Nelson lawyer could be struck-off

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: MAJED IQBAL MAJED IQBAL

A SOLICITOR from Nelson who paid off witnesses as part of a £300,000 fake energy drink scam is facing being kicked out of his profession.

Majed Iqbal, 33, was jailed for five years in January 2013 after he was convicted at Hull Crown Court of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Iqbal’s case has now been referred by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority to the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal for a full hearing.

He has been accused of acting in a manner ‘contrary to the requirements to uphold the rule of law and the proper administration of justice and/or act with integrity and/or behave in a way that maintains the trust the public placed in him and/or the provision of legal services’.

No date has yet been fixed by the SDT for a hearing but he will face being struck off for his actions when he appears before a fitness to practice panel later in 2014.

Iqbal’s conduct was said to have occurred while he worked for the Bradford legal firm Pethridge Bassa, which later distanced itself from the affair.

The father-of-two, while representing Bradford nightclub tycoon Yasar Hussain, was caught flying out to Dubai and Budapest to ‘buy the silence’ of victims of an energy drinks scam.

Hussain had come up with the idea of marketing a new tonic based on the ‘Duracell’ brand name, enlisted his brother Zameer, and even approached trademark holders Procter and Gamble.

Even though they were knocked back by the company they continued to promote the idea, including flying out to an international food fair to negotiate selling rights for the bogus drink. The Hussains were later arrested.

But before they could stand trial police were told a number of witnesses were reluctant to attend court as they had been paid off.

Iqbal was intercepted at Manchester Airport and found to have a computer memory stick containing video clips of him handing over money to people involved in the case.

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12:46pm Fri 3 Jan 14

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

Dam right he could be struck off. There should be no "could" about it.
Dam right he could be struck off. There should be no "could" about it. You're not mugging me off that easily
  • Score: 27

2:59pm Fri 3 Jan 14

It's a spade! says...

Solicitors tend to stick together and you would be surprised of the many who, you would think in any other profession, should be hung drawn and quartered, yet are often just slapped on the wrist and warned as to their future conduct.
Solicitors tend to stick together and you would be surprised of the many who, you would think in any other profession, should be hung drawn and quartered, yet are often just slapped on the wrist and warned as to their future conduct. It's a spade!
  • Score: 18

8:01pm Fri 3 Jan 14

trevhd says...

Another dodgy Asian solicitor whats new.
Another dodgy Asian solicitor whats new. trevhd
  • Score: 4

10:18am Sat 4 Jan 14

Pat Howarth says...

There should be no COULD about this .....the guy is a criminal...he should have already been struck off and should be being punished....If we can't get solicitors to uphold the law who can we trust ???
There should be no COULD about this .....the guy is a criminal...he should have already been struck off and should be being punished....If we can't get solicitors to uphold the law who can we trust ??? Pat Howarth
  • Score: 7

12:17pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Sajdin says...

trevhd wrote:
Another dodgy Asian solicitor whats new.
The fact he is Asian has nothing to do with it, there is plenty of white solicitors who commit worse fraud then this guy, you just need to open your eyes!
[quote][p][bold]trevhd[/bold] wrote: Another dodgy Asian solicitor whats new.[/p][/quote]The fact he is Asian has nothing to do with it, there is plenty of white solicitors who commit worse fraud then this guy, you just need to open your eyes! Sajdin
  • Score: 2

12:41pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Pat Howarth says...

The fact is...they are breaking the law, no matter if they're black/ white /sky blue pink with yellow dots on...they are criminals.... just like some of the people they work for.....BUT WORSE....much worse. They should not be allowed to get away with what they do that's either illegal or immoral....they being solicitors, should be upstanding pillars of the community to be looked up to....lower yourself to the level of your criminal clients and you're just like them and should be treated as such.
The fact is...they are breaking the law, no matter if they're black/ white /sky blue pink with yellow dots on...they are criminals.... just like some of the people they work for.....BUT WORSE....much worse. They should not be allowed to get away with what they do that's either illegal or immoral....they being solicitors, should be upstanding pillars of the community to be looked up to....lower yourself to the level of your criminal clients and you're just like them and should be treated as such. Pat Howarth
  • Score: 6

1:11pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Sajdin says...

Pat Howarth wrote:
The fact is...they are breaking the law, no matter if they're black/ white /sky blue pink with yellow dots on...they are criminals.... just like some of the people they work for.....BUT WORSE....much worse. They should not be allowed to get away with what they do that's either illegal or immoral....they being solicitors, should be upstanding pillars of the community to be looked up to....lower yourself to the level of your criminal clients and you're just like them and should be treated as such.
Agreed
[quote][p][bold]Pat Howarth[/bold] wrote: The fact is...they are breaking the law, no matter if they're black/ white /sky blue pink with yellow dots on...they are criminals.... just like some of the people they work for.....BUT WORSE....much worse. They should not be allowed to get away with what they do that's either illegal or immoral....they being solicitors, should be upstanding pillars of the community to be looked up to....lower yourself to the level of your criminal clients and you're just like them and should be treated as such.[/p][/quote]Agreed Sajdin
  • Score: 3

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