Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

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Law firm boss banned after withholding almost £200k in counsel fees

15 January 2018By

Poor practices became common when Cardiff firm started to experience cashflow problems, tribunal hears.

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SDT: David Andrew Wilson, Natalie Jane Crompton

15 January 2018

The SDT ordered Wilson to pay costs of £9,714 and Crompton to pay costs of £4,800.

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SDT: Stephen John Acres

15 January 2018

The SDT ordered that Acres should be struck off the roll and ordered him to pay costs of £70,000.

John Hyde byline

Junior lawyer deserved compassion, but we can never get comfortable with dishonesty

11 January 2018By

The profession must be careful about accepting different degrees of dishonesty.

Chris Bogart

Tribunal shows mercy to junior who worked in 'culture of fear'

10 January 2018By

Solicitor is allowed to practise after tribunal hears of pressures she and colleagues were under.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor to pay £54k costs of failed appeal against £2k fine

9 January 2018By

Family lawyer said the SRA had been unfair in finding five allegations proved against her.

Dual representation

Eighteen items for the new lord chancellor's 2018 to-do list

8 January 2018

Forewarned is forearmed – what solicitors need to look out for this year.

Sdtsignnew

SDT: Michael Lloyd Wilson

8 January 2018

The SDT has ordered that Wilson should be struck off and ordered to pay costs of £3,397.

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SDT: Edward Nicholas Proffitt

8 January 2018

The SDT ordered that Proffitt should be struck off for conduct involving an extremely serious criminal offence which had exploited vulnerable children.

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SDT: Kevin Downes and Andrew William Broome

8 January 2018

Downes and Broome were each ordered to pay costs of £10,610.

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SDT: Simon Charles Belfield, Mark Robert Davies and Judith Read

8 January 2018

The SDT ordered that the allegations against Belfield and Davies should be dismissed. Read was ordered to pay costs of £10,610.

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SDT: Jonathan Denton and Locke Lord (UK) LLP

8 January 2018

SDT ordered that Locke Lord (UK) LLP should pay a fine of £500,000.

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SDT: Ashtar Dhami

8 January 2018

The SDT ordered that Dhami should be suspended from practice for six months from 10 October 2017.

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SDT: Mohammed Ayub

8 January 2018

Ayub admitted all the allegations against him and was ordered to pay costs of £4,139.

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SDT: Miriam Yousaf

8 January 2018

The SDT ordered that Yousaf should pay a fine of £15,000.

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SDT: Neil Lima Frew

8 January 2018

Frew admitted the allegation and the SDT ordered that he should be struck off.

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SDT: Peter Elston Germain

8 January 2018

Germain was ordered to pay costs of £7,869.

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SDT: David Daniel Joseph Regan

8 January 2018

The SDT ordered that Regan should be struck off and ordered him to pay costs of £1,880.

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SDT: Rana Khalil Rahman

8 January 2018

The SDT ordered that Rahman’s application for the determination of the indefinite suspension imposed on 27 November 2009 should be refused.

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SDT: Andrei Liakhov

8 January 2018

The SDT ordered that Laikhov should be struck off for creating a false document.

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SDT: David James Ahern and Naveed Mudasser Akbar

8 January 2018

The SDT ordered that both Ahern and Akbar should pay a fine of £15,000 each.

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SDT: Steven Robert Barker

8 January 2018

The SDT ordered that Barker should be struck off.

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SDT: Azfar Naseem Bajwa

8 January 2018

Bajwa was ordered to pay costs of £37,500.

Sdtsignnew

SDT: Craig Emmerson Maher, Peter Edward Holden, Nigel John Ashworth and John Hadfield Maltby

8 January 2018

Maher, Holden, Ashworth and Maltby were ordered to pay costs of £58,000 on the basis of joint and several liability.

Sdtsignnew

SDT: Charles Smith

8 January 2018

The SDT ordered that Smith should be suspended from practice for three months.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor banned for forging insurance documents as a novice

5 January 2018By

Lawyer accepted details of matter ‘did not add up’ but she had no recollection of wrongdoing.

Sdtsignnew

Manchester solicitor suspended for paying referral fees

3 January 2018By

Tribunal hears that claims were initiated without consent of clients.

Parking fraud costs in-house solicitor his place on the roll

27 December 2017By

Young lawyer was found to be fraudulently misusing expired local authority parking permit.

Immigration solicitor banned after running hopeless JR claims

22 December 2017By

Firm ran dozens of claims that were categorised as ‘totally without merit’.

Lutfur Rahman

£86,000 costs as tribunal strikes off former mayor

20 December 2017By

Lutfur Rahman was found to have been dishonest and failing to act with integrity.

Lutfur Rahman

Former mayor's conviction 'conclusive' evidence, tribunal told

19 December 2017By

SRA claims tribunal should look to court judgment when determining former mayor’s liability.

Lutfur Rahman

Former mayor fails with 11th hour tribunal adjournment bid

18 December 2017By

Lutfur Rahman, found guilty of election fraud, claimed he was unable to represent himself at the SDT.

Leigh day

SRA off the hook for £5m Leigh Day costs

15 December 2017By

Order effectively means both parties finish up paying their own costs.

Sdtsignnew

'Deplorable' solicitor plundered bed-bound client's account

8 December 2017By

Hertfordshire lawyer abused his position as attorney to transfer money to his account - and to pay SRA’s costs.

Sdtsignnew

SDT rejected five out of 27 plea bargains

4 December 2017By

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has turned down a further four plea bargains this year - in addition to the record-breaking Locke Lord case.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance and partner hit with £50k fines over Excalibur case

1 December 2017By

SRA confirms punishments were handed down by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal this week.

Sdtsignnew

Former solicitor denied return after 12-year suspension

29 November 2017By

Lawyer had worked in his native Nigeria during his time away from the UK.

Strike off for Bradford legal aid fraudsters

28 November 2017By

Mohammed Ayub and Neil Frew could have made up to £234,000 from fraudulent activity.

Sdtsignnew

'Depraved' solicitor banned after indecency and drugs convictions

28 November 2017By

Tribunal says considerable harm has been caused to the reputation of the legal profession.

Former Clyde & Co partner suspended over 'cavalier' client account transfers

27 November 2017By

Risk partner admitted that mechanism for clearing residual client balances was ‘improper’.

Sdtsignnew

Clifford Chance partner to appear before tribunal

24 November 2017By

Case management hearing thought to relate to Excalibur Ventures case.

Partners punished after client account used as bank facility

24 November 2017By

Firm became an unwitting vehicle for an apparent fraud involving rare earth metals trading.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor suspended after misleading insurers about complaints

15 November 2017By

Sole principal also made agreement with vulnerable client to drop SRA and ombudsman complaints.

SRA London

Exclusive: SRA to appeal Leigh Day tribunal verdicts

14 November 2017By

Barrister representing regulator says High Court challenge 'clearly has prospects of success', insisting the case was properly pursued.

Sdtsignnew

Investors lost £100k through convicted solicitor's wine venture

13 November 2017By

Tribunal strikes off east London solicitor who said he had taken on too much in the hope of retiring early.

Locke Lord UK

Tribunal rebuffed SRA's £250k Locke Lord fine as too lenient

13 November 2017By

Regulator had agreed lower fine with US-based Locke Lord than the record penalty announced earlier this week -  but the SDT ordered it to reconsider.

Leigh Day tribunal

SRA heads for costs showdown with Leigh Day

13 November 2017By

Parties expected to contest who should foot the bill for this year’s epic hearing.

Sdtsignnew

SDT: ​Halima Maqsood Malik

13 November 2017

Malik was ordered to pay costs of £28,000.

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SDT: ​Gerald Anthony Cumming

13 November 2017

Cumming was suspended from practice for nine months and ordered to pay costs of £9,000.

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SDT: Ian Brill

13 November 2017

Brill was struck off and ordered to pay costs of £14,000.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor banned over indecent images conviction

9 November 2017By

Edward Proffitt said he was ‘deeply ashamed’ of his actions.

Headquarters of Locke Lord UK Bishopsgate

City firm fined record £500k over solicitor's links with investment schemes

8 November 2017By

US-headquartered Locke Lord failed to supervise a solicitor who was involved with dubious financial arrangements.

Sdtsignnew

Directors sanctioned at SDT after firm enters administration

7 November 2017By

Two solicitors penalised in relation to how they ran their Midlands business.

Sdtsignnew

Legal aid practitioner kept back expert monies to 'pay wages'

31 October 2017By

Tribunal suspends experienced principal whose firm went bankrupt in 2016.

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Home-visiting solicitor asked for cash to hide payments

30 October 2017By

Law firm consultant is struck off after tribunal finds his conduct was dishonest.

SDT: Ernest Hedwa Mugadza

30 October 2017

Mugadza was struck off and ordered to pay costs of £14,300.

Sdtsignnew

SDT: ​Stephen Andrew Alexander and Spicketts Battrick Law Practice

30 October 2017

Both parties were ordered to pay fines of over £15,000.

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SDT: ​Lesley Dee Layton

30 October 2017

Layton was struck off and ordered to pay costs of £13,920.

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SDT: ​Nicholas Samuel Usiskin

30 October 2017

Usiskin was suspended from practising for nine months and ordered to pay costs of £2,626.

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SDT: Vay Sui Ip

30 October 2017

Sui Ip was struck off and ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

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