The launch of ITV2’s reality TV show ‘Love Island’ amassed an audience of approximately 2.95 million, becoming the highest-rating programme at 9pm across all channels last Monday. Another first for the series is the inclusion of contestants with professional qualifications such as an A&E doctor and a newly qualified solicitor.
The last few years have seen an increased interest in legal ethics in England and Wales. Frances Dingwall of Legal Risk has written an excellent book Cautionary Tales: Lessons in Ethics for Lawyers. Mena Ruparel and Richard Burnham have written a book published this year entitled: How to be an ethical solicitor. Tracey Calvert has written Ethics in Law Firms: a Practical Guide. For my part, I have written a Chapter on ethics for Cordery on Legal Services and an article for the May 2016 Edition of the Law Society’s Legal Compliance Bulletin entitled Legal Ethics 2.0.
A solicitor that was suspended indefinitely by the SDT in 2005 has his application to lift suspension refused, despite practising as a lawyer abroad for 12 years.
George Babalola was indefinitely suspended by the SDT in 2005 for making claims for costs which were excessive, claiming disbursements on the basis of invoices bearing false and/or inaccurate signatures and making misleading representations to the Law Society’s investigation officer.
In a landmark Supreme Court decision, international poker star Phil Ivey has lost his final attempt to salvage £7.8 million in baccarat winnings. All five Supreme Court judges that sat to hear Ivey v Genting Casinos were in agreement that Ivey’s technique of 'edge sorting' constituted cheating and found that the casino had no liability to pay him.