Stewarts Law lawyer strike-off ruling heads back to SDT

It is almost a year since former Stewarts Law partner Andrew Shaw and associate Craig Turnbull were struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal following a private prosecution.

Because the pair appealed the ruling details around the case were sketchy, with the SDT judgment kept under wraps pending the outcome of the appeal.

On Monday Mr Justice Robert Jay, the former 39 Essex Street barrister who appeared as counsel to the Leveson Inquiry and was elevated to the High Court last year, published a weighty ruling ordering the SDT to revisit the decision.

It’s a story of intrigue and one that has some salutary lessons for any litigator bringing an ex parte freezing order application before the courts. Throw in a curious funding arrangement via property tycoon Christian Candy and further questions are raised about what firms should disclose when it comes to third-party funding.

And all that before we get to the comments raised about the conduct of the SDT.

This is one battle that is sure to run and run.

P.S. The Lawyer’s student publication – Lawyer 2B – will again be running its successful Year 12 Careers Days on March 4th and 5th. These days aim to provide ‘Gifted and Talented’ year 12 students with the information and inspiration to help them pursue a career in law. Year 12 A level students attending state schools and sixth-form colleges in Central and Greater London are eligible to attend: for more information go to

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