Decisions filed recently with the Law Society (which may be subject to appeal)

Gregory Craig Davies

Application 11789-2018

Admitted 2014

Hearing 20 September 2019

Reasons 3 October 2019

The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll. By virtue of his conviction on 28 January 2019 upon indictment of attempting to commit fraud by abuse of position and of dishonestly making false representations to make a gain for himself/another or cause loss to another/expose another to risk of loss, he had breached principles 1, 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011.

The parties invited the SDT to deal with the allegations against the respondent in accordance with a statement of agreed facts and proposed outcome. 

The SDT was satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the respondent’s admissions had been properly made. 

He had been convicted of serious criminal offences, which he had committed within the context of his acting as a solicitor. Given the serious nature of the respondent’s misconduct, the SDT considered that the only appropriate and proportionate sanction was to strike him off the roll. 

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £4,000.

Igor Leonidovich Krivoshekov

Application 11985-2019

Admitted 2012

Hearing 17 September 2019

Reasons 23 September 2019

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

Between 7 December 2016 and 13 June 2018, while a partner in Akin Gump LLP, the respondent had submitted expense claims to the firm, to a minimum value of £968.70, in relation to expenses which had not been incurred for the purpose stated by the respondent when making the claim, in breach of principles 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011. He had acted dishonestly.

By submitting as expenses amended electronic taxi receipts from 13 May 2018 totalling £55.55, which had been altered to show his own name as the person ordering the taxis instead of the original recipient, the respondent had breached principles 2 and 6. He had acted dishonestly.

The parties invited the SDT to deal with the allegations against the respondent in accordance with a statement of agreed facts and outcome.

The respondent’s admission to allegations of dishonesty required the sanction proposed, namely that he be struck off the roll.

The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £3,000.

Whitehead & Low Solicitors LLP

On 6 December 2019, the adjudication panel resolved to intervene into Whitehead & Low Solicitors LLP, of 3 Market Place, Bedlington, Northumberland NE22 5TN. 

The grounds of intervention were: it was necessary to exercise the powers of intervention to protect the interests of clients and former clients of the firm.

Sean Joyce of Stephensons Solicitors LLP, Wigan Investment Centre, Waterside Drive, Wigan WN3 5BA; tel: 0333 344 4776; email: sraenquiries@stephensons.co.uk; has been appointed to act as the Society’s agent. The first date of attendance was 9 December 2019. 

David Scourfield Solicitors

On 29 November 2019, the adjudication panel resolved to intervene into the above-named former sole practice of David John Morrison Scourfield, formerly based at 28-30 Baker Street, Middlesbrough TS1 2LH.

The grounds for intervention were: failure to comply with the SRA Principles 2011 and SRA Accounts Rules 2011, which are rules made under sections 31 and 32 of the Solicitors Act 1974 (as amended); and it was necessary to intervene to protect the interests of Scourfield’s clients or former clients, or the beneficiaries of any trust of which he is or was a trustee. 

John Owen of Gordons LLP, 1 New Augustus Street, Bradford BD1 5LL; tel: 0113 227 0312; has been appointed to act as the Society’s agent. The first date of attendance was 3 December 2019.

Scourfield does not hold a current practising certificate.

Hampshire Law

On 12 December 2019, the adjudication panel resolved to intervene into the remainder of Hampshire Law, the recognised sole practice of Susan Pottinger deceased. The firm was formerly based at 48 Lynx House, Caxton Close, Andover SP10 3FG.

Ms Pottinger died on 25 July 2017. The firm closed on 13 October 2017.

The ground for intervention was: it was necessary to intervene to protect the interests of clients or former clients of the firm – paragraph 1(1)(m) schedule 1 part I of the Solicitors Act 1974.

No agent has been appointed.

The SRA is making arrangements to take possession of the archived files.

Home Visit Wills and Estates

On 12 December 2019, the adjudication panel resolved to intervene into the above-named unauthorised practice of Paul Appleby, formerly based at 14 Ingram House, Horsley Hill Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear NE33 3JU. Mr Appleby died on 8 October 2019. 

The ground for intervention was: it was necessary to intervene to protect the interests of Appleby’s clients or former clients.

John Owen of Gordons LLP, 1 New Augustus Street, Bradford BD1 5LL; tel: 0113 227 0264; email: intervention@gordonsllp.com; has been appointed to act as the Society’s agent.

The first date of attendance was 17 December 2019.

County Solicitors Ltd

On 23 December 2019, the panel resolved to intervene into the above-named firm, formerly based at 67 High Street, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 5LQ (head office); 46 High Street, Broadstairs, Kent CT10 1JT; 2 Cecil Square, Margate, Kent CT9 1BD; and 29-31 High Street, Rainham, Gillingham, Kent ME8 7HX.

The ground for intervention was: it was necessary to intervene to protect the interests of County Solicitors Ltd’s clients or former clients.

Sean Joyce of Stephensons Solicitors LLP, Wigan Investment Centre, Waterside Drive, Wigan, Greater Manchester WN3 5BA, tel: 0333 344 4776, has been appointed to act as the Society’s agent. The relevant letters and notices were served on the firm’s former managers on 24 December 2019.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP will be making arrangements to uplift the files from the former offices of the firm.