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Ethics Guidance – Transparency in Price and Service

16th November, 2018

It is reported that a quarter of all complaints dealt with by the Legal Ombudsman revolve around costs therefore to avoid complaints and confusion, it is important to be clear from the outset. The new Transparency Rules (which the SRA have now confirmed will come into effect on 6 December 2018) require that accurate and relevant information is... Read More »

Run-off and alternative regulators

26th July, 2018

Special Focus: PII Run-off and alternative regulators: Run Off – it dominates the thoughts of sole practitioners and partners in smaller law firms in my experience and restricts the ambitions of firms. The SRA could help law firms by relaxing their rules on run off cover to help firms merge or close more easily. This would protect client’s... Read More »

Solicitors’ Professional Indemnity Insurance: Run-off and alternative regulators

18th July, 2018

Special Focus: Solicitors’ Professional Indemnity Insurance Run-off – it dominates the thoughts of sole practitioners and partners in smaller law firms in my experience and restricts the ambitions of firms. The SRA could help law firms by relaxing their rules on run-off cover on their Solicitors’ Professional Indemnity Insurance to help firms merge or close more easily. This would protect... Read More »

Risk and Compliance: SRA Handbook Changes

27th March, 2018

Coded message – Risk and Compliance: SRA Handbook Changes  The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to introduce a new handbook regime, and the changes are the most significant since 2011. Property professionals face some of the most controversial changes. Paul Bennett outlines the proposals and their impact In September 2016, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) proposed a radical... Read More »

Solicitor Ordered to Pay £54,000 in Costs on Appeal from Fine of £2,000

19th January, 2018

Professional misconduct was recently at issue in the case of Donna Eloise Cannon v Solicitors Regulation Authority Case No: 11547-2016 Ms Cannon was ordered to pay the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (“SRA”) costs of £54,000 when she decided to appeal a decision to impose a Rebuke, fine of £2,000 and costs of £1,350. Ms Cannon, who was at the... Read More »

Professional Practices and Employment Law Partner, Paul Bennett comments on: SDT issues mental health warning to employers in case of solicitor under billing pressure

11th January, 2018

The SDT have issued a warning to law firms on managing mental health following a successful ruling. Professional Practices and Employment Law  Partner, Paul Bennett comments on: SDT issues mental health warning to employers in case of solicitor under billing pressure. “We do not wish to comment on the specifics of the findings not least as it is... Read More »

Solicitors and Former Clients’ Access to Files

4th January, 2018

If you fear a claim or complaint against your firm what rights do you have to limit access to a former client and their new advisers? The recent case of Green & Others v SGI Legal LLP Case No: CL1706093, ruled on a situation that many solicitors may have found themselves; a client has requested a file and... Read More »

All change again! The SRA Code of Conduct [2018] and Solicitors Accounts Rules

24th October, 2017

Law firms face a huge logistical and training challenge in 2018 with a totally new SRA Handbook coming into force.  In this article Paul Bennett, a solicitor advising law firms on their professional obligations gives an overview of the challenge ahead. What does this mean for your law firm? In summary four key things are necessary to prepare... Read More »

Criminal Finance Act 2017 – Failing to prevent tax evasion

8th September, 2017

The Criminal Finance Act 2017 is due to come into force at the end of September. The Act provides that companies and partnerships will be criminally liable if they fail to prevent tax evasion by an employee or external agent. The regulations cover taxes in the UK and overseas. To be liable there must have been: Criminal tax... Read More »

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