Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

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.

John Gould

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.

Diljit Bachada

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)

Gideon Habel, Leigh Day

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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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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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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