Legal consultant fined £2,000 for leaving confidential client papers in his front garden

His current whereabouts are unknown

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A legal consultant has been rebuked and fined by the regulator for leaving confidential client papers in his garden.

Samuel Obiorah left the private legal docs relating to vulnerable clients in the front garden of his flat in Dagenham, Essex, according to a decision published yesterday by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

At the time, Obiorah was employed as a “consultant in Mental Health Act cases” by TTS Solicitors, a high street law firm in Ilford, east London. His unique approach to filing was brought to the attention of the regulator by a vigilant member of the public. The decision states that Obiorah’s current whereabouts are unknown and that he did not co-operate with the SRA’s investigation.

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Obiorah, a non-solicitor, was fined £2,000 and given a written rebuke. He was also ordered to pay £600 in costs and made the subject a section 43 order, which prevents him from working in a law firm without prior permission from the SRA.

A spokesperson for TTS Solicitors told Legal Cheek:

“You will note from the decision that Samuel’s action was beyond our control and the firm itself was not implicated by the SRA. Samuel is no longer a consultant at the firm”.

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