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Ban for rookie solicitor who ‘misappropriated’ over £100k

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A trainee solicitor has been barred from the legal profession after it emerged he had taken over £100,000 from insurance companies and his firm.

Tauseef Sadeeq has been slapped with a section 43 order by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which prevents him from working in a law firm without prior permission from the regulator.

Sadeeq worked as paralegal at Bolton outfit Jacob Miller Solicitors for 15 months between July 2019 and September 2020, according to a notice published this week by the SRA. The following month he became a trainee solicitor having secured a training contract with the same firm.

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But Sadeeq was dismissed some five months later when it emerged he had “misappropriated” over £100,000 from third-party insurers and £2,000 from the firm. The rookie solicitor “fabricated signatures” on four payment request forms, the notice states.

The regulator found Sadeeq’s conduct was dishonest and also ordered him to pay £1,350 in costs.

Legal Cheek reported earlier this week that a trainee solicitor had received the same section 43 order — effectively barring him from the legal profession — over a conviction for stalking he received prior to commencing his TC.

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