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SDT strikes off solicitor for dishonesty after 45 years of practice

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has struck off a solicitor for dishonestly backdating enduring powers of attorney and claiming to have witnessed signatures “to save clients money” after an unblemished career of more than 40 years. He also failed to return money to a client for at least six years and used some of it for the benefit of another client.

June 19th, 2017 | No Comments »

Clerk who pursued PI claims against wishes of clients banned by SDT

A clerk who pursued personal injury claims against the wishes of his clients has been banned from working for law firms by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Michael Davis said he was acting “in accordance with office procedures” and was managing up to 400 live cases at any one time.

June 16th, 2017 | No Comments »

SDT strikes off dishonest solicitor for second time after deceiving lenders about who was doing their work

A solicitor has been struck off for the second time and ordered to pay costs of almost £66,000 after dishonestly misleading mortgage lenders in order to service clients of a firm which was excluded from lenders’ panels. He also allowed his client account to be used as an escrow banking facility to lend credibility to dubious transactions involving diamonds and fine art.

June 14th, 2017 | No Comments »

Partners at Yorkshire firm fined over conflicts of interest

Two partners who acted both for former clients of a law firm shut down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and for one of that firm’s solicitors have been fined by a disciplinary tribunal. However, they had to accept higher fines than had been agreed with the regulator to satisfy the tribunal’s view of the seriousness of their misconduct.

June 9th, 2017 | No Comments »

Partners who were “authors of their own misfortune” fined £35,000 by SDT

Two partners at a high street firm have each been fined £35,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for multiple accounts rule breaches – very much at the higher end of the financial penalties it usually hands out. One was also found to have breached the money laundering regulations and both failed to act with integrity.

June 8th, 2017 | No Comments »

SRA asks High Court for tougher sanctions for solicitors in £21m Ecohouse collapse

The High Court will hear an appeal by the Solicitors Regulation Authority later this month for tougher sanctions on two West Midlands solicitors, suspended for their involvement in a collapsed Brazilian property investment scheme. But the scheme’s liquidators have “reluctantly” decided not pursue legal action against their firm.

June 6th, 2017 | No Comments »

SDT lifts 20-year-old supervision order on former legal executive

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has overridden the objections of the Solicitors Regulation Authority to lift a supervision order imposed on a legal executive after misconduct that took place almost 20 years ago. He had made four false travel expense claims on three fictitious client files.

June 2nd, 2017 | No Comments »

Personal injury firm sold multi-track work after “sudden and unexpected” rejection by bank

A personal injury firm was forced to sell its multi-track work at a “considerable” loss after the “sudden and unexpected” withdrawal of support from its bank, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has heard as it fined two partners and a non-lawyer partner for retaining unpaid professional disbursements in its office account.

May 23rd, 2017 | 1 Comment »

BSB paves way to lower standard of proof in disciplinary matters

The Bar Standards Board has opened the way to replace the criminal standard of proof in disciplinary matters with the civil standard, in a move that could well ripple across the profession amid growing pressure to adopt the civil standard uniformly.

May 3rd, 2017 | No Comments »

SDT strikes off solicitor who plundered client funds to play the property market

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal last week struck off a solicitor who used more than £500,000 from the estates of deceased clients over seven years, mainly to play the property market and repay debts. His own brother complained to the SRA after the solicitor failed to administer the estate of his own late father.

April 26th, 2017 | 1 Comment »