29th March - Law News

2285th Edition: LawNewsIndex is a UK based news & legal articles archive focusing on Law, Lawyers, Law Firms, Justice, Legislation, Legal Ethics, Human Rights & Social Justice issues.

Today's Video Focus: Shahmir Sanni, who worked for the official Vote Leave campaign, today breaks cover to raise concerns that the group behind the knife-edge 2016 vote in favour of Brexit – including key figures now working for Theresa May in Downing Street – may have broken the law by flouting referendum spending rules and then attempting to destroy evidence.  Sanni claims that a donation of £625,000 was made by Vote Leave to an independent referendum campaign organisation called BeLeave. Sanni says that the money, which was then channeled to a Canadian digital services firm, AggregateIQ, that has links to the controversial Cambridge Analytica, violated election regulations. The donation was sanctioned by the most senior figures in Vote Leave, including campaign director Dominic Cummings and CEO Matthew Elliott

Focus of the Day Story: The Legal Services Board (LSB) has approved the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s application to introduce a centralised ‘super-exam’ for would-be solicitors, despite widespread opposition to the application. In a statement today the LSB said its approval provides the ‘framework upon which the SRA can seek to introduce new requirements for anyone wishing to qualify as a solicitor’. It means the SRA can now start the process of implementing the proposed Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The new examination is due to replace the LPC from 2020. Full story - The Law Society Gazette

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