The former principal solicitor at Bolton law firm Asons Solicitors is to face a disciplinary tribunal over allegations of acting where there was a conflict of interest and of inflating costs.
Kamran Akram, admitted in 2005, is to answer six allegations at the tribunal.
In March last year, the Solicitors Regulation Authority intervened into Asons, a personal injury firm which had been the subject of controversy over a £300,000 grant from Bolton Council. Three months later the regulator also shut down Coops Law, an offshoot company set up before Asons was closed.
According to the firm’s accounts at the time of intervention, Asons had reported a £2.1m loss for the year ending 31 May 2016.
The allegations against Akram, which are as yet unproven, are, that he:
- Caused or permitted the presentation of applications for costs in PI claims which systematically misrepresented the grade of relevant fee earners so as to increase the level of recoverable costs.
- Caused or permitted the presentation of claims for special damages which contained particulars that were false in that the event, loss or treatment alleged to have given rise to the special damages claim had not occurred or did not exist.
- Caused or permitted Asons to act in circumstances giving rise to a conflict of interest between Asons and its clients, specifically in relation to the resolution of personal injury claims.
- Provided misleading information to the court and/or the SRA in relation to the false and inflated claims for costs and special damages presented on behalf of clients of Asons.
- Caused or permitted payments of prohibited referral fees.
- Failed to run his practice or carry out his role as sole principal, COLP and COFA of Asons effectively and in accordance with proper governance and sound financial and risk management principles.
A date for the tribunal hearing is yet to be set.