Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

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Former government solicitor banned for backdating court document

25 May 2017By

Treasury Solicitor practitioner says misconduct was an 'aberration' but tribunal strikes him off.

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Solicitor fined £7.5k - with four times that in costs

25 May 2017By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal orders Daniel Mun Kin Tang to pay £32,469 in costs for 'more than sloppy' conduct.

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Leigh Day: Junior solicitor 'massively regrets' destroying document

23 May 2017By

Anna Crowther denies wrongdoing as she tells tribunal she did not attach importance to translation.

SRA intervention: Asons Solicitors Ltd

22 May 2017

Practitioner Akram failed to comply with the SRA Principles 2011 and the SRA Code of Conduct 2011.

SRA intervention: Saints Solicitors LLP

22 May 2017

Firm failed to comply with the SRA Accounts Rules 2011 and SRA Principles 2011.

SRA intervention: MKM Solicitors

22 May 2017

SRA intervening after partnership’s failure to comply with the rules made under sections 31 and 32 of the Solicitors Act 1974 (as amended).

SRA intervention: Hellewell Pasley & Brewer

22 May 2017

Partnership suspended from practice with immediate effect.

SRA intervention: Brown & Emery

22 May 2017

Sole practitioner suspended with immediate effect.

SRA intervention: Harwood & Co

22 May 2017

Protection of the interests of deceased practitioners clients

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Leigh Day: 600 Iraq cases remaining, tribunal hears

19 May 2017By

Managing partner questioned about the firm’s obligations.

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Leigh Day: email mentioned 'bribes', tribunal hears

18 May 2017By

Solicitor says she did not consider implications of using the word.

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Leigh Day: Non-disclosure of case-busting list 'inexplicable', tribunal hears

17 May 2017By

Prosecution says solicitor missed chances to produce document that might have undermined allegations.

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Leigh Day: 'Reckless' solicitor agreed £25k referral fee without knowing rules

16 May 2017By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hears payment was made to middleman in breach of regulations.

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SDT: Philip Joseph Shiner

15 May 2017

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

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SDT: ​Anup Shah

15 May 2017

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

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SDT: ​Giles Sandford Scott

15 May 2017

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

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Solicitor ignored £600k tax bill to prioritise bank repayment

12 May 2017By

Tribunal notes law firm owner tried to ‘trade his way out of trouble’.

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Leigh Day: Firm's 'recipe for carelessness' over file handling

10 May 2017By

Senior partner Martyn Day gives oral evidence for a third day at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

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Day: 'It wasn't my job to worry about impact on Iraq veterans'

9 May 2017By

Senior partner gives evidence for a second day to Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal as 2008 press conference is discussed.

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Iraq press conference went ahead despite ‘conflicting evidence’

9 May 2017By

Medical reports suggested some injuries could have been caused in combat, Leigh Day tribunal hears.

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Day denies inflating Iraq claims costs to pay fixer

9 May 2017By

Agreement to pay more than a quarter of costs to middleman was not a factor in calculations, Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hears.

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Day paid 'difficult' Shiner £20k to join Iraq claims, tribunal hears

8 May 2017By

Day ten of the Leigh Day trial hears for the first time from one of the accused solicitors.

SDT: ​Michael David Schwartz

8 May 2017

Michael David Schwartz

SDT: Naomi Jane Barnes

8 May 2017

Naomi Jane Barnes

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SRA used Leigh Day case to lobby government for reforms, tribunal hears

5 May 2017By

Day nine of the trial hears from Ministry of Defence civil servant about nature of relationship with the SRA

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Bankrupt Liverpool lawyer borrowed £8k from vulnerable client

5 May 2017By

Alan Birkbeck is struck off in his absence at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

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Lawyer says Leigh Day 'created mechanism' for referral fees - tribunal

3 May 2017By

Day seven of the hearing focuses on the financial arrangements made with a third party to bring in claims.

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Colonel tells SDT of anger at Iraq allegations

2 May 2017By

Day six of the Leigh Day tribunal hears from the first prosecution witnesses to appear.

SDT: Nicholas Charles Stansfield Goddard

1 May 2017

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

SDT: RMJ Solicitors

1 May 2017

Robert John Metcalfe’s practising certificate has been suspended with immediate effect.

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Iraq verdict ‘could deter future claims’

1 May 2017By Gazette newsdesk

The first week of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal’s longest and most costly hearing has concluded with a warning that a guilty verdict against embattled London firm Leigh Day could deter other firms from taking on cases against the government.

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Leigh Day eager to 'do things by the book' on Iraq claims, SDT hears

28 April 2017By

Concerns were raised about conduct of former solicitor Phil Shiner, defence tells hearing.

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Defence warns of 'chilling effect' of guilty verdict at Leigh Day tribunal

27 April 2017By

Human rights firm starts defence against allegations and says it had no agenda against the army.

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Iraq firm 'failed to examine concerns about bribes', tribunal hears

27 April 2017By

Final day of Leigh Day prosecution opening statements ends with allegations about financial transactions.

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Solicitor struck off for distributing indecent images of children

26 April 2017By

Richard Pietrowski struck off following prison sentence last year.

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Leigh Day ignored client's violent reputation to 'keep him sweet'

26 April 2017By

Tribunal hears that solicitors involved in Iraq claims were 'grotesquely' negligent.

Leigh Day: solicitor admitted non-disclosure of key list was 'inexplicable'

25 April 2017By

Second day of the seven-week hearing concludes with discussion about the failure to deal with a crucial document.

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Leigh Day 'alive' to chance Iraqi clients were lying, tribunal told

25 April 2017By

SRA alleges firm was reckless to hold joint 2008 press conference with Phil Shiner making abuse allegations.

Members of Leigh Day arrive at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

SDT begins seven-week Leigh Day hearing over Iraq claims

24 April 2017By

Substantive hearings begin today over the longest – and probably most expensive – prosecutions in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal’s history.

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Partners handed extra sanctions over £573k Axiom loan

20 April 2017By

Tribunal required to reconsider penalties after successful appeal by SRA.

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SDT criticises Clyde & Co’s ‘unacceptable’ errors

19 April 2017By

Conduct at 'previously reputable’ international firm diminished public’s trust in the profession.

Struck-off solicitor who fleeced clients of £56k is jailed

13 April 2017By

Margaret Barton sentenced to 32 months imprisonment.

Mr Justice Mostyn

Court orders SDT retrial over misplaced dishonesty charges

13 April 2017By

SRA’s distinction between dishonesty and a lack of integrity ‘intellectually virtually impossible to understand’, says judge.

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Cost of prosecuting solicitors on rule breaches jumps 44%

12 April 2017By

Longer and more complex cases came before the SDT in 2016 and the number of strike-offs climbed sharply.

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Former Clyde & Co associate facing prosecution

11 April 2017By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal will hear allegations against Rajpal Ahluwalia.

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Jailed solicitor's 'abject sorrow' over £469k theft

10 April 2017By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal says Giles Scott abused his position of trust over five years.

Solicitor to face SDT over ‘persistent abuse’ of immigration system

4 April 2017By

Vay Sui Ip will face six charges at tribunal hearing, Solicitors Regulation Authority reveals.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co faces £50,000 fine after SDT ruling

4 April 2017By

Tribunal finds international firm and three partners in breach of money laundering regulations.

SDT: Katherine Mary Simpson

3 April 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £1,000.

SDT: Omar Mohammed Khan

3 April 2017

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

SDT: Caroline Jordan (AKA Caroline Joseph)

3 April 2017

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

​SDT: Dean Solicitors Ltd, Sovereign Solicitors and Shire Solicitors

3 April 2017

Din’s current practising certificate has been suspended with immediate effect.

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Solicitor fined after telling colleague he had 'lost his marbles'

3 April 2017By

Anup Shah had an unblemished record for more than 30 years but was found to have discriminated against his former friend.

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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.

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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'.

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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.

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