Trainee solicitor rebuked after asking client to transfer money into personal account

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Later retracted request

A trainee solicitor has received a slap on the wrist from the regulator after asking a client to transfer money into his personal account.

Sunil Shingadia was found to have breached various regulatory rules “by messaging his client and asking him to transfer money into his personal bank account rather than the client account”, according to a decision published by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

He later retracted this request.

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Shingadia, formerly of Birmingham outfit Chancellors Solicitors, was given a written rebuke and ordered to pay costs of £600. He is currently not working in a legal practice.

Earlier this summer, Legal Cheek reported that a trainee had been cleared of wrongdoing after billing clients for work she had not done. The tribunal found Michelle Louise Craven was not dishonest and had not breached any SRA rules.

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Mr Nick Jordan

I know the guy personally and he is a good lawyer.

He made a mistake and was found to be naive not dishonest. The firm he was working for deserve to hang their head in shame for hanging him out to dry The way they did to protect themselves.


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