Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

News of the World

​Former News International lawyers face SDT

11 August 2014By

Former Harbottle & Lewis partner Lawrence Abramson and former NI in-house lawyer Jon Chapman will appear before the SDT in October.

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​‘Out of control’ solicitor struck off

30 July 2014By

Andreas Erthodos Alexandrou has been ordered to be struck off by the SDT after being found guilty of 14 charges of misconduct.

SDT: Graham Andrew Welsby

28 July 2014

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £1,000.

SDT: Paul Francis Fallon

28 July 2014

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

SDT: Kimberley Bridge, John Charles McNabb, Tracy Stansfield and Nicola Roach

21 July 2014

The SDT ordered that the first respondent (admitted 1996) should be struck off the roll; that the second respondent (admitted 1981) should pay a fine of £2,000; and that the third respondent (admitted 1994) should be reprimanded.

SRA interventions

21 July 2014

The latest interventions.

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Solicitor suspended over boiler-room scam

17 July 2014By

Andrew Greystoke signed off the approval of 50 UK investment advertisements issued by unregulated Spanish stockbroker firms.

High Court

Ex-Times lawyer to appeal SDT suspension

15 July 2014By

Administrative court confirms it will hear Alastair Brett’s appeal against his six-month suspension next week.

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High Court dismisses appeal against SDT fine

11 July 2014By

Former sole practitioner warned against pursuing further court action. 

‘Conflict of interest’ solicitor struck off

4 July 2014By

Timothy Schools, of Preston firm ATM Solicitors, was struck off in after the tribunal found 10 allegations proven against him.

SDT: ​Salina Jayne Yildiz (aka Salina Jayne Jones)

30 June 2014

• Application 10997-2012 • Admitted 2006 • Hearing 13-17 January, 24, 26, 27 February and 20 March 2014 • Reasons 28 May 2014

​SDT: Ashok Kumar Sancheti

30 June 2014

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

SRA interventions

30 June 2014

Rogers & Co

SDT: Katherine Anne Edwards

23 June 2014

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

SDT: ​Michael Gerald Dotchon

23 June 2014

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

SDT: ​Abiodun Oludare Odunlami

23 June 2014

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

​SDT: Majed Iqbal

23 June 2014

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be prohibited from having his name restored to the roll except by order of the SDT.

​SDT: Lesley Eleanor Almond

23 June 2014

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for three years from 25 March 2014.

SDT: ​Ranbir Singh Bains

23 June 2014

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

SDT: ​Aurangzeb Iqbal

23 June 2014

 The SDT ordered that the applicant’s application for restoration to the roll should be refused.

SDT: ​Chukwugozi Reeves Elumogo

23 June 2014

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £4,000.

SRA interventions

23 June 2014

The latest interventions from the SRA.

SDT: Alan Charles Crickmore

16 June 2014

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

SDT: Respondent M

16 June 2014

The SDT ordered that the applicant’s application for the determination of the indefinite suspension imposed on him on 30 July 2012 should be granted and that he should be subject to the following conditions.

SDT: Dennis Henry Dudley

2 June 2014

The SDT dismissed the allegation against the respondent and made no order.

SRA interventions

2 June 2014

The latest interventions made by the SRA.

SDT: Mary Yolande Priyani Fernando

30 May 2014

The SDT ordered that the application dated 11 February 2014 for permission to enforce the order for costs in the outstanding sum of £16,500 made on 19 January 2010 should be granted, to the extent that permission was given to enforce the costs by obtaining a charging order over the property of the respondent, but not to pursue an order for sale.

Jeffrey Tesler

Solicitor struck off for facilitating $1m Nigeria bribes

19 May 2014By

Jeffrey Tesler was convicted over bribery charges in the US state of Texas.

SDT: Manoj Kumar Aggarwal

5 May 2014

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

SDT: Joanne Elizabeth Coughlan

5 May 2014

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

SDT: Richard Caplan

5 May 2014

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

SDT: James-Guy Jacobs

5 May 2014

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

SDT: Ziad Al Rawi

5 May 2014

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

SDT: Isaac Agyemang Baffour

5 May 2014

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

SDT: Applicant 1

5 May 2014

The SDT ordered that the application of the applicant for the determination of the indefinite suspension imposed on him as a result of a SDT order made on 20 December 2007 should be granted.

SRA intervention

5 May 2014

The latest intervention filed by the SRA.

SRA interventions

28 April 2014

The latest interventions made by the SRA.

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Solicitor struck off for misuse of £400k client funds

17 April 2014By

Burnley practitioner guilty of nine counts of dishonesty.

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Solicitor struck off for dishonestly handling client money

14 April 2014By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal describes case as ‘about as serious as it gets’.

SDT: Shahrokh Mireskandari, Caroline Sara Turbin and John Hugh Bell

7 April 2014

The SDT ordered that the first and second respondents should be struck off the roll and that the third respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for 12 months to commence on 21 June 2012.

SDT: Aminta Sherine Silva, Karen Gail Rieveley and James Mark Tompkins

7 April 2014

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

SDT: Tevfick Souleiman

7 April 2014

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

SRA intervention

7 April 2014

The latest intervention filed with the SRA.

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Former City solicitor struck off

4 April 2014By

Paul Francis Fallon was ordered to pay £160,000 costs.

SDT: Glen Bartlett

31 March 2014

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

SDT: Unnikrishna Aiyappan Pillai

31 March 2014

The defendant was ordered to pay costs of £3,679.

SDT: Peter Chahal

31 March 2014

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

SRA intervention

31 March 2014

The latest intervention made by the SRA.

SDT: Denis Francis McKay and Stuart Roger Turner

24 March 2014

The SDT ordered that the first respondent (admitted 1976) and the second respondent (admitted 1992) should both be struck off the roll.

SDT: Rani Malathi Samarakkodi Bulathwela

24 March 2014

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for 18 months to commence on 12 February 2014.

SDT: Brian Lewis Barso, Kevin Underwood and Matthew Phillips

24 March 2014

The first respondent was ordered to pay costs of £100,000. The second and third respondents were each ordered to pay costs of £10,320.

SDT: Gary Donald Smith

24 March 2014

• Application 11175-2013 • Admitted 2001 • Hearing 29 January 2014 • Reasons 27 February 2014

SRA interventions

24 March 2014

The latest interventions from the SRA.

SDT: Case One: David Albert Thomas, Muhammad Ali Shah and Riaz Ahmed/Case Two: Ismat Bint-E-Ahmad Din and Muhammad Ali Shah

17 March 2014

• Applications 11063-2012, 11067-2012 • Hearing 7-9 January 2014 • Reasons 21 February 2014

SDT: Tariq Ali

17 March 2014

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £1,521.

Southwark Crown Court

Jailed solicitor struck off after £2m client theft

11 March 2014By

SRA confirms £250,000 paid out so far to victims. 

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Four solicitors struck off at SDT

10 March 2014By

SRA says action had to be taken to maintain ‘total confidence’ in legal profession.

SDT: Kenneth Richard Harris

10 March 2014

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

SRA interventions

10 March 2014

The latest interventions from the SRA.

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Benchmark test for charging

3 March 2014By Phil Palmer

A recent SDT case underlined the importance of ensuring charges are not confusing or opaque.

More SDT and interventions

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