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Immigration gang solicitor is struck off

 A solicitor jailed for his part in a gang that broke immigration law has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).

Tevfick Souleiman, formerly of Souleiman GA Solicitors, Palmers Green, London, was sentenced to ten years in prison at The Old Bailey in February last year. The tribunal struck him from the Roll of Solicitors at a hearing on 10 February in a prosecution brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Mr Souleiman, who lived in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, did not attend the hearing, which heard allegations that by virtue of his conviction for various offences, he failed to uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice, failed to act with integrity and failed to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in him and in the provision of legal services.

All of these allegations were found proved, with the tribunal noting the words of the criminal trial sentencing judge, John Bevan QC, who said: "You have betrayed your profession."

In a letter to the SDT, Mr Souleiman said: "I had always respected my status as a solicitor and an officer of the Supreme Court and can only offer my sincere apologies for bringing the profession into disrepute." As well as striking him off, the tribunal ordered him to pay costs of £2,665.54.

Gordon Ramsay, SRA Director of Legal and Enforcement, said: "The first Principle in the Solicitors Code of Conduct is to uphold the rule of law. While Mr Souleiman's action breached other Principles, we will not fail to act when solicitors are involved in illegal activity."

Mr Souleiman has 21 days from the publication of the tribunal's judgement to appeal.

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