SDT judgment in landmark Locke Lord case reveals details of partner's 'dubious' £21m investment scheme and airport arrest

SDT judgment reveals ex-Locke Lord partner was arrested at Birmingham Airport in 2015 after questions over two-and-a-half-year investment scheme

Locke Lord failed to prevent a London partner from using the firm’s client account to run a “dubious” £21m investment scheme for two and a half years, despite enquiries from the FBI and the Metropolitan Police, a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) judgment has revealed.

The judgment, published on Friday (10 November), contains full details of the background to the US firm’s record £500,000 SDT fine, which it received last week after admitting a number of failings regarding its supervision of former banking and finance partner Jonathan Denton, who was arrested at Birmingham Airport in late 2015 after being fired from the firm that summer.

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