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  • Judges “left uneasy” by professionals challenging regulators as litigants in person
    Judges are “left uneasy” by professionals presenting their own challenges to regulators as litigants in person and ignoring the “best points” available to them, the High Court has heard. Mr Justice Green said that it was an “unfortunate feature” of regulatory proceedings that while the regulator was represented, the appellant, who did not qualify for […]
  • Solicitor who used office account “as personal account” is struck off
    A sole practitioner who did not have a client account and admitted using his office account “at times as a personal account” has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The tribunal heard that Michael Healey, based in Liverpool, misappropriated over £31,000 of client money before going bankrupt. The post Solicitor who used office […]
  • CMCs rake in over £6bn in past 10 years of regulation
    Claims management companies have earned over £6bn in the past decade, new figures from the Claims Management Regulator have shown. In a special anniversary report to mark 10 years of regulation, the CMR said that the number of CMCs had shrunk from a peak in 2011 of 3,213 to 1,388 in 2017. The post CMCs […]
  • Vexatious ex-solicitor’s “hyperbole” leaves High Court judge speechless
    A High Court judge has extended a general civil restraint order against a struck-off solicitor for a further two years after her “hyperbolic” claims rendered him almost speechless. The ex-solicitor contended that her case involved “the most important question ever asked in the history of civilisation since the birth of time”. The post Vexatious ex-solicitor’s […]
  • Government rules out complete separation of regulators from representative bodies
    The government indicated today that it will not go ahead with plans to completely separate legal regulators from their linked professional bodies, such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Law Society. It came in a review of the Legal Services Board and Office for Legal Complaints that found both “generally operating efficiently and effectively”. The […]
  • Record-breaking fine for White & Case over conflict and confidentiality breaches
    US law firm White & Case has been fined £250,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal – five times the previous highest for a firm – over client conflict and confidentiality rule breaches. The tribunal yesterday approved an outcome agreed by the firm and the Solicitors Regulation Authority that in addition a partner should be fined […]

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  • Lawyers for Grenfell survivors call for diverse inquiry panel
    BMElawyers4Grenfell accuse government of failing to consult on inquiry panel composition as they prepare to launch judicial review proceedingsLawyers for some of the survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are preparing to launch judicial review proceedings against the government over the way preparations for the public inquiry have been handled.BMElawyers4Grenfell have accused the government of […]
  • Brenda Hale appointed as UK supreme court's first female president
    A champion of diversity in the judiciary, Lady Hale will take up role as head of the UK’s highest court in OctoberBrenda Hale has been appointed as the first female president of the supreme court.Lady Hale is a longstanding champion of diversity in the judiciary. She has previously said the court should be ashamed if […]
  • 'Women are equal to everything': Lady Hale lives up to her motto
    The supreme court presidency is the peak of the extraordinary career of a feminist committed to diversity on the benchBrenda Hale’s elevation to president of the supreme court represents a resounding victory in the long campaign for gender equality among the senior judiciary.Her appointment is also the zenith of an extraordinary, successful legal career in […]
  • Brexit talks: the key dividing lines between Britain and the EU
    As David Davis and Michel Barnier face each other across the negotiating table, what are the main stumbling blocks?The most bitter arguments in a divorce are often about money, and Brexit is no exception. The EU wants Britain to agree a “single financial settlement” covering debts and unpaid bills accrued over 44 years of membership. […]
  • Brenda Hale to become first female president of supreme court – reports
    Lady Hale, who has campaigned for greater diversity in the judiciary, is said to be taking role as three other court posts are filled Brenda Hale is set to make history by becoming the first female president of the supreme court, according to reports. Lady Hale is expected to be confirmed in the role in […]
  • 'This doesn't get to be over for me': the rape case that put consent on trial
    It took Richard Ackland more than two months to get the full judgment in the Luke Lazarus rape case. It reveals a case where alcohol, innocence and the law collidedIt took the Guardian more than two months to get hold of the full judgment in the Luke Lazarus case, the distressing and polarising trial that […]