Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

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SDT: Christopher Mark Howdle

18 June 2018

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

Members of Leigh Day arrive at Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

SRA given five-day July hearing for Leigh Day appeal

12 June 2018By

Human rights firm was cleared of all misconduct charges in June 2017.

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SDT: ​Safina Bibi Shah, Shamilla Hanif

11 June 2018

The first respondent was ordered to pay costs of £50,000; the second respondent £25,000.

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SDT: ​Philip James Saunders

11 June 2018

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £4,611.

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SDT: ​Imran Rashid, Hafizah Mensurah Begum and Adamsons Law Limited

4 June 2018

The SDT ordered that all responsdents should pay a fine.

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SDT: ​Steven Edward Evans

4 June 2018

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £20,000.

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Solicitor struck off for failing to safeguard 'sacrosanct' client account

31 May 2018By

Mark Howdle ‘harmed public confidence in the profession’ by failing to protect client money, tribunal rules.

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High Court refuses appeals from two struck-off solicitors

29 May 2018By

One solicitor argued the SDT proceedings were unfair, the other said the tribunal’s decision was wrong.

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Former Asons boss suspended - and faces £115k costs

22 May 2018By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal suspends Kamran Akram, former chief of high-profile Bolton firm.

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City partner banned after dubious schemes landed firm with £500k fine

22 May 2018By

Jonathan Denton of US-based Locke Lord struck off the roll after dishonesty findings at the tribunal.

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Akram: Ignore the Asons hype - I'm not a dishonest solicitor

22 May 2018By

Closing submissions in long-running hearing for former chief executive of Bolton firm.

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SDT: ​Mohammed Asif Din

21 May 2018

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

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SDT: ​Neil Richard Bolton

21 May 2018

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

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SDT considers lowering standard of proof for erring solicitors

18 May 2018By

Consultation comes as the number of cases going before tribunal increases by a third.

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'Rabbit in headlights' solicitor lent phone to GBH suspect in custody

17 May 2018By

Tribunal imposes temporary ban on young solicitor who misled police about his misdemeanor.

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Are agreed outcomes working properly?

14 May 2018By Gregory Treverton-Jones QC, Jonathan Greensmith

Disciplinary proceedings.

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‘Sloppy, lazy and careless’: tribunal raps ex-compliance officer

10 May 2018By

Yorkshire solicitor banned indefinitely from being a sole practitioner.

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SDT: Andrew Laurence Brown and Sandra Benson

7 May 2018

Brown was ordered to pay costs of £17,080; Benson was ordered to pay costs of £1,897.

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SDT: Liaqat Hussain, Rene Leonard Neville De Silva, Amara Shaheen Kayani and Sheraz Sultan

7 May 2018

Hussain, De Silva and Kayani were ordered to jointly pay costs of £15,600.

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Firm and duo fined £12k over banned referral fees

4 May 2018By

Pair were found to have unintentionally breached new rules introduced in 2013.

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Ban for solicitor who aided drug dealers and fraudsters

3 May 2018

Experienced lawyer agrees to most severe punishment after criminal convictions.

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City solicitor faces huge costs bill after dishonesty strike-off

2 May 2018By

Interim costs of £300,000 imposed on Alexis Maitland Hudson.

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Strike off for head-butt solicitor

1 May 2018By

Philip Saunders was captured on CCTV head-butting Mohammad Reza Ghadami in a High Court building.

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PI solicitors banned after multiple failings on hearing loss claims

1 May 2018By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal strikes off senior partner and colleague after more than 30 claims failed.

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Ban upheld for immigration lawyer who brought useless claims

26 April 2018By

Judge dismisses challenge after solicitor fought cases with no hope of success.

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SDT: Jonathan Jacobs

23 April 2018

The SDT granted Jacobs his application to remove the restriction on his PC.

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SDT: Susan Carol Marziano

23 April 2018

The SDT ordered that Marziano should pay a fine of £20,000.

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SDT: Francisco Xavier Rodriguez-Purcet

23 April 2018

The SDT ordered Rodriguez-Purcet to pay costs of £35,000.

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Partner trusted gambling colleague who plundered £510,000

18 April 2018By

Tribunal confirms fine for ex-partner who admitted abrogating responsibility over five years.

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City solicitor fails to delay tribunal hearing

17 April 2018By

Counsel for Alexis Maitland Hudson put forward three applications for tribunal to consider.

Marketing chief banned for 'manifestly corrupt' use of Axiom loan

16 April 2018By

Executive siphoned payments to a friend’s company in return for kick-backs, tribunal hears.

Asons Solicitors, Bolton

SRA: Asons chief ‘lacked integrity’

16 April 2018By

The senior solicitor at a defunct PI firm acted dishonestly or at the very least lacked integrity, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard last week.

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SDT: Sarah Anne Hemmings

16 April 2018

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

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SDT: Graeme Clark Hall

16 April 2018

The SDT ordered that Hall should be suspended from practice.

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SDT: Jimoh Adun

16 April 2018

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

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SDT: Bernard David Francis Clarke

16 April 2018

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

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SDT: Michael Brendan O’Maoileoin

16 April 2018

The SDT ordered that O’Maoileoin should be struck off the roll.

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SDT: Jonathan Denton and Locke Lord (UK) LLP

16 April 2018

The SDT ordered that the second respondent should pay a fine of £500,000.

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Jailed solicitors thrown out of profession for PI claims fraud

13 April 2018By

Sanctions come after judge had said pair hid dishonesty behind ‘veneer of respectability’.

Solicitors reject lower standard of proof at SDT

11 April 2018By Gazette newsdesk

Over 90% of solicitors responding to a Law Society survey oppose the application of a lower standard of proof in disciplinary cases, ahead of a consultation on the subject expected soon.

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Asons chief would never have allowed suspicious activity, tribunal hears

11 April 2018By

Kamran Akram tells Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal that Bolton firm ‘probably grew too fast’.

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Asons director 'allowed' firm to become embroiled in fraudulent activity

10 April 2018By

Kamran Akram denies acting recklessly or lacking integrity.

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SDT: Nicholas John Carr, Stephen John Benson, Paul Andrew Brown, Mark Adrian Gibson, Jeremy Mark Green and Richard Mark Dean Webb

9 April 2018

The SDT was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the respondents’ admissions had been properly made.

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National firm and partners fined over transactions

6 April 2018By

Partners of Laytons Solicitors LLP did not realise they were breaching rules but accept fines.

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Yorkshire solicitor banned for propping up firm with client funds

4 April 2018By

Veteran practitioner said he was naive to take on too much as firm struggled to survive.

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Wills solicitor caught over £2k cheque 'needed the money'

3 April 2018By

Solicitor of more than 20 years attempted to hide true beneficiary from her firm.

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SDT: Stephen Charles Pickard

26 March 2018

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

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SDT: Andrew John Puddicombe

26 March 2018

The SDT ordered that Puddicombe should be struck off the role.

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SDT: Robert Mannering Sedgwick

26 March 2018

The SDT ordered that Sedgwick should be suspended from practice.

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SDT: Lorna Maud White

26 March 2018

The SDT ordered that White’s appeal should be dismissed.

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SDT: Christopher Robin Langford, Eric Michael Gummers, Paul Fuglio Garrard Amandini, Mark Timothy Johnstone and Howard Kennedy LLP (a firm)

26 March 2018

The first respondent was ordered to pay costs of £24,300 and the fifth respondent costs of £46,950.

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Lying solicitor banned after tribunal told stress is 'occupational hazard'

21 March 2018By

Insolvency specialist had failed to inform client about application hearing for summary judgment.

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Solicitor who made 443 improper legal aid claims is struck off

20 March 2018By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal says Jimoh Adun took unfair advantage of the Legal Aid Agency in his professional capacity.

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SDT: Angela Caroline Hudson

19 March 2018

The SDT ordered that Hudson should be suspended from practice.

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SDT: John Mark O’Hara Walker

19 March 2018

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

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SDT: Stewart Stocker

19 March 2018

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

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SDT: Andrew Paul Clinch

19 March 2018

The SDT ordered Clinch to pay costs of £50,000.

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Cobbetts bosses to pay £265,000 after investigation into firm's collapse

16 March 2018By

National firm entered administration in 2013 after struggling in the wake of the economic downturn.

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