SRA needs “radical rethink” to change disproportionate focus on BAME solicitors – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) needs to rethink its approach radically to tackle the “grimly entrenched” problem of ethnic minority solicitors being over-represented in its enforcement work, it is argued today.’

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Legal Futures, 21st October 2021

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Legal regulators slammed for “lacking expertise” on comparison data – Legal Futures

‘Lawyer data already in the public domain cannot easily be adapted to help consumers choose a lawyer, mainly due to failings by legal regulators, according to research.’

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Legal Futures, 18th October 2021

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New Guidelines for Lawyers Practising within the Coroners’ Court – Inquests and Inquiries Law Blog

‘New guidelines for legal professionals practising within the Coroners’ Courts have been published by the Bar Standards Board, the Solicitors Regulation Authority and CILEx Regulation. The new guidelines were introduced in response to concerns, particularly about the adversarial approach adopted by some lawyers. The key takeaways are summarised below.’

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Inquests and Inquiries Law Blog, 20th September 2021

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NDAs “cannot be controlled by professional regulators” – Legal Futures

‘The use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) cannot be effectively controlled by professional regulators like the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and legislation is needed, a law professor and campaigner for tougher restrictions has said.’

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Legal Futures, 15th September 2021

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‘Scandalous’ SRA delays in investigation of disciplinary cases – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A renowned authority on regulating solicitors has today condemned “scandalous” delays in the investigation of disciplinary cases by the SRA. Greg Treverton-Jones QC, long-time co-author of The Solicitor’s Handbook, says solicitors can wait years for their cases to conclude, even where they are exonerated or only suffer a rebuke. In the meantime, they face the “appalling ordeal” of placing their professional lives on hold and in some cases can find themselves unemployable.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th September 2021

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Former CPS solicitor rebuked for offensive Facebook posts – Legal Futures

‘ A solicitor who shared a petition from far-right group Britain First on her Facebook page while working for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been rebuked by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 7th September 2021

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Cost of practising as a solicitor set to fall by 6.7% – Legal Futures

‘The cost of practising as a solicitor is to fall by 6.7% in the coming year, although it may have to rise in future once the Law Society sets a new reserves policy.’

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Legal Futures, 20th August 2021

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SRA: Number of workplace bullying investigations on the rise – Legal Futures

‘Solicitors under investigation by their regulator are increasingly citing workplace bullying as a reason for their misconduct, according to a report published yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 23rd July 2021

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Solicitors apologise after remote hearing recorded without permission – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A firm of solicitors has apologised to the court and reported itself to the regulator after a recording was taken of a remote hearing without permission.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 28th June 2021

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Option for online exams to become permanent, SRA decides – Legal Futures

‘Emergency measures allowing legal practice course (LPC) students to take their exams at home during the pandemic are to become permanent where there is a “clear rationale” to do so, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has decided.’

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Legal Futures, 25th May 2021

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SRA and BSB change approaches to gender in diversity surveys – Legal Futures

‘Both the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Bar Standards Board (BSB) are this year changing their approach to recording the sex and gender of those they regulate, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 14th May 2021

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Law firms “not being held to account for toxic cultures” – Legal Futures

Posted April 23rd, 2021 in employment, law firms, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘Law firms are not being held to account for “toxic” work cultures, particularly where there is a lot of pressure on young lawyers, a leading expert on regulation has said.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd April 2021

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Freshfields report into bank rape allegations not covered by privilege – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A report prepared by magic circle firm Freshfields into the alleged rape of a bank employee was not covered by legal privilege, according to an employment tribunal ruling that has now been made public.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st April 2021

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SRA backs new cyber-losses clause for indemnity policies – Legal Futures

‘The extent to which losses caused by cyber attacks are covered by law firms’ professional indemnity insurance (PII) policies is to be clarified by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 14th April 2021

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Ban on unsolicited approaches ‘hits access to justice’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 12th, 2021 in codes of practice, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by tracey

‘The blanket ban on solicitors making unsolicited approaches to clients could act as a barrier to access to justice, according to a solicitor campaigning for a relaxation of the rule. Tobias Haynes, a dispute resolution specialist at Midlands firm Martin Kaye Solicitors, last week opened an online petition for solicitors to be allowed to contact potential clients by email or letter.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th April 2021

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Wide LPC attainment gap based on provider and ethnicity – Legal Futures

‘The disparity between the best and worst legal practice course (LPC) providers has continued to grow, with only 23% of students passing at one institution.’

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Legal Futures, 26th March 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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Supreme Court to consider costs orders against regulators – Legal Futures

‘The Supreme Court is to consider whether costs should only be awarded against regulators in unsuccessful cases where there is good reason to make an order, it announced today [27 January].’

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Legal Futures, 27th January 2021

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Another SRA prosecution fails but regulator avoids costs order – Legal Futures

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) was justified in prosecuting two law firm partners even though all of the allegations were dismissed, a tribunal has ruled.

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Legal Futures, 21st January 2021

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Transparency failures put three firms in the dock – Legal Futures

‘Law firms in London, Manchester and Bath have become the first sanctioned for failing to publish price and service information, with compliance made a condition of their authorisation.’

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Legal Futures, 15th January 2021

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