SDT decision exposes unfairness

A solicitor who misled a law firm and a mediator was struck off after that firm reported him to the SRA, despite his firm deciding to deal with it internally

26 May 2020

A senior associate who misled another law firm and a mediator has been struck off after that firm reported him to the regulator – even though his own firm decided to deal with him internally.

Freeths made a formal complaint to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) about Deian Benjamin while the COLP at his own firm took the view a self-referral to the SRA was not merited.

Benjamin was admitted in July 2008 and worked in the litigation team at Newport firm RDP Law at the relevant time.

In 2018, he had been instructed by a client and another party had been instructed by Freeths in relation to a contractual dispute.

Both parties agreed to use mediation as a form of ADR to try to resolve the dispute at an ea...

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