Shamed Solicitor faces the SRA
From ISP Review 16/01/12:
The notorious boss of failed solicitors firm ACS:Law UK and winner of the 2011ISPA Internet Villain award, Andrew Crossley (Solicitor ID 150435), will at 10:00am this morning face a substantive hearing in front of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).
The Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) has tabled seven charges against Crossley, not least for "[attempting] to take unfair advantage of other persons" (broadband ISP customers) and that of providing "false information" to a court.
SRA Charges vs Andrew Crossley (ACS:Law)
The Tribunal has certified that there is a case to answer in respect of allegations which are or include that [Crossley] :-
1) Allowed his independence to be compromised.
2) Acted contrary to the best interests of his clients.
3) Acted in a way that was likely to diminish the trust the public places in him or in the legal profession.
4) Entered into arrangements to receive contingency fees for work done in prosecuting or defending contentious proceedings before the Courts of England and Wales except as permitted by statute or the common law.
5) Acted where there was a conflict of interest in circumstances not permitted, in particular because there was a conflict with those of his clients.
6) Used his position as a Solicitor to take or attempt to take unfair advantage of other persons being recipients of letters of claim either for his own benefit or for the benefit of his clients.
7) Acted without integrity in that he provided false information in statements made to the Court.
(AKA - taking the SRA Code of Conduct with a pinch of salt, I believe).
It might be jumping the gun, but I sense that Crossley’s career as a solicitor may have run its course. Still, give it a few years, and I’m sure there’ll be a certain Mr Crossley providing legal consultancy services to clients out there. Particularly the ones with short memories.