A solicitor sentenced to five years in prison earlier this year has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Kamran Malik, formerly of AKZ Solicitors, was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court in February for four counts of money laundering, four counts of mortgage fraud and one count of perverting the course of justice. AKZ Solicitors was based in Alum Rock, Birmingham.

In a case brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the tribunal found that Malik’s convictions meant he had failed to uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice, failed to act with integrity, and failed to behave in a way that maintained the trust the public placed in him and in the provision of legal services.

As well as striking him off, the SDT ordered him to pay £2,752 costs.

Gordon Ramsay, the SRA's director of legal and enforcement, said: 'Mr Malik used his position as a solicitor to engage in criminal activity. Solicitors hold positions of trust and have a duty to uphold the rule of law. Mr Malik’s offences show he abused that position of trust, so the tribunal’s decision is entirely appropriate.'

Malik has 21 days from the publication of the tribunal’s judgment to appeal.