Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

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.

Asons Solicitors, Bolton

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.

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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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SDT: ​Safina Bibi Shah, Shamilla Hanif

11 June 2018

The first respondent was ordered to pay costs of £50,000; the second respondent £25,000.

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SDT: ​Philip James Saunders

11 June 2018

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £4,611.

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SDT: ​Imran Rashid, Hafizah Mensurah Begum and Adamsons Law Limited

4 June 2018

The SDT ordered that all responsdents should pay a fine.

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SDT: ​Steven Edward Evans

4 June 2018

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £20,000.

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Solicitor struck off for failing to safeguard 'sacrosanct' client account

31 May 2018By

Mark Howdle ‘harmed public confidence in the profession’ by failing to protect client money, tribunal rules.

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High Court refuses appeals from two struck-off solicitors

29 May 2018By

One solicitor argued the SDT proceedings were unfair, the other said the tribunal’s decision was wrong.

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Former Asons boss suspended - and faces £115k costs

22 May 2018By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal suspends Kamran Akram, former chief of high-profile Bolton firm.

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City partner banned after dubious schemes landed firm with £500k fine

22 May 2018By

Jonathan Denton of US-based Locke Lord struck off the roll after dishonesty findings at the tribunal.

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Akram: Ignore the Asons hype - I'm not a dishonest solicitor

22 May 2018By

Closing submissions in long-running hearing for former chief executive of Bolton firm.

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SDT: ​Mohammed Asif Din

21 May 2018

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

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SDT: ​Neil Richard Bolton

21 May 2018

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

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SDT considers lowering standard of proof for erring solicitors

18 May 2018By

Consultation comes as the number of cases going before tribunal increases by a third.

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'Rabbit in headlights' solicitor lent phone to GBH suspect in custody

17 May 2018By

Tribunal imposes temporary ban on young solicitor who misled police about his misdemeanor.

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Are agreed outcomes working properly?

14 May 2018By Gregory Treverton-Jones QC, Jonathan Greensmith

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‘Sloppy, lazy and careless’: tribunal raps ex-compliance officer

10 May 2018By

Yorkshire solicitor banned indefinitely from being a sole practitioner.

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SDT: Andrew Laurence Brown and Sandra Benson

7 May 2018

Brown was ordered to pay costs of £17,080; Benson was ordered to pay costs of £1,897.

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SDT: Liaqat Hussain, Rene Leonard Neville De Silva, Amara Shaheen Kayani and Sheraz Sultan

7 May 2018

Hussain, De Silva and Kayani were ordered to jointly pay costs of £15,600.

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Firm and duo fined £12k over banned referral fees

4 May 2018By

Pair were found to have unintentionally breached new rules introduced in 2013.

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Ban for solicitor who aided drug dealers and fraudsters

3 May 2018

Experienced lawyer agrees to most severe punishment after criminal convictions.

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City solicitor faces huge costs bill after dishonesty strike-off

2 May 2018By

Interim costs of £300,000 imposed on Alexis Maitland Hudson.

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Strike off for head-butt solicitor

1 May 2018By

Philip Saunders was captured on CCTV head-butting Mohammad Reza Ghadami in a High Court building.

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PI solicitors banned after multiple failings on hearing loss claims

1 May 2018By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal strikes off senior partner and colleague after more than 30 claims failed.

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Ban upheld for immigration lawyer who brought useless claims

26 April 2018By

Judge dismisses challenge after solicitor fought cases with no hope of success.

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SDT: Jonathan Jacobs

23 April 2018

The SDT granted Jacobs his application to remove the restriction on his PC.

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SDT: Susan Carol Marziano

23 April 2018

The SDT ordered that Marziano should pay a fine of £20,000.

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SDT: Francisco Xavier Rodriguez-Purcet

23 April 2018

The SDT ordered Rodriguez-Purcet to pay costs of £35,000.

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Partner trusted gambling colleague who plundered £510,000

18 April 2018By

Tribunal confirms fine for ex-partner who admitted abrogating responsibility over five years.

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City solicitor fails to delay tribunal hearing

17 April 2018By

Counsel for Alexis Maitland Hudson put forward three applications for tribunal to consider.

Marketing chief banned for 'manifestly corrupt' use of Axiom loan

16 April 2018By

Executive siphoned payments to a friend’s company in return for kick-backs, tribunal hears.

Asons Solicitors, Bolton

SRA: Asons chief ‘lacked integrity’

16 April 2018By

The senior solicitor at a defunct PI firm acted dishonestly or at the very least lacked integrity, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard last week.

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