Call us today0800 160 1298

Advantage Litigation

Welcome to Advantage Litigation Services. We provide affordable access to commercial litigation.

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
  • Team Blogs
    Team Blogs Find your favorite team blogs here.
  • Login
    Login Login form

Law Firm Bosses Fined Over Property Development Fiasco

Posted by on in Uncategorized
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 508
  • Subscribe to this entry
  • Print

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) has fined two directors £17,500 each based on their role in a failed apartment development scheme.

The two directors, Siu Yung Alan Ma and Daniel Chung, were formerly directors of law firm Maxwell Alves. The London-based firm, which is no longer trading, was acting for clients looking to invest in an off-plan property development scheme. In a little over 12 months, Maxwell Alves acted on behalf of 42 investors, eventually handling £3.6m in deposits and receiving £35,000 in respect of costs payments. At the tribunal hearing, it was revealed that 40% of the monies received were spent on ‘sales and marketing commissions’.

Lack of Experience

It was also revealed that Cheung sent so-called ‘frustration letters’ to clients, threatening them with legal proceedings if they brought a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. He admitted to having sent the letters, even though he knew they were threatening in tone, but claimed that he had subsequently and promptly taken legal advice and sent additional letters to put remedy the situation. The tribunal acknowledged his sincerity on this point, saying Cheung found himself out of his depth in a difficult situation.

The two solicitors argued that they were also victims, saying that they were also deceived by the developer as the scheme had not been financially viable from the start. The tribunal concluded that Ma had failed ‘to go the extra mile’ for his clients and had missed the higher level view with regard to what was actually happening. The experienced solicitor had been taking Scottish law exams whilst also setting up an office in Hong Kong and ‘taken his eye off the ball and had abdicated his supervisory duties to staff who were less experienced’. Cheung, admitted in 2010, was found to lack the experience of his colleague, but he shared the responsibility of ensuring proper advice was given to clients. In addition to the £17,500 fines, each solicitor was also ordered to pay £22,000 in costs.

Funding Your Litigation Claim

If you are thinking about taking legal action against another individual or company but are confused about your funding options, Advantage Litigation Services can help. We can help you find the most cost effective solution for your circumstances. Click here to contact us today or call 0800 160 1298 to see how we can help you


Get in touch

  1. Your Name(*)
    Please let us know your name.
  2. Your Email(*)
    Please let us know your email address.
  3. Company Name(*)
    Please write a subject for your message.
  4. Your Phone Number
    Invalid Input
  5. Message(*)
    Please let us know your message.
  6. Anti-Spam, please enter the characters shown
    Anti-Spam, please enter the characters shown
    Invalid Input

Latest News

  • Two major dispute resolution organisations are behind this new, low-cost solution: The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR). With many courts anticipating a big increase in demand for COVID-19 related commercial litigation, the two organisations have established a value-focussed, fixed cost service for disputes over monetary amounts between £5,000 and £250,000. The online resource offers facilitated negotiation, low-cost arbitration and mediation, and companies can proceed with or without a lawyer. The online resource offers facilitated negotiation, low-cost arbitration and mediation, and companies can proceed with or without a lawyer. With group of senior retired judges recently stating that international courts and arbitral tribunals need a ‘breathing space’ if they are not to be overwhelmed, this new service should be warmly received in many quarters. CIArb Director General Catherine Dixon commented: Ensuring everyone has access to... Read More

  • A recent announcement in the House of Commons may lead to venues such as sports halls and hotel conference rooms being used as temporary court rooms should there be a backlog of claims and cases following the COVID-19 coronavirus lockdown. In England and Wales there are already over 1,400 cases waiting for dates at both the Crown court and magistrates court, a number that increases to grow week by week. Presenting a range of solutions to Parliament designed to address any backlog, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett of Maldon said that subject to the appropriate social distancing requirements being in place and ‘with a bit of luck’, all courts should be in a position to re-open by the end of June. However, with current courts likely to struggle with demand, he suggested that temporary venues could be used in the short... Read More

  • In a claim filed at a court in New York City, USA last month, software giant Microsoft is facing legal action over alleged unauthorised use of professional photographers’ images. The images in question were taken by American photographer Matilde Gattoni and appeared in an article titled 'These are the women leading China’s wine revolution’. The article was published both on the Wall Street Journal website and on the MSN website, owned by Microsoft. The MSN article also featured a Washington Post header, an indication that it was a syndicated article. The images had also been used and published at the end of 2018. Currently based in Barcelona, Spain, Gattoni is a French-Italian photographer who specialises in covering global social, environmental and human rights issues. The well-travelled professional is claiming that her photographs were used in the MSN article without proper licence... Read More