mr Justice Saini delivered a resounding reaffirmation that misconduct hearing panels are well able to put irrelevant and prejudicial matters out of their minds rather than having to recuse themselves and that they are able to determine their own procedures, just like civil courts and tribunals.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 27th February 2020

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“Careless” solicitor who practised unauthorised struck off – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who carried on practising for almost five months after his practising certificate (PC) and indemnity insurance expired has been struck off.’

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Legal Futures, 25th February 2020

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Solicitor lied about backdating legal aid forms – Legal Futures

Posted February 25th, 2020 in disciplinary procedures, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘A young solicitor who botched the backdating of legal aid forms and then lied about it to his employer has agreed to leave the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 24th February 2020

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When are Article 8 rights engaged in the context of an unfair dismissal claim and how should the engagement of such rights be approached by the tribunal? – 3PB

‘The claimant was employed by the respondent from 1994 until November 2014 as a Probation Service Officer (“PSO”). In 2014 there was an incident at the claimant’s home involving the claimant, her then partner, and her daughter, who was then a teenager. It was alleged that the claimant had been violent towards her daughter, something she had always vehemently denied. Social Services became involved and her daughter was placed on the Child Protection Register (“CPR”).’

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3PB, 7th February 2020

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EAT Applies Jhuti Principles to Uddin v London Borough of Ealing – Old Square Chambers

‘Do the principles set down by the Supreme Court decision in the landmark decision in Royal Mail Group Ltd v Jhuti (in which Simon Gorton QC and Jack Mitchell acted for the Royal Mail) apply to the assessment of whether an employer acted reasonably in dismissing an employee for the purposes of s.98(4) Employment Rights Act 1996?’

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Old Square Chambers, 17th February 2020

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Solicitor sanctioned after calling client “sad and pathetic” – Legal Futures

Posted February 18th, 2020 in complaints, disciplinary procedures, news, Scotland, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor who sent “inappropriate, derogatory and offensive emails” to a client and his mother has been censured by the Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal (SSDT).’

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Legal Futures, 18th February 2020

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Case Comment: Royal Mail Group Ltd v Jhuti [2019] UKSC 55, Part Two – UKSC Blog

‘There are a number of ways in which this judgment opens the door to arguments about its wider impact.’

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UKSC Blog, 17th February 2020

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