Disgraced mayor Lutfur Rahman struck off and hit with £86,300 costs
David Bebber for The Times
A solicitor who became a London borough’s first elected mayor was struck off yesterday when a tribunal found he had failed to uphold the rule of law.
Lutfur Rahman, who was mayor of Tower Hamlets in the capital’s east end, was found guilty of electoral fraud in 2015.
Yesterday the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal struck him off the roll and ordered him to pay a costs order for £86,400. The tribunal agreed with charges brought by the profession’s watchdog, the Solicitors Regulation Authority, which argued that the lawyer of 20 years’ standing had failed to uphold the rule of law and admiration of justice. The regulator also charged Rahman with failing to act with integrity and failing to behave in a way that maintains the trust the public places in solicitors.
Rahman had applied to adjourn the disciplinary hearing on the ground that he was not represented. However, earlier this week, the tribunal ruled that a solicitor of his experience should be able to represent himself.