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18.06.19

Solicitor sanctioned for inadvertently aiding fraudulent football club bid

Richard Quinn of Riley Hayes Solicitors has been fined £5,000 by the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) for making reckless misrepresentations in a letter utilised in a fraudulent bid to purchase Hartlepool United Football Club (‘HUFC’). The investigation into Mr Quinn’s conduct followed the conviction of ‘Mr M’, a business man and former director of Swindon…

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Solicitor struck off the roll for “effectively stealing” from counsel and experts

A sole practioner and solicitor since 1998 has been struck off the roll by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) having retained funds owed to experts and counsel, over a number of years. The Solicitors Regulatory Authority (‘SRA’) investigated Martyn Brown after questions were raised following the filing of a Qualified Accountant’s Reports.  An inspection was…

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13.05.19

Is it time to stop talking about gagging clauses?

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced it has referred a solicitor from magic circle firm Allen & Overy to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over drawing-up a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) on behalf of film Producer Harvey Weinstein.  It is understood the agreement, in essence, paid Mr Weinstein’s former assistant Zelda Perkins a large sum in…

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21.03.19

Solicitor fined for loaning money to client at 60% interest

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) has fined Richard Barca (of Wilson Barca LLP) £20,000 and ordered him to pay £26,000 in costs after regulatory proceedings were instigated against him for loaning £27,000, with an interest rate of 60% per annum, to a vulnerable client who stood to lose her property and livelihood. Mr Barca was…

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25.02.19

Dishonesty: professional suicide (unless you are a politician)

The three-month prison sentence of Fiona Onasanya MP has sparked a debate about whether politicians should lose their parliamentary seat if convicted of a criminal offence.  Ms Onasanya was convicted of perverting the course of justice by falsely telling police that her former tenant was the driver responsible for a minor speeding offence in July…

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Solicitor struck off for perverting the course of justice

A newly-qualified solicitor has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal following his conviction for attempting to pervert the course of justice.  Mohammed Riaz (also known as John Washington) was convicted on 1 September 2016 and sentenced to eight months’ custody. Riaz, who was admitted to the roll only a year before he was…

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15.01.19

Solicitor fined for calling a potential client a ‘nutter’

A solicitor of nearly 40 years PQE has been fined £5,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for sending a string of emails calling a potential client a ‘nutter’, ‘crazy man with a death wish’ and an ‘asshole’. Tim Bennett’s conduct was referred to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) by The Society of Trusts and…

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4.12.18

‘Tis the season of unfair trials: criminal allegations in the regulatory arena

Recent weeks have seen a number of high profile criminal allegations being revealed, and even judged upon, without any involvement from the criminal justice system. The most obvious of these cases involved Lord Lester of Herne Hill. The eminent Human Rights lawyer, and former Liberal Democrat spokesman on Human Rights, was found culpable of sexual…

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26.11.18

Solicitor struck off following profanity-stricken tirade

Luke Stephen Venton has been struck off the Roll by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (‘SDT’) following convictions for drink driving and possession of a class B drug, failure to notify the Solicitors Regulation Authority (‘SRA’) about these convictions and offensive and threatening language in communications with the SRA, other solicitors and third parties. Mr Venton…

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5.11.18

Aaron Banks, Leave.EU, the NCA and the Electoral Commission

Last week, the Electoral Commission referred Brexit campaigner Aaron Banks, his 2016 organisation Leave.EU, and his senior colleague Liz Bilney to the National Crime Agency (NCA). The purpose of the investigation is to discover whether electoral laws were broken regarding Leave.EU’s referendum funding during 2016, and also whether Mr Banks and Ms Bilney knowingly concealed…

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