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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 »

“No reason” for sharp rise in interventions, SRA says

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has said it cannot explain why the number of interventions into law firms in the first five months of 2017 was twice the figure for the same period last year. The regulator said there was also a “noticeable increase” in the size of firm.

July 28th, 2017 | No Comments »

SDT strikes off solicitor for falsely claiming to work at former firm

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has struck off a senior solicitor for dishonestly holding himself out as working for his former firm and falsely stating that he had sent out fewer letters on the firm’s notepaper than he knew to be the case.

July 27th, 2017 | No Comments »

Family lawyer who confessed “within hours” to faking letter is fined £2,000

A solicitor who confessed to his law firm that he had faked a letter “within hours” of sending it to a client, has been fined £2,000 by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Ian Giddings, based at the Warwick office of national family firm Woolley & Co, admitted creating and backdating the letter.

July 27th, 2017 | No Comments »