SRA investigating immigration lawyers’ “stalling practices”

 The Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) is investigating “stalling tactics” employed by lawyers after criticisms from Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey, who has accused lawyers acting for the Rochdale grooming gang of obstructing an immigration tribunal with “sustained and marked disrespect”. He said the men’s solicitors, Nottingham-based firm Burton & Burton, who were funded with legal aid,…

Criminal justice DNA Crisis

Forensic testing tampering crisisQuestions have been raised over the privatisation of the Forensic Science Service after the company that has been carrying out tests, Randox Testing Services (RTS), was accused of deliberately manipulating samples, possibly to hit performance targets. Rogue scientists are feared to have doctored the forensic test results of hundreds of innocent people…

Will challenged in Court 

Stepdaughter in court over hoteliers £25m fortune A woman is fighting for a slice of her stepmother’s £25m fortune after her father was left just £150,000 when she died in 2014. Hotelier Pauline Milbour left 99% of her estate to her daughter from a previous marriage, despite being married to Leonard Milbour for 40 years.…

Foreign Marriage news 

MATRIMONIAL: Foreign marriage presumed valid despite absence of documentary evidence The England & Wales Court of Appeal has ruled that a Syrian couple living in England had indeed been validly married in Homs, Syria, in 1999 – despite the absence of paperwork to prove it. The husband, faced with a financial remedy claim from the…

Tax Enforcement News 

TAX ENFORCEMENT: EWCA dismisses accountant’s appeal against sentence for cheating Revenue The England and Wales Court of Appeal has dismissed Dennis Christopher Carter Lunn’s appeal against his sentence of cheating the Public Revenue. Lunn, who advised media and entertainment celebrities, was convicted in December 2015 of ‘evading more than GBP6 million in tax’ and jailed…