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Solicitor struck off for unintentionally aiding criminal activity

Neil Bolton has been struck off the roll of solicitors in disciplinary proceedings that followed his conviction and nine months’ imprisonment for seven counts of failing to comply with Money Laundering Regulations and one count of failing to disclose information in the Regulated Sector. The criminal and disciplinary proceedings came as a result of an…

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Solicitor struck off after falsely claiming he had witnessed a client's signature

A solicitor of nine years’ call has been struck off the roll of solicitors following a finding by the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) that he acted dishonestly. Stewart Stocker, a partner at Lauriston Saggar at the relevant time, was acting for a mother and son who sought to borrow nearly £1 million in a property…

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Solicitor struck off for ‘outrageous plundering’ from vulnerable client

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) have struck of Mr Stephen Acres and awarded £70,000 in costs to the Solicitors Regulation Authority following sustained misappropriation from the accounts of an ‘elderly and extremely vulnerable client’. Background Mr Acres (‘the Respondent’), a former partner of Stanley De Leon, obtained a Lasting Power of Attorney (‘LPA’) in 2013…

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Solicitors Regulation Authority revisits Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal costs order

In 2010 Richard Brickley was suspended from pratice by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) for three months following breaches of the Solicitors Accounts Rules.  Mr Brickley was also ordered to pay the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s costs for their investigation and subsequent application to the Tribunal, amounting to just over £24,000. Enforcement of the costs order…

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SRA investigation: Leigh Day’s Firing Squad draws a blank

Over two months after the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal cleared Leigh Day’s Martin Day, Sapna Malik and Anna Crowther of all 21 disciplinary offences, their 214 page judgment has finally been published.  In essence, these three solicitors stood accused of pursuing their ‘al-Sweady’ claims on the basis that their Iraqi clients were innocent civilians whilst at the…

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Solicitor sanctioned by SRA for misleading client

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (‘SRA’) have reached a Regulatory Settlement Agreement with a solicitor who erroneously lead a client to believe that court proceedings had been issued in their matter. John Mitton, a former director of PG Legal Limited, was instructed by an unnamed client in relation to an employment dispute with a recruitment agency…

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Leigh Day's Iraq conduct in the firing line.

Three human rights lawyers from firm Leigh Day have appeared before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) accused of knowingly bringing false claims that British troops ‘mutilated, tortured and killed’ Iraqi civilians. Opening submissions from the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority (SRA) provide some very interesting insights. The al-Sweady inquiry, named after a 19-year-old Iraqi killed by British…

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On the Front Line between the Regulatory and the Criminal

The case of Phil Shiner, a leading Humans Rights lawyer struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) in early February illustrates the grave dangers in obtaining clients through dubious means – and where that can lead. Mr Shiner, a former team leader at Public Interest Lawyers (PIL), did not attend his final SDT hearing…

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SDT rejects misconduct charge against solicitor who recommended surveillance of opponent lawyers

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has found that Farrer & Co Solicitor Julian Pike did not commit professional conduct when he advised his client News International to arrange the surveillance of two lawyers acting for victims of phone-hacking (understood to be Mark Lewis and Charlotte Harris).  At the time Mr Harris was defending phone-hacking claims for his…

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High-Yield Investment Scheme Warning for Solicitors

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (‘SRA’) have reiterated their warning that firms should not become involved in the running of High-Yield Investment Schemes.  The notice follows five matters heard before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) since October 2016.  One of the most recent cases is that of Mr Mandeep Dhariwal, an equity partner of Lawcommercial Trading…

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