Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal described the regulator’s handling of the case as ‘lamentable’

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has made a costs order against the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after the regulator was forced to withdraw a badly handled prosecution against a solicitor.

The interim payment of £40,000 is to be made prior to a full costs assessment. Jamil Ahmud, the solicitor at the heart of the prosecution and a partner at Bloomsbury Law, has claimed a total of £215,000 in costs.

The SRA accused Ahmud of dishonestly seeking to recover costs in a litigation but took three years to interview the effected client, and consequently failing to prove the allegations.

The case was originally opened after the regulator received a report from a costs draftsman about the litigation...

Hannah Gannagé-Stewart
Deputy Editor
Solicitors Journal

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