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  • 17 Feb 2024 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Police Scotland is investigating potential fraud at a failed law firm.

    McClure Solicitors, which was founded in Greenock in 1853, went into administration about three years ago. The work of the firm, which also operated in the north of England, was taken on by Jones Whyte.

    Campaign group Victims of McClure Solicitors argues that the failed firm fraudulently managed a number of family protection trusts.

    https://www.scottishlegal.com/articles/police-investigate-collapsed-firm-mcclure-solicitors-over-allegations-of-fraud


  • 07 Feb 2024 3:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    US law firm Dechert is set to pay more than £3m to a US aviation entrepreneur as settlement of a fraud and conspiracy lawsuit in London.

    Farhad Azima had a long-running dispute with Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA) dating back to 2016 as the sovereign wealth fund alleged Azima was liable for fraudulent misrepresentation and conspiracy.

    https://www.cityam.com/law-firm-dechert-set-to-pay-3m-to-settle-english-fraud-and-conspiracy-claim/


  • 07 Feb 2024 3:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A solicitor from Swindon has been jailed after stealing tens of thousands of pounds from two vulnerable people.

    Alison Griffiths, 55, of Sheerwold Close, Stratton, Swindon, appeared at Swindon Crown Court after pleading guilty to two counts of fraud by abuse of position.

    https://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2024-02-03/solicitor-jailed-after-stealing-84000-from-elderly-clients


  • 20 Jan 2024 10:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is unlikely to make a decision regarding any potential prosecutions against lawyers involved in the Post Office scandal until after the inquiry has concluded, it confirmed today.

    https://www.legalcheek.com/2024/01/sra-wont-rush-to-prosecute-post-office-scandal-lawyers/#comment-section


  • 18 Nov 2023 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Seven people have been arrested by fraud investigators as part of a criminal investigation into collapsed law firm Axiom Ince and around £66 million of missing client money.

    https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/uk-news/2023/11/14/seven-arrested-as-sfo-launches-probe-into-suspected-fraud-at-law-firm-axiom-ince/

  • 03 Nov 2023 1:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act gives Companies House a huge range of new powers to help disrupt economic crime and increase trust in the companies register in the biggest upgrade of its service in close to 180 years.

    https://www.solicitorsjournal.com/sjarticle/robust-laws-passed-to-fight-corruption-money-laundering-and-fraud

  • 29 Sep 2023 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A devout Christian solicitor who stole £1.85 million from his clients' accounts, in a bid to chase a Spanish lottery winnings he had been scammed into believing he'd won, has been jailed for four years.

    Hugh Lansdell, 74, was a senior partner at Norfolk firm Hansells when he stole the money between 2015 and 2017.

    The disgraced solicitor believed 'God had answered his prayers' when he received a letter saying he was in line for £825,000 jackpot, but could only receive the winnings after making a £41,000 payment for 'non-resident tax'.

    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/devout-christian-solicitor-who-stole-nearly-2m-from-clients-to-chase-spanish-lottery-jackpot-he-had-been-duped-into-believing-that-he-d-won-is-jailed-for-four-years/ar-AA1hbHud


  • 24 Sep 2023 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A former solicitor who defrauded clients at his firm of almost £2 million has been jailed.

    Hugh Lansdell, 74, was today (22 September 2023) sentenced to four years imprisonment at Norwich Crown Court for committing fraud by abuse of position over almost a two-year period.

    https://www.cps.gov.uk/cps/news/former-solicitor-jailed-defrauding-clients-almost-ps2m


  • 06 Aug 2023 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Legal professional privilege should not apply in a case where there is a “very good arguable case” that a client used global firm DLA Piper’s services to assist a fraud, the High Court has ruled.

    https://www.legalfutures.co.uk/latest-news/high-court-removes-privilege-in-fraud-claim-involving-top-law-firm

  • 28 Jul 2023 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The cost-of-living crisis is encouraging “opportunistic” personal injury fraud, with “professional enablers” designing “cynical ‘conveyor belt’ processes” to maximise fake or exaggerated injuries, according to a leading law firm.

    https://www.legalfutures.co.uk/latest-news/professional-enablers-fuelling-opportunistic-personal-injury-fraud

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