A sole practitioner has been struck off for dishonesty after using client money to pay off his firm’s debts

Chidi Umezurike was admitted in 2005 and was the sole principal of CK Law Limited.

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) was tipped off by another firm, which had become concerned that his firm was in financial difficulties. An SRA investigation ensued.

During interviews with officers from the SRA’s forensics investigation unit in April 2019, Umezurike falsely indicated that there no judgment debts against him or the firm; nor had he received any financial notices in relation to firm debts.

In fact, there were at least three county court judgments, as well as other proceedings opened during the previous 12 months.

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) ruled that in giving the SRA false or misle...

Nicola Laver
Solicitors Journal

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