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  • 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.

  • 13 Jul 2023 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) reported transactions potentially involving money laundering worth over £75m to the National Crime Agency (NCA) in the last financial year.

    Small firms dominated once again, with 70% of the 24 suspicious activity reports (SARs) sent by the SRA to law enforcement involving sole practices or law firms with 10 or fewer fee-earners, and the majority relating to conveyancing.

  • 06 Jul 2023 9:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A ban on UK lawyers providing ‘legal advisory services’ to Russians comes into force today as the government ratchets up sanctions following the Ukraine invasion yet further.

  • 24 Jun 2023 11:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A solicitor who complained to his bank about a missing transfer of £189,000 has been struck off because the money was never there and he faked various documents to back up his case.

  • 07 Jun 2023 12:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Changes are coming for businesses that deal with services that are a high fraud risk, meaning law firms are one of the most affected industries. Following the government’s announcements of the impending ‘failure to prevent fraud’ offence amendment to the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill, the time to prepare is now.

  • 07 Jun 2023 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has suspended the owner of a London law firm whose “failings” resulted in two fraudulent property transactions.

    In the first, Nirosha Jayawardena was able to get the money back after she was alerted to the fraud, but the proceeds of the second were not recovered.

  • 27 May 2023 11:28 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A struck-off solicitor who issues “spurious applications and claims” in the names of “innocent litigants” has failed in his appeal against a 12-month prison sentence for contempt.

  • 16 May 2023 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Leeds solicitor has been fined after he acted for the buyer and seller of schemes that are now subject to a Serious Fraud Office investigation.

  • 14 May 2023 12:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A solicitor who described a property developer currently being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office as his law firm’s “best client” has been fined £45,000 for misconduct.

  • 14 May 2023 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The SRA Compensation Fund has paid out over £2.7m to clients of the law firm operated by Christopher Michael Bilmes, a solicitor jailed for fraud last month.

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