- Application 11638-2017
- Admitted 1977
- Hearing 3 October 2017
- Reasons 25 October 2017
The SDT ordered that the respondent should be struck off the roll.
While in practice as a consultant at The Miah Solicitors Limited the respondent had received payment in respect of fees due to the firm totalling £780, and had failed to account for the money to the firm, in breach of principles 2 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011, and rule 17.1(a) of the SRA Accounts Rules 2011. In so doing he had acted dishonestly.
While conducting four matters on behalf of clients he had failed to comply with court directions, prepared an inadequate court bundle, instructed counsel late and prepared wills which were defective in that they failed to give effect to and comply with his instructions, in breach of principles 4, 5 and 6.
He had failed to create client ledgers or send bills of costs on his files, in breach of principle 6, and rules 1.2(f) and 29.1 of the 2011 rules.
The respondent’s actions had been deliberate, calculated and repeated, and he had tried to conceal them.
The seriousness of the respondent’s misconduct was at the highest level, such that the protection of the public and the protection of the reputation of the profession required that he be struck off the roll.
The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £14,000.