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This is NOT the web site of the Law Society in England and Wales. If you were hoping to find its official site, click Here

If you have come here because you searched for Lawyers For Your Business, or because you want to engage a solicitor for your existing or new business, consider carefully the statements between the lines, then consider what follows after that.

What the Law Society in England and Wales says about its Lawyers For Your Business scheme:

"Lawyers For Your Business (LFYB) represents some 1,400 firms of solicitors in England and Wales, which have come together to help ensure that all businesses, and especially the smaller owner-managed ones, get access to sound legal advice whenever they need it.

LFYB is administered by the Law Society, and backed by Business in the Community, the Federation of Small Business and the Forum of Private Business.

LFYB recognises that, for fear of running up large legal bills, firms will often not consult a solicitor until they have a serious problem. By then, of course, any remedy may be at its most expensive, if indeed one is still available.

In most cases businesses can save themselves money by seeing a solicitor for advice early on, especially where there is legislation to be complied with, or important legal documents such as contracts to be prepared. To remove the risk of incurring unexpectedly high legal costs, all LFYB members offer a free consultation, lasting at least half an hour, to diagnose the problem and any need for action, with full information, in advance, on the likely costs of proceeding.

Your LFYB adviser will be able to provide advice on the structure of your business as you start up or expand. Should you trade in your own name or through a company? They will be able to explain the merits of the different types of business organisation and help you decide upon the best for you."


So you have a business idea, or a business investment opportunity has been promoted to you. You want a solicitor to safeguard your interests and point you in the right direction. You have confidence that because all solicitors are regulated by the Law Society you may automatically and naturally expect certain standards of performance and integrity, and that they will act solely in your interests.


This is not the rant of a disturbed individual with a misplaced and misguided tirade against ill-defined targets. I built this site to expose a very, very serious case of conspiracy to defraud and actual fraud conducted from within the solicitors profession itself. Sadly, and still unknown to the public at large, it is by no means unique. Many people around the world have contacted me with their sad and disturbing stories about doing business with solicitors in England. For just two developing examples, go to the Cases Pending section.


You should observe the guidance notes below before using solicitors in England.:

  Guidance note Precautions


Don't assume or presume anything about the expertise of the solicitor you are thinking of using.

Find out about their special practice areas and if they are suited to your requirements.


Don't assume that because they are a solicitor they are above reproach..

Telephone the Law Society on:

0870 606 6575 and ask whether that solicitor has any conditions imposed on their practicing certificate. You should also check that they are a legitimate solicitor here: Solicitors Online

3. Don't imagine that if you subsequently have any complaints about your solicitor, they and the Law Society or the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors will act in your interests or do the "honourable thing" befitting an "Honourable Profession". If your complaint is serious the solicitors, the Law Society and the legal system will rally round to protect their members first. Your interests and "justice" come in at a very poor second place. They will do their utmost to fob you off. They will lie and lie, conjuring with the truth. They will try to wear you down with twisted logic and indifference. In many cases they succeed.
4. Don't presume that your solicitor will at all times be acting solely in your interests. Be as sure as you can that the solicitor or solicitors you retain do not to gain from the business in hand in any way other than the professional charges they will levy on you. Be sure, also, that they are not acting or do not act for any other party that might also have an interest in your venture or investment. Many solicitors are as crooked as their clients! If you catch even the faintest whiff of potential conflict of interest, DITCH THEM.
5. Don't assume that their charges are reasonable and that they will keep you informed of their progress and activities on the matter for which you have retained them Make regular checks on progress and always ask for an unambiguous breakdown of charges and disbursements. I will soon be publishing on this site the story of the widow and the greedy solicitor...
Don't just take my word for the above.
A. Search the archive of the Law Society Gazette for the words "struck off" or "disciplined" or variants.


The online archive only goes back to 1998, but there are hundreds and hundreds...

B. The Solicitors' Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) published its annual report 2002. I have copied it and put it on this site. They'll probably sue or prosecute me.

Download PDF report from SDT

Read it on this site as HTML

C. Check out the News, Alerts and Cases Pending sections, left.


Test the theory and practice - follow the links below. Use the Back buttons below each ensuing document to return to this page.


Horse's Mouth

The Regulators

Francis Read, Steven Daultrey and Richard Donnellan, solicitors at some time infesting Grosvenor Street, Davies Street, and Bruton Street, Mayfair, London are liars, thieves and cheats. Francis Read employed struck off solicitor, Daultrey, but obtained permission so to do

Not once..

Not twice..

But THREE times is surely out?

Alas, no.



Be so very, very careful when using solicitors in England - the few good ones are good, but the bad ones will deliberately destroy you! The Law Society and the courts - in fact, the entire legal system - will not care because the law now more closely resembles a self-serving racket than a fair and just means of regulating society. England, where the Law Society is a "Company incorporated by Royal Charter", is a very dangerous place in which to trust in its lawyers.


 Your ALT-Text here Laugh? I nearly died!

I DID retain a solicitor - a lawyer for my business - but how was I to know that Steven Daultrey had in fact been struck off for lying to clients and stealing their money? Solicitor Francis Read knew; solicitor Richard Donnellan knew; Steven Daultrey knew; their fraudster client, Michael Turner knew; the Law Society knew. They all knew, except for ME, and they relied on my ignorance of the reality to rob me and everyone else who came along.

What chances do any of us have when the system is so tilted in favour of the corrupt? You might be better advised to invest in Antarctic vineyard schemes than to use a "Lawyer For Your Business".

You have been warned. Read this if you want The Facts.

July 2003

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