PracticeAccounting FirmsLegal aid lawyer jailed for fraud

Legal aid lawyer jailed for fraud

It had been revealed that former Legal Aid lawyer Tim Robinson was jailed in 2001 for defrauding the Legal Aid Board.

Link: Fraud costing UK businesses £40bn

On Friday, a crown court judge lifted reporting restrictions on the case in which Robinson, along with 21 employees, was convicted of fraud after claiming for millions of pounds of work that was never done. Robinson was released in July after serving half of a seven-year jail term. The lawyers’ scam centred on the Green Forms that were used by law firms to claim for certain types of Legal Aid work. In hearings at the time, Bristol Crown Court heard that solicitors and clerks exaggerated their bills or simply made up clients to such an extent that they would have had to have been working 30-hours-a-day. The scam was uncovered after police received a tip-off from a member of staff. Robinsons Solicitors no longer exists. Reporting restrictions were lifted on Friday after the case against one of the defendants, Archie Ross, 51, was ordered to lie on file when he was ruled unfit to stand trial.

Related Articles

British Accountancy Awards 2018 – entries open!

Accounting Firms British Accountancy Awards 2018 – entries open!

2w Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Is the accountancy sector facing an international talent crisis?

Accounting Firms Is the accountancy sector facing an international talent crisis?

2w Lewis Silkin
RSM appoints new Chief Operating Officer

Accounting Firms RSM appoints new Chief Operating Officer

2w Alia Shoaib, Reporter
RSM announces 11 partner promotions

Accounting Firms RSM announces 11 partner promotions

3w Emma Smith, Managing Editor
BDO hires former AstraZeneca creative director as head of digital and innovation

Accounting Firms BDO hires former AstraZeneca creative director as head of digital and innovation

1m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
What does the future hold for listed accountancy firms?

Accounting Firms What does the future hold for listed accountancy firms?

1m Fergus Payne, Lewis Silkin
EY, Deloitte lead Big Four in gender pay gap reporting

Accounting Firms EY, Deloitte lead Big Four in gender pay gap reporting

2m Emma Smith, Managing Editor
Mind the gap: what accountancy firms should be doing ahead of the new gender pay gap reporting rules

Accounting Firms Mind the gap: what accountancy firms should be doing ahead of the new gender pay gap reporting rules

2m Karen Baxter, Lewis Silkin