SRA fines firm with “failing” anti-money laundering controls – Legal Futures

Posted September 28th, 2022 in fines, law firms, money laundering, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by sally

‘A law firm with a “failing” anti-money laundering (AML) control environment, leading to multiple rule breaches, has been fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 27th September 2022

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Unbundling has potential to improve access to justice – and clients – Legal Futures

Posted September 14th, 2022 in law firms, legal services, news, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by tracey

‘Unbundling has the potential to increase access to justice and help firms attract new clients, but awareness among lawyers and consumers is low, research by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has found.’

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Legal Futures, 14th September 2022

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Convictions for peaceful protests “should not lead to regulatory action” – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is unlikely to take action against solicitors convicted in exercising their right to protest where no significant harm has been caused, it said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 2nd September 2022

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NEWS Flirting, banter and plying with drink: SRA sets out detailed sexual misconduct guidance – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority today set out in granular detail what will or may constitute sexual misconduct by solicitors, after a surge of complaints in the past five years.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st September 2022

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High Court rejects challenge to SDT case management decisions – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) was right not to order the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to seek information from the BBC on behalf of a solicitor facing prosecution, the High Court has ruled.’

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Legal Futures, 15th August 2022

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Fine for partners over years of multiple accounts rules breaches – Legal Futures

‘Two partners at a former London firm have been fined a total of £25,000 for an improper transfer of a client’s funds and allowing more than 1,700 matters to go stale, among other accounts rules breaches.’

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Legal Futures, 12th August 2022

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Bar Council and Law Society unhappy with LSB’s oversight reforms – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Council and Law Society have attacked proposed Legal Services Board (LSB) changes to way it assesses frontline regulators’ performance, saying it could change the focus of both the regulators themselves and the LSB.’

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Legal Futures, 18th July 2022

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Firm ordered to pay wasted costs over lack of authority to act – Legal Futures

‘A law firm has been ordered to pay wasted costs of £7,920 for not satisfying itself that the director of a company in deadlock with the other director had the authority to give it instructions.’

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Legal Futures, 5th July 2022

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Extra powers for regulators to clamp down on rule-breaking solicitors – Ministry of Justice

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) will be given new powers to fine rule-breakers up to £25,000, under measures introduced today (29 June 2022).’

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Ministry of Justice, 29th June 2022

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SRA seeks whistleblowing role as part of SLAPPs action – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is set to make it easier for law firm staff to blow the whistle on their employers, as part of its work on strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs).’

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Legal Futures, 23rd June 2022

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Regulators must tackle “out-of-date” lawyers, LSB says – Legal Futures

‘Legal regulators must take action to ensure that lawyers are not operating with “out-of-date” skills or knowledge, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has said.’

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Legal Futures, 10th June 2022

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Court refuses judicial review of SRA and LAA over control order – Legal Futures

‘A non-solicitor has failed in his attempt to judicially review a control order imposed on him by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) six years ago.’

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Legal Futures, 30th May 2022

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Supreme Court maintains SRA costs protection for failed prosecutions – Legal Futures

‘The Supreme Court has upheld the principle that costs should only be awarded against the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in unsuccessful prosecutions where there is good reason to do so.’

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Legal Futures, 26th May 2022

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SRA disciplinary decisions could stay in public domain for longer – Legal Futures

‘Details of disciplinary and other regulatory action taken by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) could be published for longer than the current three years to combat misinformation online, it said yesterday.’

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Legal Futures, 11th May 2022

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Litigant banned over ‘unjustified’ complaints to regulators – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A former nurse who made “wholly inappropriate and unjustified allegations of wrongdoing” against lawyers has been banned from bringing proceedings for two years by a High Court judge, who said regulators must be “astute in identifying litigants who abusively use [the] regulatory process”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th May 2022

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SRA rebukes leading class action firm over conduct of struck-out claim – Legal Futures

‘Class action firm Hausfeld has been rebuked by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for allowing its independence to be compromised in the conduct of a massive group claim.’

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Legal Futures, 5th April 2022

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Rule will require solicitors to challenge colleagues’ improper behaviour – Legal Futures

‘Solicitors will have a regulatory obligation to challenge colleagues who treat others unfairly or without respect as part of a plan to beef up the rules on health and wellbeing at work.’

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Legal futures, 7th March 2022

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Lawyer jailed after defying order to hand over firm’s files to SRA – Legal Futures

‘A lawyer has been jailed for 13 months after showing a “brazen disregard” for his regulator by failing to hand over his firm’s files to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 21st January 2022

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SRA to pay record £228,000 to cover costs of ‘regrettable’ prosecution – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 14th, 2021 in costs, news, prosecutions, solicitors, Solicitors Regulation Authority by tracey

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority has paid £228,000 to cover the legal costs of a solicitor following a prosecution abandoned a month before trial.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th December 2021

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Solicitor struck off for misleading client about settlement – Legal Futures

“An experienced solicitor who worked at Slater & Gordon has been struck off after telling a personal injury client that her case was ongoing when it had actually settled and using some of the money to pay other clients damages they were not entitled to.”

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Legal Futures, 4th November 2021

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