Trending news articles on the Gazette this week…

1. Stressed and working for free: barristers blame solicitors for extra workload

Perception that solicitors are ’doing less than previously’ in criminal cases cited in Bar Council report on working lives.

2. Clifford Chance investigation under consideration, says SRA

Regulator says it is examining evidence about firm’s handling of report into Royal Bank of Scotland’s restructuring group.

3. High Court refuses appeals from two struck-off solicitors

One solicitor argued the SDT proceedings were unfair, the other said the tribunal’s decision was wrong.

4. Solicitor struck off for failing to safeguard ‘sacrosanct’ client account

Mark Howdle ‘harmed public confidence in the profession’ by failing to protect client money, tribunal rules.

5. New advice on VAT for property searches

Firms ’may wish to follow HMRC’s guidance’ pending upper court decision, Law Society says in latest advice on Brabners.