Lutfur Rahman, the disgraced former mayor of London’s Tower Hamlets borough, was today struck off the roll of solicitors and handed an £86,400 costs order.
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found all allegations put forward by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to be proven, bringing an end to a case which dates back nearly three years.
Rahman, a family law specialist, was ordered to vacate his position of mayor in 2015 after an election court found him guilty of illegal and corrupt practices.
The SRA subsequently charged Rahman with failing to uphold the rule of law and administration of justice, failing to act with integrity and failing to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in him and in the provision of legal services.
On the third day of a hearing, a three-person tribunal this morning found Rahman liable on all counts.
Rahman, a solicitor of 20 years, was a partner at London firm McCormacks Law for eight years before becoming Tower Hamlets’ first directly elected mayor in 2010.
Representing the SRA, counsel Ed Levey of Fountain Court Chambers said yesterday that the SDT should take account of the election court’s findings when deciding on the merits of the disciplinary case. Levey said the ‘magisterial’ court ruling against Rahman should give ‘conclusive weight’ to the SDT.
At the start of this week’s hearing Rahman failed to adjourn the case on the grounds that he could not find a representative and did not feel able to represent himself. He added that an application to amend a judicial review into the election court’s findings was still pending.
He did not attend the proceedings.