Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

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.

Alan Blacker

Blacker appeal dismissed – and costs bill grows by £15,000

17 January 2017By

High Court ruling says Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal acted correctly in proceeding against solicitor-advocate.

Blackertue

Blacker: SDT ignored my disability

17 January 2017By

Solicitor-advocate appeals against striking off and £86,000 costs of hearing, saying reasoning was ‘woeful’.

Sdtsignnew

Renowned agriculture solicitor struck off for property scheme

16 January 2017By

Peter Rhys Williams helped a bankrupt client to conceal the full sale of the property from Northern Rock.

SDT: Luke Anthony Welsh

16 January 2017

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

SDT: Francis William Brazell, Michaela Carolyn Hoggarth and Philip Hugo Eldin-Taylor

16 January 2017

The SDT ordered that the first respondent (admitted 1996) should pay a fine of £4,000; that the second respondent (admitted 1994) should pay a fine of £1,000; and that the third respondent (admitted 1987) should pay a fine of £4,000.

SDT: Elena Quinlivan

16 January 2017

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

SDT: Michael Alexander

16 January 2017

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

Alan blacker

Blacker set for High Court appeal against strike-off

10 January 2017By

Solicitor-advocate using the name Lord Harley was struck off last year.

SDT: Richard Markham Thompson and Richard Lilley

9 January 2017

The SDT ordered that the first respondent (admitted 1982) should be struck off the roll; and that the second respondent (admitted 2000) should pay a fine of £10,000.

SDT: Charles Edward Robert Christian Rhodes

9 January 2017

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

SDT: Stephen John Ellis

9 January 2017

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

SDT: Anthony Reese Whitwell

9 January 2017

The SDT, having decided that the present matter should be dealt with by way of agreed outcome, ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.

SDT: Nigel Mapletoft

9 January 2017

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

SDT: Andrew John Davies

9 January 2017

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

SDT: Mark Pearson Ford

9 January 2017

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

SRA interventions

9 January 2017

The latest interventions made by the regulator.

John hyde

Young lawyers should not live in fear of admitting mistakes

6 January 2017By

Firms must do more for less, but there has to be a culture where mistakes are disclosed.

Sdtsignnew

PI lawyer paid damages from his own account to cover mistakes

5 January 2017By

Tribunal hears Hull solicitor did not seek help when he struggled to cope with caseload.

Solicitors fined and suspended over role in investment scheme

23 December 2016By

Michael John Davies, Clare Louise Taman and Charles Valentine Fraser-Macnamara ‘failed to act with integrity’.

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Solicitor banned for falsely holding out firm as authorised

16 December 2016By

Jamie Stephenson had been told to wait while a criminal charge was processed, but he opened the firm anyway.

Phil shiner

Phil Shiner faces strike-off as he admits recklessness and lack of integrity

8 December 2016By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal holds first public hearing into conduct of Iraq war crimes solicitor.

‘Mistakes were inevitable,’ fined solicitor tells tribunal

7 December 2016By

Top 50 associate John Mackenzie cleared of most serious charges after explaining pressures he was under.

SDT: Flora Magadaline Mendes

5 December 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for two years to commence on the 24 May 2016.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor, 64, banned after watching porn with vulnerable client, 22

5 December 2016By

Tribunal describes case as a ‘personal tragedy’ for Devon sole practitioner.

SDT: Andrew William Shaw and Craig Stephen Turnbull

5 December 2016

The SDT ordered that the first respondent (admitted 1981) and the second respondent (admitted 2006) should both be struck off the roll.

SRA interventions

5 December 2016

The latest interventions made by the regulator.

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Solicitor who ‘pushed the boundaries’ on investment schemes fined £40k

30 November 2016By

Mandeep Dhariwal facilitated 741 transactions worth a total of more than £9m.

Solicitor made false invoices to cover costs order

28 November 2016By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal orders strike-off for employment practitioner ‘who knew he should not have acted as he did’.

SDT: Soteris Nicholas

28 November 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £10,000, and further that he should be subject to conditions.

SDT: Deidre Dain Newell-Austin, Najma Nahid Assroundi and Rashad Ahsan

28 November 2016

The SDT ordered that the first respondent should be struck off the roll; that the second respondent should be struck off the roll; and that the third respondent (registered as a foreign lawyer in 2012) should be struck off the Register of Foreign Lawyers.

SDT: Paul Anthony Gibbon

28 November 2016

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

SDT: Mark St John Morris

28 November 2016

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

SDT: Rajinder Singh Digwa

28 November 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £3,000; and further that he should be subject to conditions.

SRA intervention

28 November 2016

Recent intervention made by the regulator.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor issued fictitious invoices to prop up failing law firm

23 November 2016By

Stephen Ellis struck off almost a year after being handed five-year jail sentence.

SDT: Lucy Ann Darvell Kirkham, Matthew Charles Cobley and Andrew Simon Whitaker

21 November 2016

SDT: Lucy Ann Darvell Kirkham, Matthew Charles Cobley and Andrew Simon Whitaker

SDT: Marcus Paul Nickson

21 November 2016

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

Phil shiner

Tabloids claim victory as Phil Shiner prosecution to go public

18 November 2016By

Details of SDT allegations will be released when a case management hearing lifts anonymity order.

SDT: Mark Lorrell

14 November 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for three months to commence on 12 August 2016.

SDT: Lateef Abolade Kareem

14 November 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for six months from 8 September 2016.

Leveson

Rethink SDT standard of proof – Leveson

11 November 2016By

President of the Queen’s Bench Division said the current criminal burden of proof at the SDT needs to be looked at again after hearing the case of an immigration adviser.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitors in limbo as delays reported in prosecutions

10 November 2016By

Failure to meet performance targets prompted SDT to examine reasons for delays.

Sendemail

Solicitor ran up £529k client shortage then lied to cover his back

7 November 2016By

Equity partner at former Manchester firm falsified bank statements and emails.

SDT: Gavin Croft Wilcock

7 November 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for 12 months to commence on 10 August 2016.

SDT: Tarik Akhtar

7 November 2016

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

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Baker Small director rebuked over gloating tweets

2 November 2016By

Mark Small admits posting 'unprofessional and offensive' social media messages relating to win over parents in special educational needs case.

Sdtsignnew

PI lawyer fined for using old signatures on claims form

2 November 2016By

Solicitor tells district judge it is ‘quite common’ for signatures to be taken at an early stage and used later.

Solicitor had affair with £550k beneficiary of client’s will

1 November 2016By

Tribunal hears married partner at top-100 firm did not disclose relationship to client.

SDT: Andrew Christopher Aitchison

31 October 2016

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

SDT: Michael Lyons and Kelly Lyons

31 October 2016

The SDT ordered that the first respondent (admitted 2002) should be struck off the roll.

SDT: David Edward Smith

31 October 2016

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

Legal Ombudsman

Tribunal’s ‘regret’ at £160k cost of failed SRA case

30 October 2016By

SDT finds allegations against solicitor unproven and drops case against his firm.

Sdtsignnew

Leading sports lawyer denies money laundering charges

26 October 2016By

Mel Goldberg, who turns 80 next year, appears at three-day tribunal hearing.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor banned for nine-fold overcharging of deceased clients

24 October 2016By

Charles Rhodes found to have misappropriated funds and faked documents in 'work of fiction'.

SDT: Gary Parkinson

24 October 2016

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for six months to commence on 28 July 2016.

SDT: Doe Fosuhene

24 October 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £3,500.

SRA interventions

24 October 2016

The latest interventions made by the regulator.

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