Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

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Solicitor suspended after cannabis farm found in her home

23 April 2019By

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

18 April 2019By

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

16 April 2019By 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

12 April 2019By

Labour member for Peterborough convicted of criminal offence in December.

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Solicitor removed from roll over child abuse conviction

12 April 2019By

Experienced solicitor was sentenced in November last year.

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Immigration solicitor banned after sham marriage TV sting

8 April 2019By

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

8 April 2019By

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

5 April 2019By

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

2 April 2019By

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

29 March 2019By

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?

29 March 2019By

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

28 March 2019By

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

26 March 2019By

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

26 March 2019By

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

24 March 2019By

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'

15 March 2019By

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

12 March 2019By

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

12 March 2019By

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

11 March 2019By

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

6 March 2019By

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

5 March 2019By

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

4 March 2019By

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

28 February 2019By

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

28 February 2019By

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

22 February 2019By

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

19 February 2019By

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

15 February 2019By

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

13 February 2019By

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

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Novice solicitor banned for perverting course of justice

13 February 2019By

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

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SDT decisions

11 February 2019

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

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Trusts solicitor let her daughter live in late client's property

6 February 2019By

Michelle Hind banned after tribunal finds several allegations proven against her.

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Decisions and SRA interventions

4 February 2019

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

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Decisions and SRA interventions

4 February 2019

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

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Strike-off for paying tax bill with £90,000 of client money

30 January 2019By

Stockport solicitor acted to avoid being served with a bankruptcy notice, SDT hears.

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Solicitor banned for evading £650 in train fares

29 January 2019By

Adam Kemeny was caught by a ticket inspector after skipping fares for three months.

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SDT bars whistleblower despite 'horrendous' work environment

28 January 2019By

Three solicitors at closed North Lincolnshire firm struck off after £150,000 SRA investigation.

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Decisions and SRA interventions

28 January 2019

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

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High Court backs SDT over defendant claiming depression

25 January 2019By

Alexis Maitland Hudson was struck off for misconduct and dishonesty by Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal last year.

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Court upholds £20k fine for partner over abusive immigration claims

15 January 2019By

Director of London firm did nothing to stop abuse of process, despite his responsibility as compliance officer, appeal rules.

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Panama Papers solicitor fined £45,000

15 January 2019By

Khalid Mohammed Sharif failed to do background checks on two politically exposed persons.

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Solicitor fined £5,000 for describing complainant as a 'nutter'

14 January 2019By

Tim Bennett said he was the subject of a vexatious litigant and apologised for his conduct.

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Disgraced ex-solicitor denied return to roll for a third time

11 January 2019By

Iqbal had run a claims management company during his ban which had been fined for making unsolicited calls.

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False sicknote solicitor avoids strike-off after tribunal shows mercy

7 January 2019By

Sandia Pamma had catalogued a series of devastating life events affecting her health.

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Solicitor who did not pay counsel appeals order to strike him off

3 January 2019By

Tribunal found three allegations of dishonesty proved following three-day hearing in November.

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Solicitor who failed to correct judge's belief she was a barrister is struck off

2 January 2019By

Bina Maistry arrived late in court and proceeded when her client was under threat of a wasted costs order.

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Solicitor who accepted gifts including ‘torch and coat’ struck off

21 December 2018By

Robert Perry should have told client to seek independent advice, tribunal finds.

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Solicitor fined after approving 378 referral payments for RTA claims

20 December 2018By

Tribunal finds Lancashire practitioner did not act dishonesty or without integrity.

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Mark Lewis: judgment reveals SDT considered reprimand

18 December 2018By

Media lawyer was fined for sending abusive tweets to people who had threatened him.

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Struck off: solicitor who involved client in defence without telling her

18 December 2018By

Norwich director had faced a £10,500 claim for unpaid disbursements after failing to cancel expert witnesses booking.

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Ban for 'cavalier' solicitor who sat in on client's medical

17 December 2018By

Bradford practitioner also acted dishonestly in seeking to influence ex-partner’s evidence.

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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