Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

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Solicitors in conflict of interest case ordered to pay £70k

2019-08-20T08:05:00+01:00By

Eric Christopher Evans and David Alan Whiteley admitted to selling the freehold of four sites despite having financial interests in the transaction.

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Solicitor embroiled in dubious investment scheme fined £25k

2019-08-15T10:13:00+01:00By

Mark Andrew Fallon admitted to allegations of acting recklessly and failing to adequately monitor funding arrangements.

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Ponzi scheme solicitor suspended over property dealings

2019-08-14T10:44:00+01:00By

Leeds solicitor served with six-month suspension after acting for property scheme operators and investors.

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SDT strikes out private prosecution against top London law firm chief

2019-08-13T23:00:00+01:00By

Complainant ordered to pay David Greene’s costs after Edwin Coe senior partner found to have no case to answer.

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'Fearful' principal forged signatures to cover mistake

2019-08-12T13:56:00+01:00By

Property solicitor agrees outcome resulting in his being struck off the roll.

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Baker McKenzie misconduct case scheduled for December

2019-08-12T10:36:00+01:00By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal had been due to conduct a case management hearing today.

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PI solicitor cleared of misconduct over handling of claim

2019-08-09T09:01:00+01:00By

Defendant solicitors had reported Sohail Ghani to the SRA, but the tribunal found allegations unproven.

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‘Cavalier’ solicitor failed to protect interests of vulnerable client

2019-08-07T08:11:00+01:00By

Lawyer struck off following hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

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Onasanya struck off after 'disastrous' perverting course of justice conviction

2019-08-06T12:07:00+01:00By

Tribunal imposes ultimate sanction against former MP - and also slashes SRA's claimed-for costs.

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Legal cashier with criminal record banned from practice

2019-08-05T08:55:00+01:00By

Omer Mian was convicted of conspiracy to defraud after providing dodgy employment references.

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SDT decisions

5 August 2019

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

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Veteran solicitors fined and hit with £21,000 costs bill over account rule breaches

2019-08-02T13:30:00+01:00By

Peter Brogan and Martin Steven Baddiel were ordered to pay £7,501 and £8,500 respectively, on top of a £20,823 cost bill.

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Solicitor struck off for Dubai mobile phones theft

2019-07-31T08:28:00+01:00By

Solicitor of 15 years jailed for one month after being convicted of opportunistic attempted theft at an airport.

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SRA reveals charges in Baker McKenzie 'intimate activity' case

2019-07-30T10:41:00+01:00By

Gary Senior is accused of sexual misconduct while two former senior figures face accusations over an allegedly flawed investigation.

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Final box ticked on civil standard of proof for accused solicitors

2019-07-29T14:26:00+01:00By

'Balance of probabilities' will come into force in solicitor tribunals in November following super regulator's approval.

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Decisions and SRA interventions

29 July 2019

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

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'Significant' rise in money laundering reports

2019-07-26T08:03:00+01:00By

Regulator received over 40% more money laundering reports in 2018 than in 2017.

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Solicitor targeted by ‘wicked’ fraudsters struck off

2019-07-25T15:26:00+01:00By

Stuart Anthony Kaufman facilitated dubious investment schemes and breached money laundering regulations.

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Solicitor fined £15k over £900 payment fails in appeal

2019-07-23T11:17:00+01:00By

Alexander Zivancevic asked a client to pay a £900 bill into his personal bank account and did not inform his firm.

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Decisions and SRA interventions

22 July 2019

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

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‘Overworked’ solicitor fined for claiming duplicate cab expenses

2019-07-17T11:50:00+01:00By

London lawyer said his own administration system ‘fell into disarray’.

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Ex-Kingsley Napley partner fined over £1.5m estate payments

2019-07-15T15:09:00+01:00By

Former head of private client department found to have made mistakes in handling of administration.

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‘Solicitor’ who forged BPP test certificates is struck off

2019-07-15T10:20:00+01:00By

Muhammad Ifzal failed to complete the courses required for admission, but applied anyway using forgeries.

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Decisions

15 July 2019

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

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Solicitor jailed by US over Russia interview is struck off

2019-07-12T09:53:00+01:00By

Alex Rolf van der Zwaan concealed correspondence in order to protect his job.

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Former solicitor loses strike-off appeal over delayed counsel fees

2019-07-11T07:20:00+01:00By

Tribunal decision to bar Midlands sole practitioner for dishonesty is upheld in the High Court.

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Decisions

8 July 2019

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

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Defendant solicitor blames 'workload pressure' for file mistake

2019-07-03T08:00:00+01:00By

Former Clyde & Co solicitor's error on the file resulted in his colleague making a mistaken court application.

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SDT braces for caseload surge in 2020

1 July 2019By

Number of cases is expected to increase sharply after introduction of new civil standard of proof.

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Decisions

1 July 2019

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

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Senior partner duped in lottery scam took client money to access 'prize’

2019-06-28T08:41:00+01:00By

Tribunal strikes off veteran solicitor from Norfolk who was conned into thinking he had won £1.8m.

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Immigration lawyer banned after sham marriage TV sting

2019-06-26T10:23:00+01:00By

Southall solicitor caught on camera urging client not to tell him if marriage was a sham.

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SRA prosecution costs soar as hearings lengthen

2019-06-26T07:12:00+01:00By

Annual report also records a significant increase in the number of solicitors struck off.

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Decisions and SRA interventions

24 June 2019

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

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Solicitor fined for wrongly admitting to a mistake

2019-06-21T15:52:00+01:00By

Mohammad Homayon Reza must pay a £5,000 fine and £17,000 in costs.

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SDT refuses to drop conduct case against Freshfields partner

2019-06-19T09:51:00+01:00By

Counsel for Ryan Beckwith had argued that the SRA investigation was flawed and that the prosecution an abuse of process.

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Freshfields partner urges SRA to drop conduct case over ‘contaminated’ evidence

2019-06-18T13:31:00+01:00By

Married partner alleged to have lacked integrity in engaging with junior colleague.

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Solicitor suspended after asking secretaries to backdate files

2019-06-18T09:58:00+01:00By

SRA withdraws allegation of dishonesty and agrees suspension after solicitor opts not to return.

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Solicitor struck off for ‘effectively stealing’ from experts and counsel

2019-06-17T11:34:00+01:00By

Martyn Brown held on to almost £70,000 that should have been paid out in professional disbursements and ATE insurance.

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Tribunal finds director ignored duties as long as the money came in

2019-06-17T05:42:00+01:00By

Law firm boss James O’Connor and solicitor Giles Robertson both struck off.

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Call to abolish ‘lack of integrity’ disciplinary offence

17 June 2019By Gazette reporter

Leading authorities on regulation describe the concept as confusing and unhelpful.

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SDT decisions and interventions

17 June 2019

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

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Solicitor struck off over hidden details from 2008 property sale

2019-06-11T10:01:00+01:00By

Clive Billington agrees outcome with the SRA after investigation years after conveyancing matter.

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Duped solicitor aided fraudster's football club bid

2019-06-10T10:53:00+01:00By

Richard Quinn said he was deceived into providing an undertaking letter and he was cleared of dishonesty.

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Solicitor told secretary to fabricate file

2019-06-07T10:26:00+01:00By

Law firm partner and long-serving legal secretary both thrown out of the profession.

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Solicitor struck off for overcharging by thousands on probate matters

2019-06-04T10:36:00+01:00By

Sole practitioner who repeatedly overcharged clients admitted to eight counts of dishonesty.

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Allen & Overy's NDA prosecution delayed

2019-06-03T11:06:00+01:00By

Case management hearing at Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over Weinstein agreement 'vacated'.

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SDT Decisions

3 June 2019

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

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Solicitor struck off nearly 25 years ago barred from rejoining profession

2019-05-29T10:35:00+01:00By

Sydney Toppin worked for two firms without regulatory approval. 

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Solicitor transferred £300k in client funds under guise of probate work

2019-05-28T07:07:00+01:00By

Michael Collier said he was motivated by a desire to keep the business running.

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Decisions and SRA intervention

20 May 2019

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

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Lying and incompetent solicitor had 'arrogant disregard' for clients' affairs

2019-05-17T09:32:00+01:00By

Wales practitioner is struck off after tribunal concludes that he told a string of lies to clients and to the SRA.

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Decisions and intervention

13 May 2019

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

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Decisions and SRA interventions

6 May 2019

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

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SRA reveals allegations against Freshfields partner

2019-05-03T11:34:00+01:00By

Regulator alleges that Ryan Beckwith should have known his actions after 'celebratory event' constituted an abuse of authority.

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SDT decisions

29 April 2019

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

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Personal injury lawyers fined for referral fee ban breaches

2019-04-26T11:36:00+01:00By

Pair insisted they were simply operating as many other PI firms do.

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Solicitor fined by tribunal after second drink-drive conviction

2019-04-24T11:04:00+01:00By

Tribunal opts to double the fine originally agreed between SRA and solicitor.

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Solicitor suspended after cannabis farm found in her home

2019-04-23T08:19:00+01:00By

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

2019-04-18T11:32:00+01:00By

Mr Justice Martin Spencer says the sanction against Mark Lorrell was made on a ‘wrong or false basis’.

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