Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

SDT-sign

SDT refuses Leigh Day access to Shiner's medical records

28 March 2017By

Case management hearing says records from previous Iraq case irrelevant to allegations against human rights firm.

Sdtsignnew

Young solicitor banned after holding £36k stolen by her partner

28 March 2017By

Naomi Jane Barnes 'made a serious mistake in trusting someone she loved'.

Linda mary box

Solicitor, 67, jailed and struck-off for taking £1.2m from dead clients

27 March 2017By

Linda Box admitted fraud in court and two charges of dishonesty before the SDT.

SDT: William Betts, Abid Hussain, Daniel Thompson, Gregory Shields, Mark Hunter
and Jon Paul Else

27 March 2017

The SDT ordered that the first respondent (admitted 2000) should pay a fine of £15,000; that the second respondent (admitted 1997) and the third respondent (admitted 1998) should each pay a fine of £10,000; that the fifth respondent (admitted 1996) should pay a fine of £5,000; and that the sixth ...

SDT: Gregory Shields

27 March 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice for nine months from 17 January 2017.

SDT: Buddika Sajeevani Kadurugamuwa

27 March 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £2,000.

SDT: Paul Julian Mark Bailey

27 March 2017

The SDT ordered that the conditions imposed by the tribunal on 25 June 2012 upon the applicant should be removed as of 7 February 2017.

SDT: Richard Noel Sedgley

27 March 2017

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

SDT: Achyuth Rajagopal

27 March 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £10,000.

Phil shiner

Profession faces £723k costs bill for Shiner prosecution

24 March 2017By

Land Registry documents show Shiner sold his home to his daughters earlier this year.

Sdtsignnew

SDT activates suspended ban after breach within days

20 March 2017By

Case is believed to be the first time the tribunal has imposed a suspension that had been suspended.

Strike-off for £90,000 VAT evasion solicitor

20 March 2017By

Caroline Jordan given suspended prison sentence last year for being knowingly concerned in fraudulent evasion.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor withheld client damages to 'prop up' ailing firm

17 March 2017By

Nicholas Goddard struck off despite glowing testimonies from lawyers and judges.

Phil Shiner

Struck-off rights lawyer Phil Shiner declared bankrupt

16 March 2017By

Legal profession likely to foot bill for prosecution costs.

SDT: Jonathan Bede McAreavey

13 March 2017

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

SDT: Philip Joseph Shiner and John Dickinson

13 March 2017

The SDT agreed to deal with the allegation against the second respondent (admitted 1973) by way of an agreed outcome.

SDT: Tariq Ghauri

13 March 2017

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

Sdtsignnew

Former mayor's tribunal case adjourned pending judicial review

7 March 2017By

Lutfur Rahman appears in person at SDT to ask for an adjournment while he challenges election court ruling.

High Court

Court upholds ban against solicitor whose evidence was ‘not credible’

7 March 2017By

Deidre Newell-Austin had attempted to challenge her striking off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Onlinebanking

Gambling addict ‘borrowed’ £1.2m from client account reserves

6 March 2017By

Tribunal hears behaviour was out of character for experienced sole practitioner, but finds dishonesty proved.

SDT: Stephen Donald Gillings Coleclough

6 March 2017

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

SDT: Mark Saunders

6 March 2017

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

SDT: Peter Rhys Williams

6 March 2017

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

SRA intervention

6 March 2017

The latest intervention made by the regulator.

Lutfur Rahman

Lutfur Rahman to face SDT hearing next week

27 February 2017By

Four-day hearing listed to decide whether former mayor of Tower Hamlets failed to act with integrity.

SDT: Robin Frederick Clark

27 February 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for the period of one year to commence on 11 January 2017.

SDT: Simon Lee Rosenthall

27 February 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £2,500.

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Solicitor showed fake documents to SRA to conceal mistakes

20 February 2017By

Wigan sole practitioner also found to have misappropriated thousands of pounds of clients’ money.

SDT: Nicholas John Huber

20 February 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice for 18 months from 2 December 2016.

SDT: Michael John Elsdon

20 February 2017

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

SDT: John Conor MacKenzie

20 February 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £8,000.

SRA interventions

20 February 2017

The latest interventions made by the regulator.

Barristers

Ex-solicitor disbarred for misappropriating client funds

17 February 2017By

Rajesh Babajee, struck off the roll last year, did not attend bar tribunal hearing.

Brittroopsiraq

Phil Shiner colleague reprimanded by SDT

15 February 2017By

John Dickinson ordered to pay £2,000 in costs following Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing finding no lack of integrity.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor of 'remarkable integrity' banned despite 14 'impressive' testimonials

13 February 2017By

Mark Saunders admitted to providing incorrect explanations to the Legal Aid Agency.

SDT: David Lawrence Partington

13 February 2017

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £5,650.

SDT: Victoria Barbara Wadsworth

13 February 2017

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

SDT: Michael Schwartz

13 February 2017

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £1,985.

SDT: Mohammed Zahir Uddin

13 February 2017

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

SRA intervention: South East Area Law

13 February 2017

On 17 January 2017, the Panel of the Adjudication Sub-Committee resolved to intervene into the practice of Graham Atfield at South East Area Law, formerly at First Floor, Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1PH, on the ground that it was necessary in order to protect the interests ...

Ministry of Defence

MoD leaned on SRA over Iraq war claims, Leigh Day alleges

10 February 2017By

Tribunal hears claim that government may have used threat of regulatory reform to speed up prosecution of prominent human rights firm.

Katherine simpson 1d

'Exemplary' solicitor allowed to practise despite conviction

8 February 2017By

Tribunal shows mercy on Katherine Simpson after 'utterly humiliating, degrading and embarrassing’ harassment case.

Solicitor banned over indecent images

8 February 2017By

Stephen Coleclough struck off after 2016 conviction.

SRA London

Solicitor helped himself to estate after court rejected excessive costs

6 February 2017By

The SRA, prosecuting, said Michael Elsdon’s conduct amounted to a ‘continuing and consistent breach of his duty’ to the client’s estate.

Phil Shiner

Phil Shiner struck off for dishonesty over Iraqi claims

2 February 2017By

End of the road for human rights activist as tribunal finds him guilty on 22 counts.

Phil shiner

Shiner paid £500 per referral as he 'lost his bearings'

31 January 2017By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal continues to hear evidence in relation to Iraq war crimes claims.

Sdtsignnew

Veteran solicitor who couldn't sell his firm suspended after hiring fraudsters

31 January 2017By

Nicholas Huber had been seeking a succession plan but failed to supervise those working in his business.

SDT: Paul Stott

30 January 2017

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

SDT: Paul Andrew Smith

30 January 2017

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

SDT: Victoria Emma Craig

30 January 2017

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

SDT: Joseph Paul Gill and Cain & Cochran Solicitors Limited

30 January 2017

The SDT ordered that the first respondent (admitted 2012) should be struck off the roll; and that the second respondent (a recognised body incorporated in 2011) should pay a fine of £7,500.

SDT: Rachel Edwards Barrott

30 January 2017

The SDT ordered (1) that the respondent might not practise as a sole practitioner or sole manager or sole owner of an authorised or recognised body; be a partner or member of a limited liability partnership, legal disciplinary practice or alternative business structure or other authorised or recognised body; be ...

Dent Abrams Solicitors (London)

30 January 2017

Latest intervention made by the regulator.

Planelanding

Struck-off solicitor refused SRA’s air ticket offer to 'show trial'

26 January 2017By

Ashok Sancheti - struck off in 2014 - refused to attend Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal from India because flight was in standard class.

SDT: Roger Paul Jackson

23 January 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £7,000.

SDT: Melvin Douglas Goldberg

23 January 2017

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

SDT: Michael John Davies, Clare Louise Taman, Charles Valentine Fraser-Macnamara and Katherine May Fraser-Macnamara

23 January 2017

The SDT ordered that the first three respondents should each be suspended from practice as a solicitor for 12 months from 4 November 2016. The SDT made no order against the fourth respondent (admitted 2012).

Solicitor struck off after abandoning his firm

20 January 2017By Gazette reporter

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal rules Mohammed Zahir Uddin’s conduct ‘utterly disgraceful’.

Julianpike

News of the World adviser cleared of ‘repugnant’ spying on lawyers

18 January 2017By

Julian Pike found to have a ‘genuine belief’ that opponents in phone-hacking case were acting improperly.

Manchester crown court

Lawyer invented medical firm to raid £25k legal aid funds

18 January 2017By

Solicitor's 'gross breach of trust' caused four years of anxiety and stress for reputable firm.

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