Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

Decisions filed recently with the Law Society, which may be subject to appeal.

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Wills solicitor fined over £75,000 gift from 'insistent' client

22 February 2019By

Tribunal hears client ‘relentlessly’ insisted that he wanted to help with solicitor’s liabilities.

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'Catastrophe? It was much worse than that': Solicitor recalls CoA trauma

19 February 2019By

Tribunal opts to reprimand lawyer who was ‘entirely unprepared’ for appearance before three appeal judges.

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SDT decisions

18 February 2019

Decisions filed recently with the Law Society (which may be subject to appeal).

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Consultant forgot client had paid £900 into personal bank account

15 February 2019By

London solicitor fined after tribunal hears he requested payment amid concerns about a flight-risk client.

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Juniors demand answers from SRA on protection from ‘toxic’ work environments

13 February 2019By

Concern over strike-off rulings in Sovani James and Emily Scott cases.

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Novice solicitor banned for perverting course of justice

13 February 2019By

Mohammed Riaz had attempted to get a witness to drop assault complaint made against his brother.

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SDT decisions

11 February 2019

Decisions filed recently with the Law Society (which may be subject to appeal).

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Trusts solicitor let her daughter live in late client's property

6 February 2019By

Michelle Hind banned after tribunal finds several allegations proven against her.

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Decisions and SRA interventions

4 February 2019

Decisions filed recently with the Law Society (which may be subject to appeal)

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Strike-off for paying tax bill with £90,000 of client money

30 January 2019By

Stockport solicitor acted to avoid being served with a bankruptcy notice, SDT hears.

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Solicitor banned for evading £650 in train fares

29 January 2019By

Adam Kemeny was caught by a ticket inspector after skipping fares for three months.

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SDT bars whistleblower despite 'horrendous' work environment

28 January 2019By

Three solicitors at closed North Lincolnshire firm struck off after £150,000 SRA investigation.

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Decisions and SRA interventions

28 January 2019

Decisions filed recently with the Law Society (which may be subject to appeal).

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High Court backs SDT over defendant claiming depression

25 January 2019By

Alexis Maitland Hudson was struck off for misconduct and dishonesty by Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal last year.

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Court upholds £20k fine for partner over abusive immigration claims

15 January 2019By

Director of London firm did nothing to stop abuse of process, despite his responsibility as compliance officer, appeal rules.

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Panama Papers solicitor fined £45,000

15 January 2019By

Khalid Mohammed Sharif failed to do background checks on two politically exposed persons.

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Solicitor fined £5,000 for describing complainant as a 'nutter'

14 January 2019By

Tim Bennett said he was the subject of a vexatious litigant and apologised for his conduct.

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Disgraced ex-solicitor denied return to roll for a third time

11 January 2019By

Iqbal had run a claims management company during his ban which had been fined for making unsolicited calls.

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False sicknote solicitor avoids strike-off after tribunal shows mercy

7 January 2019By

Sandia Pamma had catalogued a series of devastating life events affecting her health.

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Solicitor who did not pay counsel appeals order to strike him off

3 January 2019By

Tribunal found three allegations of dishonesty proved following three-day hearing in November.

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Solicitor who failed to correct judge's belief she was a barrister is struck off

2 January 2019By

Bina Maistry arrived late in court and proceeded when her client was under threat of a wasted costs order.

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Solicitor who accepted gifts including ‘torch and coat’ struck off

21 December 2018By

Robert Perry should have told client to seek independent advice, tribunal finds.

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Solicitor fined after approving 378 referral payments for RTA claims

20 December 2018By

Tribunal finds Lancashire practitioner did not act dishonesty or without integrity.

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Mark Lewis: judgment reveals SDT considered reprimand

18 December 2018By

Media lawyer was fined for sending abusive tweets to people who had threatened him.

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Struck off: solicitor who involved client in defence without telling her

18 December 2018By

Norwich director had faced a £10,500 claim for unpaid disbursements after failing to cancel expert witnesses booking.

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Ban for 'cavalier' solicitor who sat in on client's medical

17 December 2018By

Bradford practitioner also acted dishonestly in seeking to influence ex-partner’s evidence.

Defence solicitor struck off after conviction for tax evasion

14 December 2018By

London lawyer sought to argue there had been collusion between the police and SRA.

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Decisions and SRA interventions

10 December 2018

Decisions filed recently with the Law Society (which may be subject to appeal)

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Decisions and SRA interventions

10 December 2018

Decisions filed recently with the Law Society (which may be subject to appeal)

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SRA under fire for Lewis prosecution as solicitor receives outpouring of support

3 December 2018By

Regulatory body was ‘covered in shame’, Simon Myerson QC tweeted.

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Crowdfunders rally behind Lewis after 'offensive' tweets fine

27 November 2018By

Media lawyer, who was responding to antisemitic abuse, was fined £2,500 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

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Mark Lewis fined £2,500 for offensive tweets

26 November 2018By

High-profile lawyer responded to abusive messages on social media by wishing death on his abusers.

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Decisions and SRA interventions

26 November 2018

Decisions filed recently with the Law Society (which may be subject to appeal)

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Lewis: prosecution is 'disgraceful' considering hate campaign against me

22 November 2018By

Tribunal hears application to have allegation dropped on the basis that the SRA did not highlight the context of Mark Lewis's tweets.

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SDT reveals 10% costs rise as extra cases flood into the system

22 November 2018By

Part of the increase is due to an additional 25 cases related to sexual misconduct which will require an additional 81 hearing days.

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Sweary solicitor who told the SRA 'You will never regulate me' is struck off

19 November 2018By Gazette reporter

Devon practitioner had collected three convictions since his admission in 2012.

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SDT should take an integrity-based approach

19 November 2018By John Gould

The law’s current approach to dishonesty cases in the profession does not serve the interest of the individual in question or the wider public.

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Jailed principal who faked claim against ex-employee accepts strike-off

16 November 2018By

Diljit Bachada was also found to have perverted the course of justice.

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Directors fined £40k after not paying disbursements while firm collapsed

14 November 2018By

Three Liverpool solicitors make agreed outcome with the regulator after fallout from firm’s closure.

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A career has ended. But did the public need Sovani James to be struck off?

13 November 2018By

This was a sustained spell of dishonesty. But the factors creating this behaviour have long since gone.

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SDT decisions

12 November 2018

Decisions filed recently with the Law Society (which may be subject to appeal)

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Ban for dishonest sole practitioner who overbilled clients

9 November 2018By

Joanne Gordon also occupied premises she was supposed to be renting out for estate beneficiaries.

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SRA chief declines to reveal costs of failed Leigh Day appeal

7 November 2018By

Paul Philip says seven-week hearing which attracted huge publicity was ‘just another case’.

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Convicted benefits fraudster struck off

7 November 2018By

Non-practising solicitor continued to deny dishonesty after her conviction.

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Jailed solicitor banned after child abuse convictions

2 November 2018By

Glen Bartlett used his status as a solicitor to convince victim he would not be believed.

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'Public would sympathise' with stressed solicitor who turns dishonest, court told

1 November 2018By

Submissions close with counsel for former TLT associate urging judges not to strike him off.

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SRA tells High Court: Mental illness not an excuse for dishonesty

1 November 2018By

Hearing continues as regulator attempts to secure strike-off of three solicitors.

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Lying junior lawyer was working in 'abominable' conditions, judge says

31 October 2018By

SRA appeals for junior lawyer to be struck off after deception which lasted 17 months.

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SDT wrong to deny man with mental illness an adjournment, court finds

30 October 2018By

Hearing had gone ahead in the absence of the respondent despite medical report having been submitted.

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Solicitor admits paying £102k from caravan business into firm's account

30 October 2018By

Family lawyer told investigators she was ‘shocked’ to learn how much she had been paid by her separate business.

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Decisions and interventions

29 October 2018

Decisions filed recently with the Law Society (which may be subject to appeal)

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Misconduct while ill: difficult choices for the regulator

25 October 2018By Gideon Habel

The SRA should consider alternatives to the disciplinary process.

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SRA v Leigh Day: the fallout

22 October 2018By David Barton

Appeal shows the need for proposed changes to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal to be resisted.

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Decisions and SRA interventions

22 October 2018

Decisions filed recently with the Law Society (which may be subject to appeal)

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Ban for solicitor who covered up his mistakes

15 October 2018By

Martin Burnett forged signatures and created documents to avoid difficult conversations with clients and employers.

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Decisions and SRA interventions

15 October 2018

Decisions filed recently with the Law Society (which may be subject to appeal)

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Solicitor banned for practising long after his firm's closure

11 October 2018By

Sole partner was investigated by the SRA after other firms flagged up their concerns.

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Lower standard of tribunal proof would not help the public, says Society

8 October 2018By

Representative body comes out firmly opposed to a lower civil standard of proof at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

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SRA appeals ruling on 'overcharging' solicitor

5 October 2018By

Regulator also challenges SDT over decision to clear a second respondent.

Dishonest solicitor 'manipulated and groomed' vulnerable client

4 October 2018By

Neil Aiston had acted for his client for 40 years but breached trust placed in him.

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