'Sloppy' UK Atty Can’t Get Practice Restriction Lifted

Law360, London (February 11, 2019, 11:07 AM GMT) -- An attorney found to be "sloppy, lazy and careless” with client instructions and money laundering checks on property transactions has lost his bid to overturn restrictions on practicing as a solo practitioner imposed by a disciplinary tribunal.

Anthony Gale, a former partner at Maurice Smiths Solicitors in Yorkshire, accepted a fine of £10,000 ($12,900) imposed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in April. But, in a ruling at the High Court in London last week, Judge Edward Pepperall dismissed Gale's claims that the restriction against practicing independently was disproportionate and unnecessary.

“The tribunal undertook a careful evaluation of the case and of the need for restrictions...

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