SRA investigates Giambrone Law partners over advice on Italian property deals

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  • Having experience of this firm and Italian lawyers I believe the SRA and the UK have no powers over lawyers from overseas and they can pretty much do what they want. UK solicitors have to pay fees and go through so many hoops to satisfy SRA rules it is simply unfair the difference the way non-uk lawyers are exempt.

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  • As an ex-client of the defunct Giambrone Law LLP (which was finally wound up by HMRC) I agree with the above comment.

    There is no control of overseas firms who can operate in the UK with absolutely no oversight.

    It is totally unfair to properly regulated UK legal firms.

    Law firms should be treated like Financial Services firms. i.e. it should be illegal for non-UK firms to market in the UK unless they have passed the proper UK exams.

    In Italy there was a well known route to "qualification" where student Lawyers could pass exams by paying to sit in an "examination" where the examiner dictated the full answers to budding candidates. It is of liitle suprise that some of these "Lawyers" are not up to the same standards of UK trained Lawyers.

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  • This man and his firm still owe me money and trying to get it back seems impossible. Surely the European Union counts for something. How can a citizen of a member state, behave in such a way, that another member state citizen can be"robbed" of their life savings and then simply hide behind the laws of their so called primary residency. Surely robbery is robbery in any language. When are we, in the Uk going to start playing the same game other memeber states play and get a way with it. I agree with the previous 2 posts and either lets start playing by their rules or do something about our own, otherwise people like Gabriele Giambrone will do it all over agin once the good times come round again.

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  • I needed advice on how to do an Italian will, so my friend recommended giambrone law. I gave them a call and spoke to a lovely lady called carol, she was very helpful.
    so i decided to instruct giambrone law and the process was very quick, i had my italian will done within 2 weeks.
    I recommend them as i found them very helpful and the process was very quick.

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  • can anyone here give an opinion of how efficient this law firm is in dealing with the Finanzas Forex Scam in Panama. I keep emailing them and there is no reply. No news at all since they offered to act in a group case.

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  • As an Italian lawyer, I would like to reply to the commenter who stated the following: "In Italy there was a well known route to "qualification" where student Lawyers could pass exams by paying to sit in an "examination" where the examiner dictated the full answers to budding candidates. It is of liitle suprise that some of these "Lawyers" are not up to the same standards of UK trained Lawyers".

    Dear Sir, I do not know Mr. Giambrone, nor do I intend to defend him. I never heard of his law firm before, as there are only few - and way bigger - Italian law firms operating abroad, normally under the supervision of at least one local trained partner.
    But what can assure you is that in Italy there is no such "well known route to qualification" as you depicted. There is no way to pass the Italian Bar examination by paying and receiving dictated "full answers", as the written part of the said examination is simultaneously held by all candidates, it is completely anonymous and needs to be checked and scored by a commission different that the one administering the examination, months later, in another Italian region. After several months, candidates passing the written part are admitted to take the oral examination in front of the first commission. This "open doors" examination is like a public hearing, it takes place in front of any interested person and/or admitted or rejected candidate.
    So please abstain from making such offensive and ignorant consideration of the Italian legal profession, and stop bragging around about the supposed higher standards of UK trained lawyers.
    I did not follow Mr. Giambrone's case against SRA, but based on what I read on this article, I can tell you that I have many doubts about his statement that: “This involves the whole legal profession. If we were based in Italy doing the same thing there would not be regulatory matters.”
    We do have conduct rules about clients' accounts, plus we have conduct rules imposing on Italian lawyers who are practicing abroad a duty to be informed about and follow the conduct rules of the country where they are practicing and/or offering legal advice.
    Ignorance is not an excuse for him not to comply with SRA rules, as much as it is not an excuse for you to make offensive statements about our profession.

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