The former principal solicitor at the now defunct Bolton-based Asons Solicitors has appeared before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT), where he is facing charges related to personal injury cases.
Kamran Akram, who was present at this morning’s hearing, is to answer charges including acting where there was a conflict of interest and of inflating costs.
During opening arguments, Geoff Williams QC, for Akram, requested more time so that they could consider the SRA’s skeleton argument.
Williams noted that the arguments had only been filed on Friday – leaving little time for him to brief Akram on the contents.
Rory Dunlop, on behalf of the SRA, said the skeleton arguments included a large volume of witness statements which took time to finalise.
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 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.
- Provided misleading information to the court and/or the SRA in relation to the false and inflated claims.
- 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.
The hearing is expected to last for eight days. Akram is expected to deny all charges.