Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

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Solicitor's 'relief' at strike off for Axiom funds misuse

20 September 2017By

Outgoing law firm principal failed to do due diligence on buyers.

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Solicitor convicted of attempted murder given hope of return to profession

20 September 2017By

Iain Farrimond was found to be in the grip of a severe medical condition when he attacked his wife last year.

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SDT: ​Neil Ian Benson

18 September 2017

Benson was ordered to pay costs of £5,430.

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SDT: ​Elizabeth Bessie Anne Cousins and Simon Smith

18 September 2017

Elizabeth Bessie Anne Cousins and Simon Smith were both ordered to pay costs to be assessed if not agreed and not to be enforced without leave of the SDT

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SDT: ​Mansoor Ali

18 September 2017

Ali was ordered to pay costs of £19,481.

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SRA intervention: Ingrams Solicitors

18 September 2017

Noble’s practising certificate has not been suspended.

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SRA intervention: Bridge Burke Solicitors

18 September 2017

Sole practitioner had already been struck off the roll.

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SRA intervention: ​Just & Brown

18 September 2017

The practising certificate of Just has been suspended.

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SDT: Stuart Michael Stones

11 September 2017

Stones was struck off and ordered to pay costs of £7,488.

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SDT: Lynne Muscroft

11 September 2017

Muscroft was ordered to pay costs of £17,438, not to be enforced without leave of the SDT.

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SDT: Stephen Michael Tobin

11 September 2017

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

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SRA intervention: Diamonds Legal LLP

11 September 2017

Practice manager Power’s current practising certificate has been suspended with immediate effect.

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'Disgraceful' solicitor overcharged estate by 574%

7 September 2017By

Leicestershire lawyer had claimed to have put in hours overseeing building works.

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Tribunal shows mercy to solicitor who backdated document in 'blind panic'

1 September 2017By

Solicitor with seven years’ experience ‘mortified’ to be before Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

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'Shocking abuse of trust' by solicitor helping himself to client estates

23 August 2017By

Tribunal bans Bangor probate practitioner who admitted misappropriating more than £230,000.

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Family solicitor banned for backdating eight letters

22 August 2017By

Tribunal rejects suggestion that 27-year-old was not properly supervised by her firm.

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Defence solicitor fined £25k over anti-Semitic Facebook 'hatred'

18 August 2017By

Solicitor demonstrated a ‘worrying lack of self-discipline and common sense’.

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'Duped' Axiom solicitor fined £50k for recklessness

17 August 2017By

Tribunal finds solicitor did not act deliberately and has learnt a 'salutary lesson'.

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SDT strikes off solicitor who gave work to struck-off solicitor

15 August 2017By

Rajeswary Ramasamy already faced a High Court ruling in which she failed to overturn an intervention.

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Clyde & Co solicitor referred to tribunal

14 August 2017By

Allegations against Charles Douglas Smith are as yet unproven.

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Property solicitor banned for avoiding £50k stamp duty

14 August 2017By

Yorkshire solicitor declared artificially low purchase values for his house and office.

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Immigration lawyer suspended after acting for 'lying' client

9 August 2017By

Solicitor with two years’ experience went ahead with appeal despite admissions from client.

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Ex-Stewarts partner fails with strike-off appeal

8 August 2017By

Andrew Shaw enjoyed unblemished career lasting 30 years but court found strike-off decision was safe.

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SDT: Michael Kidwell Horne

7 August 2017

Kidwell Horne was ordered to pay costs of £40,000.

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SDT: Michael Healey

7 August 2017

Healey was ordered to pay costs of £12,152.

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SRA intervention: Wills Chandler Beach Ltd

7 August 2017

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

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Firm's PI head admits misusing client funds over 10 years

3 August 2017By

Solicitor made improper payments in attempt to pay off promised settlement.

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SDT to ask what should be 'appropriate' standard of proof

2 August 2017By

Tribunal confirms intention to consult on standard of proof in misconduct hearings.

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SDT: ​Rajpal Singh Ahluwalia

31 July 2017

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

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SDT: Michael Davis

31 July 2017

Davis was ordered to pay costs of £2,000.

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SDT: Mark Martin Reid

31 July 2017

The SDT ordered that Reid should pay a fine of £7,500.

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SDT: David Trevor Bowden

31 July 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £7,500.

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SDT: ​Venkateshwarlu Bandla

31 July 2017

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

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SDT: ​John Allan Jones and Lucinda Jane Rosemary Rowberry

31 July 2017

The SDT ordered that Jones should be struck off the roll; and that Rowberry should pay a fine of £5,000.

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SDT: Anjum Dean

31 July 2017

The SDT dismissed Dean’s appeal.

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SRA intervention: Neumans LLP

31 July 2017

Intervention due to reasons to suspect dishonesty.

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Bradford fraud solicitor to appear before SDT

28 July 2017By

Mohammed Ayub will answer allegations including failure to deal with client’s complaints.

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SRA to review dissenting judgment before Leigh Day appeal decision

26 July 2017By

Regulator says it will study decision clearing firm of charges relating to Iraq claims to see if any key points of law were highlighted.

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SDT: ​Rosalind Diana Kathleen Dunning

24 July 2017

Dunning was ordered to pay costs of £13,000.

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SDT: ​Naresh Chopra

24 July 2017

SDT ordered Chopra should be struck off the roll.

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SRA intervention: ​Prescotts

24 July 2017

Prescott’s practising certificate has been suspended as a result of the intervention.

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SRA intervention: Reynold & Hawkes

24 July 2017

Intervention follows death of sole partner.

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Regulator secures record £250k fine against global firm White & Case

19 July 2017By

Tribunal also approves £50,000 partner fine after prosecution over conflict of interest and confidentiality.

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Solicitor kept client damages while waiting for legal aid contract

18 July 2017By

Held-back compensation was spent on holiday and dozens of online bets.

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Solicitor falsified six letters to cover inaction

17 July 2017By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal strikes off solicitor who agreed the facts and outcome of his case.

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Solicitor-turned-salesman must pay £14k bill despite pleading poverty

17 July 2017By

Struck-off solicitor found to have sufficient interest in property to be able to pay 2013 costs.

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SDT: ​Roland Ivor Cassam and Peter Rhidian Lewis

17 July 2017

Cassam was ordered to pay costs of £15,575; Lewis was ordered to pay costs of £3,000.

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SDT: ​Stefano Enrico Mario Lucatello

17 July 2017

Lucatello was ordered to pay costs of £2,500.

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SDT: ​Paul Michael Dalowsky and Andrew Philip Walker

17 July 2017

Dalowsky and Walker were ordered to pay costs of £16,000, to be paid on the basis of joint and several liability.

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SDT: ​Rajwinder Kaur Bharya

17 July 2017

Bharya was ordered to pay costs of £4,591.

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SRA intervention: King Solicitors

17 July 2017

Intervention follows death of sole practitioner, intending to protect the interests of King’s clients.

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Harman demands answers on MoD influence on Leigh Day case

13 July 2017By

Former solicitor general writes to attorney general asking for disclosure of correspondence with SRA.

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SRA intervention: SJ Solicitors LLP

10 July 2017

The practising certificates of Singh and Roberts are suspended as a result of the intervention.

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SRA intervention: Valleys Law

10 July 2017

Price’s practising certificate has been suspended as a result of the intervention.

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SRA intervention: Maus Solicitors

10 July 2017

The practising certificates of Agada and Weston have been suspended as a result of the intervention.

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SRA intervention: Coops Law Ltd

10 July 2017

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

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Solicitor who misled SRA over PII policy is struck off

29 June 2017By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal was also satisfied Venkateshwarlu Bandla abandoned his firm.

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Martyn Day – check you are covered against SRA

26 June 2017By

Cleared Leigh Day senior partner fires a warning on insurance cover following high-profile tribunal hearing.

High Court overturns 'unfair' SDT decision to strike off solicitor

22 June 2017By

Judge finds 'serious procedural irregularity' in dishonesty finding.

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'Good solicitor working incredibly hard' fined £5k for disbursement errors

21 June 2017By

Disciplinary tribunal says Rosalind Diana Kathleen Dunning failed to devote attention to management of practice.

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