Trending news articles on the Gazette this week…


1. Nearly 500 law firms targeted by fraudsters in new email scam

SRA warns solicitors to be wary after revealing increasing numbers of reports of attempted cyber-crime.

2. Gambling addict ‘borrowed’ £1.2m from client account reserves

Tribunal hears behaviour was out of character for experienced sole practitioner, but finds dishonesty proved.

3. Women’s Day: solicitor-advocate makes the bench at just 31

Briony Clarke is the youngest female judge at the age of 31.

4. PI discount rate u-turn fear

Insurers immediately labelled the decision ‘crazy’, while claimant lawyers stressed the ‘minus’ formula is vital for clients with life-changing injuries.

5. Court upholds ban against solicitor whose evidence was ‘not credible’

Deidre Newell-Austin had attempted to challenge her striking off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.