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Twitter cries foul

Dropping the ball can hit solicitors where it really hurts: their wallets, writes John van der Luit-Drummond

17 June 2016

Just as the majority of England football fans are trying to avoid being tarred with the same brush as a minority of hooligans causing trouble abroad, lawyers would be forgiven for keeping a low profile of late. It has, after all, been a rough week for the 'solicitor' brand.

In what was an open goal for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), sports television rights specialist Nicholas West has been fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £12,000 in costs by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal after the DLA Piper partner was found to have exchanged a host of sexist and offensive emails with a client.

Meanwhile, Olswang was shown a yellow card for its role in the collapse of retail giant BHS. Appearing before a joint parliamentary committee, the store's former owner, Sir Philip Green, blamed the 'respected' firm for lending Dominic Chappell 'vital credibility' in ...

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