African gold mine' solicitor struck off

A LONDON solicitor struck off for offering to shred documents in return for shares worth millions of Canadian dollars has claimed that he was set up by a “wicked individual” in “surreal” and “corrupt” circumstances.

At the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on 26 March, Martin Boston, formerly of West End practice Martin Boston & Co, denied dishonesty despite having served a two-year prison sentence after being convicted, in 1994 ,with his brother, Warren Boston, of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

The tribunal heard that Boston, whose firm folded last August, had promised to shred documents crucial to a client's civil action in return for International African Mining Gold Corporation shares.

But Boston claimed his Old Bailey appeal last year was a “travesty” since tape recordings of conversations in which he was asked to destroy papers did not record a response from him.

Boston pleaded with the tribunal to allow him to clear his name by appealing to the House of Lords then the European Court of Human Rights.

However, Law Society solicitor Jon Goodwin told the hearing Boston's behaviour was unbefitting a solicitor, and tribunal chairman Denys Fordham ordered Boston to pay costs, expected to be £1,658, and struck his name off the roll.