News release

Jailed solicitor struck off

A Birmingham solicitor currently serving five years in prison for property fraud offences has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).

Kamran Malik, formerly of AKZ Solicitors, was sentenced in criminal proceedings at Birmingham Crown Court at the start of the year for four counts of money laundering, four counts of mortgage fraud, and one count of perverting the course of justice. AKZ Solicitors was based in Alum Rock, Birmingham.

In a separate case brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the tribunal found that Mr Malik's convictions meant he had 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 maintained the trust the public placed in him and in the provision of legal services. As well as striking him off last Tuesday (2 September), the SDT ordered him to pay £2,752 costs.

Gordon Ramsay, SRA Director of Legal and Enforcement, said: "Mr Malik used his position as a solicitor to engage in criminal activity. Solicitors hold positions of trust and have a duty to uphold the rule of law.

"Mr Malik's offences shows he abused that position of trust, so the tribunal's decision is entirely appropriate."

Mr Malik has 21 days from the publication of the tribunal's judgment to appeal.

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