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Woman steals lawyer's identity and opens her own law office
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13 January 2015

A woman from Utah has been arrested and charged with identify theft after she stole a lawyer’s identity and represented a client in court.

Karla Carbo, 29, posed as real lawyer Karla Stirling when she represented a client on a theft matter in a district court in Utah, stealing Stirling’s bar number. But it’s probably not the first time, as police say that Carbo has appeared in several court proceedings, representing herself as a qualified lawyer. It is also alleged that she opened her own practice and hired a man who recently passed the bar to work for her. She was rumbled when the district court contacted Stirling in relation to the theft matter, and Stirling had no idea what they were on about.

     



The fake and real Stirling.
At least they both share the same Christian name. 



Stirling, a business lawyer who practices in California, told Deseret News that she’s never done criminal work and “there shouldn’t be any court files with my name or my bar number in Utah whatsoever”. She added, “it’s been shocking to hear that there’s been somebody else whose [sic] doing this with my name and my bar number”.

Carbo is charged with one count of identity theft, two counts of forgery and one count of communications fraud. She is being held at Summit County Jail, with bail set at $25,000. 
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Do your Xmas shopping and support the London Legal Support Trust
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27 November 2014

Friends of RoF, legal charity The London Legal Support Trust is part of Easy Fundraising: a website which enables you to support good causes by shopping online.

http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk works in a similar way to many other loyalty shopping sites, but instead of earning points when you shop, you raise a donation for your cause instead.

   





She's got the hang of it



Over 2,000 retailers participate in the scheme, including Amazon, John Lewis and Apple. A full list of retailers can be found here. These retailers donate a percentage of the value of your online purchase to your chosen charity. For example, John Lewis will donate 1%, Amazon 1.5%, The Body Shop 6%.


For more information, please visit the London Legal Support Trust website.


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The exodus of ULaw continues: DAC Beachcroft latest firm to defect
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17 October 2014
The University of Law has lost its contract with DAC Beachcroft.

DAC has signed up for a year with ULaw's rival BPP instead. Trainees currently studying their GDL and LPC at ULaw will continue their course at the former charity, but future intakes, and anyone else recruited for a 2016 start date, will be sent to BPP.

     
ULaw's house band, yesterday
         

DAC may have a relatively small intake, of around ten trainees a year, but it marks yet another in a string of firms to abandon ULaw. In 2013 the university lost Allen & Overy to BPP, representing 90 trainees a year. And in September Clifford Chance signed up to a three year contract with the breaded cat, taking hundreds of profitable students equating to millions of pounds with it.

Nobody from the University of Law was available to comment.
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Mugshot of the week
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30 September 2014


One man's reaction after being arrested for bank robbery:

 


Michael Whitington was arrested and remains in police custody after he robbed a bank in Denver, Colorado. At least he's taking the news well.
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Injustice Art Exhibition
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24 September 2014

Join the London Legal Support Trust, in association with Arts for Justice, for the 'I N J U S T I C E' Open Charity Art Exhibition.

At La Galleria, 30 Royal Opera Arcade, London SW1Y 4UY

Visit and view the paintings for free from 29th September - 3rd October 2014, 10.00am - 7.00pm.

The exhibition will feature 70 innovative works of art that will make you ponder the definition of 'injustice'.

 


Tickets are also available for:

Opening Event: Tuesday 30th September, 7pm - 9pm     (£10 full price, £5 concession)

Award Ceremony: Thursday 2nd October 2014, 7pm - 10pm     (£10 full price, £5 concession)

Award for Best Painting: £1,500
Award for Best Sculpture: £1,500
Bloomsbury Professional People's Prize: £500

Invited Artists: Joe Machine, Eleanor Watson, Bartholomew Beal, Pippa Blake

To purchase tickets please contact Natalia@llst.org.uk or visit the LLST website. All proceeds will go to London Legal Support Trust, a registered charity that supports law centres and legal advice agencies in their work to help the most vulnerable in society.

Click here to view the gallery of entries.



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Firm uses Don King baby look-a-like to advertise itself
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17 September 2014

Welcome to the homepage of London firm McMillan Williams:

 

What you're looking at is not just a giant baby's head modelled on Don King, it's a visual representation of the stages of life to illustrate the firm's practice area  'Money & Finances'. And there's more creative examples: 

        
    


Can you match the nightmarish picture with the relevant sector: Family & Children, House & Home, Police & Defence, Injury & Health, Workplace & Commercial?*

Seen anything weird, laughable or out-of-the-ordinary? Send it in to RoF Towers.

*Answers: (1) Injury & Health (2) Police & Defence (3) Workplace & Commercial (4) House & Home (5) Family & Children.


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Former Linklaters paralegal jailed for defrauding the firm out of £86,000
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08 September 2014

A paralegal who worked at Linklaters for over ten years has today been jailed for 12 months after he admitted fleecing the firm out of £86,000.

Raza Kanval, 36, fraudulently photocopied a number of signed invoices to benefit his friend, Karim Rashid, who was paid twice for the work his company did for Linklaters. Rashid’s business DK Dimensions Ltd was struggling, and at Linklaters’ expense Kanval thought he’d throw him a life line. But it backfired as Rashid blew it on gambling and socialising.

    "I knew I should have put it on 17 black"


Kanval was suspended from the magic circle firm in March 2012 and was dismissed later that year. He admitted one charge of fraud at the Old Bailey. A Linklaters spokesman said “we now regard the matter closed and have no further comment to make”.  .... read more >
Kingsley Napley partner bears uncanny resemblance to Max Branning
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03 September 2014

Kingsley Napley partner Angus McBride lets off steam after the gruelling trial of the century defending Rebekah Brooks:

 
 


Does your boss bear an uncanny resemblance to someone famous? Or do you work with a celeb look-a-like? Let Auntie RoF know.
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Ride the Olympic Velodrome with an Olympic champion
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28 August 2014

Legal charity and friends of RoF, the London Legal Support Trust, are giving away an exclusive opportunity to ride the Olympic velodrome with world and Olympic champion, Dani King.

Date: Thursday 11 September
Location: Lee Valley Velodrome
Time: Various slots available between 12.30pm - 6pm


Enjoy:

- an hour of track time with Dani King and training from the Lee Valley coaches;
- an hour of lunch or afternoon tea whilst taking part in a Q&A with Dani;
- a personalised signed photo of you and Dani;
- a chance to purchase framed action shots from the track session and;
- bring along spectators (but an additional cover charge will be made for their food).

 


You could win (or buy) the opportunity to take part in this amazing event whilst raising funds for two great causes: Legacy 300, who support Team GB athletes and LLST, in their work to raise much needed funds for providing free legal advice to the vulnerable in London and the South East.

You have only one week to secure your place, so please either:

Click here to buy your raffle ticket(s) - 1 raffle ticket (£5) or 5 raffle tickets (£20)

Or

Click here to reserve your place(s) - 1 place (£450) or 5 places (£2,000)

The raffle will end at midnight on Wednesday 3 September and the winner will be announced on Thursday 4 September.

If you are reserving a place there are only 16 places in each session, so if you are keen get in there quickly!

For more info please contact Natalia at LLST natalia@llst.org.uk. 


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Firms battle it out for Dragon Boat glory
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21 August 2014

Six law firms are battling it out in this year's Dragon Boat Race, in support of the charity Back Up Trust which helps transform lives after spinal cord injury.

Edmonds Marshall McMahon, Irwin Mitchell, Leigh Day, New Quadrant Partners, Stewarts Law and Withers are among the 14 teams competing for dragon boat glory. There are also teams from the banking sector with Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC and Barclays taking part as well.

 


The event is taking place at Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre on 4th September from 4.30pm. Back Up Trust offers peer-mentoring, wheelchair skills training and activity courses to those affected by spinal cord injury. The event is expected to raise over £20,000 but every little helps, so get behind your winning team:

Withers: https://www.justgiving.com/Withers2/

Edmonds Marshall McMahon: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/EdmondsMarshallMcMahon

Irwin Mitchell: https://www.justgiving.com/Sevim-Ahmet1/

Leigh Day: https://www.justgiving.com/LeighDayforBackUpDragonBoatRace/

New Quadrant Partners: https://www.justgiving.com/Natalie-Ruse/

Stewarts Law: https://www.justgiving.com/StewartsLaw-DragonBoat2014/

Stewarts Law were victorious last year. It's team captain Hugh Johnson said, "The dragon boat race sums up what Back Up do so well - there’s teamwork, togetherness, achievement and above all, fun. We can’t wait to defend our title in 2014 – Bring it on!"



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