Rajpal Singh Ahluwalia

  • Application 11568-2016
  • Admitted 2006
  • Hearing 9-11 May 2017
  • Reasons 8 June 2017

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

The respondent had purported to send an email to A Insurer, a client, which was misleading, and had sent an email to an insurance broker which was misleading. In so doing, he had breached principles 2, 4, 5 and 6 of the SRA Principles 2011, and had acted dishonestly.

The respondent had made statements in a letter to a firm of solicitors which he knew not to be true. In so doing, he had breached principles 2 and 6 and had acted dishonestly.

The respondent had failed within a reasonable time to inform A Insurer about, or take instructions in relation to, the service of a claim; two offers of settlement; judgment in default awarded in respect of the claim; and a draft statutory demand sent to the firm, in breach of principles 2, 4, 5 and 6.

The respondent had failed to ensure that a defence to a claim was filed in good time, thereby enabling judgment in default to be entered, in breach of principles 4, 5 and 6.

After judgment in default had been entered on 14 May 2013, he had failed until 7 March 2014 to take any steps to have that judgment set aside, in breach of principles 4, 5 and 6.

Dishonesty had been found proved against the respondent and the misconduct had occurred over a period of time. The respondent had acted to conceal his inactivity. There were no previous disciplinary findings against him and the testimonials showed that he was highly regarded. The misconduct related only to one case. He had made partial admissions.

There were no exceptional circumstances such as would enable the imposition of any sanction other than strike-off. The respondent was ordered to pay costs of £41,251.