Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and interventions

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

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.

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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.

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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.

Solicitor made false invoices to cover costs order

28 November 2016By

Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal orders strike-off for employment practitioner ‘who knew he should not have acted as he did’.

SDT: Soteris Nicholas

28 November 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £10,000, and further that he should be subject to conditions.

SDT: Deidre Dain Newell-Austin, Najma Nahid Assroundi and Rashad Ahsan

28 November 2016

The SDT ordered that the first respondent should be struck off the roll; that the second respondent should be struck off the roll; and that the third respondent (registered as a foreign lawyer in 2012) should be struck off the Register of Foreign Lawyers.

SDT: Paul Anthony Gibbon

28 November 2016

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

SDT: Mark St John Morris

28 November 2016

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

SDT: Rajinder Singh Digwa

28 November 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £3,000; and further that he should be subject to conditions.

SRA intervention

28 November 2016

Recent intervention made by the regulator.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor issued fictitious invoices to prop up failing law firm

23 November 2016By

Stephen Ellis struck off almost a year after being handed five-year jail sentence.

SDT: Lucy Ann Darvell Kirkham, Matthew Charles Cobley and Andrew Simon Whitaker

21 November 2016

SDT: Lucy Ann Darvell Kirkham, Matthew Charles Cobley and Andrew Simon Whitaker

SDT: Marcus Paul Nickson

21 November 2016

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

Phil shiner

Tabloids claim victory as Phil Shiner prosecution to go public

18 November 2016By

Details of SDT allegations will be released when a case management hearing lifts anonymity order.

SDT: Mark Lorrell

14 November 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for three months to commence on 12 August 2016.

SDT: Lateef Abolade Kareem

14 November 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for six months from 8 September 2016.

Leveson

Rethink SDT standard of proof – Leveson

11 November 2016By

President of the Queen’s Bench Division said the current criminal burden of proof at the SDT needs to be looked at again after hearing the case of an immigration adviser.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitors in limbo as delays reported in prosecutions

10 November 2016By

Failure to meet performance targets prompted SDT to examine reasons for delays.

Sendemail

Solicitor ran up £529k client shortage then lied to cover his back

7 November 2016By

Equity partner at former Manchester firm falsified bank statements and emails.

SDT: Gavin Croft Wilcock

7 November 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for 12 months to commence on 10 August 2016.

SDT: Tarik Akhtar

7 November 2016

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

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Baker Small director rebuked over gloating tweets

2 November 2016By

Mark Small admits posting 'unprofessional and offensive' social media messages relating to win over parents in special educational needs case.

Sdtsignnew

PI lawyer fined for using old signatures on claims form

2 November 2016By

Solicitor tells district judge it is ‘quite common’ for signatures to be taken at an early stage and used later.

Solicitor had affair with £550k beneficiary of client’s will

1 November 2016By

Tribunal hears married partner at top-100 firm did not disclose relationship to client.

SDT: Andrew Christopher Aitchison

31 October 2016

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

SDT: Michael Lyons and Kelly Lyons

31 October 2016

The SDT ordered that the first respondent (admitted 2002) should be struck off the roll.

SDT: David Edward Smith

31 October 2016

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

Legal Ombudsman

Tribunal’s ‘regret’ at £160k cost of failed SRA case

30 October 2016By

SDT finds allegations against solicitor unproven and drops case against his firm.

Sdtsignnew

Leading sports lawyer denies money laundering charges

26 October 2016By

Mel Goldberg, who turns 80 next year, appears at three-day tribunal hearing.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor banned for nine-fold overcharging of deceased clients

24 October 2016By

Charles Rhodes found to have misappropriated funds and faked documents in 'work of fiction'.

SDT: Gary Parkinson

24 October 2016

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for six months to commence on 28 July 2016.

SDT: Doe Fosuhene

24 October 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £3,500.

SRA interventions

24 October 2016

The latest interventions made by the regulator.

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Three struck off after fraudsters infiltrate law firm

20 October 2016By

Austins Law trio caused ‘immense harm’ to profession’s reputation.

Sdtsignnew

Solicitor fined after giving fraudster ‘inappropriate influence’ in firm

19 October 2016By

Soteris Nicholas allowed fraudster too much influence in running of Mulberry Finch.

Sdtsignnew

Experienced trio 'mortified' by £4m accounts rule charges

14 October 2016By

Sanctioned solicitors point to 'tension' in rules barring provision of banking facility.

Sdtsignnew

'Moment of madness' solicitors struck off after appeal

11 October 2016By

Tribunal confirms sentence two years after High Court ordered new hearing into punishment for misleading the court.

SDT: Timothy Charles Elkins

10 October 2016

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

SRA intervention

10 October 2016

Latest intervention made by the regulator.

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Solicitor who breached PC conditions is suspended

5 October 2016By

Lateef Abolade Kareem, admitted in 2004, had been prevented from acting as a sole practitioner in 2010.

SDT: John Robert Brookes

3 October 2016

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

SDT: Noel William Pugsley

3 October 2016

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

SRA intervention

3 October 2016

The latest intervention made by the regulator.

SRA

Attwells senior partner cleared by SDT

27 September 2016By

SRA ordered to pay £14,000 costs following a four-day hearing.

Teessidecourt

Solicitor gets three years for client cash fraud

26 September 2016By

Noel Pugsley misappropriated £203,785 to fund fake compensation payouts.

SDT: Mark Bryon Smeed

26 September 2016

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

SDT: Christopher Tomos Hale

26 September 2016

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

SDT: Nicholas William West

26 September 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should pay a fine of £15,000.

SDT: Kim Sharon Egoh and Armaghan Jamal Khalique

26 September 2016

The SDT ordered that the first and second respondents (both admitted 1996) should each pay a fine of £2,000.

SDT: Stephen William Climo

26 September 2016

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

Sdtsignnew

Renowned clin neg solicitor struck off over costs

23 September 2016By

The tribunal finds dishonesty not proved but upholds several charges against Marcus Nickson.

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‘Shambolic’ SRA criticised by tribunal

21 September 2016By

Regulator under fire over case against solicitor who used client account as ‘banking facility’.

Alan Blacker

SDT explains Blacker rehearing decision

21 September 2016By

Tribunal refused application for a rehearing earlier this month.

Sdtsignnew

‘Mentally disturbed’ solicitor who gave immigration advice struck off

20 September 2016By

Flora Magdaline Mendes gave immigration advice despite being suspended.

SDT: William Derek Snowdon

19 September 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for six months.

SDT: Norman Luper

19 September 2016

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be suspended from practice as a solicitor for an indefinite period to commence on 8 June 2016.

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