Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

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Decisions and SRA interventions

24 June 2019

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

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Solicitor fined for wrongly admitting to a mistake

2019-06-21T15:52:00+01:00By

Mohammad Homayon Reza must pay a £5,000 fine and £17,000 in costs.

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SDT refuses to drop conduct case against Freshfields partner

2019-06-19T09:51:00+01:00By

Counsel for Ryan Beckwith had argued that the SRA investigation was flawed and that the prosecution an abuse of process.

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Freshfields partner urges SRA to drop conduct case over ‘contaminated’ evidence

2019-06-18T13:31:00+01:00By

Married partner alleged to have lacked integrity in engaging with junior colleague.

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Solicitor suspended after asking secretaries to backdate files

2019-06-18T09:58:00+01:00By

SRA withdraws allegation of dishonesty and agrees suspension after solicitor opts not to return.

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Solicitor struck off for ‘effectively stealing’ from experts and counsel

2019-06-17T11:34:00+01:00By

Martyn Brown held on to almost £70,000 that should have been paid out in professional disbursements and ATE insurance.

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Tribunal finds director ignored duties as long as the money came in

2019-06-17T05:42:00+01:00By

Law firm boss James O’Connor and solicitor Giles Robertson both struck off.

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Call to abolish ‘lack of integrity’ disciplinary offence

17 June 2019By Gazette reporter

Leading authorities on regulation describe the concept as confusing and unhelpful.

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SDT decisions and interventions

17 June 2019

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

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Solicitor struck off over hidden details from 2008 property sale

2019-06-11T10:01:00+01:00By

Clive Billington agrees outcome with the SRA after investigation years after conveyancing matter.

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Duped solicitor aided fraudster's football club bid

2019-06-10T10:53:00+01:00By

Richard Quinn said he was deceived into providing an undertaking letter and he was cleared of dishonesty.

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Solicitor told secretary to fabricate file

2019-06-07T10:26:00+01:00By

Law firm partner and long-serving legal secretary both thrown out of the profession.

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Solicitor struck off for overcharging by thousands on probate matters

2019-06-04T10:36:00+01:00By

Sole practitioner who repeatedly overcharged clients admitted to eight counts of dishonesty.

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Allen & Overy's NDA prosecution delayed

2019-06-03T11:06:00+01:00By

Case management hearing at Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over Weinstein agreement 'vacated'.

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SDT Decisions

3 June 2019

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

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Solicitor struck off nearly 25 years ago barred from rejoining profession

2019-05-29T10:35:00+01:00By

Sydney Toppin worked for two firms without regulatory approval. 

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Solicitor transferred £300k in client funds under guise of probate work

2019-05-28T07:07:00+01:00By

Michael Collier said he was motivated by a desire to keep the business running.

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Decisions and SRA intervention

20 May 2019

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

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Lying and incompetent solicitor had 'arrogant disregard' for clients' affairs

2019-05-17T09:32:00+01:00By

Wales practitioner is struck off after tribunal concludes that he told a string of lies to clients and to the SRA.

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Decisions and intervention

13 May 2019

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

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Decisions and SRA interventions

6 May 2019

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

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SRA reveals allegations against Freshfields partner

2019-05-03T11:34:00+01:00By

Regulator alleges that Ryan Beckwith should have known his actions after 'celebratory event' constituted an abuse of authority.

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SDT decisions

29 April 2019

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

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Personal injury lawyers fined for referral fee ban breaches

2019-04-26T11:36:00+01:00By

Pair insisted they were simply operating as many other PI firms do.

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Solicitor fined by tribunal after second drink-drive conviction

2019-04-24T11:04:00+01:00By

Tribunal opts to double the fine originally agreed between SRA and solicitor.

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Solicitor suspended after cannabis farm found in her home

2019-04-23T08:19:00+01:00By

Lancashire consultant was convicted last year but given opportunity to reflect on what she had done.

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Solicitor's strike-off overturned as judge cites 'lack of clarity' at SDT

2019-04-18T11:32:00+01:00By

Mr Justice Martin Spencer says the sanction against Mark Lorrell was made on a ‘wrong or false basis’.

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SDT's civil standard shift will be put to proof

2019-04-16T10:19:00+01:00By Christina Blacklaws

Law Society will closely monitor impact of lowering the standard of proof in disciplinary proceedings.

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SDT decisions

15 April 2019

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

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MP Fiona Onasanya charged with misconduct by SRA

2019-04-12T08:27:00+01:00By

Labour member for Peterborough convicted of criminal offence in December.

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Solicitor removed from roll over child abuse conviction

2019-04-12T00:01:00+01:00By

Experienced solicitor was sentenced in November last year.

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Immigration solicitor banned after sham marriage TV sting

2019-04-08T14:33:00+01:00By

Zulfiqar Ali was filmed for an ITV investigation talking about the options for someone wanting to stay in the UK.

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Lower standard of proof for errant solicitors, SDT confirms

2019-04-08T09:09:00+01:00By

Body makes decision after consultation last year - and denies this makes it easier to find solicitors guilty.

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Solicitor fined £45k for putting son's interests over other clients

2019-04-05T16:25:00+01:00By

Leaseholder clients did not see report that would have made them aware of cost of purchasing freehold.

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Overcharging solicitor struck off after £30k fine ruled too lenient

2019-04-02T15:25:00+01:00By

Andrew Good had been fined and cleared of dishonesty - but both decisions were overturned after the SRA appealed.

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'Every big firm does it': solicitor accepts ban over tax evasion scheme

2019-03-29T15:23:00+00:00By

Rodney Whiston-Dew was jailed for 10 years in 2017 after establishing trusts for investment funds.

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Judge asks: Why treat lack of integrity more leniently than dishonesty?

2019-03-29T09:41:00+00:00By

High Court judgment raises issue of why loss of integrity is not penalised as seriously at Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

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Solicitor struck off over Ecohouse Ponzi scheme

2019-03-28T06:38:00+00:00By

Charles Fraser-Macnamara banned after being found to have acted dishonestly by a tribunal.

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Solicitor led 'Ponzi' ruse to suck investors into doomed scheme, tribunal hears

2019-03-26T16:34:00+00:00By

SRA alleges Charles Valentine Fraser-Macnamara allowed misrepresentations to be made to potential investors.

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Investment scheme solicitor's SDT hearing proceeds in his absence

2019-03-26T08:46:00+00:00By

Charles Valentine Fraser-Macnamara claimed any hearing could prejudice future trials.

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SDT decisions

25 March 2019

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

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Law firm boss banned for paying ex-solicitor who had been struck off

2019-03-24T09:08:00+00:00By

SRA submitted to the tribunal that solicitor had been ‘evasive, bordering on disingenuous’ in his explanations.

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Decisions and SRA interventions

18 March 2019

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

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Solicitor emailed client own bank details out of 'force of habit'

2019-03-15T12:35:00+00:00By

Gary Ackinclose struck off the roll after being found dishonest over email to client.

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Solicitor restored to roll after eight years' rehabilitation

2019-03-12T15:52:00+00:00By

Ahmar Hussain found to be a credible and honest witness as he sought to restart his career.

Solicitor fined after lending vulnerable client £27k at 60% interest

2019-03-12T09:33:00+00:00By

Richard Barca tells tribunal he was trying to help client who faced losing her home and livelihood.

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Solicitor falsified notes then relied on them to defend negligence claim

2019-03-11T11:08:00+00:00By

Tribunal strikes off Bradford sole practitioner after finding of dishonesty.

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SDT decisions

11 March 2019

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

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Rogue solicitor banned over 'flagrant disregard' for authorisation rules

2019-03-06T11:38:00+00:00By

Alan O’Doherty ‘sought to convey the appearance of authorisation when in fact there was none’.

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Drug addict solicitor accepts ban after two convictions

2019-03-05T12:51:00+00:00By

Lee Lipson failed to report drug charges to the regulator, hears tribunal.

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Solicitor fined for not securing client files as firm shut

2019-03-04T10:02:00+00:00By

Jeffrey Allan Jackson said he could not afford to pay for the safe storage or destruction of thousands of files.

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'Stressed' solicitor used firm's money to pay out on faked judgments

2019-02-28T13:19:00+00:00By

Paula Harris, who sought to cover up lack of progress on her caseload, was convicted of fraud.

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Solicitor suspended over transfer of 6,000 files from Asons to Coops

2019-02-28T12:08:00+00:00By

Munir Majid was a former solicitor at both Asons Solicitors and Coops Law.

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Decisions and SRA interventions

25 February 2019

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

2019-02-22T10:02:00+00:00By

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

2019-02-19T12:13:00+00:00By

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

2019-02-15T10:10:00+00:00By

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

2019-02-13T17:05:00+00:00By

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

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Novice solicitor banned for perverting course of justice

2019-02-13T16:37:00+00:00By

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

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