Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor who abandoned his firm is banned

29 July 2016By

Blackburn practitioner Sabir Hussain left a trainee to handle ongoing matters and failed to wind down the practice.

Thirlwall

Judge orders SDT to try again after botched strike-out

29 July 2016By

Mrs Justice Thirlwall says the prosecution case was not an abuse of process.

SDT: Stephen Jackson

25 July 2016

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

SRA intervention

25 July 2016

Latest intervention made by the regulator.

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‘Pillar of the community’ fined £10k for accounts breaches

22 July 2016By

Howard Norman allowed his firm to be used as a banking facility for wealthy clients.

Blackertue

Alan Blacker set to challenge SDT strike-off ruling

19 July 2016By

Solicitor-advocate says reasonable adjustments were not made to account for his disabilities.

Bankstatement

Solicitor with ‘misplaced trust’ in employee wife is suspended

18 July 2016By

Tribunal hears Abdul Hafezi had no control over client account matters.

SDT: Andrew Neil Stephenson

18 July 2016

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £3,600, not to be enforced without leave of the SDT.

SDT: Matthew Garnett John Roddan

18 July 2016

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

SDT: Rajendra Mashru

18 July 2016

The SDT made no order against the respondent, having found that none of the allegations against him had been substantiated.

SRA interventions

18 July 2016

The latest interventions made by the regulator.

johnhyde

Did it really cost £86k to break Alan Blacker?

15 July 2016By

Solicitor was rightly struck off, but the nature and weight of the case seems disproportionate.

Alan blacker

‘Harry Potter’ lawyer struck off for accounts breaches and false statements

13 July 2016By

£86,000 costs order against solicitor-advocate Alan Blacker, also known as Lord Harley. 

Alan Blacker

SRA tells tribunal: Alan Blacker lied and he knows it

12 July 2016By

Three-day hearing into solicitor-advocate's conduct opens in his absence.

SDT: Nato Zondagh and David Carvalho

11 July 2016

The SDT ordered that the first respondent (admitted 2007) should pay a fine of £12,000 and that the second respondent (admitted 2009) should pay a fine of £3,000.

SDT: John Michael Malins

11 July 2016

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

SRA interventions

11 July 2016

Regulations made recently by the regulator.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor ‘plundered’ £20k to cover lost legal aid income

8 July 2016By

Bridgend clinical negligence specialist's firm started to struggle when legal aid funding was pulled, tribunal hears.

Sdtsignnew

Shiner’s next SDT hearing will be private

6 July 2016By

Details of allegations and future dates of hearings still not made public.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor who stumbled onto illegal porn suspended

30 June 2016By

Clitheroe practitioner had not intended to find indecent images on websites that claimed to feature over-18s.

SDT: Fiaz Siddique and Abid Khan

27 June 2016

The SDT ordered that the first and second respondents should each pay a fine of £1,500.

SDT: Kim Singh Landa

27 June 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £5,000.

SDT: Olufemi Akinwole Olujinmi

27 June 2016

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

Sdtsignnew

Sole practitioner struck off for £100k accounts errors

22 June 2016By

Misconduct included lending an iPad to a third party leaving access to client accounts, tribunal hears. 

Martyn Day

Leigh Day tribunal hearing set to last seven weeks

20 June 2016By

Today’s case management hearing revealed the SRA is handling 20,000 documents relating to the case.

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Accountant banned after stealing £32,500 from law firm

20 June 2016By

Andrew Stephenson set up his own account to transfer the money from client accounts.

SDT: Steven Ronald Shepherd

20 June 2016

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

SDT: Alexander Karim Khan

20 June 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £5,000.

Sdtsignnew

DLA partner fined £15k over ‘despicable’ sexist emails

14 June 2016By

Nick West had replied to a string of emails from a friend based at the Premier League.

Emailhand

SDT demands transparency from SRA over sexist email case

14 June 2016By

Tribunal rejects regulatory settlement after admissions by DLA Piper partner.

Sdtsignnew

‘Naïve’ law firm directors fined £15,000 at SDT

13 June 2016By

Managers of new firm admitted failing to keep accounting records properly written up.

SDT: Claire Eugenie Flood

13 June 2016

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

SDT: Rajesh Babajee

13 June 2016

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

SDT: Darryl Vas

13 June 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £15,000, and should be subject to conditions.

SRA intervention

13 June 2016

Latest intervention made by the regulator.

johnhyde

Sleepwalking into an SDT civil burden of proof

10 June 2016By

The SRA has used the fraud taskforce to push its agenda – and the government has let it.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitors struggling to run businesses go rogue – SDT

9 June 2016By

Tribunal report shows increase in applications and strikeoffs, with solicitors who lack ‘rounded skills to run a business’ most common category of alleged offender.

SDT: Shashi Patel

6 June 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £5,000.

SDT: Andrew Lee

6 June 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £5,000.

SDT: Bernadette Teresa McDonald

6 June 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £10,000, and further that she might not practise as a sole practitioner or sole manager or sole owner of an authorised body.

SDT: Laura Catherine Holloway

23 May 2016

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

SDT: Osman Sadiq

23 May 2016

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

SDT: Eshrat Saddiq

23 May 2016

The SDT ordered that the order made against the respondent on 12 September 2013 should be varied.

SDT: Stephanie Berry

23 May 2016

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

SDT: Matthew Charles Curtis

23 May 2016

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

SDT: Ismat Bint-E-Ahmad Din

23 May 2016

The SDT ordered that the applicant’s application for the removal of a condition that she might not practise as a sole practitioner, imposed on 9 January 2014, should be granted.

SDT: David Fenton Wingate and Steven Edward Evans

9 May 2016

The SDT ordered that the first and second respondents should each pay a fine of £3,000.

SDT: Edgar Stephen George Thomas

9 May 2016

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

SDT: Hubert James

9 May 2016

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

Sdtsignnew

Tribunal ‘appalled’ after SRA’s late deal with charged solicitor

6 May 2016By

SDT says it was ‘baffled’ as to why the regulator had not tried to obtain a witness statement from a key figure.

SDT: Respondent J

2 May 2016

The SDT ordered that the application for revocation of a section 43 order imposed on the applicant should be granted.

SDT: Colin Nasir

2 May 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £6,000.

SDT: Konstantinos Adamantopoulos

2 May 2016

The SDT was satisfied that it was necessary and proportionate to make a section 43 order against the respondent. His misconduct in relation to billing and attempting to bill his clients for his personal expenses was serious.

SDT: David Michael Merrick

2 May 2016

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

SDT: Nicholas Marray

2 May 2016

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

SDT: Edward Hugh Johnson and Harry Naughton

2 May 2016

The SDT ordered that the first respondent should be struck off the roll; and that the second respondent should pay a fine of £1,000.

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‘Rehabilitated’ ex-solicitor denied readmission

28 April 2016By

'Highly commendable' progress does not count as an 'exceptional circumstance', disciplinary tribunal rules. 

Sdtsignnew

Tribunal increases solicitors’ punishment after SRA appeal

27 April 2016By

Matter was returned to the SDT last September after the divisional court agreed the case should be reheard.

SDT: Huseyin Arslan

25 April 2016

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal ordered that the application of the appellant for revocation of a section 43 order made by the Solicitors Regulation Authority should be granted with effect from 11 February 2016.

SDT: Kamran Adil and Paul Ifeanyi Okafor Iwezulu

25 April 2016

The SDT ordered that the first respondent (granted registered foreign lawyer status in 2012) should be struck off the Register of Foreign Lawyers. The SDT ordered that the second respondent (admitted 2008) should be reprimanded, and further that he should be subject to a condition.

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