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Isaac Abraham Solicitors: SRA intervention

On Wednesday 17 August 2016, it was reported that the SRA had exercised its power of intervention in the firm Isaac Abraham and also suspended with immediate the practising certificate of Safina Shah, one of its Partners. The basis of their decision is noted as failure by Safina Shah to comply with rules made by the SRA. Safina Shah currently practises in partnership with Taher Zia Shad under the name Isaac Abraham Solicitors. The intervention resolution only relates to Safina Shah's disease-based part of the practice, and not Taher Zia Shad's part of the practice which specialises in RTA claims.

Isaac Abrahams Solicitors' services cover personal injuries, accidents at work, industrial diseases, medical negligence, road traffic accidents and payment protection insurance. The practice had recently come under significant judicial scrutiny in respect of a tranche of noise induced hearing loss claims; procedural challenges having been made in respect of the claims and the manner in which they had been litigated. The conduct of these claims had drawn criticism from the court and the majority of them have been struck out or discontinued. Numerous costs orders have been made in favour of former employers against whom these actions had been brought. Undertakings as to payment of costs had been made by Isaac Abraham on many of the claims.

The Adjudication Panel was satisfied that grounds for intervention existed under Paragraph 1(1)(c) of Schedule 1 of the Solicitors Act 1974 (as amended) being that there had been a failure by Safina Shah to comply with rules made by the SRA, and that grounds for intervention existed under Paragraph 1(1)(m) of Schedule 1 to protect the interests of Mrs Shah's clients or former clients or beneficiaries of any trust she may administer. Victoria Davey of Gordons LLP, Forward House, 8 Duke Street, Bradford, BD1 3QX has been appointed as the intervening agent.

It is inevitable that there will be additional delay in respect of a large number of ongoing claims brought by this practice.

Read the SRA decision 

By James Thomas

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