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Murdochs Solicitors successfully resists SRA Appeal to the Court of Appeal

April 20, 2018

On 17th March 2018, the Court of Appeal dismissed the SRA’s application to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal against the decision of Lord Justice Simon and Mrs Justice McGowan in SRA v Kadurugamuwa [2017] EWHC 2245 (Admin). Despite Lord Justice Simon expressing in the Administrative Court that the SRA’s application for permission … Read More

Murdochs Solicitors maintains Legal 500 ranking as a leading firm in Professional Discipline

October 12, 2017

Legal 500’s 2017 publication says the following about us : Murdochs Solicitors provides ‘reliable, detailed, and robust advice’ in defending solicitors and other legal professionals facing investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and proceedings before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The practice’s experience extends to acting in voluntary practice closures, appeals to the Administrative Court, and compliance … Read More

Murdochs wins award for Most Oustanding Professional Discipline Law Firm

January 11, 2017

Murdochs’ three-strong professional discipline & regulation team, Andrew Blatt, Robert Forman and Nick Trevette have been recognised in the Acquisition International Excellence Awards 2016, winning the award, ‘Most Outstanding Professional Discipline Law Firm’. Murdochs’ team specialises in disciplinary and regulatory issues faced by solicitors, its core work involving, the representation of solicitors in Solicitors Regulation Authority investigations … Read More

Murdochs ranked in Chambers UK 2017 for Professional Discipline

November 3, 2016

Murdochs’ three-strong Professional Discipline team has maintained its ranking in Chambers & Partners UK 2017. This is what Chambers has to say about us : What the team is known for Niche team specialising in solicitors’ professional discipline, acting exclusively in the defence of solicitors. Particular expertise in SDT proceedings, SRA forensic investigations and voluntary practice … Read More

SRA Warning to the Profession – Disciplinary risk to solicitors acting in high-yield investment schemes

September 21, 2016

The SRA has today issued a repeat warning about solicitors acting in high-yield investment schemes. http://www.sra.org.uk/sra/news/press/investment-schemes-warning-notice-2016.page?src=rss That the SRA have today felt it necessary to repeat a warning given in 2013 is indicative that law firms’ involvement in such schemes remains problematic, and that more than just a handful of firms are involved. Of course not … Read More

Murdochs wins Solicitors’ Discipline & Regulation award in Global Awards 2016

May 20, 2016

Murdochs have been announced as winners of the Solicitors’ Discipline & Regulation award in Corporate LiveWire’s Global Awards 2016. Murdochs’ three-strong professional discipline & regulation team, Andrew Blatt, Robert Forman and Nick Trevette specialise in disciplinary and regulatory issues faced by solicitors, its core work involving, the representation of solicitors in Solicitors Regulation Authority investigations and … Read More

Murdochs Solicitors winners of ‘UK – PROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE & REGULATION LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR’

April 13, 2016

Murdochs’ three-strong professional discipline & regulation team, Andrew Blatt, Robert Forman and Nick Trevette have been recognised in the ACQ5 Law Awards 2016, winning the award, ‘UK – Professional Discipline & Regulation Law Firm of the Year’. Murdochs’ team specialises in disciplinary and regulatory issues faced by solicitors, its core work involving, the representation of solicitors … Read More

Murdochs ranked as leading firm in Professional Discipline by Chambers UK 2016

October 30, 2015

We are pleased to announce that our three-strong Solicitors Professional Discipline team are recognised in Chambers UK 2016’s latest rankings, published today. Andrew Blatt and Robert Forman are additionally ranked as leading individuals in the field. Should you wish to speak to one of our team, please contact Andrew Blatt or Nick Trevette on 020 8530 7291 … Read More

Murdochs maintains Legal 500 ranking for Professional Discipline

September 17, 2015

Murdochs’ three-strong Professional Discipline team, Andrew Blatt, Robert Forman & Nick Trevette maintain their Legal 500 UK ranking in September 2015’s release. Legal 500 say, ‘Murdochs Solicitors primarily represents solicitors, with a particular focus on defending clients at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and during SRA Forensic Investigations. The ‘sympathetic and understanding’ senior partner Andrew Blatt is … Read More

Seminars on SRA Investigations, Disciplinary Proceedings & Professional Indemnity Insurance

February 4, 2015

Following last year’s successful seminars in Birmingham, Leeds, London & Manchester, come and hear Robert Forman and Andrew Blatt speak once again on SRA Investigations & Disciplinary Proceedings for MBL Seminars http://bit.ly/1LLueif  These are the dates : Manchester 10th March 2015 (Robert Forman) London 12th March 2015 (Robert Forman) Birmingham 27th May 2015  (Andrew Blatt) Bristol … Read More

Murdochs Solicitors retains ranking in Chambers UK 2015 for its work in Professional Discipline

October 31, 2014

This is what Chambers has to say about us … Murdochs Solicitors Basic facts about the department – 2 partners – 1 other qualified lawyer – Recommended office locations: London What the team is known for Handles professional discipline matters relating to the legal services sector. Defends solicitors in disciplinary tribunals and investigations. Strengths (Quotes … Read More

Murdochs maintains Legal 500 UK ranking for Professional Discipline

October 6, 2014

Murdochs’ three-strong Professional Discipline team, Andrew Blatt, Robert Forman & Nick Trevette maintain their Legal 500 UK rating in this October 2014’s release. Legal 500 say, ‘The ‘honest and approachable’ Andrew Blatt is a senior partner at Murdochs Solicitors, which specialises in representing solicitors.’

Murdochs Solicitors ranked as leading firm for Professional Discipline in Chambers & Partners UK 2014

November 1, 2013

Chambers & Partners UK released their 2014 rankings this week, Murdochs maintaining its ranking as a leading firm in Professional Discipline. Andrew Blatt was ranked as a leading individual and Robert Forman an Associate to Watch. Chambers said the following about Murdochs :- Strong solicitors’ discipline practice, routinely appearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Strengths (Quotes … Read More

How should the SRA respond to Co-Op Legal Services’ £3.4m losses?

September 23, 2013

This article first appeared on Lexis Nexis PSL on 18th September 2013 Practice Compliance analysis: Is the loss suffered by the Cooperative Legal Services Ltd (CLS) in the first half of 2013 a significant indicator of the state of the deregulated legal market? Robert Forman, senior associate at Murdochs Solicitors, considers the issues. What prompts … Read More

Solicitors Professional Regulation : SRA gives green light to client inducements

July 12, 2013

This article first appeared on Lexis PSL in July 2013. Robert Forman was interviewed by Duncan Wood at Lexis Nexis What are inducements? Firms looking to get a leading edge on their competitors have been offering gifts such as £250 cashback, an iPad or shopping vouchers to attract clients’ business, usually, their personal injury claims. … Read More

The importance of specialist representation in SRA investigations and at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

April 18, 2013

In these difficult economic times solicitors being investigated or prosecuted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority may be tempted to self-represent or rely on that trusted colleague for pro-bono representation, but as their career and reputation are at stake this is likely to be a false economy. A Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal specialist understands the nuances of … Read More

Solicitors Regulation : Innocent breaches of the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 punished in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

January 29, 2013

The SRA prosecute breaches of the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 on a strict liability basis. This is their (and the Tribunal’s) interpretation of Rule 6. Consequently solicitors referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for breaches of the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 (and its predecessor rules) have no option but to admit to technical breaches even … Read More

Solicitors Discipline : Profitable Punishment

November 23, 2012

Solicitors facing allegations at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal should pay close attention to the costs claimed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The starting point is to say that if you are wholly successful in defending proceedings brought by the SRA, you are unlikely to face a costs order. Oddly, you are also unlikely to recover … Read More

Solicitors’ Discipline : Will you be held to account?

November 13, 2012

The risk of you appearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) may be greater than you think. Here’s why : The statistics In the period 1st May 2011 to 30th April 2012, of all the allegations substantiated at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) 34% related to breaches of the Solicitors’ Accounts Rules[1] (SAR). A further … Read More

Outsourcing as a tool for the COLP and COFA

November 12, 2012

At the Lawyers Defence Group we are regularly asked how firms can reduce the chance of regulatory action. Historically firms have only turned their attention to compliance and risk management following an SRA investigation, or significant PI claim. With the new so called ‘Outcomes Focused Regulation’ the SRA have given notice that responsibility for compliance … Read More