Ex-Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman is to attend a four-day hearing at the Solicitors Regulatory Tribunal (SRA) starting tomorrow that will determine the fate of his legal career.
“Failure to uphold the rule of law”?
Rahman faces charges of bringing the legal profession into disrepute by failures to uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice as a consequence of the election court’s finding against him.
The election court ruling in April 2015 found him guilty of electoral fraud and ordered his immediate removal from his mayoral post.
Criminal investigation into Rahman administration
Earlier this year the Metropolitan Police started Operation Lynemouth, a major criminal enquiry into any alleged criminal or electoral wrongdoing connected to Lutfur Rahman’s administration between 25 October 2010 and 23 April 2015 or any other matter which detectives consider warrants further investigation.
Sources believe that Operation Lynemouth has not progressed as swiftly as some may wish due to the sheer volume of potential criminal wrongdoing they have to deal with.
The SRA hearing has been delayed since March this year due to Rahman’s attempt to have the original electoral petition judgement made subject to a judicial review with the hope that, if successful, he would be allowed to run for office once more.
Difficulties with his regulatory body
Rahman is being represented at the hearing by Jonathan Goodwin, whom LW believes runs this firm of solicitors on the Wirral near Liverpool who specialises in “professional disciplinary and regulatory work, on behalf of regulators and individual professionals facing difficulties with their regulatory bodies.
Difficulties with their regulatory bodies? As in the Titanic having difficulty with a rather large piece of ice.
The Tribunal’s offices in Farringdon are open from 9 am to 5 pm. and hearings usually start at 10.00am. Members of the public may attend but it is always a good idea to contact the SRA as below.
Solicitors Regulatory Tribunal
3rd Floor, Gate House
1 Farringdon Street
London EC4M 7LG
Tel: (020) 7329 4808
Case reference is No. 11457/2015 LUTFER [sic] RAHMAN Solicitor and it is being heard before Mr A N Spooner (Chairman), Mr J Evans and Mr M Hallam.