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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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‘Zombie’ solicitor allowed to remain in profession despite finding of dishonesty

A Solicitor who had received the “South West Young Dealmaker of the Year” award in 2014 has been allowed to remain in practice despite the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) finding that he had acted dishonestly. Misleading emails Peter Naylor, aged 31 at the time of the misconduct which occurred between March and August 2014, was…

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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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Think before emailing or posting on social media, Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) warns solicitors

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has issued a guidance note to solicitors covering their communications following an increase in the number of complaints regarding inappropriate communications both in email and on social media. Examples of the nature and content of complaints received (and which have been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal) include making offensive…

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SRA U-turn on compulsory price publication

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has changed its mind on whether to lend support to the proposal for solicitors’ firms to publish their charging rates and prices online. A report on the legal services market prepared by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in December last year found that individuals struggled to make informed choices…

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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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Justice ‘on the cheap’ could land solicitors in the dock

In April 2017, many hundreds of criminal legal aid practitioners signed up to the new Crime Legal Aid Contract. On 1 June 2017, a Law Society Practice Note clarified that these firms may refuse any contract work (save for duty solicitor matters) if taking it on would threaten the viability of the firm, or is…

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