The integrity of the profession has taken another bashing this week.

First to West Yorkshire, where Simon Morgan, a partner at Leeds firm Milners Solicitors, and his wife have been accused of siphoning off a whopping £1.4m from the firm between 2002 and 2004. It's being claimed that the pair used their ill-gotten gains to fund an extravagant lifestyle which allegedly included:

  • £20k for an Antiguan holiday
  • £15k for a week's skiing in Courcheval plus private jet, natch
  • £5k on Bang & Olufsen equipment
  • £10k per month deposits into Morgan's wife's bank account
And the story takes a darker twist. Morgan allegedly attributed the couple's frequent trips to London and New York to his wife's need for blood transfusions to treat a rare form of cancer, which the prosecution claims she never had. Morgan is denying all charges of theft and the case continues.

  A group of solicitors hanging out yesterday

Next to sunny Spain, where the Mirror has managed to unearth Warrington lawyer Andrew Nulty, described as a "disgrace to the profession" by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal when he was struck off last year. Nulty represented thousands of ill and dying coal miners. In a single year he managed to trouser £13m in by siphoning off amounts from their compensation  - leaving victims with an average of just £2k each. And in a blow against karma, Nulty now appears to be living the high life in his £5m pad in Sotogrande, Southern Spain, driving a Ferrari and allegedly cavorting in champagne showers.

And finally Tipperary lawyer Seosamh O Diamhin has been struck off by the High Court after being found guilty by the SDT of misappropriating client money to the tune of €525k. O Diamhin did not dispute the facts but denied fraud, blaming his actions on illness and the additional accounting and financial liabilities he had assumed. These liabilities presumably included his wife, who received four payments, including one of €12k to help manage her overdraft.

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