SDT strikes off former Ince partner over £3m expenses fraud

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  • "Iyer first embarked on his scheme when he was an assistant solicitor, submitting claims for around £55,000, but most frauds took place after he made partner".

    How did he find the time to make a claim for Partnership? The fraud would have almost been a full-time job!

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  • £55k is a huge amount to claim as a Partner, let alone a solicitor! I work at a comparable firm to Ince and submitted a £200 bar tab last week and was worried I'd be questioned on it! Beggars belief how one would get away with this!

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  • He also appears to have written a couple of crime thrillers and dated some C list celebs. Busy chap!

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  • What kind of accounting system did Ince have in place, or is this an example of a greedy firm turning a blind eye to the activities of a very high billing, star, partner, as Iyer was? Wonder whatelse is going on at Ince?

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  • Ince, what a shambolic place by the sounds of it. Glad I'm not a client of THAT firm.

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  • ....and he was voted 'UK Energy Lawyer' of the year a few years back. My old company used to instruct him. Quite a fall from grace. Excellent lawyer though, one of the best Ince had I must admit.

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  • Best litigator I've ever seen and the man to have in your corner in a fight. had no idea he was crooked! It's right he has been struck off, but I hope he reforms and gets back to the law at some point

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  • I used to work at Ince & Co with this guy when he sat in Peter Rogan's room as an articled clerk in the early 1990s. He was considered a bit of a star even back then and was quite a likeable chap, although he could be a little bit arrogant at times.

    I recall that Ince had a very arcane accounting system.

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  • How on earth can this have been missed for so long?

    What do their auditors have to say?

    Who regularly signed off the partnership accounts?

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  • It looks like he got away with it for so long because it was a disbursements scam, where he added fake disbursements to client invoices, and got the client to pay for them, and then his firm paid the disbursement.

    I guess if he had been stealing directly from the firm it might have been noticed more quickly.

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