A Kent solicitor who was jailed earlier this year for his part in a land fraud has been struck off the roll.
Dale Walker, whose firm was closed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in 2014, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison in June for acting in a collective investment scheme which defrauded 110 investors of more than £4.3m. The court heard that Walker received nearly £900,000 from the scheme.
On Wednesday the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found that Walker had breached principles 1, 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011, having been convicted of two criminal offences:
1. Aiding and abetting the carrying on or purported carrying on of a regulated activity in the United Kingdom without authorisation or exemption, contrary to sections 19 and 23(1) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.
2. Possessing criminal property, contrary to section 329(1)(c) of the Proceeds of Crimes Act 2002.
As well as being struck off, Walker was ordered to pay costs of £3,150.