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ACS:LAWs Andrew Crossley suspended for TWO Years :UPDATE 2

Andrew Crossley leaving the SDT Hearing

ACS:LAWs Andrew Crossley has been suspended for Two years and  fined had costs awarded against him of over £70,000.

The lead ringmaster of a Copyright Trolls/Speculative Invoicing campaign he admitted to Six Charges levelled at him by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. (Here is a Brief History of Speculative Invoicing)

Crossley ADMITTED the following charges: (1 ,2 ,3, 4, 5, and 6, no#7 was dropped)

1) Allowed his independence to be compromised

2) Acted contrary to the best interests of his clients

3) Acted in a way that was likely to diminish the trust the public places in him or in the legal profession

4) Entered into arrangements to receive contingency fees for work done in prosecuting or defending contentious proceedings before the Courts of England and Wales except as permitted by statute or the common law

5) Acted where there was a conflict of interest in circumstances not permitted, in particular because there was a conflict with those of his clients

6) Used his position as a Solicitor to take or attempt to take unfair advantage of other persons being recipients of letters of claim either for his own benefit or for the benefit of his clients.

7) Acted without integrity in that he provided false information in statements made to the Court.

Crossley gave the  Court Testimonials, like Character references from people who knew him… these included

Andrew Hopper QC (And by Crossleys own admission, the man who wrote the SRA Rules)

Alistair Logan OBE – His ex partners father!

Raymond Murphy – senior solicitor at Merriman White (Himself subject of a SDT Tribunal)

Mark West – a barrister and recorder

Edward Parladorio – (Terence Tsangs new employer)

David Fisher – Birchwood – ( Part of the GCB  debacle)

Mark Beresford

Nicolas Underwood – “Ray Santilli – Orbital Media

Clive Windsor

Oh and Lee Bowden of Piri Ltd…

Also Crossley stated the he had been offered FIVE different positions recently but he could not take FOUR them as the firms could not get insurance, the other firm withdrew when the circumstances surrounding these issue were known.

One other snippet is that Crossley has NOT paid his £800 fine from the ICO. The Fine was £1000, but was reduced by 20% for a prompt payment, this it seems did not happen, and so he would still owe a £1000 (Maybe part of the bankruptcy)

This was Andrew Crossleys THIRD appearance before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, (First one here) (Second one here) one wonders what it would take to protect the public from a bag legal situation.  The Law Society put “Solicitors from Hell” website offline, saying they would deal with bad legal situations, I have to say personally, for the now nearly THREE years I and many others have been involved fighting this corner this punishment does NOT fit the bill…..

UPDATE 1: According to “The Lawyer” Crossley claimed that his internet service provider (ISP) had been negligent, adding that he intended to sue the provider when he had more money.  Good luck with that one!

UPDATE 2: Mike Wallace (Darker Enterprises) in writing at the hearing. “ACS Law has helped us significantly in the last few months, we have also seen a small increase in DVD sales. In looking through various internet forums, we’ve seen them having an effect on filesharers.”  Hmmmm, treated with contempt it deserves I think is the word here!

More updates as they appear.

See the Excellent TorrentFreak for more as well as the SLYCK FORUMS, my home from home! (Big thanks to Steve!)

  1. jh
    January 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    Thanks for the report, hopefully he will now find JSA employment in poundland and drop out of site.

  2. January 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

    The latest news on this scam is that Trevor Sears,the bossman and the main beneficiary from the scam at Davenport Lyons is “very confident” of winning the appeal through his corrupt practises filed by Gore and Miller who were found guilty by the SDT last year.

    We need to blow the whistle on this Sears scheme and alert All concerned and ensure Law and Justice prevails on this a very rare ocassion over Sears.

    • January 17, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      I have not seen any information regarding this, I like to keep this Blog as Factual as possible and whilst I welcome comments, I would like some kind of link to back up allegations made…. We must after all not sink to THEIR level of accusation without evidence :-)

  3. Jack
    January 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    The suspension isn’t sufficient to salvage the UK’s legal profession’s soiled reputation but it’s still a devastating defeat for Andrew Crossley and his team of Jonathan Miller-Mandil, Adam Glen, Leyla Mehru and Terence Tsang.
    Crossley’s scheme to avoid judicial scrutiny fell at the feet of Judge Birss.

    Well done and thank you to the people and organisations who joined the battle against “legal blackmail”, starting with Hickster the author of this excellent blog, the people who participate in the discussions on Slyck and Torrent Freak forums, people who stood up for their community such as Blackpool Trading Standards, Dr Deborah Prince from “Which” and the journalists from various BBC TV and radio programmes.

    • January 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks for you kind comments. it means a lot. I am pleased he has been temporarily removed, however I feel due to his arrogance and unfounded allegations, he should have been struck off. When you see what he and his cohorts did, you wonder what it would take TO get struck off.

  4. Loverat
    January 24, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Good result.

    Some readers may be interested to note that the speculative invoicers and speculative libel fool solicitors (yes – quite a money spinner for law firms too) have quite a prominence on this site. It includes Crossley and all the other offenders. Please contribute if any law firms are missing.

    http://solicitorsfromhell.net/

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