An immigration solicitor who falsified a series of correspondence and documents to cover his lack of activity has been struck off the roll by the tribunal.
According to The Law Gazette, Christopher Ka Ki Cheng, who worked with London firm Farani Javid Taylor Solicitors, was found to have misled immigration clients who were vulnerable and whose prospects of staying in the UK were dependent on him.
At a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing in April, Cheng was found to have faked and/or confected six documents leading a client to believe an application had been made for him to remain in the UK. In November 2016, a Home Office official attended the client’s workplace claiming that his leave to remain had expired and he had no right to work.
The Law Gazette reported that the tribunal also heard that in around 17 client matters over two years, Cheng failed to open a client file or make progress on a client’s immigration application, despite telling them he would do so.
Cheng was struck off and ordered to pay £15,000 costs.