Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

SRA

Solicitor showed fake documents to SRA to conceal mistakes

20 February 2017By

Wigan sole practitioner also found to have misappropriated thousands of pounds of clients’ money.

SDT: Nicholas John Huber

20 February 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice for 18 months from 2 December 2016.

SDT: Michael John Elsdon

20 February 2017

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

SDT: John Conor MacKenzie

20 February 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £8,000.

SRA interventions

20 February 2017

The latest interventions made by the regulator.

Barristers

Ex-solicitor disbarred for misappropriating client funds

17 February 2017By

Rajesh Babajee, struck off the roll last year, did not attend bar tribunal hearing.

Brittroopsiraq

Phil Shiner colleague reprimanded by SDT

15 February 2017By

John Dickinson ordered to pay £2,000 in costs following Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing finding no lack of integrity.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor of 'remarkable integrity' banned despite 14 'impressive' testimonials

13 February 2017By

Mark Saunders admitted to providing incorrect explanations to the Legal Aid Agency.

SDT: David Lawrence Partington

13 February 2017

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £5,650.

SDT: Victoria Barbara Wadsworth

13 February 2017

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

SDT: Michael Schwartz

13 February 2017

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £1,985.

SDT: Mohammed Zahir Uddin

13 February 2017

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

SRA intervention: South East Area Law

13 February 2017

On 17 January 2017, the Panel of the Adjudication Sub-Committee resolved to intervene into the practice of Graham Atfield at South East Area Law, formerly at First Floor, Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1PH, on the ground that it was necessary in order to protect the interests ...

Ministry of Defence

MoD leaned on SRA over Iraq war claims, Leigh Day alleges

10 February 2017By

Tribunal hears claim that government may have used threat of regulatory reform to speed up prosecution of prominent human rights firm.

Katherine simpson 1d

'Exemplary' solicitor allowed to practise despite conviction

8 February 2017By

Tribunal shows mercy on Katherine Simpson after 'utterly humiliating, degrading and embarrassing’ harassment case.

Solicitor banned over indecent images

8 February 2017By

Stephen Coleclough struck off after 2016 conviction.

SRA London

Solicitor helped himself to estate after court rejected excessive costs

6 February 2017By

The SRA, prosecuting, said Michael Elsdon’s conduct amounted to a ‘continuing and consistent breach of his duty’ to the client’s estate.

Phil Shiner

Phil Shiner struck off for dishonesty over Iraqi claims

2 February 2017By

End of the road for human rights activist as tribunal finds him guilty on 22 counts.

Phil shiner

Shiner paid £500 per referral as he 'lost his bearings'

31 January 2017By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal continues to hear evidence in relation to Iraq war crimes claims.

Sdtsignnew

Veteran solicitor who couldn't sell his firm suspended after hiring fraudsters

31 January 2017By

Nicholas Huber had been seeking a succession plan but failed to supervise those working in his business.

SDT: Paul Stott

30 January 2017

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

SDT: Paul Andrew Smith

30 January 2017

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

SDT: Victoria Emma Craig

30 January 2017

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

SDT: Joseph Paul Gill and Cain & Cochran Solicitors Limited

30 January 2017

The SDT ordered that the first respondent (admitted 2012) should be struck off the roll; and that the second respondent (a recognised body incorporated in 2011) should pay a fine of £7,500.

SDT: Rachel Edwards Barrott

30 January 2017

The SDT ordered (1) that the respondent might not practise as a sole practitioner or sole manager or sole owner of an authorised or recognised body; be a partner or member of a limited liability partnership, legal disciplinary practice or alternative business structure or other authorised or recognised body; be ...

Dent Abrams Solicitors (London)

30 January 2017

Latest intervention made by the regulator.

Planelanding

Struck-off solicitor refused SRA’s air ticket offer to 'show trial'

26 January 2017By

Ashok Sancheti - struck off in 2014 - refused to attend Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal from India because flight was in standard class.

SDT: Roger Paul Jackson

23 January 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £7,000.

SDT: Melvin Douglas Goldberg

23 January 2017

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

SDT: Michael John Davies, Clare Louise Taman, Charles Valentine Fraser-Macnamara and Katherine May Fraser-Macnamara

23 January 2017

The SDT ordered that the first three respondents should each be suspended from practice as a solicitor for 12 months from 4 November 2016. The SDT made no order against the fourth respondent (admitted 2012).

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’.

SDT-sign

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.

SDT-sign

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.

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