News release

Solicitor struck off for catalogue of offences

A South East London solicitor has been struck off for a catalogue of offences, including two counts of dishonesty.

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) found all allegations against Isaac Agyemang Baffour, of New Cross Road, SE14, proven when it met on Friday 21 February. The case was brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

As well as the allegations of dishonesty, Mr Baffour was said to have misled the Lambeth County Court and a defendant in a case through false representations, fabricated a letter from a client for his own benefit, failed to retain a deposit on a house, failed to account for a client's money, and failed to complete undertakings for another firm of solicitors.

He also provided a service to his client that was so poor as to amount to misconduct. He was working for Baftas Solicitors, New Cross Road, London, at the time of the offences.

As well as being struck off, Mr Baffour was ordered to pay £44,164.44 costs.

Gordon Ramsey, SRA Director of Legal and Enforcement, said: "Solicitors hold positions of complete trust. The Principles we ask them to abide by state they must act with integrity and maintain that trust in order that consumers of legal services can have total confidence in the provision of them.

"Those solicitors who fail to uphold these Principles can expect to face severe consequences. What makes this case even worse is that he misled the court, and that could have had severe consequences for others."

Mr Baffour has 21 days from the date the tribunal publishes its written decision in which to appeal.

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