Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

Leigh day

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.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor struck off for distributing indecent images of children

26 April 2017By

Richard Pietrowski struck off following prison sentence last year.

Members of Leigh Day arrive at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

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.

Sdtsignnew

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.

Sdtsignnew

Partners handed extra sanctions over £573k Axiom loan

20 April 2017By

Tribunal required to reconsider penalties after successful appeal by SRA.

Clyde & Co

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.

Sdtsignnew

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.

SRA London

Former Clyde & Co associate facing prosecution

11 April 2017By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal will hear allegations against Rajpal Ahluwalia.

Giles scott 01

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.

Sdtsignnew

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.

Sdtsignnew

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'.

Linda mary box

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.

SDT: Richard Noel Sedgley

27 March 2017

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

SDT: Achyuth Rajagopal

27 March 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £10,000.

Phil shiner

Profession faces £723k costs bill for Shiner prosecution

24 March 2017By

Land Registry documents show Shiner sold his home to his daughters earlier this year.

Sdtsignnew

SDT activates suspended ban after breach within days

20 March 2017By

Case is believed to be the first time the tribunal has imposed a suspension that had been suspended.

Strike-off for £90,000 VAT evasion solicitor

20 March 2017By

Caroline Jordan given suspended prison sentence last year for being knowingly concerned in fraudulent evasion.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor withheld client damages to 'prop up' ailing firm

17 March 2017By

Nicholas Goddard struck off despite glowing testimonies from lawyers and judges.

Phil Shiner

Struck-off rights lawyer Phil Shiner declared bankrupt

16 March 2017By

Legal profession likely to foot bill for prosecution costs.

SDT: Jonathan Bede McAreavey

13 March 2017

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

SDT: Philip Joseph Shiner and John Dickinson

13 March 2017

The SDT agreed to deal with the allegation against the second respondent (admitted 1973) by way of an agreed outcome.

SDT: Tariq Ghauri

13 March 2017

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

Sdtsignnew

Former mayor's tribunal case adjourned pending judicial review

7 March 2017By

Lutfur Rahman appears in person at SDT to ask for an adjournment while he challenges election court ruling.

High Court

Court upholds ban against solicitor whose evidence was ‘not credible’

7 March 2017By

Deidre Newell-Austin had attempted to challenge her striking off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.

Onlinebanking

Gambling addict ‘borrowed’ £1.2m from client account reserves

6 March 2017By

Tribunal hears behaviour was out of character for experienced sole practitioner, but finds dishonesty proved.

SDT: Stephen Donald Gillings Coleclough

6 March 2017

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

SDT: Mark Saunders

6 March 2017

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

SDT: Peter Rhys Williams

6 March 2017

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

SRA intervention

6 March 2017

The latest intervention made by the regulator.

Lutfur Rahman

Lutfur Rahman to face SDT hearing next week

27 February 2017By

Four-day hearing listed to decide whether former mayor of Tower Hamlets failed to act with integrity.

SDT: Robin Frederick Clark

27 February 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for the period of one year to commence on 11 January 2017.

SDT: Simon Lee Rosenthall

27 February 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £2,500.

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.

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