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Personal injury lawyer struck off for telling staff to fake signatures

A personal injury lawyer who persuaded other employees to fake client signatures and lied about it in court has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Lesley Dee Layton also “directed the creation” of a claim form containing an accident date “which she knew to be untrue”.

October 24th, 2017 | No Comments »

LSB warns regulators over mis-selling risk with damages-based agreements

The Solicitors Regulation Authority, Bar Standards Board and other regulators must consider whether action is needed to ensure that damages-based agreements are not mis-sold to consumers, the Legal Services Board has warned.

February 15th, 2013 | Comments Off on LSB warns regulators over mis-selling risk with damages-based agreements

SRA approves first costs specialist ABS

Just Costs has become the first specialist costs practice to become an alternative business structure (ABS) after being awarded its licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The solicitors’ firm has nearly 100 staff based at offices in Manchester, London and Chesterfield.

January 23rd, 2013 | Comments Off on SRA approves first costs specialist ABS

Solicitor removed from roll after setting up unregulated insurer to provide clients with ATE

A personal injury solicitor who set up an unregulated offshore insurance company to provide after-the-event policies for clients has removed himself from the roll after making an unusual deal with the Solicitors Regulation Authority that means it is the equivalent of being struck off.

August 20th, 2012 | Comments Off on Solicitor removed from roll after setting up unregulated insurer to provide clients with ATE

Jackson: should contingency fee lawyers be liable for defendant's costs?

Work is needed to determine whether solicitors who offer contingency fees could find themselves on the hook for a successful defendant’s costs, Lord Justice Jackson said last week. He said a working party might be needed to resolve outstanding issues.

May 23rd, 2012 | Comments Off on Jackson: should contingency fee lawyers be liable for defendant's costs?

Litigation funder raises more cash as SRA advises solicitors on value of code of conduct

The third-party litigation funding market received another boost yesterday after a funder raised a new tranche of money to put into cases. However, the SRA has told Legal Futures that solicitors are not under a requirement to choose funders that comply with the new voluntary code of conduct.

July 30th, 2011 | Comments Off on Litigation funder raises more cash as SRA advises solicitors on value of code of conduct