• Application 11645-2017
• Hearing 6 November 2017
• Reasons 6 November 2017
The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.
The matter was dealt with by way of the agreed outcome procedure, the respondent’s case having been severed from that of his co-respondent, Miriam Yousaf.
The respondent had failed to supervise the conduct of divorce proceedings by members of staff of Chambers Solicitors and/or a person at the firm doing work experience, so as to prevent the clients Ms RB, Mr AD and Ms NM, being provided with false decrees absolute, thereby breaching principles 4, 5, 6 and 8 of the SRA Principles 2011 and failing to achieve outcomes 7.6 and 7.8 of the SRA Code of Conduct 2011.
He had failed to deal with the complaints made by Ms RB and Mr AD promptly, fairly, openly or effectively, thereby breaching principles 4, 5 and 7 and failing to achieve outcome 1.11 of the code.
By virtue of his conviction in November 2016 of conspiracy to defraud the Legal Aid Agency, he had breached principles 1, 2 and 6.
The respondent had admitted all the allegations against him. The appropriate sanction in all the circumstances was a strike-off. The respondent accepted the seriousness of his misconduct and had not presented any exceptional circumstances that would enable a lesser sanction to be imposed. The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £4,139.