Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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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Criminal solicitor cleared over 'plead guilty' advice to assault suspect

2 October 2018By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal finds the case unproven against London practitioner.

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SDT’s standard of proof should reflect sanctions

1 October 2018By Gregory Smith

If SDT wants to use civil standard of proof it should relinquish the punitive elements of its philosophy.

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SRA wants lay majority to decide fate of solicitors at tribunal

27 September 2018By

Rule change urged despite the regulator admitting it has no evidence that solicitors are biased in favour of fellow practitioners.

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'Honest mistake': dishonesty ruled out over wills gifts to solicitor

26 September 2018By

Important tests of the Ivey and Wingate approaches in prosecution of Hampshire lawyer.

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SDT: Gavin Dowell

24 September 2018

The SDT ordered that Dowell should be struck off the roll.

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SDT: Zain Ul-Aqtab Siddiqi, Afifa Kiran, Nusrat Hussain and Safdar Akhtar

24 September 2018

The SDT ordered that Zain Ul-Aqtab Siddiqi should pay a fine of £15,000, that Afifa Kiran should pay a fine of £10,000, that Nusrat Hussain should pay a fine of £5,000 and that Safdar Akhtar should pay a fine of £5,000.

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Four struck off and £250k fine as tribunal punishes Axiom misconduct

20 September 2018By

Six individuals found to have benefited personally from millions of pounds intended to fund cases.

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Solicitor oversaw 'grossly excessive' £5m costs overcharging against NHS

19 September 2018By

Hull firm founder conducted a planned and deliberate campaign to inflate costs, tribunal hears.

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SRA: interventions

18 September 2018

A roundup of interventions from 2018

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City lawyer banned over transfer of funds to personal account

18 September 2018By

Miguel Lopez was suspended and subsequently resigned just nine months after joining London office.

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SDT: Eoin William MacCarthy

17 September 2018

The SDT ordered that MacCarthy should be struck off the roll.

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SDT: Drakens Ejovi Mukoro and Gans & Co Solicitors LLP

17 September 2018

The SDT ordered that Mukoro should be struck off the roll; and that Gans & Co should pay a fine of £5,000.

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SDT: Deborah Elizabeth Daniels

17 September 2018

The SDT ordered that Daniels should be suspended from practice for 18 months from 2 July 2018.

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Solicitor fined after details emerge of fifth drink-driving conviction

11 September 2018By

Details come to attention of regulator after article sent in from the local newspaper.

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SDT: John Richard Killington

10 September 2018

The SDT ordered that Killington should be struck off the roll.

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SDT: Sunil Saggar and Khalid Muzafar Sofi

10 September 2018

The SDT ordered that Saggar should pay a fine of £5,000 and that Sofi should pay a fine of £7,501.

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SDT: Kate Helen Adamson

10 September 2018

The SDT ordered that Adamson should be suspended from practice for six months from 11 May 2018.

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SDT: Kamran Akram

10 September 2018

The SDT ordered that Akram should be suspended from practice for 18 months from 22 May 2018.

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SDT: Nathan John Ash

10 September 2018

The SDT ordered that Ash should be struck off the roll.

SDT: Maureen Chinedu Agada and Ademola Weston

10 September 2018

The SDT ordered that Agada should be struck off the roll and that Weston should be reprimanded.

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Careless talk costs careers

5 September 2018By David Barton

Yet again lawyers have been professionally sanctioned for inappropriate communications.

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Firm owner 'distracted' by legal aid claim lost control of accounts

4 September 2018By

Solicitor had brought legal action after withdrawal of his firm’s legal aid contract.

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Solicitor struck off after submitting £800,000 of 'improper' legal aid claims

28 August 2018By

Disciplinary tribunal says Daksheenie Abeyewardene has remortgaged her house to repay the Legal Aid Agency.

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Strike-off for solicitor who flouted restrictions within five days

28 August 2018By

Michael Schwartz admitted to misconduct of the ‘most serious kind’.

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Family solicitor struck off following fraud conviction

16 August 2018By

Solicitors Regulation Authority says Dianna Lee, also known as Dianna Gerald, failed to uphold the rule of law.

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Former CPS solicitor struck off for expenses conviction

12 August 2018By

Tribunal: 'It was his role to prosecute criminal acts, no indulge in them himself'.

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Solicitor banned after head-butt at youth rugby match

10 August 2018By

Gavin Dowell was also found to be dishonest over fabrications of an email sent to his litigation opponent.

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Yorkshire solicitor suspended for Twitter rants

6 August 2018By

Deborah Daniels sent offensive messages related to Islam, Catholicism and Judaism.

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SDT: ​Rebecca Harling

6 August 2018

The SDT ordered that Harling should be suspended from practice.

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SDT: ​Dominic John Peter Ingle

6 August 2018

The SDT ordered that Ingle should be struck off the roll.

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SDT: Benny John Poothavelil

6 August 2018

The SDT ordered that Poothavelil should pay a fine of £10,000.

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Solicitor struck off after two driving offences in a week

3 August 2018By

Andrew John Peters also failed to account properly for client money.

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Tribunal rejects 'fantastical' conspiracy claim as it bans dishonest solicitor

2 August 2018By

Legal aid lawyer struck off after fabricating mental health tribunal hearings and claiming the legal aid fees.

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High Court upholds solicitor's suspension after nine-year saga

31 July 2018By

Judge affirms the decision and order of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal against Coventry lawyer.

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Cocaine addict solicitor exploited firms to fund habit

31 July 2018By

Practitioner of 17 years submitted dozens of false invoices for work he never did.

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SDT: ​Philip Whitcomb

30 July 2018

Whitcomb was ordered to pay costs of £1,213.

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SDT: ​Amanda Elizabeth Davies

30 July 2018

The SDT ordered that Davies should be struck off.

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SDT: ​Giles William Benjamin Hayes

30 July 2018

The SDT ordered Hayes to pay a fine of £12,500.

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Family lawyer suspended for assaulting 'abusive' ex-boyfriend

27 July 2018By

Specialist said her experience may help her when dealing with vulnerable clients.

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Solicitor allowed website to promote firm's global credentials

19 July 2018By

Site was talking up ’award winning international firm’ before it had even been authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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A ‘broken man’: SDT says conduct of ex Asons boss justified lengthy suspension

18 July 2018By

Kamran Akram was principal at the Bolton-based firm, shut down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority last year.

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Leigh Day undermined trust in legal profession, SRA tells appeal

17 July 2018By

Six-day appeal hearing begins as regulator asks court to look again at nine allegations against human rights firm.

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Election candidate solicitor suspended over firm's PI fraud involvement

17 July 2018By

Senior partner was running for parliament at the time his south London firm was shut down.

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SDT asks if criminal standard of proof is fit for purpose

16 July 2018By

Consultation will resolve long-standing controversy over the threshold for convicting solicitors at tribunal.

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Solicitor made loans from estate while charities awaited legacy

9 July 2018By

Sole practitioner found to have acted dishonestly in his handling of deceased person’s estate.

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'Honest and credible' PI solicitor cleared of making claims without permission

2 July 2018By

Tribunal raps SRA over costs claim in case involving the transfer of untraceable clients’ money to Solicitors’ Benevolent Fund.

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Tribunal hits banned City solicitor with huge costs bill

2 July 2018By

In a 122-page judgment published last week, the SDT outlined its findings against the ‘manipulative’ Alexis Maitland Hudson.

News in 60 seconds

2 July 2018

The government was urged to extend civil partnerships to couples of the opposite sex after the Supreme Court ruled in Steinfeld and Keidan v Secretary of State for International Development that the current restriction to same-sex couples was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Ban for City associate who inflated exam grades on CV

27 June 2018By

Tania Ruby Bains hoped to enjoy a career at global firm DLA Piper.

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Junior solicitor backdated 23 letters to give herself 'breathing space'

25 June 2018By

Swansea lawyer also misled family of client dealing with a fatal injury claim, agreed outcome states.

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SDT: ​Mohammed Abid

25 June 2018

The SDT ordered that Abid should be suspended from practice for six months.

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SDT: ​Donna Taylor

25 June 2018

The SDT ordered Taylor to pay a fine of £7,501.

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SDT: Christopher Mark Howdle

18 June 2018

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

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SRA given five-day July hearing for Leigh Day appeal

12 June 2018By

Human rights firm was cleared of all misconduct charges in June 2017.

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