Solicitor who ran unauthorised law firm struck off – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor who said his unauthorised firm was acting only for “family and friends” has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).’

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Legal Futures, 8th January 2019

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Law firms “will stop using email within five years” – Legal Futures

‘Email will be replaced within five years by a more secure means of communication for law firms, an expert predicted this week.’

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Legal Futures, 13th December 2018

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What the Divisional Court’s decision in SRA v Sovani James tells us about wellbeing for lawyers: some reasons for optimism- 4 New Square

‘This week the Administrative Court handed down judgment in three appeals by the Solicitors Regulation Authority: SRA v Sovani James, SRA v Esteddar MacGregor, SRA v Peter Naylor [2018] EWHC 3058 (Admin). Reactions to the judgment by lawyers have been critical, regarding it as a harsh decision which missed an opportunity to reflect developing attitudes to wellbeing in the workplace.’

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4 New Square, 16th November 2018

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SRA v James: When “I was driven to it” is no defence – 4 New Square

‘It is well-known that if a solicitor is guilty of dishonesty in and about the work he or she does, they will be struck off unless they can show “exceptional circumstances”. For a while it was thought that extreme and intolerable work pressure giving rise to mental health issues, in turn giving rise to an act or acts of dishonesty, might suffice.’

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4 New Square, 13th November 2018

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SRA: Law firms must be able to explain decisions made by AI – Legal Futures

Posted December 11th, 2018 in artificial intelligence, law firms, news, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘Law firms must be able to explain “automated decisions”, including those involving artificial intelligence (AI), the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 11th December 2018

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SQE does “violence to law” as academic discipline – Legal Futures

Posted December 11th, 2018 in legal education, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘The introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) does “significant violence to law as an academic discipline and to our colleagues and students”, law lecturers have argued.’

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Legal Futures, 11th December 2018

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SRA in reminder on litigation obligations, warns against being ‘hired gun’ – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority has issued a reminder to solicitors to adhere to all their professional obligations when engaged in litigation, “and not to become ‘hired guns’ just carrying out instructions that are in the best interests of clients”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th November 2018

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Solicitors warned about acting as ‘hired guns’ for dubious clients – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Regulators have vowed to take action against any solicitor found to have neglected their wider obligations simply to keep a client happy.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 27th November 2018

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SRA seeks protection over transgender disclosures – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is pushing for protection for staff from criminal sanctions for disclosing information relating to transgender solicitors and other law firm staff.’

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Legal Futures, 20th November 2018

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SRA urged to tackle mental health problems with ‘fitness to practise’ regime – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) needs to activate a dormant power that allows it to introduce ‘fitness to practise’ rules, in the wake of yesterday’s ruling about the role of mental health in solicitors’ misconduct, regulatory experts have argued.’

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Legal Futures, 14th November 2018

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SRA loses appeal over failed Leigh Day mega-prosecution – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has dismissed an appeal by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) against a disciplinary tribunal’s decision to clear Martyn Day, two of his colleagues and his firm Leigh Day over their conduct of the Al-Sweady case.’

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Legal Futures, 19th October 2018

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SRA prosecutes solicitor for second time over same case – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is taking the unusual step of prosecuting a solicitor for the second time over the same issue.’

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Legal Futures, 19th October 2018

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SRA wins right to recover £800,000 costs from Blavo – Legal Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to try and recover the £800,000 it spent intervening in collapsed law firm Blavo & Co.’

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Legal Futures, 17th October 2018

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Government and SRA work to build BAME trust in solicitors – Legal Futures

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is working with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to build greater trust in solicitors among black and minority ethnic (BAME) people in custody.’

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Legal Futures, 11th October 2018

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Law firm closures up again after surge in rule breaches – Legal Futures

‘The number of law firms closed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) rose by 35% last year to 50, it has emerged.’

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Legal Futures, 15th August 2018

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SRA outlines new concerns around holiday sickness claims – Legal Futures

‘More types of poor conduct by claimant solicitors in the holiday sickness market have been uncovered, their regulator has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 10th August 2018

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“Off-Plan” Investment Schemes: Equitable Compensation – Hardwicke Chambers

‘The SRA has issued warning notices[1] to solicitors regarding whether they should act and how they should act towards their clients in relation to purported transactions concerning investment schemes. However, for many the warning will have come too late since many investors have previously parted with deposits (in some cases amounting to the client’s life savings) in return for worthless insurance bonds and unsecured interests in land or property which are also found to be worthless when the developer defaults on the development and becomes insolvent.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 12th July 2018

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SRA seeks to clarify threshold for reporting misconduct – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is looking to clarify the threshold used by law firms when deciding whether to report concerns over misconduct.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd August 2018

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Time to play by the rules? – New Law Journal

‘John Gould offers some advice on how to strike a balance between clarity & flexibility in recent changes to the solicitors’ rule book.’

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New Law Journal, 27th July 2018

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Steep rise in law firm closures and Compensation Fund payouts – Legal Futures

‘The number of law firms shut by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) increased by more than a third last year from 37 to 50, figures from the regulator’s annual review have shown.’

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Legal Futures, 24th April 2018

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