SRA closes immigration firm following urgent injunction fiasco
Consilium Chambers LLP, an East London law firm undertaking immigration work, has been shut down by the Solicitor Regulation Authority only weeks after fierce judicial criticism of the firm’s handling of an urgent immigration injunction and its aftermath.
One of the two partners, Mr Benny Thomas, was recently the subject of the Wrath of Thomas in a judgment not available on BAILII but reported in the mainstream press. The Telegraph reported that he was found to have misled the court in an urgent injunction application by claiming only to have been briefed to make the application that day when his firm has been acting for several months. The firm effectively waived the possibility of giving any possible reason for this by failing to attend several hearings. Benny Thomas is reported to have been found in contempt of court for his failures and the court made good on its promise in earlier cases that it would refer appropriate cases to the SRA.
The intervention information on the SRA website states that:
there is reason to suspect dishonesty on the part of Mr Thomas in connection with his practice.
The firm has been shut down and Legal Futures report that the practicing certificates for both partners in the firm have been suspended.