Other warnings about cons and scams feature in the
When choosing a solicitor, or if trying to choose a
solicitor, many institutions suggest that recommendation is the best route. This
is highly questionable for the referrer could so easily be a criminal with a
hidden agenda, and the recommended solicitor could be a knowing component in
fraudulent or criminal schemes. You MUST take all possible precautions to
establish the credentials of the solicitor you are thinking of using, and those
of the referrer.
Solicitors and criminals rely upon your ignorance or
your failure to ask the right questions in order to implement their schemes
against you. They will especially rely upon your faith in and respect for them
as members of an honourable profession. The unfortunate reality in Britain is
that most of its serious criminals wear suits, and that lawyers comprise a very
large number of them.
Which? issues 2001 Press
Which? issues 2004 Press
Which? issues 2005 Press Release
Which? issues 2006 Press Release
This is NOT the
web site of the Law Society in England and Wales. If you were hoping to find its
LFYB site, click
Roundup of solicitors and other lawyers making
the bad news to date:
have come here because you searched for Lawyers For Your Business, business
lawyers in the UK, or because you want to engage a solicitor in England or Wales
for your existing or new business, consider carefully the statements between the
lines, then consider what follows after that.
What the Law Society in England and Wales said about
its Lawyers For Your Business scheme:
"Lawyers For Your Business (LFYB)
represents some 1,400 firms of solicitors in England and Wales, which have come
together to help ensure that all businesses, and especially the smaller
owner-managed ones, get access to sound legal advice whenever they need it.
LFYB is administered by the
Law Society, and backed by Business in the Community, the Federation of Small
Business and the Forum of Private Business.
LFYB recognises that, for fear
of running up large legal bills, firms will often not consult a solicitor until
they have a serious problem. By then, of course, any remedy may be at its most
expensive, if indeed one is still available.
In most cases businesses can
save themselves money by seeing a solicitor for advice early on, especially
where there is legislation to be complied with, or important legal documents
such as contracts to be prepared. To remove the risk of incurring unexpectedly
high legal costs, all LFYB members offer a free consultation, lasting at least
half an hour, to diagnose the problem and any need for action, with full
information, in advance, on the likely costs of proceeding.
Your LFYB adviser will be able
to provide advice on the structure of your business as you start up or expand.
Should you trade in your own name or through a company? They will be able to
explain the merits of the different types of business organisation and help you
decide upon the best for you."
So you have a business idea, or a
business investment opportunity has been promoted to you. You want a
solicitor to safeguard your interests and point you in the right
direction. You have confidence that because all solicitors are regulated
by the Law Society you may automatically and naturally expect certain
standards of performance and integrity, and that they will act solely in
This is not the rant of a disturbed individual with a misplaced and
misguided tirade against ill-defined targets. I built this site to expose
a very, very serious case of conspiracy to defraud and actual fraud
conducted from within the solicitors profession itself. Sadly, and still
unknown to the public at large, it is by no means unique. Many people
around the world have contacted me with their sad and disturbing stories
about doing business with solicitors in England. For just two developing
examples, go to the Cases
Pending section, or read the
News. If you have been defrauded by UK solicitors you will face
appalling difficulties when trying to seek redress.
observe the guidance notes below before using solicitors in England or
Don't assume or
presume anything about the expertise of the solicitor you are thinking of
Find out about
their special practice areas and if they are suited to your requirements.
You cannot know all the questions you should be asking, which is why you
employ or retain professional advisors in the first place. They are
supposed to bear your interests and needs in mind, so they should be
asking questions, too. Your last question of them should be: "Is there
anything else I need to know at this time?" Always ask this question -
it should never be implied or left hanging. It might save your life. If
you fail to ask the right questions, they will rely upon that fact later
to mask or evade their own responsibilities. Your safest assumption is
that all lawyers intend to betray your reliance on their honesty,
professionalism and integrity.
Professional Indemnity Insurance
Indemnity Fund is now the subject of debate as to how its 54m(+/-)
GBP surplus should be either handed back to contributing solicitors, or
used to plug the Law Society's pensions hole. You should also ask the
solicitor or solicitors you are thinking of using who are their insurers
and whether there any exceptions or exemptions that might affect the
business in hand.
that because they are a solicitor they are above reproach..
Law Society on:
0870 606 6575
or 0845 608 6565. and ask whether that solicitor has any conditions imposed on
their practicing certificate. You should also check that they are a
legitimate solicitor here:
Law Society's Find a Solicitor but the database is not
comprehensive. If you need to be absolutely sure, use the above telephone
number. The Law Society has recently introduced a new telephone number: To
find out whether a solicitor has conditions imposed on their practising
certificate, call 01527 519144.
imagine that if you subsequently have any complaints about your solicitor,
they and the Law Society or the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors
will act in your interests or do the "honourable thing" befitting an
your complaint is serious the solicitors, the Law Society, the Office for
the Supervision of solicitors and the legal system will rally round to
protect their members first. Your interests and "justice" come in at a
very poor second place. They will do their utmost to fob you off. They
will lie and lie, conjuring with the truth, and mutilating the facts
beyond recognition. They will try to wear you down with twisted logic and
indifference. In many cases they succeed, and
they will not care about your misery. If a solicitor's dishonesty
or negligence has left you without funds, you will have no hope at all of
winning redress. The Legal Services Commission's
Specialist Fraud Panel
might not be able to help you, either. Solicitors treat serious complaints
as threats of litigation, responding with specious, twisted logic or even
lies, sometimes threatening claimants with actions for defamation!!
presume that your solicitor will at all times be acting solely in your
sure as you can that the solicitor or solicitors you retain do not to gain
from the business in hand in any way other than the professional charges
they will levy on you. Be sure, also, that they are not acting or do not
act for any other party that might also have an interest in your venture
or investment. Many solicitors are as crooked as their clients, and
many criminals work with crooked solicitors! (With some possible exceptions)
If you catch even the faintest whiff of potential conflict
of interest, DITCH THEM.
Caution: your proposed business or investment
might include another person as a director or shareholder. In England,
private individuals are not allowed to discover if that person has a
criminal record, which might seriously affect your decisions about the
business or investment if their record concerns financial crime. Neither
will a crooked solicitor tell you their own history, or that of their
client. You will be seriously compromised from the outset by being denied
discover why you are not allowed to know someone's criminal past, visit
Records Bureau. Check out the Disclosure statements. The same
precautions as in 4, above, apply. You might be confident that you
have "made all the right moves", done your diligence, but you will in fact
be in business with criminals and crooked solicitors without knowing it.
You will be fleeced.
assume that solicitors' charges are reasonable and that they will keep you
informed of their progress and activities on the matter for which you have
regular checks on progress and always ask for an unambiguous breakdown of
charges and disbursements. I will soon be publishing on this site the
story of the widow and the greedy solicitor...
Examples of Solicitors' dishonesty and betrayal of trust
||Struck off -
theft, conspiracy to defraud
Search the archive of the Law Society Gazette for the words "struck off"
or "disciplined" or "disciplinary" or "SDT" or variants.
online archive only goes back to 1998, but there are hundreds and
Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) published its annual reports 2002
I have copied the 2002 report it and put it on this site. The 2003 report
will follow. (Fewer cases, but more complex ones). "2004 and 2005 annual
reports are now available.
reports from SDT
Read the 2002 report on this site as
Read the 2003 report
on this site as HTML
||Check out the News,
News Roundup and Alerts, left.
Consider the sentiments and
contents of the Similar Sites section
The Consumers' Association
conducted a survey: (2001)
Solicitors complaints line
doesn't always tell the whole truth: (2001)
Which? condemns Law Society
helpline for misinforming callers: (2003)
Delays, negligence and mistakes…solicitors aren’t
improving, says Which?
Which? Press Release 2004
Watchdogs call for regulation
shake up of legal profession
Which? Press Release 2005
Legal Services Ombudsman
publishes "Unprecedented" interim report.
Expertise and Ethics in the
Crooked lawyers who keep
The Law Society has a sense
||Joke. Temporarily removed as the LS has lost it
More views about the Law
Society and solicitors
Browse the National Criminal
Browse the Serious Fraud
This person is really upset:
"For your own peace of mind... Do NOT use this Firm..."
very, very careful when using solicitors in England or Wales - the few
good ones are good, but the bad ones will deliberately destroy you! The Law
Society and the courts - in fact, the entire legal system - will not care
because the law now more closely resembles a self-serving racket than a fair and
just means of regulating society. England, where the Law Society is a
incorporated by Royal Charter, is a very dangerous
place in which to trust in its lawyers, or to do business at all.
DID retain a solicitor - a lawyer for my business - but how could
I possibly have known or even guessed that Steven Daultrey had in fact been
struck off for lying to clients and stealing their money? Solicitor Francis Read
knew; solicitor Richard Donnellan knew; Steven Daultrey knew; their fraudster
client, Michael Turner knew; the Law Society knew. They all knew, except for
ME, and they relied on my ignorance of the reality to rob me
and everyone else who came along. Had Francis Read made clear to me the true
status and credentials of the struck off Steven Daultrey, I would have been
alerted to the risks contained in having any business dealings with Turner.
What chances do any of us have when the system is
so tilted in favour of the corrupt? You might be better advised to invest in
Antarctic vineyard schemes than to use a "Lawyer For Your Business" in England
or Wales. The Department of Trade and Industry, however, continues to recommend
solicitors as a good starting point for proposed business start-ups. Ha!
If you are trusting, honest, honourable and
prefer to seek the best in others you are a sitting duck for fraudsters. Always
inform yourself before parting with any of your hard-earned money, and don't
fall for any sob stories.
You have been warned.
as a case study Legal Robbery
out why striking solicitors off The Roll is meaningless, read
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