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SRA publishes new Enforcement Strategy

Authorities & Faculties / 11th Feb, 2019

We have published an updated Enforcement Strategy, which explains when and how we would take action against a law firm or solicitor.

The Strategy aims to provide the public and profession with greater clarity on how we decide whether to act in a given case, and what factors we consider in deciding the seriousness of misconduct and th…

Knights invests in new Manchester office to support...

Legal & Law Firm / 11th Feb, 2019

Knights, one of the UK’s fastest growing legal and professional services businesses, today announces that it is investing in a new office in the centre of Manchester to support the Group’s plans to significantly increase its presence over the next year.

Knights will relocate from Hollins Chambers to Two St Peter’s Square, a h…

Life in the UK Test – What is it and when is it...

Legal & Law Firm / 9th Feb, 2019

A Life in the UK test is ordinarily required for both ILR and citizenship applications.

The Life in the UK test was introduced in 2005 for citizenship applications and 2007 for ILR applications.  The plans were first introduced in 2002 by the then Home Secretary David Blunkett.

You do not need to take the test if you:

  • are under 18;
  • are 6

Social Housing case update | Smailes &...

Legal & Law Firm / 8th Feb, 2019

The Claimants purchased the leasehold of a flat in a converted Victorian building. The lease that they signed contains an absolute prohibition on…

Weightmans represented the Claimants, Mr Smailes and Mrs Poyner-Smailes in this claim brought against their landlord, Clewer Court Residents Limited. The Claimants purchased the …

BSB agrees new transparency rules for the Bar

Authorities & Faculties / 7th Feb, 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) last night agreed new rules to improve transparency standards for barristers’ clients. Subject to Legal Services Board (LSB) approval, the new rules will come into
force in May 2019, with compliance spot-checking by the regulator starting from 2020.

Responding to Competition and Markets Auth…

Diversity at the Bar improved steadily during 2018 but...

Authorities & Faculties / 7th Feb, 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today published its annual report on diversity at the Bar. The report shows that progress was made in 2018 with regard to both diversity at the Bar and to the disclosure rates of barristers providing data.

While the diversity of barristers is improving, the report shows that more needs to be done to impr…

Retention of data: Catt v The United Kingdom 2019,...

Legal & Law Firm / 30th Jan, 2019

The court determined that whilst the police were justified in collecting data they were not justified in retaining Mr Catt’s data in this case.

Executive summary

The court determined that whilst the police were justified in collecting data they were not justified in retaining Mr Catt’s data in this case and in such circumstance…

BSB seeks new members for its Advisory Pool of Experts...

Authorities & Faculties / 29th Jan, 2019

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is recruiting new members to its Advisory Pool of Experts (APEX).

The BSB uses APEX for advice and support, to help us develop policy and make regulatory decisions. APEX is made up of a diverse group of people, from a wide range of backgrounds, who are experts in their respective fields.

The BSB is now lookin…

BDB Pitmans advises Quadrise fuels international on £1.5...

Legal & Law Firm / 29th Jan, 2019

BDB Pitmans acted for Quadrise Fuels International plc (Quadrise), on its fundraise which has raised £1.5 million (Placing). The results of the fundraise were announced on 21 January 2019 and the proceeds will be used to support Quadrise’s continued development and its planned transition into commercial operations.

Quadris…

Quickie Divorces Present New Fear For Grandparents When...

Legal & Law Firm / 28th Jan, 2019

Two thirds of over 60’s admit they have nothing in their will to protect their assets if their children get divorced.

According to new research, 67 per cent of the nation’s older generation of parents will leave at least £100,000 in their will.

But with quickie divorces on the rise, their hard earned money and assets could be lost t…

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