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Non-lawyers disciplined for disclosure failures during Cobbetts collapse

Tribunal judgments in the cases of two non-lawyers involved in the finances of defunct law firm Cobbetts LLP have been published, marking the latest chapter in the disciplinary aftermath of the failure. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal approved agreed outcomes relating to allegations against the firm’s former financial director and partnership tax accountant.

March 29th, 2018 | No Comments »

“Stressed” solicitor avoids strike-off despite dishonesty

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has again decided against striking off a solicitor for proven dishonesty after it accepted that he was suffering from work-induced stress. The solicitor said one of his supervisors had described himself as being “like an abusive husband, always asking for forgiveness and saying it would be different”.

February 6th, 2018 | No Comments »

Solicitor struck off for carrying out reserved activities from unregulated firm

A solicitor has been struck off for conducting reserved activities when he was not entitled to do so and dishonestly misleading the regulator when challenged on it. After closing down his regulated firm, he set up an unregulated one but was found to have conducted both conveyancing and litigation.

February 5th, 2018 | No Comments »

SDT strikes off young solicitor who faked documents to cover insurance error

A three-year qualified solicitor has been struck off for dishonestly fabricating documents to cover up the fact she failed to negotiate an increase to after-the-event insurance cover. This meant her client or firm faced having to pay the other side’s costs.

January 5th, 2018 | No Comments »

Solicitor who “outrageously plundered” assets of elderly client struck off

A solicitor who stole more than £300,000 of his elderly and disabled client’s money using a secret bank account has been struck off. He was found have committed the “outrageous plundering” of his client’s assets in a particularly “deplorable” case of dishonest conduct.

December 12th, 2017 | No Comments »

Solicitor who made client agree not to complain to the authorities suspended

A solicitor who was “over his head” in running his own firm, and used a settlement with a vulnerable client to prevent them complaining to the Solicitors Regulation Authority or Legal Ombudsman, has been suspended from practice. He was also found guilty of a number of other breaches.

November 9th, 2017 | No Comments »

Solicitor struck off after pocketing cash payments and failing to declare them to firm

An experienced solicitor has been struck off after dishonestly pocketing cash payments from clients, claiming he was recouping money owed to him by the firm at which he was a consultant. He attended clients’ homes to draft wills, bringing his wife along as a witness, and sought – and obtained – payments in cash.

October 30th, 2017 | No Comments »

Solicitor who overcharged by 574% struck off

A solicitor has been struck off after being found by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal to have dishonestly charged an estate “manifestly excessive” fees for probate work – almost nine times the agreed amount. The solicitor had told the executor he would charge 3% of the estate but ended up charging 26%.

September 7th, 2017 | 1 Comment »

Solicitor who tried to avoid paying stamp duty on firm office purchase struck off

A solicitor has been struck off after he bought his home and his firm’s office for £1.3m but dishonestly declared he had paid only £265,000 altogether, in order to avoid paying over £50,000 in stamp duty land tax. He also attempted to dissuade the HMRC from making fines it issued to him public so as not to alert the SRA.

August 14th, 2017 | No Comments »

Immigration lawyer who misled court suspended indefinitely

A solicitor who misled the court over the ‘student’ status of a client has been suspended indefinitely by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. The tribunal heard that the client told Mansoor Ali that he had been “paying money to agents” to get certificates from universities, with the aim of getting indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

August 1st, 2017 | 1 Comment »