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A solicitor who deliberately kept money from clients for barristers’ fees and told his accounts manager to cover it up, in a bid to prop up his firm, has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).
The Bar Council has strongly attacked plans by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to force barristers to publish prices and internal complaints records.
There has been a surprise 14% increase in the number of students enrolling on the Bar professional training course (BPTC), it has emerged.
Asset recovery specialist Alan Sheeley of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said that authorities such as the National Crime Agency, City of London Police and other local police forces often do not have the resources to move quickly enough to seize criminal assets
In professional disciplinary proceedings, for example hearings in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, respondents will now no longer be able to rely on their own “lower” standards or a belief – even if genuinely held – that they have been honest, as long as ordinary decent people would consider their behaviour dishonest.
A solicitor who stole more than £300,000 of his elderly and disabled client’s money using a secret bank account has been struck off
A firm of solicitors should have warned a client of the significant risk that a tax avoidance scheme would not withstand a challenge from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the Court of Appeal has ruled.
The SRA has removed from the profession two people at opposite ends of their careers – an 80-year-old solicitor who held unpaid disbursements in his office account, and a trainee solicitor who used client money to try and hide her mistakes.
Ruling in a claim of fraud by 10 defendants a High Court judge will not set aside a freezing injunction against two of them as claimants made “full and frank” disclosure and had a good arguable case that the duo had been involved in a sophisticated fraud.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has criticised both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and two former directors of a Preston law firm for their “careless and disrespectful approach” in applying for approval of an ‘agreed outcome’ only a day before their hearing.
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