Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

Decisions filed recently with the Law Society, which may be subject to appeal.

Alan Blacker

Blacker set for five-day SDT hearing this summer

5 February 2016By

SRA outlines extent of the tribunal time needed to bring case against solicitor-advocate who practises under the name Lord Harley. 

SDT: Tom Jenkins Merralls

1 February 2016

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SDT: John Anthony Connolly

1 February 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SDT: Reginald Walter Hemmings

1 February 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be reprimanded.

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Tribunal slashes SRA costs by £18k after ‘excessive’ prosecution

27 January 2016By

Regulator applied for £27,696 costs having failed to prove five allegations against sole practitioner.

SDT: James Prusram Ramdhun

25 January 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £500.

SDT: Jayne Elizabeth Okacha

25 January 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for two years to commence on 3 November 2015.

SDT: Jared Donald Bailey

25 January 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £2,500.

SDT: Richard Anthony Barnett and Anthony Augustine Swift

25 January 2016

The SDT ordered that the first respondent should be struck off the roll. The SDT ordered that the second respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for six months to commence on 20 July 2015.

SDT: Jeremy Humphrey Ashton Roberts

25 January 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor with ‘woeful ignorance’ of accounts rules is struck off

21 January 2016By

Firm helped to facilitate deals for diamond purchases even after a warning from the SRA.

SRA

SRA wants lower standard of proof for tribunal prosecutions

20 January 2016By

Regulator says civil burden of proof ‘has to be the right way forward’.

Liverpoolcourts

‘Without conscience’ solicitor struck off for defrauding friends

18 January 2016By

Bankrupt non-practising solicitor persuaded a friend to lend him £25,540 to resolve ‘cashflow problems’ at his firm.

SDT: Marie-Garrard Newton

18 January 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SDT: Kenneth Andrew Brough, Amin Rashid Chaudhary and Nicholas Peter William Story

18 January 2016

The SDT ordered that the first and the second respondent should each pay a fine of £5,000, and that the third respondent should pay a fine of £4,000.

SDT: Adrian Clive Harling

18 January 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SDT: Yunus Agboola Alatise

18 January 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SDT: Simon Michael Armitage

18 January 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SDT: Nowell Meller Solicitors Limited, Stephen Paul Kirwan, Jane Alison Matthewman, Deborah Faye Hackney and Andrew Hall

18 January 2016

The SDT made no order against the first respondent, ordered that the second respondent should pay a fine of £5,000; that the third respondent  should pay a fine of £2,000; and that the fourth and fifth respondents should each be reprimanded.

SDT: Christopher James Anderson and Robert Alan Ainsworth

18 January 2016

The SDT ordered that the first respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for three years to commence on 7 October 2015. The SDT ordered that the second respondent should pay a fine of £1,000.

SRA London

SRA interventions

18 January 2016

The latest interventions made by the regulator.

Sdtsignnew

High Court overturns SDT anonymity order

15 January 2016By

Solicitors Regulation Authority calls for tribunal’s policy to be reviewed.

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‘Old-school’ solicitor struck off for using client fund

13 January 2016By

Cambridgeshire practitioner claimed to have failed to keep up with changes to client accounts rules.

Sendemail

Solicitor struck off after overlooking claim

11 January 2016By

Lisa Dawn Noonan repeatedly lied to client’s husband about compensation claim’s progress.

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Tribunal’s ‘serious doubts’ about prosecution of 79-year-old solicitor

11 January 2016By

Retired sole practitioner describes experience of appearing before the tribunal as ‘extremely distressing’.

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Partner struck off for ‘web of deception’ about case progress

4 January 2016By

‘Misplaced desire to protect’ led Adrian Harling to mislead client for more than a year.

Stephen Ellis

Solicitor jailed for five years for fraud

7 December 2015By

Stephen John Ellis sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court after pleading guilty to nine counts of fraud.

SDT: Adrian Andrew Parker

7 December 2015

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SDT: John Philip Dunne

7 December 2015

The SDT ordered that as from 22 September 2015 except in accordance with Law Society permission: no solicitor should employ or remunerate, in connection with his practice as a solicitor, the respondent.

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Law firm directors sanctioned for ‘holding back’ payments

2 December 2015By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal says firm hit by late payment of legal aid fees. 

Email inbox

Partners fined over ‘crass and offensive’ emails

30 November 2015By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal says trio ‘should have known better’.

Kimberley bridge

Jailed former solicitor showed ‘little empathy’ for vulnerable

30 November 2015By

Kimberley Bridge, 44, of Burnley, was sentenced to three years and four months in jail.

SDT: Stephen John Chubb

30 November 2015

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SDT: Kanwar Bhan and Monika Narad

30 November 2015

The SDT ordered that the first respondent (admitted 2007) should be struck off the roll; and that the second respondent (admitted 2008) should be reprimanded.

SRA intervention

30 November 2015

Adjudication Panel of the SRA resolved to intervene into the practice of Andrew Philip Thomas.

SDT: ​Robert Henry Crossland Flynn

23 November 2015

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SDT: ​Sharelle Camelia Harris

23 November 2015

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SDT: ​Thompson & Lilley

23 November 2015

The practising certificates of Thompson and Lilley have been suspended with immediate effect.

SDT: Ford Legal Limited

23 November 2015

Ford’s practising certificate has been suspended with immediate effect.

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SDT strikes off solicitor who misled High Court

17 November 2015By

Marie-Garrard Newton admitted giving untrue oral evidence at the trial of a High Court action.

Brighton

Former property head struck off for ‘elaborate’ deception

11 November 2015By

Disciplinary tribunal finds equity partner Robert Flynn guilty of acting dishonestly.  

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SDT costs reach almost £3m after 69% surge in cases

9 November 2015By

New budget approved by the oversight regulator.

SDT: Philip Crowe

9 November 2015

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SDT: Stewart Christian Costello

9 November 2015

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SRA interventions

9 November 2015

The latest interventions made by the regulator.

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Struck-off solicitor 'failed miserably' in duty to protect lenders

6 November 2015By

Stephen John Chubb sanctioned by Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over misconduct in property transaction.

Alan Blacker

SRA publishes charge sheet for Alan Blacker prosecution

5 November 2015By

Blacker, who goes under the name Lord Harley, says allegations will be 'robustly defended'.

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Gambling addict who stole £14k from PI clients is struck off

5 November 2015By

Stewart Costello had arranged the transfer of money to his personal account.

SDT: Mark Christopher Ungoed Davies

2 November 2015

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SDT: Timothy Thomas Rogers

2 November 2015

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SDT: Olayemi Olive Omobolanle Daniel

2 November 2015

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SDT-sign

Solicitor struck off for aiding £4.3m investment fraud

30 October 2015By

Dale Walker currently serving time in jail for involvement in land-banking scam.

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Convicted solicitor struck off despite 7/7 trauma plea

26 October 2015By

Tribunal rules there were not ‘exceptional circumstances’ to consider anything other than strike-off.

SDT: Jean Etienne Attala

26 October 2015

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SRA interventions

26 October 2015

The latest interventions made by the regulator.

SDT: Gail Evans

19 October 2015

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

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Solicitor struck off for misleading clients about case progress

14 October 2015By

Thompsons solicitor Jean Attala lied to his clients that their case was progressing after it had been struck out due to inactivity.

SDT: Mohammed Ali Khan

12 October 2015

The SDT found no case to answer against the respondent.

SDT: William John Gregory Osmond

12 October 2015

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £10,000.

SDT: Paul Geoffrey Dean Smith

5 October 2015

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

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