Solicitor struck off for practising while suspended


SRA: solicitor showed serious disregard for the interests of the public

A Birmingham solicitor has been struck off for practising while suspended, including appearing in court.

Peter Chahal was removed from the roll of solicitors by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal last week after it found that he had twice acted on behalf of clients despite being suspended.

Two similar allegations were found not proved by the tribunal.

Mr Chahal had originally been suspended by the tribunal for six months from 19 April 2012 for, among other charges, failing to look after a client’s matter properly. As part of the punishment, the tribunal also ordered that he may not practise as a sole practitioner, manager, partner of a solicitors’ firm, and ordered Mr Chahal to pay £20,000 costs.

However, last week’s tribunal heard that in June 2012, he attended Sandwell Magistrates’ Court and represented a client at a taxi licence appeal preliminary hearing. Further, in September 2012, he signed a Land Registry document, describing the capacity in which he did so as that of a solicitor of the Supreme Court and partner.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) said Mr Chahal did not attend the hearing and did not provide any evidence in mitigation.

The tribunal said it strongly disapproved of a solicitor who flouted the terms of a previous order made against him. In order to protect the public and maintain the trust the public places in him and those who provide legal services, there was no option but to strike Mr Chahal off the roll.

Gordon Ramsay, SRA director of legal and enforcement, said: “Mr Chahal represented a member of the public when he knew he was not authorised to do. This shows a serious disregard for the interests of the public. We are very satisfied with the tribunal’s decision.”

Mr Chahal was also ordered to pay £4,500 costs. He has 21 days from the publication of the judgment to appeal.

Tags:




Leave a Comment

By clicking Submit you consent to Legal Futures storing your personal data and confirm you have read our Privacy Policy and section 5 of our Terms & Conditions which deals with user-generated content. All comments will be moderated before posting.

Required fields are marked *
Email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Reports

No larger firm can ignore the demands of innovation – that was the clear message from our most recent roundtable: “The law firm of the future”, sponsored by LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions. It comes in many forms, predominantly but not just technology, and is not simply a case of automating process. Expertise and process are not mutually exclusive.

Blog

11 September 2018

Legal marketing lessons from Ed Sheeran

Anyone starting a new law firm or starting out on their legal career could take several lessons from Ed Sheeran’s approach to promoting himself.

Read More