Friday, November 18, 2011

In Practice: Regulation, cooperation and termination

Three stories this week caught my eye:

Firstly, Solicitors Journal reported that the SRA has called for all legal services to be regulated. This surely makes sense. It's not just about a level playing field - if the public (many of whom I suspect would think that all legal services are already regulated) are entitled to protection from some legal services providers, then shouldn't they be entitled to protection from all?

Secondly, solicitors also of course face the possibility of investigation by the Legal Ombudsman, as Howard Young found to his cost, when he was fined £5,000 plus £15,500 costs by the High Court, for not responding to the Ombudsman’s request for information and “apparently ignoring the ombudsman’s process entirely”. Mr Young has the distinction of being the first lawyer to be fined for failing to cooperate with the Ombudsman.

Thirdly, the biggest news of the week was undoubtedly the order of the High Court requiring Rick Kordowski to "cease, forthwith, to publish the website solicitorsfromhell.co.uk". I'm sure there are some who will breathe a sigh of relief at this news. Others, however, may be disappointed at the demise of a source of much amusement within the profession. Either way, things will never be quite the same.

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