News | BREAKING | Online probate beta testing to be extended to solicitors this autumn

Concerns over potential for abuse by ‘unscrupulous applicants’ 20 September 2017 Solicitors will be invited to join the courts service’s private beta testing stage for online probate from this autumn, Solicitors Journal can reveal. The online probate application form entered into private beta testing on 15 June for personal applicants in simple cases. “The project is still on target to launch into public beta for … Continue reading News | BREAKING | Online probate beta testing to be extended to solicitors this autumn

News | Retired insolvency practitioner accepts rebuke for latter day failings

Clear regulatory history and undertaking never to work as an insolvency practitioner again was a proportionate way of resolving the issue, says SRA 6 September 2017 A retired insolvency practitioner has been rebuked for regulatory breaches that occurred in the last few years of a stain-free 30-year career. Martyn Evans’ licence to act as an insolvency practitioner automatically lapsed in October 2015 when the Solicitors … Continue reading News | Retired insolvency practitioner accepts rebuke for latter day failings

News | Solicitor who backdated letter in ‘sheer panic’ spared strike-off

Medical evidence in ‘unique and wholly exceptional case’ found to be ‘both compelling and persuasive’ 5 September 2017 A solicitor who backdated a letter to cover for her failure to serve a claim form on time was exceptionally spared strike-off on medical grounds. “The respondent’s misconduct had been extremely grave and had it not been for the strong medical evidence, the outcome would have been … Continue reading News | Solicitor who backdated letter in ‘sheer panic’ spared strike-off

Blog | Trivial pursuits: can you steer your clients off costly court battles?

How can we stop neighbour disputes finding their way to court, wonders Jean-Yves Gilg 4 September 2017 Neighbour disputes are not popular with judges and the Dickinsons’ case will do little to change that perception. A dispute, that can only be described as trivial, escalated into a four-year legal battle that could cost the couple as much as £200,000. Last month the Court of Appeal … Continue reading Blog | Trivial pursuits: can you steer your clients off costly court battles?

News | Family lawyer who fabricated letters ‘with the intention to mislead’ struck off

Tribunal orders solicitor to pay regulator’s costs of £32,000 23 August 2017 A family law solicitor has been struck off for fabricating and backdating letters after the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found she had provided no credible explanation as to how the letters, which she claimed had been sent weeks earlier but were never received, had been created. Claire Margaret Wheeler was an associate at Bridge … Continue reading News | Family lawyer who fabricated letters ‘with the intention to mislead’ struck off

Blog | Public legal education: just in case, just might work

Public legal education isn’t just for ordinary people, it could be good for law firms too 14 August 2017 If the last Cameron government was marred by drastic cuts to legal aid with no plan to provide alternative access to justice, Theresa May’s could turn out to be the one that comes up with the outline of a solution. There are questions still. About how … Continue reading Blog | Public legal education: just in case, just might work