Solicitors

Family law solicitor “fabricated and backdated” letters to cover up her lack of progress on cases

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A family lawyer found to have fabricated and backdated letters across of host of cases – including child contact and domestic violence matters – has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. It said “significant harm” had been done to the reputation of the profession and of Ms Wheeler’s firm, Bridge McFarland.

August 22nd, 2017

“Disgraceful” solicitor struck off for misusing power of attorney and creating fake wills to pocket £250k

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A “disgraceful” solicitor has been struck off after taking around £250,000 from a client under a power of attorney after he had died and also creating false wills for other deceased clients to pay off the legitimate beneficiaries of the first estate. He said the beneficiaries were “hassling” him to distribute money.

August 21st, 2017

Another male solicitor rebuked for “inappropriate” behaviour towards woman at firm Christmas party

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Another male solicitor has been rebuked for inappropriate behaviour to a female colleague at his firm’s Christmas party, following two similar incidents last month. The Solicitors Regulation Authority recorded that “whilst intoxicated, he behaved in an inappropriate, physical manner towards a female employee”.

August 21st, 2017

Solicitor sanctioned for “violent” anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist Facebook comments

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A solicitor who wrote on Facebook that it was a shame a plane carrying Jewish refugees had not blown up has been handed a 12-month suspension and £25,000 fine after the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found his “despicable” comments to be anti-Semitic. However, the suspension of Majid Mahmood has itself been suspended for a year.

August 18th, 2017

Retired solicitor gives undertaking not to hold himself out as practising after complaints

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A retired, non-practising solicitor who helped “friends and acquaintances” with legal matters but misled third parties into believing that he was still in practice has given an undertaking to the Solicitors Regulation Authority that he will not repeat his misconduct. He was also rebuked and fined £500.

August 18th, 2017

Solicitor who paid ‘undercover policeman’ over £80,000 from client account is struck off

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A solicitor who loaned between £80,000 and £100,000 from the firm’s client account to a client claiming to be an undercover policeman has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The tribunal said it was “possible” that she had been deceived by the client.

August 17th, 2017

Senior Crown Prosecutor jailed for expenses fraud committed in bid to help indebted son

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A Senior Crown Prosecutor who put in £5,800 worth of false travel expenses to help pay off his son’s university debt has been jailed for six months. He pleaded guilty to one count of fraud after submitting 62 bogus claims for journeys from his home address in Devon to Bristol Crown Court over six months.

August 17th, 2017

Panel tells SRA it must do more to protect consumers using solicitors in unregulated firms

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The Legal Services Consumer Panel has fired a warning shot across the bows of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, saying it needs to put more consumer protections in place before pressing ahead with its controversial plan to allow solicitors to practise from unregulated firms next year.

August 16th, 2017

Solicitor struck off for taking historic client balances because his firm “needed the money”

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The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has struck off a solicitor who took £112,000 of historic client balances, having twice rejected agreements between him and the Solicitors Regulation Authority that he would instead just remove himself from the roll. He told his fellow director that he was transferring the funds to office account because “we needed the monies”.

August 16th, 2017

Solicitor who helped himself to money in client account “tidying-up” exercise is struck off

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A solicitor who helped himself to client money while carrying out what he claimed was a “tidying-up” exercise of historic client account balances has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The tribunal decided that his actions showed a “lack of moral soundness, a lack of rectitude and no adherence to an ethical code”.

August 15th, 2017