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Asons law firm boss cannot work as a solicitor and family must pay £250,000

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karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
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A lawyer whose controversial firm was branded "a disgrace" by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal cannot practice again without agreement of a judge.

In May 2018 Kamran Akram, owner of Bolton law firm Asons, was barred from acting as a solicitor for 18 months after the tribunal heard how his company, which acted for people in personal injury claims, exaggerated claims and inflated fees.

The firm closed in March 2017 following an investigation by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority and the disciplinary tribunal found that Akram lacked integrity and behaved recklessly.

Now Akram faces never being able to work as a solicitor again following a case brought by insurance industry law firm Horwich Farrelly on behalf of insurers Esure.

The test case at the High Court in Manchester centred on a personal injury claim handled by Asons and made in 2015 following a road accident two years earlier which was found to be fraudulent in several areas.

It included fabricated claims, amounting to more than £6,000, for medical treatment and documents relating to the claim were found to be false.

Kamran was due to face trial over the allegations and if the judgement went against him, could have faced a prison sentence.

Instead, at the committal hearing this month, he agreed to a court order being made banning him from obtaining a licence to practice without the permission of trial judge Mr Justice Turner QC. Akram is bankrupt and so his family agreed to pay Esure's £250,000 costs of the case on his behalf.

Ronan McCann, managing partner of Horwich Farrelly welcomed the outcome.

He said: “There has been significant industry scrutiny of Asons over the years, and many other insurance providers have brought actions against the firm as well as Akram himself.

"Despite the firm being shut down in March 2017, Akram didn’t lose his practicing certificate and the industry has been understandably concerned about the potential that more fabricated and exaggerated claims could be generated.

"Whilst the SRA was unable to secure a finding that Akram should be struck off, we have worked closely with Esure to prosecute this action, with the aim of removing him from the industry.

“In light of the evidence we presented and the realisation that he faced a significant custodial sentence, Akram confirmed he will not apply for a certificate to practice as a solicitor without first obtaining permission from the High Court.

"His removal from the industry is extremely positive news for insurers who have been bearing the cost of these fraudulent and exaggerated claims."

Andy Nixon, fraud operations manager at Esure added: “This is a great outcome and reflects our determination and commitment in tackling insurance fraud. This was an important result for Esure and the wider industry as it demonstrates the action that will be taken when professional enablers are found to be aiding fraudulent activity”

In a separate move Akram, aged 42, of Albert Road West, Bolton, has been disqualified from being a company director for seven years.

The Insolvency Service stated that between late 2013 and early 2015 he failed to exert adequate control over the financial affairs of Asons Solicitors Limited with the consequence that Asons issued 159 bills of costs where the amount claimed was either misrepresented or inflated, resulting in Asons insurers having to pay £838,854.

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boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Don't let Bob see this.

Ten Bobsworth


Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
@boltonbonce wrote:Don't let Bob see this.
Seen it Boncey.

It reminded me of my time trying to explain some of the financial facts of life on the BN site.
Hopeless task of course so I tried writing a few satirical sketches for amusement and therapy.

Some were about Sue and Eddie inspired by Wogan's Janet and John sketches. I also invented a school called the Lowbrow Academy with an award for the most consistently idiotic contributor.

You might have seen it before. Spot the Asons allusion:

Bonehead of the Year 2016


Good morning, boys. We have a special award to make this morning and some very special guests that I would like to welcome to Lowbrow Academy.


Firstly I would like to introduce Mr Anderson-Shelter who is chairman of our governors and his very good friend and fellow governor, Mr Codswallop.


Mr Anderson-Shelter and Mr Codswallop joined the Board of Governors in March this year following the retirement of our principle benefactor, Mr Davies.


Mr Davies spent more than £175million in supporting the academy since 1999 and in appreciation our governors kindly presented him with a Poundland Gift Voucher to spend on anything he wanted. I am told that Mr Davies decided to spend it on a new trowel to use on his Isle of Man allotment and I hope that it has lasted the summer.


A number of members of staff have left this year to continue their careers elsewhere and we wish them all well especially our former Games Teacher, Mr Lemon. We welcome his replacement, Mr Parkinson, who has been doing very well with the school football team after some early disappointing results against Cheltenham Ladies College and Blackpool Jobseekers Club.


But it is in financial management that our new governors are showing their true mettle. Monthly losses have been slashed to £800,000; the audited accounts have been promised soon and are presently only nine months late and new accountants, Messrs Tickit, Blottit and Scarper, will soon be brought in to replace Dolittles.


You may not have heard of TBS but they have some splendidly refurbished offices in the town thanks to the foresight and generosity of Council Leader, Mr Minor.


Unfortunately I have some sad news to report. Mr Pennyfeather has recently been admitted for treatment in the Asylum for Broken Arithmetic Teachers.


However ABAT has a very good record so we hope to be able to welcome Mr Pennyfeather back in the not too distant future. In the meantime Miss Pickles from the Domestic Science department will undertake Mr Pennyfeather’s duties.
 
Now I would like to welcome the Chief Football Writer from the Bolton News, Mr Marc (I’m no business expert) Iles to present the BN 2016 Bonehead of the Year Award. Competition for this award is always intense but this year it has been fiercely contested and the judges have had a very difficult job picking a winner from so many deserving candidates. However one candidate stood out for consistent idiocy and stupidity throughout the year and I can now announce that this year’s worthy winner is xxxxxxxxxxxx.
 
Please show your appreciation for our invited guests and winner of the BN 2016 Bonehead of the Year, xxxxxxxxxxxx.

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
Just in case it needs explaining, the 'splendidly refurbished offices' alludes to the former BEN offices in Churchgate which were refurbished in grand style for Asons with the assistance of a substantial grant from Bolton Council, at the time led by Councillor Cliff Morris.

And here's a sample of Janet & John stories

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I've got all the Janet and John stories. Filth. Smile

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
@boltonbonce wrote:I've got all the Janet and John stories. Filth. Smile
You know what, I thought you would have? But they are very funny. Very Happy
Do you know what a loophole is? John does

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Poor John. See John run.

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