Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

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Trusted solicitor defrauded elderly clients of £370k

20 October 2017By

Tribunal strikes off veteran solicitor 18 months after his criminal conviction.

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Solicitor 'thoroughly embarrassed' by PI claims dishonesty

19 October 2017By

Lancashire litigator agrees strike-off for faking signatures and noting an incorrect date on a claim form.

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Solicitor's breach of court trust made strike off the only option

16 October 2017By

Immigration practitioner Vay Sui Ip breached court’s trust in bid to halt deporations, tribunal rules.

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Signature-forging solicitor suspended after court deadline panic

16 October 2017By

70-year-old sole practitioner suspended for nine months and his future ability to practise restricted.

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SDT: ​Christopher William Edwin Greenman

16 October 2017

Greenman was ordered to pay costs of £10,000.

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SDT: Iain Farrimond

16 October 2017

Farrimond was ordered to pay cost of £3,309.

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SDT: ​Saimina-Jan Virmani

16 October 2017

Virmani was ordered to pay costs of £60,000.

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Solicitor claimed benefits while selling cases

9 October 2017By

Tribunal hears solicitor was convicted last year after also agreeing to run a pub.

HM Treasury

SDT fines will be collected, Treasury vows

9 October 2017By

£2.6m was owed in unpaid fines at the end of last year

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SDT:​ Richard Harbord

9 October 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £8,500.

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SDT:​ Naomi Hazle Frieda Duxbury-Tetley

9 October 2017

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be reprimanded, and further that she should be subject to various conditions.

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Zoopla search prompts SRA to go back for solicitor's costs

6 October 2017By

Enforcement of a costs order against solicitor had been deferred due to his financial circumstances.

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Solicitor disclosed client's new address to violent ex-husband

2 October 2017By

Fines for solicitor and his firm over disclosure mistake concerning married clients.

Unpaid SDT fines on rogue solicitors top £2.6m

2 October 2017By

Treasury says it is working to ensure all fines are paid in full where possible.

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SDT: ​Richard Chan

2 October 2017

Chan was ordered to pay costs of £15,000.

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SDT: ​Nigel George Walshe

2 October 2017

Walshe was ordered to pay costs of £12,000.

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SDT: ​Peter Charles Davies

2 October 2017

Davies was struck off the roll and ordered to pay costs of £17,000.

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SDT: ​Juliet Bellis

2 October 2017

Bellis was ordered to pay a fine of £50,000

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SDT: ​Majid Mahmood

2 October 2017

Mahmood was ordered to pay a fine of £25,000 and suspended from practice as a solicitor for 12 months.

SDT: ​Claire Margaret Wheeler

2 October 2017

Wheeler was ordered to pay costs of £32,373 and struck off the roll.

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SDT:​ Rose Elizabeth Egarr and Andrew Walsh

2 October 2017

Egarr was struck off the roll and Walsh ordered to pay a fine of £8,000.

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SRA intervention: ​SJ Solicitors LLP

2 October 2017

On 6 July 2017 the Adjudication Panel reconsidered the decision to intervene into the individual practice of Claire Diana Roberts.

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SRA intervention: Sibley Law LLP

2 October 2017

Sibley’s practising certificate has been suspended with immediate effect.

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SRA intervention: Lancasters

2 October 2017

On 6 September 2017, the panel of resolved to intervene into the practice of Victoria Anne Lavinia Lancaster and John Wright (deceased), and into Lancasters Solicitors, formerly at 11 Quay Road Bridlington YO15 2AB.

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SRA intervention: ​Anderson & Moores Consultancy and Mediation Services Ltd (Unauthorised)

2 October 2017

Anderson’s practising certificate is suspended as a result of the intervention.

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Leigh Day judgment was wrong to publish dissension

29 September 2017By

Three solicitors were cleared of wrongdoing, but publishing the dissenting voice means that message is blurred.

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Leigh Day judgment: Martyn Day not 'credible or convincing', says tribunal member

26 September 2017By

Document reveals dissenting opinion from solicitor member of the tribunal.

Sdtsignnew

Jailed MEP's solicitor struck off for 'blindingly obvious' misuse of public funds

26 September 2017By

Misconduct was on behalf of a client who was ‘difficult, unpleasant and strong minded’, tribunal rules.

White & Case

White & Case: the shape of things to come in SDT cases?

25 September 2017By Iain Miller, Sian Jones

Does the £250k fine mark a change in attitudes?

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SDT: ​Jason Roy Monteith Libby

25 September 2017

The SDT ordered that Libby should pay a fine of £5,000.

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SDT: ​Rajeswary Ramasamy

25 September 2017

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

SDT: ​David Goldberg and White & Case LLP

25 September 2017

Goldberg was ordered to pay a contribution of £12,500 to the costs of the application, and White & Case LLP were ordered to pay a contribution of £25,000.

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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.

Iain Farrimond

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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