Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

Leigh day

SRA off the hook for £5m Leigh Day costs

15 December 2017By

Order effectively means both parties finish up paying their own costs.

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'Deplorable' solicitor plundered bed-bound client's account

8 December 2017By

Hertfordshire lawyer abused his position as attorney to transfer money to his account - and to pay SRA’s costs.

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SDT rejected five out of 27 plea bargains

4 December 2017By

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has turned down a further four plea bargains this year - in addition to the record-breaking Locke Lord case.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance and partner hit with £50k fines over Excalibur case

1 December 2017By

SRA confirms punishments were handed down by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal this week.

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Former solicitor denied return after 12-year suspension

29 November 2017By

Lawyer had worked in his native Nigeria during his time away from the UK.

Strike off for Bradford legal aid fraudsters

28 November 2017By

Mohammed Ayub and Neil Frew could have made up to £234,000 from fraudulent activity.

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'Depraved' solicitor banned after indecency and drugs convictions

28 November 2017By

Tribunal says considerable harm has been caused to the reputation of the legal profession.

Former Clyde & Co partner suspended over 'cavalier' client account transfers

27 November 2017By

Risk partner admitted that mechanism for clearing residual client balances was ‘improper’.

Sdtsignnew

Clifford Chance partner to appear before tribunal

24 November 2017By

Case management hearing thought to relate to Excalibur Ventures case.

Partners punished after client account used as bank facility

24 November 2017By

Firm became an unwitting vehicle for an apparent fraud involving rare earth metals trading.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor suspended after misleading insurers about complaints

15 November 2017By

Sole principal also made agreement with vulnerable client to drop SRA and ombudsman complaints.

SRA London

Exclusive: SRA to appeal Leigh Day tribunal verdicts

14 November 2017By

Barrister representing regulator says High Court challenge 'clearly has prospects of success', insisting the case was properly pursued.

Sdtsignnew

Investors lost £100k through convicted solicitor's wine venture

13 November 2017By

Tribunal strikes off east London solicitor who said he had taken on too much in the hope of retiring early.

Locke Lord UK

Tribunal rebuffed SRA's £250k Locke Lord fine as too lenient

13 November 2017By

Regulator had agreed lower fine with US-based Locke Lord than the record penalty announced earlier this week -  but the SDT ordered it to reconsider.

Leigh Day tribunal

SRA heads for costs showdown with Leigh Day

13 November 2017By

Parties expected to contest who should foot the bill for this year’s epic hearing.

Sdtsignnew

SDT: ​Halima Maqsood Malik

13 November 2017

Malik was ordered to pay costs of £28,000.

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SDT: ​Gerald Anthony Cumming

13 November 2017

Cumming was suspended from practice for nine months and ordered to pay costs of £9,000.

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SDT: Ian Brill

13 November 2017

Brill was struck off and ordered to pay costs of £14,000.

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Solicitor banned over indecent images conviction

9 November 2017By

Edward Proffitt said he was ‘deeply ashamed’ of his actions.

Headquarters of Locke Lord UK Bishopsgate

City firm fined record £500k over solicitor's links with investment schemes

8 November 2017By

US-headquartered Locke Lord failed to supervise a solicitor who was involved with dubious financial arrangements.

Sdtsignnew

Directors sanctioned at SDT after firm enters administration

7 November 2017By

Two solicitors penalised in relation to how they ran their Midlands business.

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Legal aid practitioner kept back expert monies to 'pay wages'

31 October 2017By

Tribunal suspends experienced principal whose firm went bankrupt in 2016.

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Home-visiting solicitor asked for cash to hide payments

30 October 2017By

Law firm consultant is struck off after tribunal finds his conduct was dishonest.

SDT: Ernest Hedwa Mugadza

30 October 2017

Mugadza was struck off and ordered to pay costs of £14,300.

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SDT: ​Stephen Andrew Alexander and Spicketts Battrick Law Practice

30 October 2017

Both parties were ordered to pay fines of over £15,000.

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SDT: ​Lesley Dee Layton

30 October 2017

Layton was struck off and ordered to pay costs of £13,920.

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SDT: ​Nicholas Samuel Usiskin

30 October 2017

Usiskin was suspended from practising for nine months and ordered to pay costs of £2,626.

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SDT: Vay Sui Ip

30 October 2017

Sui Ip was struck off and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

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SDT: ​Geoffrey Martin Signey

23 October 2017

Signey was ordered to pay costs of £44,860.

SDT: ​Christopher Charles Edward Hayes

23 October 2017

Hayes was ordered to pay costs of £86,792.

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SDT: ​Harjit Singh Kang

23 October 2017

The SDT granted the applicant’s application for the determination of the indefinite suspension imposed on him 16 February 2012. It further ordered that he should be subject to the following conditions: that he might not (i) practise as a sole practitioner or sole manager or sole owner of an authorised ...

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SDT: ​Vernon James Burke

23 October 2017

Burke was ordered to pay costs of £21,000.

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Trusted solicitor defrauded elderly clients of £370k

20 October 2017By

Tribunal strikes off veteran solicitor 18 months after his criminal conviction.

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Solicitor 'thoroughly embarrassed' by PI claims dishonesty

19 October 2017By

Lancashire litigator agrees strike-off for faking signatures and noting an incorrect date on a claim form.

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Solicitor's breach of court trust made strike off the only option

16 October 2017By

Immigration practitioner Vay Sui Ip breached court’s trust in bid to halt deporations, tribunal rules.

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Signature-forging solicitor suspended after court deadline panic

16 October 2017By

70-year-old sole practitioner suspended for nine months and his future ability to practise restricted.

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SDT: ​Christopher William Edwin Greenman

16 October 2017

Greenman was ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

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SDT: Iain Farrimond

16 October 2017

Farrimond was ordered to pay cost of £3,309.

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SDT: ​Saimina-Jan Virmani

16 October 2017

Virmani was ordered to pay costs of £60,000.

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Solicitor claimed benefits while selling cases

9 October 2017By

Tribunal hears solicitor was convicted last year after also agreeing to run a pub.

HM Treasury

SDT fines will be collected, Treasury vows

9 October 2017By

£2.6m was owed in unpaid fines at the end of last year

Sdtsignnew

SDT:​ Richard Harbord

9 October 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £8,500.

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SDT:​ Naomi Hazle Frieda Duxbury-Tetley

9 October 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be reprimanded, and further that she should be subject to various conditions.

SRA sign inside The Cube

Zoopla search prompts SRA to go back for solicitor's costs

6 October 2017By

Enforcement of a costs order against solicitor had been deferred due to his financial circumstances.

Family outline

Solicitor disclosed client's new address to violent ex-husband

2 October 2017By

Fines for solicitor and his firm over disclosure mistake concerning married clients.

Unpaid SDT fines on rogue solicitors top £2.6m

2 October 2017By

Treasury says it is working to ensure all fines are paid in full where possible.

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SDT: ​Richard Chan

2 October 2017

Chan was ordered to pay costs of £15,000.

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SDT: ​Nigel George Walshe

2 October 2017

Walshe was ordered to pay costs of £12,000.

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SDT: ​Peter Charles Davies

2 October 2017

Davies was struck off the roll and ordered to pay costs of £17,000.

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SDT: ​Juliet Bellis

2 October 2017

Bellis was ordered to pay a fine of £50,000

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SDT: ​Majid Mahmood

2 October 2017

Mahmood was ordered to pay a fine of £25,000 and suspended from practice as a solicitor for 12 months.

SDT: ​Claire Margaret Wheeler

2 October 2017

Wheeler was ordered to pay costs of £32,373 and struck off the roll.

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SDT:​ Rose Elizabeth Egarr and Andrew Walsh

2 October 2017

Egarr was struck off the roll and Walsh ordered to pay a fine of £8,000.

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SRA intervention: ​SJ Solicitors LLP

2 October 2017

On 6 July 2017 the Adjudication Panel reconsidered the decision to intervene into the individual practice of Claire Diana Roberts.

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SRA intervention: Sibley Law LLP

2 October 2017

Sibley’s practising certificate has been suspended with immediate effect.

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SRA intervention: Lancasters

2 October 2017

On 6 September 2017, the panel of resolved to intervene into the practice of Victoria Anne Lavinia Lancaster and John Wright (deceased), and into Lancasters Solicitors, formerly at 11 Quay Road Bridlington YO15 2AB.

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SRA intervention: ​Anderson & Moores Consultancy and Mediation Services Ltd (Unauthorised)

2 October 2017

Anderson’s practising certificate is suspended as a result of the intervention.

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Leigh Day judgment was wrong to publish dissension

29 September 2017By

Three solicitors were cleared of wrongdoing, but publishing the dissenting voice means that message is blurred.

Members of Leigh Day arrive at Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

Leigh Day judgment: Martyn Day not 'credible or convincing', says tribunal member

26 September 2017By

Document reveals dissenting opinion from solicitor member of the tribunal.

Sdtsignnew

Jailed MEP's solicitor struck off for 'blindingly obvious' misuse of public funds

26 September 2017By

Misconduct was on behalf of a client who was ‘difficult, unpleasant and strong minded’, tribunal rules.

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