Law Soc takes case to court of appeal

The Law Society was in the Court of Appeal last week for a hearing into its case against a solicitor whose practice had been closed down after an ‘intervention’. Last summer the Law Society was unsuccessful in defending itself against Anal Sheikh’s appeal into the intervention, and Mr Justice Park ruled that it should be overturned. The case was the first time a High Court judge had overturned an intervention and it landed the Law Society with costs of £135,000. But the society was not taking the decision lying down and sought permission to appeal. Judgment from appeal judges Lords Justice Chadwick, Tuckey and Moore-Bick is awaited, but the society is hopeful that it will clarify “legal and evidential” aspects of interventions. The case is important for the society, as there are around 60 interventions each year. London firm Russell-Cooke, which also acts as an agent for the Law Society in interventions, is instructing 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square’s Hodge Malek QC for the appeal.