Former Tower Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman struck off solicitor’s roll

Former mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman

Lutfur Rahman, the former mayor of London’s Tower Hamlets borough, has been struck off the roll of solicitors and handed an £86,400 costs order.

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal found all allegations put forward by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to be proven, bringing an end to a case which dates back nearly three years.

Rahman, a family law specialist, was ordered to vacate his position of mayor in 2015 after an election court found him guilty of illegal and corrupt practices.

The SRA subsequently charged Rahman with failing to uphold the rule of law and administration of justice, failing to act with integrity and failing to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in him and in the provision of legal services.

Rahman, a solicitor of 20 years, was a partner at London firm McCormacks Law for eight years before becoming Tower Hamlets’ first directly elected mayor in 2010.

Rahman had claimed he was a victim of a racist and Islamophobic politically-motivated witch hunt.

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