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15.01.19

Solicitor fined for calling a potential client a ‘nutter’

A solicitor of nearly 40 years PQE has been fined £5,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for sending a string of emails calling a potential client a ‘nutter’, ‘crazy man with a death wish’ and an ‘asshole’. Tim Bennett’s conduct was referred to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) by The Society of Trusts and…

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4.12.18

‘Tis the season of unfair trials: criminal allegations in the regulatory arena

Recent weeks have seen a number of high profile criminal allegations being revealed, and even judged upon, without any involvement from the criminal justice system. The most obvious of these cases involved Lord Lester of Herne Hill. The eminent Human Rights lawyer, and former Liberal Democrat spokesman on Human Rights, was found culpable of sexual…

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26.11.18

Solicitor struck off following profanity-stricken tirade

Luke Stephen Venton has been struck off the Roll by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) following convictions for drink driving and possession of a class B drug, failure to notify the Solicitors Regulation Authority (‘SRA’) about these convictions and offensive and threatening language in communications with the SRA, other solicitors and third parties. Mr Venton…

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5.11.18

Aaron Banks, Leave.EU, the NCA and the Electoral Commission

Last week, the Electoral Commission referred Brexit campaigner Aaron Banks, his 2016 organisation Leave.EU, and his senior colleague Liz Bilney to the National Crime Agency (NCA). The purpose of the investigation is to discover whether electoral laws were broken regarding Leave.EU’s referendum funding during 2016, and also whether Mr Banks and Ms Bilney knowingly concealed…

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15.10.18

Manslaughter sentencing guidelines published

The first definitive guidelines for manslaughter offences will come into force on 1 November 2018.   The guidelines will apply to all offenders over the age of 18 who fall to be sentenced on or after that date.  Corporate manslaughter offences are not covered in this guideline and continue to be dealt with under guidelines issued…

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29.09.18

Leading media lawyer to face SDT over alleged ‘offensive and profane’ comments on social media

Mark Lewis, a solicitor who undertook pioneering work in bringing phone-hacking claims against the News of the World, is being prosecuted by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (‘SRA’) before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) in respect of allegations that he posted ‘offensive and profane’ communications on social media. It is alleged by the SRA that on…

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23.09.18

Barrister fined by ICO as unencrypted client data is uploaded on to the internet

A senior barrister has been fined £1,000.00 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) after unencrypted client data was accidentally uploaded to the internet by her husband. A total of 725 documents, containing information belonging to up to 250 people, were temporarily uploaded to an internet directory when the barrister’s husband was updating software on the…

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3.09.18

Failure to properly advise can amount to professional misconduct says Bar Tribunal

Given the cuts to the resources of state prosecutors, the number of private prosecutions are understood to be on the rise. It is therefore increasingly important for practitioners to be mindful of advising clients on the proper test for bringing a private prosecution including any associated risks.  The Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service’s recent suspension of…

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16.06.18

Professional misconduct finding upheld against QC who used offensive remarks during appeal

A criminal silk has lost his appeal at the High Court against a finding by the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS) of professional misconduct. The original disciplinary tribunal bought by the Bar Standards Board took place in May 2017 and found that Howard Godfrey QC, a member of 2 Bedford Row (1970 call, 1991…

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16.05.18

Solicitor struck off for unintentionally aiding criminal activity

Neil Bolton has been struck off the roll of solicitors in disciplinary proceedings that followed his conviction and nine months’ imprisonment for seven counts of failing to comply with Money Laundering Regulations and one count of failing to disclose information in the Regulated Sector. The criminal and disciplinary proceedings came as a result of an…

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