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Solicitor struck off for stealing fees from clients

A solicitor who took thousands of pounds in cash payments from clients and dishonestly failed to declare them to his firm has been struck off. A Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing was told that Andrew John Peters, who had been employed by Hertfordshire firm Martin Smith & Co, had a self-confessed drink problem and had admitted […]

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Solicitor jailed for stealing client money

A lawyer who stole client money to fund a penniless conman who falsely claimed to be a multi-millionaire has been jailed for 30 months. Rose Egarr plundered £200,000 from her firm to give money to Michael Milner after she was conned by his claim to be an undercover detective with £3.3m in the bank. The […]

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Solicitor who made fake legal aid claims struck off

A solicitor who made thousands of pounds worth of fraudulent legal aid claims has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). The SDT found that Drakens Mukoro tried to cover his tracks by creating fake attendance notes for mental health hearings that never took place. The tribunal said Mr Mukoro’s culpability was “of […]

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Solicitor submitted false invoices to pay for cocaine habit

A solicitor who was convicted of fraudulently submitting false invoices for police station work to fund his cocaine habit has been struck off. Dominic John Peter Ingle had been working as a self-employed police station representative on behalf of firms in the Manchester/Lancashire area. When work dropped off in 2016, the solicitor could not afford […]

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Solicitor fined for misleading website

A solicitor has been fined £10,000 and barred from working as a sole practitioner for allowing a misleading website to appear online falsely suggesting he ran an award-winning multi-national firm and failing to take it down when asked. The site claimed the firm was “award-winning”, had offices in London, and Cochin, India, as well as […]

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Inflated claims for legal costs

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has described letters sent to clients by failed Bolton law firm Asons as “disgraceful” and “self-serving”. The tribunal made the comments in its written ruling suspending former principal Kamran Akram for 18 months and ordering him to pay costs of £115,000. The SDT said “inflated bills” were sent out by […]

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“Disgraceful” solicitor who sent client money to girlfriend struck off

A solicitor who transferred over £64,500 of client account money to his personal bank account has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). Mark Anthony Whittaker was also found to have transferred £5,000 in client funds to his girlfriend, who lived in Romania. To try and cover his tracks, he described his girlfriend […]

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Senior Costs Judge raises concern over personal injury solicitors’ standard 100% success fee

The Senior Costs Judge has called on the Law Society to remind personal injury solicitors of their obligation to undertake individual risk assessments in low-value cases and not just apply a blanket 100% success fee. Master Gordon-Saker said: “One of the unintended consequences of LASPO is that there is a growing industry in challenging solicitor […]

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Solicitor overcharged client

An immigration solicitor told a client an advocate’s fee was five times higher than it really was and pocketed the difference in an “appalling case” highlighted by a member of human rights organisation Justice’s working party on immigration and appeals. The report states that the working party member’s experience is “an extreme but far from […]

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Solicitor used £500,000 from client account to fund gambling addiction

A solicitor who used £500,000 of money in his firm’s client account to feed his gambling addiction has been struck off. Over a period of nearly five years, Kam Cheung Mak – who had been a partner at East London firm MKM Solicitors – made 204 transfers totalling £511,618 from client to office account and […]

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