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Jailed solicitor ordered to repay £2m crime proceeds, while “narcissistic” judge convicted of fraud

A solicitor who was jailed earlier this year for stealing more than £4m – and maybe as much as £10m – from her clients has been ordered to pay back the £1.9m within three months, or face a further eight years in prison. Meanwhile, a  “narcissistic” solicitor and district judge has received a suspended jail sentence after being convicted of fraud offences.

November 17th, 2017 | No Comments »

Solicitor who had mercy on fraudulent employee is fined £5,000

A sole practitioner who decided not to sack a fraudulent employee after discovering he had stolen almost £90,000 from the firm’s office account has been fined £5,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. However, the SDT rejected 20 of the 24 allegations made against her by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

July 13th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Diversity, cash flow, referral fees and fraud – an anatomy of the problems afflicting chambers

Widespread failure to comply with diversity rules, cash-flow problems, disguised referral fees and fraud have all been revealed in a Bar Standards Board report on “high impact” chambers. Few chambers also bothered to get feedback from lay clients.

October 23rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Disbarred barrister jailed for defrauding parents of SEN children

A disbarred barrister was jailed for fraud last week after taking money from the parents of children with special educational needs but failing to appear at court. A colleague who also pretended to be a practising barrister was jailed too.

April 27th, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Another firm falls foul of ‘social engineering’ telephone scam

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has urged solicitors to be extra vigilant after a north-east conveyancing firm became the latest victim of telephone bank scammers. The firm lost a significant amount from its account.

April 23rd, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Struck off and now disbarred: lawyer who defrauded the Law Society

A former solicitor and non-practising barrister who was convicted of a string of offences – including assaulting two police officers and defrauding the Law Society of £23,000 while a member of its council – has been disbarred two months after she was struck off the roll of solicitors.

March 27th, 2015 | No Comments »

Jailing of former Law Society council member damaged profession, SDT says

The jailing of former Law Society council member Michael Webster for a fraud offence last summer caused “significant damage” to the profession, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has said.

January 27th, 2015 | No Comments »

Phone scams hit solicitors, with four firms losing £2m

Four law firms have recently lost £2m from their client accounts after falling victim to scammers who tricked them into disclosing bank security information over the telephone, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has warned.

December 3rd, 2014 | No Comments »

On-the-run former solicitor jailed for £1m stamp duty fraud

A former solicitor who stole almost £1m through stamp duty fraud has been sentenced to ten years in jail. Shameer Sacranie, 40, from Leicester is believed to have fled the country and was sentenced in his absence last week.

September 30th, 2014 | No Comments »

SRA joins National Crime Agency in crackdown on solicitor money laundering

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is launching a crackdown on money laundering today, in conjunction with the National Crime Agency (NCA).

September 8th, 2014 | No Comments »