Some questions for
The Law Society
It fails to act on
allegations of serious misconduct and criminal activities amongst its own
Rogue Traders case.
Daultrey was, on 18 November 2004, inexplicably restored to the Roll
of solicitors after having lied to the Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal.
So much for the standards of the Law Society, which readmits liars and cheats.
Daultrey, Francis Read, Donnellan & Co - Richard Donnellan.
was struck off as a solicitor in 1982 for lying to clients and stealing
their money. Regardless, he was admitted as a solicitor to the firm of Francis Read in
1993. Francis Read claims that Daultrey had previously been working with
other solicitors. What records to you have in relation to Daultrey's
employment with solicitors between 1982 and 1993?
claims to have
obtained permission from you to employ Daultrey as a clerk. Did you
give such permission? Two of your own officers deny having any records of
Daultrey's employment by solicitors since his striking off in 1982.
If you did give
permission, what caveats did you impose on Francis Read's employment/admission of
If you did not
give such permission, what action do you propose taking against Francis
Read for having acted against your own rules, which carries a
penalty of striking off in cases involving the employment of struck off
solicitors? Francis Read continues to practice. Why?
In 1995 Steven
Daultrey left Francis Read's firm to join the solicitors firm of
& Co from where he held out as being "a solicitor of twenty years'
standing". The Thames Valley Police at this time had an interest in
Daultrey's activities, so what action did you take against him for holding
out thus? The SDT's findings in the Donnellan matter are damning and conclusive.
The Law Society
closed down Donnellan & Co on 21 February 1996 amid a police investigation
and allegations of financial irregularities including misappropriation of
funds. As Daultrey had been promising investment funds for a business he
had promoted jointly with one of his clients, a convicted fraudster, what action did you take
In 1997 Daultrey
moved to Overseas Company Registration Agents (OCRA) from where he continued to
hold out as being a solicitor of many
years' standing. I alerted you to
this fact in 1999/2000, so what action did you take?
Two of your own
officers in November 2002 have confirmed independently that the Law Society has no
records of Daultrey's employment with solicitors' firms since his striking
off in 1982. Do you routinely destroy such records, or do you not keep
them at all?
Tell me, please
- just how interested are you in protecting your integrity as a regulator,
and how much importance do you place on protecting the interests of the
public and charitable and business communities?
It is unlawful
for an unqualified person to hold out as being a solicitor. Do you hold
the law in contempt?
Will you make available a list or database of all
solicitors and lawyers who have been struck off or disciplined? (About to
happen, at last.
03 Jan 2008)
You have recently restored Daultrey to the Roll -
have you lost your minds?
has recently been employed (admitted to) by a Gibraltar firm of solicitors
called Marrache & Co, which also has offices in Hanover Square, London,
where Daultrey is based. The Law Society shows Daultrey as a solicitor
admitted since 1977 and ignores the period from (1982 - 2004) when he was
a struck off the Roll and ineligible to practice as a solicitor, revealing
exactly how corrupt and duplicitous it has become. The UK is now a fraudsters' paradise
I refer you meanwhile to the
Solicitors' Lie Detector and the
Update October/November 2005
The Law Society seems to have responded, in
The Law Society Gazette.
"The SDT granted
the application of the applicant, of Glendale, London Road, Balcombe, West
Sussex RH17 6HT, that his name be restored to the roll. The applicant had been
struck off the roll on 3 June 1982.
The SDT was in no doubt that the applicant had achieved a remarkable degree of
personal rehabilitation. He had been supported in his application for
restoration by his current employers, his former partner and a wide range of
people who were leaders in their own professions, and the SDT had particularly
taken into account the very considerable support given to the applicant by the
police. The tribunal had been impressed by the applicant’s career history and in
particular the occasion when at the risk of detriment to himself and his family
he had reported a fraud perpetrated by his employers to the appropriate
authorities and had taken steps to minimise the effect of such fraud upon those
who would have been the victims of it to a substantial degree. The SDT had also
been impressed by the applicant’s successful career in the field of financial
regulation and the prevention of financial fraud and money laundering.
The SDT had concluded that the case put by the applicant was wholly exceptional,
and that he had demonstrated that he was apparently fit to be a solicitor, that
the public would consider that the solicitors’ profession would be proud to have
the applicant as a member, and that public confidence in the profession as a
whole would not be damaged by his successful application. The circumstances in
which the applicant had offended were exceptional, and his actions in 1980 had
been aberrational. There was no order for costs."
Featured in the
Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal's 2005 Annual Report:
solicitor had been struck off the Roll in 1982. He had been an assistant to a
sole practitioner where he had been stretched beyond his limits at a time of
turmoil in his personal life. His misconduct had involved breaches of the
Solicitors Accounts Rules, utilising clients’ money and misleading clients.
Mitigating circumstances were not made known to the Tribunal making the striking
More than 20 years after being struck off the former solicitor now sought to be
restored to the Roll. He had over the years found various temporary employments,
some in firms of solicitors. Later he worked for an oil company and studied
Russian. He became a Compliance and Money Laundering Officer for an
international and substantial company and acquired an expertise in the field of
money laundering prevention. He had trained police officers and his application
for restoration to the Roll was supported by senior police officers, members of
the legal profession and businessmen, all of whom spoke highly of his integrity
and trustworthiness. The Tribunal concluded that this was an exceptional case
and ordered that the former solicitor be restored to the Roll."
The Law Society is
laughing at you/us all.
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