Legal Services Regulation and Representation

Memorial service announced for international ‘legal ambassador’ Stephen Denyer

Ceremony at London’s Temple Church to be held in honour of former director of strategic relationships at Law Society of England and Wales

The Post Office scandal’s far-reaching impact on litigation funding

Third-party funding’s role helping to expose a widespread miscarriage of justice has put it under unprecedented political scrutiny, report Ben Rigby and John Malpas

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Profession-wide initiative launched to recognise pro bono efforts of individual UK lawyers

Scheme backed by the Lady Chief Justice will name lawyers who have done 25 hours or more free work annually

Europe’s young lawyers hold special session on gender equality at landmark Istanbul meeting

The European Young Bar Association’s Spring Meeting met in Turkey for the first time in its history

‘You must not turn a blind eye to wrongdoing’ – SRA consults on new guidance for in-house lawyers

England and Wales solicitors’ regulator cites example of Post Office scandal in call for feedback on resources covering areas including reporting wrongdoing by an employer

UK legal regulators urged to prioritise policing of ethics in response to Post Office scandal

Legal ethics academic Richard Moorhead highlights risks posed by culture of ‘adversarial partisanship’ and ‘excessive zeal’ in profession

Sir Bob Neill MP among five new honorary KCs

Justice committee chair and British Red Cross legal adviser among those honoured

One solicitor appointed King’s Counsel out of 95-strong tally

Withers arbitration co-head celebrates as overall success rate for applications continues to decline

Law Society’s ‘enormously influential’ international champion Stephen Denyer has died, aged 68

Tributes paid to former Allen & Overy partner who spearheaded society’s international relations

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News | UK

Bar Council welcomes London-based barrister’s release from detention in Pakistan

Abdullah Mumtaz Kahloon is standing as an opposition candidate in next month’s general election

Petition seeks release of London barrister ‘unlawfully detained’ in Pakistan ahead of elections

Senior UK lawyers call on Bar Council to make public statement in support of missing opposition candidate

Clyde & Co fined £500k for anti-money laundering regulation breaches

Former chair of UK firm’s global marine practice group also fined for due diligence failures unearthed in 2018

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News | UK

New Bar Council chair calls for more investment in justice system ‘at the point of structural failure’

Sam Townend KC also prioritises making the profession more ‘resilient and sustainable’

Legal Services Board enlists top Northern Ireland firm to investigate oversight of Axiom Ince

Carson McDowell will examine “regulatory events” leading up to Solicitors Regulation Authority’s intervention into firm

Compensation claims over collapse of Axiom Ince hit £33m

Regulator says it hopes to avoid additional levy on solicitors by prioritising claims

US creates design patent practitioner bar as applications rise

USPTO seeks to encourage “broader participation” in bar

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News | US

SRA defends oversight of Axiom Ince and promises review of ‘accumulator firm’ supervision

Regulator says it uncovered ‘sophisticated’ suspected dishonesty including ‘falsified bank statements and letters’

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News | UK

SFO makes seven arrests amid dawn raids in connection with Axiom Ince collapse

More than 80 investigators involved in operation sparked by discovery of £66m hole in client accounts

Legal profession welcomes bill set to underscore London as leading arbitration hub

Bill implementing reform to Arbitration Act 1996 praised by arbitration professionals, but Bar Council hits back over underfunding of court system

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SRA and Law Society at odds as compensation fund levy looms over Axiom Ince intervention

Solicitors Regulation Authority concedes additional levies are likely as law soc flags ‘atypical’ business model of collapsed firm