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Do TV Legal Dramas Represent Real-Life Diversity?

From BBC’s The Split to NBC’s Law and Order, lawyers are prominent figures in the media and on television. However, conflicting representations of what lawyers look like on our screens can make it hard to know whether what we’re seeing is an accurate portrayal...

SRA makes whistleblowing easier as part of SLAPPs work

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) says it will make whistleblowing easier as part of its ongoing work on strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs). The regulator also revealed it has opened more than 20 cases against firms being investigated for possible wrongdoing over so-called SLAPP...

Partner fined after charitable trusts used client account as bank

A partner at BDB Pitmans has been fined after allowing two charitable trusts to use his firm's client account as a bank.     Jonathan Brinsden accepted the £2000 fine from the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in a regulatory settlement agreement. He will not face a disciplinary...

Scam alerts: Emails have misused the name Attwells Solicitors LLP

Emails have been sent out which falsely claim to be from 'Attwells Solicitors LLP'. The email address 'justin.howlett@atwellsolicitors.co.uk' has been used to warn people regarding unpaid fees allegedly owing to a commercial property agent. Further emails from 'laura.smith@attwells.com' have also been sent in connection with a...

SRA boosts maximum financial penalty to £25,000

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is set to increase financial penalties up to £25,000 on law firms and solicitors falling short of professional standards. Fixed penalties will be introduced for lower-level breaches, which will mean cases such as administrative failings can be dealt with more quickly. Last...

UK law firms admit gaps in training and preparation against cyberattacks, new Menlo Security research reveals

Only a third have read industry guidance on how to deal with a cyberattack Minority of firms updated security training to address new services and ways of working New research among 150 legal professionals in the UK published today suggests that the risk of...