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Watchdog, Cops Probe UK Lawyer After £22M Legal Aid Fraud

Law360, London (January 7, 2019, 2:03 PM GMT) -- The Solicitors Regulation Authority said Monday that it could discipline the former head of a major law firm after a London judge ordered it to repay more than £22 million ($28 million) of public money fraudulently claimed in legal aid.

Blavo & Co. Solicitors Ltd. was told by Judge Edward Pepperall​ at the ​​​​​​High Court on Dec. 21 to repay millions of pounds after he found that fraudulent claims at the company, which is now in liquidation, had been “endemic.” The judge said the fraud had included forgery of case files.

The Metropolitan Police is investigating the firm’s former director, John...

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