Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

Teessidecourt

Solicitor gets three years for client cash fraud

26 September 2016By

Noel Pugsley misappropriated £203,785 to fund fake compensation payouts.

SDT: Mark Bryon Smeed

26 September 2016

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

SDT: Christopher Tomos Hale

26 September 2016

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

SDT: Nicholas William West

26 September 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £15,000.

SDT: Kim Sharon Egoh and Armaghan Jamal Khalique

26 September 2016

The SDT ordered that the first and second respondents (both admitted 1996) should each pay a fine of £2,000.

SDT: Stephen William Climo

26 September 2016

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

Sdtsignnew

Renowned clin neg solicitor struck off over costs

23 September 2016By

The tribunal finds dishonesty not proved but upholds several charges against Marcus Nickson.

SRA sign inside The Cube

‘Shambolic’ SRA criticised by tribunal

21 September 2016By

Regulator under fire over case against solicitor who used client account as ‘banking facility’.

Alan Blacker

SDT explains Blacker rehearing decision

21 September 2016By

Tribunal refused application for a rehearing earlier this month.

Sdtsignnew

‘Mentally disturbed’ solicitor who gave immigration advice struck off

20 September 2016By

Flora Magdaline Mendes gave immigration advice despite being suspended.

SDT: William Derek Snowdon

19 September 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for six months.

SDT: Norman Luper

19 September 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for an indefinite period to commence on 8 June 2016.

Pound coins sterling

Unpaid SDT costs now run into millions

19 September 2016By

In 2015 just £404,131 has been paid out of £1.7m ordered by the tribunal.

SDT: Duncan Neil Gibbins, Matthew Roy Edmund Dean and Nicola Klimkowski

12 September 2016

The SDT ordered that each of the respondents (each admitted 2000) should be struck off the roll.

SDT: Alan Blacker

12 September 2016

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

SDT: Regina Spio-Aidoo

12 September 2016

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

SDT-sign

Solicitor who backdated letters to hide mistakes is struck off

8 September 2016By

PI specialist with 16 years’ experience backdated letters on six occasions over a three-year period.

Alan blacker

Alan Blacker loses SDT rehearing bid

6 September 2016By

Half-day hearing adds £7,500 to struck-off solicitor-advocate's costs bill. 

SDT: Abdul Aziz Hafezi

5 September 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for 12 months.

SDT: Victoria Louise Robinson

5 September 2016

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

SDT: Howard Samuel Norman

5 September 2016

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

SRA intervention

5 September 2016

Latest intervention filed with the regulator.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor faces £46k prosecution bill despite charges being found unproven

2 September 2016By

SDT says solicitor’s conduct was ‘not entirely blameless’.

SRA

Attwells senior partner referred to SDT

26 August 2016By

Solicitors Regulation Authority says allegations against Nicholas Aldous Attwell are unproven.

Sdtsignnew

Struck-off solicitor ‘has something to offer profession’, SDT says

25 August 2016By

Mark Bryon Smeed created and sent correspondence to the Legal Aid Agency and his client that was false and/or misleading.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor who took from deceased client is banned

15 August 2016By

Stephen Climo already jailed for 20 months after admitting five charges in 'grave breach of trust'.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor who swindled partner is banned by tribunal

10 August 2016By

Tarik Akhtar amended insurance premium quotes by thousands of pounds.

House sale signs

SRA denied £46k costs after failed fraud charge

8 August 2016By

Tribunal finds that regulator failed to stand up the two most serious allegations against conveyancing solicitors.

johnhyde

Shiner’s secret prosecution is a farce

7 August 2016Updated: 10 August 2016By

The human rights lawyer believes in transparency, doesn’t he?

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor struck off after claiming expenses for wife’s birthday

4 August 2016By

John Robert Brookes, formerly of Capsticks, also billed clients for expenses. 

Phil shiner

LAA terminates Shiner firm’s legal aid contract

2 August 2016By

Public Interest Lawyers ‘has breached its contractual requirements’, says agency.

SDT: Lawrence Nicholas Hart

1 August 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £8,500, and further that he should be subject to conditions.

SDT: Terrence Ballard

1 August 2016

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

SDT: Michael Anthony Loveridge

1 August 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for one year from 2 June 2016.

SDT: Simon Bergin

1 August 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be reprimanded.

SDT: Louise Stephens

1 August 2016

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

SDT: Sharon Pallagi

1 August 2016

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

SDT: Dalida Rajeshree Jhugroo

1 August 2016

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

SDT: Andrew Philip Thomas

1 August 2016

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

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.

SDT-sign

‘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.

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