Solicitor who deliberately misled High Court struck off – Legal Futures

Posted May 12th, 2021 in deceit, disciplinary procedures, news, professional conduct, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor found by a High Court judge to have deliberately misled the court has now been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Legal Futures, 12th May 2021

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Bar promises tougher sanctions on sexual misconduct – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The bar tribunal service has proposed significantly tougher sanctions for barristers who commit sexual misconduct, after facing criticism for being too lenient.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 29th April 2021

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Met dismisses police officer who belonged to banned neo-Nazi terror group – The Guardian

‘A man who became the first British police officer convicted of belonging to a neo-Nazi terrorist organisation has been dismissed from the Metropolitan police without notice.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2021

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Disciplinary Déjà vu: Res Judicata and Trade Union Disciplinary Proceedings – Parklane Plowden

‘The case related to a complaint made against Mr McFadden, that he had inappropriately touched a woman at an anti-austerity march attended by Unite members. A complaint was raised with Unite and Mr McFadden was found to have breached the union’s rules on conduct “in the workplace”. He appealed through the union’s procedures and his appeal was unsuccessful. Thereafter, Mr McFadden made a complaint to the assistant certification officer [“ACO”]. The ACO determined that as the alleged conduct was outside the workplace, in a context where Mr McFadden was not acting as a representative of Unite, nor at an event organised by Unite, the complaint did not pertain to conduct that Unite could discipline him for and consequently the allegation was null and void. The ACO ordered Unite to reinstate McFadden to his positions held prior to the suspension.’

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Parklane Plowden, 10th March 2021

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Met officer faces dismissal after ‘clear case of racial profiling’ – The Guardian

‘A police officer jailed for picking on a black father because of his colour and attacking him in front of his children is facing dismissal.’

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The Guardian, 13th April 2021

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Fine for solicitor who acted on both sides in “undue influence” house sale – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who acted for both sides in a house sale at an undervalue, set aside by the High Court on the grounds of undue influence, has been fined by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Legal Futures, 13th April 2021

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Towuaghantse v GMC [2021] EWHC 681 (Admin) Coroner’s findings, independence of experts and registrant denials: this case is not one to put on the “read later” pile – 2 Hare Court

‘It is difficult to know where to start with Towuaghantse v GMC [2021] EWHC 681 (Admin). I will give you a briefest account of the facts in a moment, but potentially Mostyn J’s judgment in this case stands as authority for the following principles:
a. The factual findings of a coroner, and any narrative conclusion, are all admissible against a registrant.
b. Authors of expert reports do not have to be independent in the sense of uninvolved with the institution or any of the players in a case, they are merely subject to a Porter v McGill style test of bias or apparent bias.
c. The capacity of a registrant to remediate sincerely should be judged by reference to evidence unconnected with their denials of the factual charges, unless the fact-finding decision included findings of blatant dishonesty by the registrant (a refinement of the same judge’s recent pronouncements in GMC v Awan [2020] EWHC 1553 (Admin)).’

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2 Hare Court, 30th March 2021

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Tribunal rejects solicitor appeal against £1,000 SRA fine – Legal Futures

Posted March 31st, 2021 in appeals, disciplinary procedures, fines, news, solicitors, tribunals by tracey

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has rejected an appeal by a solicitor against a £1,000 fine imposed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for breaching a written agreement he made during probate litigation.’

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Legal Futures, 31st March 2021

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Bar Council steps in over inconsistent harassment sanctions regime – The Bar Council

Posted March 29th, 2021 in barristers, disciplinary procedures, harassment, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council has written to both the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service (BTAS) about concerns over the handling of harassment cases.’

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The Bar Council, 26th March 2021

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Male barrister suspended for lewd comments aimed at female mini-pupil – Legal Futures

‘An experienced barrister who made crude sexual comments to a woman on a mini-pupillage has been suspended for six months and told not to take on pupils or mini-pupils in future.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd March 2020

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Bar regulator “struggling to keep pace” with rising volume of work – Legal Futures

Posted March 19th, 2021 in barristers, budgets, coronavirus, disciplinary procedures, news, statistics by sally

‘The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has admitted it is struggling to keep pace with a rising volume of incoming reports, authorisations and disciplinary cases.’

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Legal Futures, 19th March 2021

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Police watchdog expands inquiry into death of Mohamud Hassan – The Guardian

‘The police watchdog has begun an investigation into another four police officers as part of its inquiry into the sudden death of a man shortly after being released from custody.’

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The Guardian, 16th March 2021

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Court of Appeal rejects appeal by ex-magistrate over dismissal for views on adoption by same-sex couple – Local Government Lawyer

‘A magistrate and NHS trust board member who was dismissed over his views – based on his beliefs as a Christian – about the appropriateness of the adoption of a child by a same-sex couple, has lost two cases in the Court of Appeal.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th March 2021

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Law Society president to step down amid dishonesty accusations – The Guardian

Posted March 4th, 2021 in disciplinary procedures, Law Society, news, solicitors by sally

‘The president of the Law Society is stepping down from his role after being accused of dishonesty during a decade-long legal dispute that went to the high court.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2021

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Bar Council chair rejects challenge from Twitter row barrister – Legal Futures

‘The chair of the Bar Council has dismissed as nonsense the suggestion that it had to publicly support the barrister at the centre of a racism row over his comments on Twitter.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd March 2021

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IOPC investigates five Thames Valley police officers over death of man, 24 – The Guardian

‘Five police officers are under investigation for manslaughter after the death of a 24-year-old man in police custody earlier this month.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2021

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Solicitor failed to check whether jailed client wanted to sell property – Legal Futures

‘A veteran solicitor did not confirm that his imprisoned client had given instructions to transfer a £300,000 property to his mother, with the client claiming after it happened that he knew nothing about it, a tribunal has heard.’

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Legal Futures, 24th February 2021

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Ex-MP cleared of sexual harassment after complainant’s appeal dismissed – The Guardian

‘A former MP has been cleared of sexual harassment alleged to have taken place several years ago in a House of Commons bar, in the first ruling by a new body set up to investigate potential misbehaviour by parliamentarians.’

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The Guardian, 23rd February 2021

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Ex-Labour staffer goes to court to try to identify leaker of antisemitism report – The Guardian

‘A former senior Labour staffer has taken the party to court in an attempt to force it to disclose the identity of the leaker of a report on antisemitism in the party that contained hundreds of private WhatsApp messages.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2021

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Court refuses former Met Police officer’s appeal against indecent image conviction – The Independent

‘A disgraced former police officer has had an appeal against an indecent image conviction refused.’

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The Independent, 18th February 2021

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